CBYRA and/or US Sailing membership may be required to receive a discounted entry fee for some regattas.
Fawcett/EYC Beer Can Season Starts May 8
The first gun for the 2015 Fawcett/EYC Friday Night Beer Can racing series is at 1825 on Friday, May 8.
Again this year, the series will have 13 races in two halves, up from 10 in years past. Race dates are May 8, 15, and 29; and June 5, 12, 19 and 26 [Series 1]; and July 17 and 24, and August 7, 14, 21, and 28 [Series 2]. The Notice of Regatta has been posted, registration is open, and we are ready for another great season.
Please note that we also welcome racers and potential racers to an EYC Racing Forum on Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m.
The regatta is open to all boats at least 20 feet in overall length. It is not necessary to be a member of a yacht club or of CBYRA to enter and race. Boats usually racing PHRF are eligible to complete with a valid PHRF certificate.
Boats that do not usually compete in CBYRA events or compete in Class PHRF-N or do not normally participate in sailboat races other than this Beer Can series may compete in the Beer Can Cruising Rally and may request a courtesy PHRF rating. If you don’t have one, request it by sending an email to the Race Committee. For boats requesting a courtesy PHRF rating, complete entries should be received at EYC on or before Friday, May 1 (you are also welcome to start the series later than May 8, and send your entry materials as they are available.)
Pre-Season Race Committee Training
Please be certain to mark your calendar for the Race Committee's remaining training events. Tom Stalder will present his popular GPS Training class on Saturday, 28 March. Tom will cover the explanation how GPS positioning works and lead participants in a practical exercise that lets everyone practice navigating around the EYC parking lot.
The annual RC Training Day is set for Saturday, 11 April. We will cover in the morning many of the race committee “basics,” as they pertain to our EYC activities. Following lunch at the Club, we will head out on the water and put to use what we learned in the morning. RC Training Day has been a popular introduction to our activities for new members and an effective way to shake off the winter rust as we head into the new season.
Finally, we’re introducing something new this year. In an effort to help ensure that both race committee and racers are “on the same page” we will convene a Racers Forum on 26 April. The idea is to allow Race Committee to outline race requirements (as defined in the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions) and expectations, and offer racers the opportunity to ask questions of the Race Committee. While the initial thought was to cover the Fawcett’s Friday Night Beer Cans Races, we can include any event in the open discussion.
Why sign up for Race Committee duty? Read what a serious racer, who also is deeply involved in race management, has to say on the subject. If you are an active, retired, or wannabe racer, you might want to consider spending some time on another kind of boat ... the Race Committee boat.