Learn to Race
Racing a sailboat challenges many of the perceptions about sailing as a "sedate" or "boring" sport.
The basics are easy get... sail upwind, turn left around a buoy in the water, sail downwind, turn around another buoy, head back upwind to the finish line. Sure... easy.
Now, add boats around you blocking your wind, add the right of way rules, add varying wind speed in different areas of the lake... and you have a boat race.
What is a sailboat race?
We race around fixed marks on the lake, races are started in the middle of the lake by volunteers running the Race Committee boat for the evening. The Race Committee sets the course by displaying numeral cards on the back of their boat indicating the order the selected marks are to be passed.
What Types of Boats are Sailed
The type of boat you sail determines the kind of racing you'll be doing. Sailing the same type of boat as others puts you into fleet racing. First one across the finish line wins.
If you are sailing a unique type of boat, you're handicap racing. Your time to sail around the course is recorded and a handicap number is applied to the time of all handicap boats. The calculated fastest time around the course is the winner.
How to Get Started?
We all abide by the Racing Rules of Sailing
. It's a daunting document that
will make more sense once you've been out on the water. Those you'll be sailing against will be helpful and patient with your learning curve. They had to learn this also.
Other Benefits of Racing at Glenmore
- Lessons build the fundamentals and allow you to contribute to the boat you're sailing on
- Many good books have been written about sailboat racing.
- Come visit the Club after racing on a Wednesday evening (after 9pm) to meet the skippers, their crews and to see who is looking for additional crew.
- If you've sailed and are looking for a crew spot on a boat, join our crew list
- If you have your own boat, come sail with us.
- It's the most active thing the Glenmore Sailing Club does.
- It's a life long sport, recreation and social activity.
- Sailors of all ages build skills and relationships that endure off the water.
- You'll develop / build / refine skills such as sportsmanship, fair play, volunteerism, and competence.
- For the younger sailors, there is always the development of the life skills coming from taking their own boat out on the water, sailing with other youth, learning how to win gracefully, learning how to come out and learn some more when winning doesn't happen the first time out.
- Finally, there is the new language you'll learn. Starboard, lubber line, scupper, reaching, close hauled, gybe... what fun!
Summer Youth Sailing Camps 2018
Registration opens early 2018
Sailing for Scouts
2018 program details. Register your group for an Introduction to Sailing course, a summer camp or have a youth speaker from the Youth Race Team talk about sailing with your group.
Basic Training Camp
A three-day learn to sail camp for Active Military and Veterans. Spring 2018
Post-Secondary Student Sailing Clubs
Socials and dry land theory start January 2018.
Wall of FameGSC members sailing and winning regattas.
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