This year saw the first full-day abandonment. Due to an eight hour time limit per leg the Sunday race was abandoned as no one made the time limit figured from the pursuit start time of the fast boat on the course, Copacetic. Great Scot ran the race but chose to use a spinnaker and its 10 point higher "spinnaker" rating and thus was not included in the JAM overalls. Both days featured large late-afternoon thunderstorm/squall fronts coming through the course followed by a lot less wind that later built. The late arrival of wind on Sunday caused all but two boats to DNF. Nikn and Copacetic are to be congratulated for their "dogged persistance" in finishing both legs under stail.
Seven competitors completed the 2016 LSYC MAST (Race the Wrecks) Race on Saturday 30 July 2016. Click above to view the finishes.
An excellent wind and low wave action gave the twenty boats that competed in this year's Lorain One-Design Regatta a fine ride throughout four races. While the wind blew in the low to mid teens all day, the course was relatively flat (for Lake Erie) due to a course setup in the wave-shadow of the Lorain breakwater system.
The second series of the 2016 season of weekly racing at LSYC kicks off this coming Wednesday, August 3, 2016, with the weekly Wednesday night auxiliary races. Due to the shortening days the start will be at 19:00 for the first four Wednesdays of August and then shifting to 18:30 for the last Wednesday in August and the balance of the series extending into September.
The Interlakes and Star class one-design fleets return for the second half of the season starting this coming Saturday, August 6, 2016. Start times remain at 13:00 on Saturdays. The One-Design fleet takes the Saturday of the Gibbs Race (August 27, 2016) off to allow sailors and RC staff to manage that race instead.
The Interlakes got back on the Saturday course for the first time on Saturday July 20th and will be sailing an abridged season of one series through Labor Day weekend or possibly later if the class elects.
With two more months of racing ahead there's still time to enjoy weekly racing at LSYC!Click here for the Weekly Racing NOR and Application
Lorain Sailing and Yacht Club (LSYC) works to maintain an aggressive schedule of racing throughout the season. The club has fleets of one-design and PHRF boats and all fleets get weekly racing opportunities throughout the summer season from late May through mid-September.
Our one-design fleets (trailerable boats like Interlakes and Stars) race on Saturday afternoons with a 13:00 first start time. Courses are .5 to 1 nm windward/leeward legs in courses of 2 to 5 legs, depending on weather conditions. One-design courses are setup on inflatable marks for solid upwind competition. The club has three lifts with capacity up to 1 ton displacement and on-site storage for easy-in/easy-out sailing.
Our PHRF fleet is for auxiliaries rated under the Performance Handicap Racing Fleet rules (PHRF) on a fixed mark course of 1 to 1.25 nm per leg. The PHRF fleet races on Wednesday nights with the first gun at 19:30 early in the summer moving to 19:00 in August and 18:30 in September. The fixed mark course uses a movable start/finish line so that the first leg is always a true upwind competition. This is an advantage over the traditional "wheel" layout where all races start from the middle and usually do not offer a true windward start.
We run races in series where the combination of two series constitutes a full season. There are also a few "by-weeks" and throw-outs built into the schedule which allow racers to miss a week without damaging their standings. Fees favor signing up for a full series or season. But we also offer a "per-race" rate so you can come out and sample racing before buying a full season. Ask us about our "first race free" promotion for new racers.
Inter-mixed with the weekly racing are special races. The middle of July features our annual Lorain One-Design Regatta -- a full Saturday of racing and post-racing fun. Late in August the club runs its annual Tom Gibbs Memorial Kelleys Island Race for auxiliaries. The Gibbs race is a two day affair with an Saturday overnight on Kelleys featuring a steak fry and "first leg" best time awards.
We are also experimenting with some new race options. Perhaps a long distance race for the one-designs and a "MAST" long distance race for the auxiliaries.
Notice of Race (NOR) for the weekly races will be available in late April. Please see the Docs page for NOR and application and come out and join us on the starting line.