Mitchell Columbus Regatta Registration Open Now

40th Annual

Mitchell Columbus Day Regatta

Friday, October 6 – Monday, October 9, 2023

The Mitchell Columbus Day Regatta is an annual race from Newport to Block Island started by Newport Yacht Club member and past commodore Cliff Mitchell and is named in honor of his father. The regatta is a relaxed event with an emphasis on fun. The race is non-spinnaker only and uses a staggered start with starting times based on PHRF time-on-distance. One-design classes are also possible with a minimum of three boats required for a class. First, second, and third place trophies are awarded  in each class, and the John E. Rebello team race recognizes the best combination of finishes amongst teams made up of three boats from different classes.

Schedule of Events


6:00pm           Skippers Meeting

Get official start times and sailing instructions


9:00am            Start – Newport

Newport. The first boat will start at 9:00am, and the rest will follow based on handicap.


6:00pm           Finish – New Harbor, Block Island

If you can’t finish by 6:00pm give up, turn on your engine and come in for beer.


10:00am          Bloody Mary Contest (virgin of course)

Bring your own concoction.  What you do with the mixes after the judges taste them is up to you. If not participating would you please be a judge.


12:00pm           Hors d’oeuvres

On the dock. Be ready to present your best hors d’oeuvres for judging in taste and presentation. Partaking requires participation! If not participating would you please be a judge.


1:00pm           Awards

On the dock.

Leave as you so desire or continue to enjoy the island. Be sure to check with your dock
mates in case any of them want to leave early.