September 28-29, 2019

Commodore Ted Graves invites you to join us at Indian Harbor Yacht Club on September 28-29, 2019 for the Annual Lorna Whittelsey Women's Regatta and for a weekend of women’s sailing, dining, and socializing... highlights of the weekend include the unveiling of the Lorna Whittelsey Women’s Regatta Perpetual Trophy as well as the Lorna Sunday Sprint!
Invitation and video are below... please mark the date in your calendar. All sailors, spectators and non-sailors are encouraged to attend the dinner and brunch.

Ladies, Let's Race

Day 1: Saturday, September 28, 2019
0830 - The 2019 6th Annual Lorna Whittelsey Women's Regatta Skippers Meeting & Full Day Race
1830 - The Lorna Wittelsey Women's Regatta Awards Dinner

Day 2:  Sunday, September 29, 2019
0900 - The Lorna Sunday Distance Race Skippers Meeting and Race
1330- The Lorna Sunday Distance Race Brunch & Awards

In our desire to promote friendly competition for women at the regional and national level, in 2014, Indian Harbor Yacht Club inaugurated a perpetual trophy honoring Lorna Whittelsey (Hibberd). Lorna Whittelsey won the US Sailing Championship  for the Adams Cup in 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931 and 1934 sailing under the IHYC burgee. As a married adult, she sailed out of American Yacht Club and owned the red Ideal 18, now in their fleet (shown in the photo above) that bears her name.

At the regatta's inaugural event, we were faced with an intense, early morning storm.  Upon returning from checking out the Captain Harbor conditions, Commodore Karin Nye reassured the teams by stating, "Ladies, let's race!," which has become our mantra!  The women who joined Indian Harbor from American, Noroton, Old Greenwich, and Riverside were relieved to have the sun come out as soon as they sailed into Captain Harbor.  They proceeded to sail the Ideal 18s with spinnakers in 11 races over two days.  The energy and spirit has continued over the years and the women sailors have welcomed teams from Black Rock, Cedar Point, Larchmont, Nantucket (Great Harbor), Norwalk, and New Bedford Yacht Clubs and we hope the list continues to grow.

The regatta's Awards Dinner & Perpetual Trophy Unveiling and Celebratory Sunday Brunch & Awards are for all competitors and supporters to enjoy.  Along with our commitment to run exceptional racing, Indian Harbor takes pride in enabling women sailors to build camaraderie, promote each other's regattas and activities, share ideas, and reminisce over the breathtaking photos taken by Mary Alice Fisher over the years. Come and share in the experience! For more information, contact Event Chair Lwwregatta@gmail.com.

LWWR 2017 Results

Past Winners


Ginny Wooster & Anne Muckenbeck
Katherine Morgan & Nicole Casey
Sara Keller & Nicky Souter
Nicky Souter & Cynny Smith

About Lorna Whittelsey (articles & photos)

David Hibberd - Reflections on his Mother
1934 LW and Bermuda Race
LW 1927 Article MA. Women's Championship
LW 1927 MA. Women's Championship
LW Yachting Nov. 1927
LW Photo
LW 1933 SYCE Cup Photo
LW 1934 Adams Cup Article
LW 1934 SYCE Cup Article
LW 1935 Adams Cup Article
LW 1935 Adams Cup Photo
LW 1935 Article
LW 1943 Mrs. Fred Hibberd and Family
LW and Commodore Frederick H. Hibberd May 1982
LW and Robert Hutton at AYC
LW AYC 1983 Centennial History
LW Circa 1975 Flying Spinnaker
LW Circa 1998
LW Windsurfing 1984
LW World of Yachting Article
LW obituary June 9, 2009