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CLSA Vickie Cup Triangle and Vickie Cup Distance Regattas

posted Oct 4, 2016, 8:23 AM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Jun 29, 2017, 9:45 AM by CLSA Sailing ]

Come race with CLSA for the final races of 2016!

Vickie Cup Triangle Regatta  —   Sunday, October 9  

Vickie Cup Distance Regatta — Saturday, October 15


These two regattas are each one-one-day races  for which the winners take home a traveling trophy.  There are typically multiple fleets (cabin boats, Flying Scots, and a mixed fleet) in both races—any sailboat is welcome!

For the Triangle Regatta Sunday, October 9, there will be a skipper's meeting at noon at the club's pavilion where the race committee will announce the location of the course and the race particulars based on weather reports and wind conditions. The race committee tries to schedule the start for the first of 3 or 4 races at 1:00 p.m. The race course is typically a triangle or a windward/leeward course. Traveling trophies  a one-design fleet trophy and a regatta winner trophy  will be awarded.  

For the Distance Regatta, Saturday, October 15, the course is a loop about 11 nautical miles long and provides a very scenic round trip of Clinton Lake. There will be a skipper's meeting at noon at the CLSA pavilion. The race committee will determine race course details, which depend on weather conditions. The start of the race is scheduled for 1:00.  A traveling winner's trophy will be awarded.  

These two regattas have ended the CLSA sailing season for many years. First held in 1981, the Victoria’s Cup was the brainstorm of members Frances Smith and Keith Hayes.   When Clinton Lake opened in the late 70s, Francis Smith, owned a sailboat dealership, Smith Marine, in LeRoy, IL.  In addition to other makes of sailboats, he sold Victoria 18s, and the races' names came from these sporty sailboats. I have not seen one of these beautiful boats at Clinton Lake for years, but we still celebrate their early appearance at Clinton Lake.