Thursday Evening Racing This first event is Members only (and free for Members this time). Future thursday evening racing will be welcome to all, and like all our events is designed to have an educational component, so in addition to improving your sailing skills, we may also practicing advanced skills like navigation, reefing and man over board drills, by incorporating them into the race! Of course, one design racing is far and away the best way to refine your sailing skills, and learn how small differences in sail trim or steering have a big impact on speed. Plus learning to working together effectively as a team and grow is rewarding in any endeavor.
If you wish to steer, you must have completed our Intro to Sailing course, either via the weekend or tue night program. Each boat will have one or 2 captains, who will be SSC members. The SSC members will do the starts and about half the driving upwind and downwind. If you have completed the Intro courses, you will qualify as a helmsman and you can and will do some of the steering as we will rotate through positions. We try to set up the courses to get in 4 or more starts, helping you refine your strategy on the line.
Boats start leaving the dock at 6:00 pm. We have in the past and will continue to offer women's only boat as often as possible, along with singles or rainbow boats if sufficient interest. Since we race close to the dock, you often can jump on a boat at any point up to the last race. The races will be cancelled if small craft warnings are posted, the winds are over 18 knots, gusts are over 22 knots, or there is moderate to heavy rain or lightning. We normally look at the New Haven and UConn Western Long Island Sound weather stations for wind strengths.
The Thursday evening racing series starts on June 12, 2014, and continues for every Thursday till September 11th, for a total of 14 evenings. The cost is $40 per person for non-members or $10 per person for members, and includes an after race cookout or pizza and beer. Members can invite one guest at the member rate (and additional guests at the non-member rate). Non-members may purchase a 6 pack of cruises for $180.