Our schedule for racing this summer, subject to weather & public health regulations, is:
Club Championship series; dinghy racing every weekend day and statutory holiday from May 29th to September 19th, except on days when we have a keelboat race scheduled
Keel boat racing days; June 19, July 31, September 11th, and September 18th.
Commodore’s Cup on August 14th (it is included in the Club Championship series)
The Racing Instructions for the Club Championship are posted here.
Here are some important points from the racing instructions:
The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race each day is 1300.
The race officer on duty may run up to five races in a day.
At least three boats must start in a race for that race to be counted towards the Championship.
15 races will be required to be completed to constitute a series. A boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores, excluding her 16th best score and all those below it. [So, you really want to complete 15 races during the summer]
We are intending to start a women’s sailing league this summer. I will post the schedule and the racing instructions for the women’s league race series when the plans for those races are developed.
A collaboration with the West Hawk Sailing Club. A one-week, half-day course for women to improve their sailing skills and learn to race. Taught on single and double-handed sailboats (Laser, Zest). For all girls / women aged 12+. Minimum CANSail 1 or demonstrated equivalent level of sailing skills required. Please see the South Whiteshell Women's Sailing League website at southwhiteshellwomenssailingleague.ca for registration information.
Sunday July 12, a mix of winds from the south made for interesting racing. There wasn’t enough wind to set a reach mark, but occasionally we got a good puff, and then again occasionally there wasn’t much wind at all. And of course, the wind shifted unpredictably from side to side. So, results varied among the four races:
It looks like the weather this weekend will be great for starting club racing; Warm with winds from the West on Saturday, and from the South on Sunday.
We will hold our first keelboat races of the year on Saturday, starting at one pm, hopefully running 3 short races. We can’t follow the “participation” approach of previous years, where we invited lots of people onto the boats. This time the people on each boat must be from the same household, or people who are regularly in contact, or a minimum number of people who are willing to be in contact for this event. It looks like we will have five boats on the starting line. Anyone who wants to sail a dinghy in the same race is welcome, but it will just be practice race for them, and they should stay out of the way of the keel boats when they are racing. That means a dinghy can still start at the same time, but it has to avoid getting in the way of the starting keel boats.
On Sunday, it should be a couple of degrees warmer, so a great occasion to race dinghies. We will try to run up to 5 races after 1 pm, as usual.
The following weekends, we will have dinghy races in the afternoons, weather permitting, except on the three days reserved for keel boat racing.