One-Design Sailing

Fall racing is well underway. Cat boats, typically sailed by a skipper and one crew member, are gathering on Saturdays, starting races from in front of the club for sailing long distance courses. Dinghies are rigging in the parking lot for fleet racing on Sundays, with three or four classes competing in three races—whenever the wind is sufficient to sail agains the tides.

September 14 & 15 BYSC hosted the Pluff Mud Regatta for youths, using two different courses; this year we doubled last year’s attendance, having about 60 participants coming from as far away as Texas.

October 5th we will host an invitational High School Regatta using our 420s with teams of two exchanging boats between races in order to help allay any special advantage of boat rigging.

It is thrilling to watch the involvement of racers between the ages of 8 and 80 competing in a sport that is gender neutral, physically and mentally demanding, on the picturesque Beaufort River. These races are run by a large number of River Rat volunteers who serve on the signal boat (from which the races are run) and on two or three mark boats (responsible for positioning marks and serving as safety aids when necessary).

If you are checked out, the Club has Sunfish for day sailing or racing; if you are unfamiliar with sailing, the Club offers lessons in sailing. We’re always thrilled to be able to encourage both new sailors and new competitors.

Gordon Sproul

Racing Chairman