Racing Information

LWYC Simply Racing


Planned Race Formats

In the recent past we have tried to have separate race programs for Large Boats (generally boats 18' to 26' long with crew) and Small Boats (typically single handed boats 10' to 14' long), but it was a lot of extra overhead without a lot of benefit.  In 2016 we combined LBs and SBs into the same program for most races, setting courses that could accommodate both at the same time, in the same race(s).  Occasionally we set a shorter course for the SBs and a longer course for the LBs.   This approach worked out pretty well and the plan is to repeat this approach in 2017.  

Races will be scheduled twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Saturday afternoons and once a month on Monday evenings (the Monday preceding the 4th Saturday).  On each of these dates, there will be one official race that is figured in the results for club recognition.  There will include a Spring Series (6 races) and a Summer Series (6 races).  Additional fun races may be scheduled (on these days or others), but will not be included in the calculations for Series recognition.  In addition, there will be the OATIE in July, and the CrAzY Race in early August.

We are likely to pick particular races to make a push to get larger number of SBs (eg Lasers, Butterflies, etc), or multihulls to turn out, but everyone is welcome at all races.  No sign ups are required.  Non-members are free to join us on the water for races.  The Club does not provide boats for races, but will try to match people/crew up with boats/owners at the meetings before races.  All members and guests are welcome to join in.  The Club 420 and Buccaneer TMI can be used for races (please use the online calendar to reserve one of these boats).  Only members and member boats will be tracked in results and eligible for series recognition. 

Series races will be largely Windward/Leeward in nature with each leg being 1-1.5 miles in length.  We will are trying to standardize several course layouts that will be posted at the club (and see below). Occasionally, a longer course, possibly around the island, may be used for LBs (with SBs having a shorter course).

  • Weather permitting, the OATIE (Outstanding Around the Island Extravaganza) will be a race around the island.  
  • The CrAzy Race could be anything!?!


Jim Nieling will coordinate the overall program with the help of anyone willing (including and especially Liam Fennel, Joe Horan, Tim Smith, Dave Bacharach and Rolf Van Houten). 

The club has acquired a small boat with motor that can be used for setting courses and retrievals in dead air … herein called the “Committee Boat” but most courses are set by Jim Nieling with his boat.  The club is considering a longer term solution but that is not yet decided.


Awards/recognition will be provided for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for the Spring Series (races before the OATIE), the OATIE, the CrAzY Race, for the Summer Series (races after the CrAzY Race), and Overall Race Champions for the year. 

Results will be tabulated “by boat”.  This allows LBs to be skippered/crewed by varying folks (family members, other club members, etc.). 

Race results will be posted at the club and on the LWYC web site and awards will be given (but don’t expect any big prizes!).  

Overall Race Champions for the year will be recorded in the permanent trophy case at the club. 

Additional guidelines and information:

     If there are excessive cancellations, due to weather or lack of wind, more races may be scheduled. Whether these races are included in series standings will be decided and communicated on a race-by-race basis.

     We have established a Face Book Group to communicate race news and this can be used to facilitate impromptu races (not included in series standings). Contact Jim Nieling to be included.

     For Saturday Races the Race Meeting will be at 1:00.  Races will typically start between 1:30 and 2:00 (decided and communicated at the Race Meetings).   For Monday Night Races the Race Meeting will be at 5:30 and the Races will start between 5:45 and 6:00.  After a race start time is established at the Race Meeting, the race will start “on time” (ie no waiting for late boats to get to the starting area).

     All boats are expected to have a stopwatch or timer of some sort on board that they can use to coordinate start times and to capture their finish time/duration (timers can be used from the club).  Each skipper will be required to record their duration at the clubhouse immediately after the race (duration is the time from the START OF THE RACE, to the time the bow of your boat crossed the finish line).  Recording forms will be at the club.  Record your times on the form on the clip board provided.

     Except for the OATIE and CrAzY Race, all Series results will be based on the High Point scoring system. No race throw-outs will be used, but no sailor will be penalized for missing races, except that participating in at least 60% of the completed Series races will be required to be included in the Series rankings.  The Overall Racing Champions will be determined by combining the Spring and Summer Series results picking the “Best Six” races of each racer/boat.

     Skippers and crew are encouraged to stick around after the race to record results, “chat” about the race, conditions, tactics, errors, procedures, etc.

     OATIE and CrAzy Race results will be calculated only on the basis of the races on those days, using the Low Point scoring system and will NOT be included in Spring or Summer Series results, nor the Overall Race Champion considerations.

     We will be using Portsmouth Handicaps.  Some adjustments will be made based on prior performance and to give new members or members with new boats a “honeymoon period.”       

     We will be experimenting a bit this year with the use of RaceQS to capture race results and provide food for discussion. If you want to learn a bit about it go here:

●     We will be using Portsmouth Handicaps and for more detail on the High Point Scoring System (refer to

Schedule of Race Related Activities

2017 Schedule


  • Racing meeting on May 6th at 10 am.   Anyone interested in large and/or small boat racing is encouraged to attend.
  • Racing Tutorial on May 27th at 10 am.  Overview of racing rules, protocol, etc. plus any requests from the May 6th meeting.




  • OATIE will be on July 22nd
  •  Race Meeting at 1:00
  •  Race at 2:00 Recognize winners of the Spring Series and winners of OATIE, at the close of the OATIE event.


Crazy Race Day is August 5th

  • Multi-hull racers will be encouraged to participate.
  • Costumes will earn extra points. 
  • Winners will be recognized after the race.




  • Banquet – Recognize winners of the Summer Series

2017 Racing Calendar

Scoring Example from Spring of 2015

For race information, please contact Jim Nieling at for information, to join a crew or to volunteer!