Elissa Regatta at HYC

Texas' Own Tall Ship

April 8-10, 2016

Houston Yacht Club presents its 30th annual Elissa Regatta for the benefit of the tall ship Elissa. This event not only raises money for the Elissa but also raises awareness of our sailing heritage.

Elissa Regatta at Houston Yacht ClubThe Elissa is an iron-hulled sailing ship built in Scotland in 1877, and is now a National Historical Landmark as well as the official Tall Ship of Texas. She is a three masted barque, having square and fore-and-aft sails on her fore and mainmasts and only fore-and-aft sails on her mizzenmast, with nineteen sails covering over one-quarter of an acre in area.

The Elissa is housed at the Texas Seaport Museum and is owned and operated by the Galveston Historical Foundation. The maintenance and upkeep of the Elissa costs more than $300,000 per year.

Proceeds from the Elissa Regatta Weekend will not only help restore the ship but also fund exhibits, community activities and educational programs in connection with the Elissa for youth and adults.

The NOR will be posted soon on the Race Schedule listing for the Elissa Regatta.

Donations to the Elissa are accepted and appreciated. They are tax deductible.

For more information, please call the HYC Office at 281.471.1255.
Events & Schedule
Events & Schedule

2016 Elissa Regatta Schedule

Friday, April 8

  • 1 pm: Speed Line Class Competitor’s Briefing at Beachcomber
  • 3 pm: Speed trials begin
  • 5 pm: 30th Annual ELISSA Regatta Opening & Auction Preview
  • 5:30-7:30 pm: Check in, t-shirt and ELISSA items sales and dinner ticket sales
  • 7 pm: Competitor's Briefing in the Ballroom

  • Saturday, April 9

  • Pursuit Line Starts (up to 2 races may be held).
  • Large Boat and One-Design Lines, more races to follow
  • Dinghy Line
  • Speed Line
  • Please Check NOR for start times and details
  • Beer Social at the Beachcomber immediately after racing
  • Followed by Dinner, Auction and Live Music in the clubhouse (2 dinner tickets with racing entry, singlehandled boats receive one ticket). Additional dinner tickets available to purchase

  • Sunday, April 10

  • Schedule Will Be Available Soon
  • Large Boat and One-Design Lines, more races to follow
  • Pursuit Line. One race scheduled
  • W/L Races Speed Lines
  • Please Check NOR for start times and details
  • Awards presentation following racing
  •  Texas' Tallship Elissa