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Friday Fun Races

It's the ideal way to forget the concerns of your busy workweek: relax and enjoy the simple pleasure of a fun race with family or friends. Our fun races are really social events in the guise of racing.

Every Friday night we meet on the front lawn between 5:30 and 5:45 before heading out to start at approximately 6:30pm.  If the weather is bad or threatening we don't usually go out.

To keep everything fun, there are a couple of ground rules:

  • This is a white sail series (no spinnakers allowed)

  • The starting line is long and the course is a simple triangle

  • An unofficial handicap system designed to maximize the fun is used

  • An original scoring system, designed to gauge the level of fun and encourage participation works as follows: 

    • 15 points are awarded each time a boat enters a race (you have to be in a race to be having fun). 

    • Since winning is also fun, the winner is awarded additional points equal to the number of boats in the race. 

    • The boat placing second earns one point less than the winner, third place two points less, etc. so that even 

    • The last place boat earns 1 point (plus 15 for entering) to total 16 points. 

    • At the end of the season, the boat with the highest number of points wins.  But participants are able to drop their three lowest scores in determining the season's total scores. So you won't have to show up all the time just to keep in the running. 

After-racing mingling is as important as the sailing.  The group usually meets up on the patio for the Friday Night BBQ or there is an informal raft-up party anchoring near the finish line.

Hard core racing boats are welcome provided that it is helmed by a crew member and not the regular skipper!

Absolutely no racing experience is needed to join in the fun. New members are especially welcome. 

So get ready for some good times and join the fun race gang.

First night of Fun Races: the last Friday in May.