19th February, 2009 - Posted by club - Comments Off

stock foto  racing offers a variety of racing activities for sailors of all skill levels and interests. People are always looking for crew, so if you don’t have your own boat, don’t let that hold you back. One of the best ways to improve your sailing skills is racing, and at TBYC we do our best to make it fun!

“Big Boat” Racing (PHRF handicap system): TBYC has two series.

Ladd McKay Series: this competitive series has both Spinnaker and Jib-and-Main (JAM) fleets. Races take place on Saturdays, with one out of town race each year as weather permits. The Spinnaker fleet typically races a windward-leeward course, while JAM races are usually a triangle with a windward leg, reach, and downwind. For each race flags are awarded to the top three finishers in each fleet, determined by corrected time. Series trophies are awarded at the end of the season. The Ladd McKay Series is open to any boat who wants to pay the nominal entry fee.

Cannon Series: the Cannon Series is family racing, sponsored by TBYC for TBYC members. Races take place on Sundays. Restricted to Jib-and-Main (no spinnakers allowed), race courses are designed to be fun for family and friends who gather to enjoy some friendly competition on Tawas Bay. Some races have a theme, such as Lady Skipper’s Day. For each race flags are awarded to the top five finishers, determined by corrected time. A series trophy is awarded at the end of the season.

Special Events for “big boats” include the Tawas Bay Invitational and the Offshore 40 (both LHYA sanctioned events), the Slammer Cup (a home-and-away annual event with our friends from the Huron Yacht Club in Caseville), and the Tawas Bay Challenge (a Labor Day Weekend JAM race with our friends across the bay at the Tawas Bay Marina, followed by a BBQ and prizes).

With all of these choices, there is opportunity for everyone to enjoy racing at TBYC Check the schedules, grab your life jacket, and come on out!