Regattas – Youth
During our 7-week summer sessions Monday – Thursday, race students can participate in the GSBYRA sanctioned regatta series weather permitting most Fridays and Race Week in July.
WPSA does NOT provide student or private boat transportation to or from races. Students may use club boats if available and we ask race parents to volunteer a few times to tow a club stack trailer to and from races. You’ll receive a volunteer credit voucher towards next year’s WPSA membership fee.
Students and parents must preregister for GSBYRA races on their own, online prior to the events. Pairs of sailors race in 420’s and individual sailors race in Opti/Optimist or Sunfish in the Green, Red, White or Blue Fleets.
The GSBYRA race season extends past our own. Students are welcome to continue on their own and make arrangements to use WPSA boats.
See https://gsbyra.org/junior.html for more details.
Weeknight Races – All Ages
On select weeknights, weather permitting, the WPSA invites members to race off of our bulkhead, to compete and socialize with other members! This is a great opportunity to get some sailing in and also for newcomers to volunteer to crew on another boat while gaining experience.
We have fleet races by class of boats, as well as PHRF races which are explained below but are handicapped to allow for casual racing among different classes of boats.
Weeknight Race Schedule
To be announced.
Tuesday Night Races – SUNFISH FLEET 6pm – 8pm
Sunfish races are a one design category meaning that only Sunfish boats would race – however, at WPSA we also allow Opti’s to participate. Participants should arrive to rig earlier and be out on the water for 6pm. Cancellation notices due to weather are on Facebook.
Thursday Night Races – HANDICAP FLEET 6pm – 8pm
‘Handicap’ in sailing context means that different size and different types of boats race against each other and a mathematical model adjusts for the differences to make them as equal as possible(as opposed to ‘one design’ races, where all boats are the same, such as all Sunfish or all Flying Scot.) A boat finishing last after the computations are done could be the winner!
Participants should arrive to rig earlier and be out on the water for 6pm. Cancellation notices due to weather are on Facebook. Sunfish, Opti, and all larger boats welcome to race.
Friday Night Races – PHRF FLEET 6pm – 8pm
PHRF means Performance Handicap Racing Fleet, which is a system allowing dissimilar boats to race against each other and by mathematical model that will cancel out advantages and disadvantages for each class of boat. It means any boat can compete! PHRF races are usually larger boats, therefore Opti’s would not participate for safety.
Participants should arrive to rig earlier and be out on the water for 6pm. Cancellation notices from the Fleet Captain.
PHRF means Performance Handicap Racing Fleet – this is a method of classification that gives dissimilar boats the ability to race against each other using a handicapping system. Handicaps are assigned by the committee or chairperson with specific fleets and is sanctioned by the United States Sailing Association. Generally these are casual races!
For more information on PHRF please visit: www.ussailing.org/competition/offshore/phrf