Get Active in Sailing
Our sail race committee runs a complete summer-long series of events at all levels of competitive sailing. From small-boat one-design, to beer can racing, to full-on grand prix events. Whatever your level, you'll find a fleet to fit. For general information contact Race Committee Chair Rick Trisco, , (262) 970-0082. For fleet-specific information contact your fleet captain.
SS/SSS (South Shore Social Sailing Series ) heads out for a quick spin around the buoys every Wednesday night, followed by a great party with free beer and optional, value-priced buffet dinner. It's a fun and crazy mix of casual cruisers and hard-core racers. The race committee adjusts individual handicaps after every race, giving a knock to the winners and a boost to the losers, "so all can win." There are three spinnaker divisions and two, growing jib-and-main divisions. Often you'll find 60 or 70 boats on the starting line. To come out and race you don't need a PHRF certificate. Contact Fleet Captain Barbara Drake, , (414) 276-4051.
MBOS/PHRF is the weekend crowd of racers who take the sport very seriously and compete intensely. Milwaukee Yacht Club and South Shore Yacht Club partner up for race management. These regattas are run crisply and professionally at a championship level. And yet it's not all about intensity. A great party follows every great event. Contact Fleet Captain Cheryl Kelly, .
SASS Fleet: (formerly MBSAS) If you need to cut the lawn or take the kids to soccer on Saturday, but would still like to get a good sailboat race in later that day, this is the fleet for you. Born from the successful SS-SSS Wednesday night race format, the Saturday Afternoon Sailing Series (SASS) is our newest fleet. It features a one race per day format in a limited season schedule of only five races. Each race will be held in the mid afternoon and sailed on the same "fixed" course no matter which way the wind blows. The goal is for each race to last no longer than two hours, so you know you can be on and off the water quickly after a nice afternoon of competitive sailing. MBSAS fleet members can also enter the PHRF fleet distance races for an additional charge. Afterwards the fleet is welcome to join the traditional PHRF fleet after-race parties when available. Contact Craig Griffith, , for additional information.
The Milwaukee Bay Lasers are the area's fastest-growing one-design fleet. Now in their sixth season of organized racing, the fleet uses the north inner harbor on Tuesday nights. Race management responsibilities are shared by Milwaukee Yacht Club, South Shore Yacht Club and the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center. Contact Fleet Captain Steve Dolan, .
The Lightning Fleet, racing on Tuesday nights, is our newest addition. Or, shall we say, the newest iteration of a fleet that's been around for decades. This 19-foot trailerable centerboard sloop was designed by Sparkman & Stephens as an affordable family day-sailor and racing boat. She has evolved into one of the most popular and competitive one-design racing classes in the world. Awarded ISAF International Class status, the Lightning is sailed in more than 13 countries and in the Pan American Games, and the class provides a professionally managed association that is among the largest in all of one-design sailing. Contact Fleet Captain Patrick McGuinnis, , (414) 571-0719.
Also. visit the class association website.
The MBWSO (Milwaukee Bay Women's Sailing Organization) runs six Monday-night handicap events over the course of the summer. Three are on the north end of the bay and sponsored by Milwaukee Yacht Club. Three are on the south end of the bay and sponsored by South Shore Yacht Club. The sponsoring club hosts an after-race party. MBWSO promotes women in sailing and creates a spirit of good fellowship. Another core purpose: Help participants build their skills and their confidence level. Contact Fleet Captain Fran Aring, , (414) 481-2600. Go to MBWSO website.
The Doublehanded Fleet runs a series a four fun races spread out over the summer and always on late Friday afternoons. Give yourself an excuse to start the weekend a couple hours early. Each race is a simple spin around the buoys followed by a party with buffet supper. Popular event, great group. Contact Fleet Co-Captains Bruce Nason, , (414) 460-9022; and Carolyn Nason, , (414) 357-8011