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Races and Regattas

Triangle Series

About eight weekend days between May and October are reserved for triangle races. Prior to each race, we hold a skipper's meeting at noon at the club's pavilion where the race committee announces the location of the course and the race particulars based on weather reports and wind conditions. The race committees try to schedule the start for the first of 3 or 4 races at 1:00 PM. Depending on the racers present, there are up to three simultaneous fleet races: cabin boats, Flying Scots, and a mixed fleet. The race course is typically a triangle or a windward/leeward course. Wind conditions often require the race committee to limit the number of races and/or change the length of the race. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. We will provide friendly help and advice with the basic rules. Our racing is good-natured. Good sportsmanship is the rule.

Distance Series

The distance series is similar to the triangle series as it likewise involves about 8 weekend days throughout the season. The course is a loop about 11 nautical miles long and provides a very scenic round trip of Clinton Lake. Prior to each distance race, we hold a skipper's meeting at noon at the CLSA pavilion. The race committee determines race course details which depend on weather conditions. The start of each race is scheduled for 1:00 PM and usually includes cabin boats, Flying Scots, and a mixed fleet.

Captain Morgan Regatta

This late - May regatta (during Memorial Day weekend) is a popular 2-day distance racing affair. The racing is combined with social activities which make for a great weekend event.

Laser Sunfish Challenge

This regatta is one of the club’s championship series.  Skippers from the various fleets compete on a level basis in Laser, Banshee or Sunfish sailboats. Those who do not have their own boat, can reserve one of the CLSA fleet boats for the event.

Vicki Cup Triangle Championship

This event is the championship regatta for the triangle races.  Sailors are divided into 2 fleets, cabin boat fleet and a one design fleet. Races are scored using the Portsmouth Handicap system.

Vicki Cup Distance Championship

This event is the distance race championship regatta. This race is typically sailed by cabin boats. Races are scored using the PHRF Handicap system.

Wednesday Practices

Wednesday evening is a busy one at CLSA! Many Wednesdays, the small fleet boats will practice in the small boat harbor. It's a great time to brush up on your rigging and sailing skills. It's also a practice time for new, Intro to Sailing students. 

Wednesday is also when the Flying Scots hold their informal practices. From April to September, 5:15 to dusk, the Scots will have 8-15 boats practicing their skills the racecourse. It's a fun way to build your racing skill set, build team camaraderie, and more. For more information, email

Thursday Night Sailing  

Thistle Fleet 66 sails on the water on Thursday evenings from May to October. These informal races start at 6pm and run until dusk. These informal races are intended to work on crew development and tune racing skills for regional and national events. Thistle Thursday night sailing is open to anyone interested in sailing on a high performance sailboat.  For more information, please contact Gerry Christman -

Racing Rules

Our racing focuses on fun, low stress, education, and more fun. General racing rules may be found below - Rules