CLYC Sunfish Racing Series

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WHEN: TUESDAYS & SATURDAYS AT 1:30PM

WHO: ALL ADULT AND YOUTH SAILORS WELCOME!

WHERE: CROOKED LAKE; IN FRONT OF CLYC

An important part of the Youth Classes  includes an introduction to sailboat racing. Many find competitive racing in a safe and relaxed environment effectively improves their sailing skills.

The Crooked Lake Yacht Club (CLYC) sponsors Sunfish Races every Tuesday and Saturday late June through mid-August, and many Crooked Lake Sailors participate in these races. With instructor approval, registered students may use CLS sunfish to participate. Further, youth division sailors have their own start — allowing close competition on a line of their own. 

There is no membership requirement  to participate in CLYC races.  However, all racers should sign in with the Race Committee before racing (a parent/guardian signature is required for participants under 18 years of age using CLS equipment). 

While all sailors are expected to conform to The Racing Rules of Sailing, many participants are learning to sail and race just want to have a good time! Racing experience is not needed to participate. However, if you are new to the sport, it is advisable to know your limits when the wind picks up. In such a case, a safety boat may be able to assist you; however, these volunteers cannot be expected to risk major injury in rescue attempts. All sailors participate at their own risk. 


The Course

 Base Image source: Michigan Interactive (www.fishweb.com)

Base Image source: Michigan Interactive (www.fishweb.com)

The Starting line is in front of the CLYC.

The Starter announces the course before each race that includes one or more of the 3 buoys that form a triangle:  

  • Buoy 1 is toward Conway, usually off Graham Point
  • Buoy 2 is toward the middle of the lake, in line with the starting line
  • Buoy 3 is toward Oden Island/Oden Park, close to the large Sand Bar

Starting horn sounds at 5 minutes, one minute, then Go, and then for each Finisher. If 3 or more racers under 18 are present: the Race Committee may start a YOUTH DIVISION five minutes prior to ADULT DIVISION, following the same procedure. In such a case, a placard will be displayed to identify the individual starts.