ATL. HIGHLANDS – Registration is now open for the traditional all women/girls Ms Race sponsored by the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club and scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 21 with a 2 p.m. start.

The Ms Race is an all women charity sailboat race that is in support of 180 Turning Lives Around (, a nonprofit organization that provides services, support, advocacy, shelter and counseling to victims of domestic violence, abuse, and rape. Additionally the organization hosts hotlines for anyone needing immediate assistance or is in crisis.

The Ms. Race Committee also supports the club’s Junior Sailing program AHSEP ( and provides a scholarship for a two week sailing course.

The Platinum sponsor of this year’s race is the Ocean is Female,, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit foundation that provides ocean themed programs to empower young women. The organization hosts various fundraisers to support events or charities including 180 Turning Lives Around to help victims of abuse. The founder of the OisF, Alli Scaduto, will be with present on race day on a spectator boat cheering on all competitors.

The Start line is on Sandy Hook Bay within the Olympic Circle that the AHYC Race Committee has designated for most of the club’s race events.


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This is an annual one day distance race with an option of three possible courses in nautical miles, 5.45 nm. 6.3 nm, and 7.0 nm. The chosen course will depend on the velocity of the wind predicted for that day.

The Yacht Club MSteam offers a virtual skippers meeting the evening before the race on Aug. 20at 19:00 hours (7:00 pm) to discuss the course, start times and other race event items with the competitors. The Skippers race meeting is hosted by Past Commodore Elaine Haher.

With a traditional females only competition for skippers and crews, there is also a sailboat size limit to boats 22’ in length and greater due to the PHRF standards, the Performance Handicap Racing Fleet. This handicapping system is used for yacht racing in North America that allows dissimilar classes of sailboats to be raced against each other. Entrance fee is $25.00 with a requested minimum donation of $50.00 to 180 Turning Lives Around.

Prizes are awarded at the end of the day for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The first place winner is also added to the Ms. Race Perpetual Trophy displayed in the yacht club situated on the second floor above the Shore Casino at the Harbor.

AHYC club member Karen Harris was the first place winner in 2020 with her team aboard the J120 sailboat Cygni.
AHYC club member Karen Harris was the first place winner in 2020 with her team aboard the J120 sailboat Cygni. photo by Pete Bouy

AHYC club member Karen Harris was the first place winner in 2020 with her J120 sailboat Cygni. Karen is returning this year to compete but instead is assisting another boat a J109 sailboat named Aviato owned by club members Janet and John Wurch, serving as helmswoman.

“We would like to mention and give a huge thanks to our planning committee, the AHYC yacht club leadership, the club staff, and all of the AHYC club members that support us on land and on the water,” said co-chair Eileen Campbell, who is heading up the event with co-chair Diane Kropfl. The co-chairs also expressed special thanks to local photographer Pete Bouy who has supported the event the past two years preserving historic and exciting moments throughout the day.

“We are grateful to everyone who helps make this a success, Ms. Kropfl said, “especially the borough of Atlantic Highlands and the local merchants who have supported us for many years. It truly takes a village to make this a successful event.”

Eileen Campbell and Diane Kropfl, co-chairs of Ms Charity Sailing Race
Eileen Campbell and Diane Kropfl, co-chairs of Ms Race. photo by Pete Bouy

Members of the planning committee are Eileen Campbell and Diane Kropfl, co-chairs, Jean Evertsen, Amanda Finn, 180 TLA, Bev Holcombe-Gross, Past Commodore Elaine Haher, Karen Harris, Lynn Luccarelli, Director of Development, 180 TLA, Janice Miller, Liz Moss, Past Commodore Luann Rathemacher, Bill Sabanski and Emily Smith.

For more information on the event and to make a donation to 180 visit our fundraising link on the 180 website

For more information on the race and to register use the following regatta network link.

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