CLSA is a great place to practice social distancing! To ensure the safety of our members and their families during the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of practices have been put into place for the 2020 season. As a club and individual members, the Clinton Lake Sailing Association will follow the federal guidelines plus all state and local requirements. Masks must be worn at all times while on the dock and anywhere on our property when someone cannot avoid being within 6 feet of another person.

Racing Essentials

Buoy Racing Series

*Currently paused due to Covid-19* The Buoy Race Series runs all season from May through September. In 2020, the CLSA calendar includes eight scheduled Buoy Races on Saturdays. Three races, to be raced on a windward-leeward course, are scheduled for each race day. The Flying Scot division is scored on a one-design basis with its own start. All remaining boats are scored in the Open Division on a handicap basis with elapsed time adjusted for handicap.

Distance Racing Series

*Currently paused due to Covid-19* The Distance Race Series also runs all season long from May through September. In 2020, the CLSA calendar includes 6 Distance Races on Sundays. The distance 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.

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 compete 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 Buoy Racing Championship

This event is the championship regatta for the buoy 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 Portsmouth Handicap system.

One-Design Regattas

Windsurf Regatta

CLSA hosts a windsurfer and kiteboarding regatta at the beginning of each season. Windsurf Regatta Page.

Top Gun Racing School

On August 28-30, CLSA's best racers will be offering a one-of-kind racing clinic for beginner and intermediate racers. This opportunity is organized by Flying Scot Fleet #135, but is open to all boats.


August 28-30

Friday 1pm start. Saturday 10am start. Sunday 10am start. With perfect sailing conditions and no delays, sailing could be finished as early as Saturday morning.

We will not race more than 6 races without a break.

No race shall start after 2pm on Sunday.

Video debrief at end until all questions are answered.


Race up to 10 short 20-minute races.

Short W-L course with starting line the middle makes winning the start very important. Expect congestion at marks!

Video debrief session at end.

Flying Scot Fleet 135

*Sold Out* - Registration free per boat $150.

Ryan and Stacey from Mad Sails, along other championship fleet racers, will be offering a one-of-kind racing and learning experience. Top Gun is limited 10 Flying Scot racing teams on a first come first served basis. 10 short 20-minute races will be scheduled. Every race team will do a speed testing session with former Midwest District Champions Ben Williams and Deb Aronson. Ryan Malmgren will crew/coach for each skipper one race while your crew sails with Frank Gerry, another regatta-winning skipper. Stacey Rieu is an expert crew and will be your third crew/coach during another race to focus on the front of the boat. Mark Taylor will be sharing tactical insight with the fleet from the race committee boat. Mark is a former world championship tactician who won the Lightning Worlds with former Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Jeff Linton. Eric Bussell will be shooting drone footage for the video debrief at the end of racing.