Racing

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

Typically held over Memorial Day weekend, the Captain Morgan Regatta is a popular two-day distance racing affair. The racing is combined with social activities and a Sunday morning brunch.

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 Night Racing

Every Wednesday Night from April through September, the Flying Scots compete in a series of informal and fun races from 6pm to dusk. Our racing coordinator helps match skipper and crew so all you have to do is RSVP and show up and start setting up the boat by 5:30pm. Fleet instructors provide free lessons and coaching and will train you on the basics with an emphasis on safety and fun. The Flying Scot is the quintessential training and development boat as it is a comfortable and stable learning platform. The Flying Scots will typically attract 8-12 boats every Wednesday night and serves to build team camaraderie and help improve our sailing skills and better prepare us for regatta racing. For more information, email fleet135racing@gmail.com

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 - christmanz@hotmail.com

Racing Rules

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

http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/WorldSailingRRS20172020-%5B20946%5D.pdf