The Hudson River Yacht Racing Association (HRYRA) was founded in 1953, by a group of dedicated racing sailors with the aim of promoting inter-club yacht racing in order to expand the competition of sailboat racing on the Hudson River. Since its founding, HRYRA has become a member association of US Sailing (Area B) and as such is the nationally sanctioned governing body for all sailboat racing on the Hudson River.
Though one of the smallest nationally recognized sailing associations, HRYRA boast some "world class" sailors as members. Hudson River sailors have racked up top finishes in such prestigious regional races as "The Around Long Island Regatta" and "The Governor's Cup", as well as "The Newport to Bermuda Race", North American and World Championship series. The demanding currents and shifting winds of the Hudson River require a level of skill and knowledge that produces generations of skilled racers.
New in 2010 will be the HRYRA 2010 One Design Championship Series which will be sailed in Lasers.
In the past two years, HRYRA has presented two outstanding speakers.....Dave Perry, world reknowned sailor, member of the Sailing World Hall of Fame, US Sailing Senior Certified Judge, current Chairman of the US Sailing Appeals Committee, and author of three acclaimed books on the sport; and Gary Jobson, world class sailor, author of 15 sailing books, Editor at Large of Sailing World and Cruising World magazines, member of the America's Cup Hall of Fame, winner of the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy...US Sailing's most prestigious award, HBO and ESPN television commentator and filmmaker and author.
HRYRA also supports an active women's sailing program sponsoring "The Hudson River Women's Challenge Cup", a regatta with all women skippers and crew. In 2010, The Challenge Cup will be sailed at Shattemuc Yacht Club on June 26th. HRYRA has also sent regional teams to compete in "The Adam's Cup", the US Sailing Women's National Championship Series.
The adminstrative support that HRYRA brings to the Hudson River allows numerous yacht clubs to compete amongst themselves, and at the regional and national level in an organized, efficient and sportsmanlike manner.