While MCSC is a teaching and is not a “racing” organization per se‚ sailboat racing can be a terrific way to learn more about boats‚ handling‚ trim and teamwork‚ in a fun and sporting format. So MCSCs members enjoy a wide variety of sailboat racing opportunities.
MCSC Organized Racing:
MCSC organizes and supports three types of racing activities:
1.) MCSC Enrichment Racing
is low key‚ inclusive‚ and instructional: a way to get more time on the water‚ meet other members and learn new skills. We work to pair experienced sailors with people who have less experience.
Enrichment Racing Details:
Description: Instructional racing for members on MCSC boats.
Schedule: Every Sunday morning during the sailing season
Boats: MCSC boats only (could be Ensigns‚ Solings or J-24s)
Skipper: MCSC Racing Certified Skipper on each boat>
Crew: MCSC members‚ with and without rating
Fees: Current Enrichment Membership for all participants
Instructions: See MCSC’s Racing Skipper Handbook.
Scoring: Informal - participants can choose to keep score or not
2.) MCSC Regattas
are special events mix MCSC boats and crew with privately-owned boats and their crew. Trophies are awarded for each regatta and every event is governed by its own sailing instructions.
MCSC Regatta Details:
Description: Special events that mix MCSC boats and crew with privately-owned boats and their crew
Schedule: Four regattas each season
Boats: MCSC and Visiting Boats (PHRF‚ Solings‚ J-24)
Skipper: MCSC Racing Certified Skipper on each boat
Crew: MCSC members and guests
Fees: $20 per boat entry
Instructions: Notice of Race (NOR) and Sailing Instructions (SIs) issued for each regatta
Scoring: Regattas are scored and prizes may be awarded per the instructions
Protests: See SIs
3.) One design racing mixing MCSC J-24s and crew with privately-owned J-24s and their crew.
J-24 Racing Details:
Description: One design racing mixing MCSC J-24s and crew with privately-owned J-24 and their crew
Schedule: Every Thursday Evening from June 2nd to August 25
Boats: J-24s from the MSCS and private fleets
Skipper: MCSC Racing Skipper with J-24 certificate on each MCSC boat
Crew: MCSC members with and without rating on MCSC boats
Fees: $150 per boat entry accepts for MCSC members with full MCSC crews
Instructions: NOR and SIs available from MCSC
Scoring: Season scoring kept by MCSC Race Committee
Protests: See SIs
Sign up for J-24 Racing Here.
If you are interested in racing or learning about any MCSC Racing described above‚ please speak with an MCSC staff member about getting involved‚ register for a racing class or download the MCSC Racing Handbook
MCSC Members who aspire to race or race more are urged to reach out to Nick
to discuss goals and develop a study plan to become race-ready and then to make connections with other Milwaukee area sailboat racing organizers to learn more about their events.
Milwaukee Bay Women’s Offshore Series (MBWOS) Mondays
On Milwaukee Bay‚ six Monday evenings are reserved for women to sail with and against other women. Sailed on PHRF (handicapped) boats from all over the bay‚ the racing is fun and friendly. Many female MCSC members join teams for these exciting events. Fran Aring is the race chairperson and can be reached through inquiry at ssyc.org
Tuesday Laser and Lightning Racing
On Tuesday evenings‚ the north end of Milwaukee Bay is covered in Lasers and the south end in Lightnings. These privately-owned dinghy fleets are competitive and quick. MCSC members with Lasers and Lightnings often gather on the grounds before and after racing to share tips and tricks. MCSC sailors are invited to enter their own boats or reach to the fleets to inquire about crew spots. Since many private boats are dry-sailed from MCSC‚ Tuesday evenings at MSCS can be an opportunity to socialize‚ spectate and recruit.
Fridays‚ starting at 6:15pm
MAST Racing Fridays
MAST is a low-key‚ fun-loving fleet of privately-owned PHRF boats. Many MCSC members crew or skipper their own boats in MAST races. Members interested in learning more should inquire with MAST Racing
regarding open crew spots. Members with private boats should visit MAST Racing
for registration information.
Milwaukee Bay Offshore Series and SASS
Milwaukee and South Shore Yacht Clubs cooperatively organize a series of weekend regattas geared for privately-owned boats and crews. Some MCSC members crew or skipper privately-owned boats in these events. Members interested in learning more should attend the early-season crew-search meetings to find a spot on a boat. Members with private boats should reach to their respective club for registration information.