Houston Yacht Club presents its 28th 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.


The 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 is posted on the Race Schedule listing for the Elissa Regatta. Entries will receive two dinner tickets (one for single-handed entries). Extra dinner tickets will be available for purchase.

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

2014 Elissa Regatta Schedule

Friday, April 4

  • 5 pm: Elissa Fundraising Nautical Artwork opening and Live Auction Preview
  • 5:30-7:30 pm: Check in, t-shirt and ticket sales
  • 7 pm: Competitor's Briefing in the ballroom

    Saturday, April 5

  • 10:30 am: First Warning/Preparatory Signal of Pursuit Line Starts (up to 2 races may be held).
  • 11 am: First Warning signal for Large Boat and One-Design Lines, more races to follow.
  • 6 pm: Full dinner, HYC clubhouse (2 dinner tickets with each entry). Additional tickets available for $20 each.
  • 7 pm: Live auction closing. Music and dancing to follow.

    Sunday, April 6

  • 11 am: First Warning signal for Large Boat and One-Design Lines, more races to follow.
  • 11 am: Warning/Preparatory Signal for Pursuit Line. One race scheduled.
  • Awards presentation will be approximately 1 hour after last racing boat enters the HYC Harbor in the HYC ballroom on the second floor

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