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. When Clinton Lake opened in the early 80’s, our esteemed member, Francis Smith, owned a sailboat dealership in LeRoy, IL. In addition to other makes of sailboats, he sold Victoria 18’s, and a group of them competed in early CLSA races. Because of their prominence, the last two CLSA races of the season were named for them. I have not seen one of these beautiful boats at Clinton Lake for years, but we still celebrate their early contribution to our racing program!