Buoy Racing Program
CYC hosts a buoy racing program open to most keelboats on
Sailors at every level of interest will find a place in the
program to have some fun on the water.
Handicaps are provided to each boat that represent her potential
performance. In general, the boats are handicapped, not the
crews. The goal is to provide reasonable competition among
crews sailing different kinds of boats.
The official description of the program is found in the Notice
of Race but here is a friendly introduction.
It all starts with two Fleets, each having two Divisions.
The Spinnaker Fleet
This fleet sails under "full racing sails" which
will usually include a spinnaker or gennaker. The development
of racing sailboats has continued, and some of the newer designs
have found a home at Carlyle Lake. These boats are so different
that it isn't quite fair they should race in the same Division
with multipurpose boats, or boats of older design, so for
2008 we have split this Fleet into two Divisions.
The OPEN Division is meant for boats sailing in their "factory"
or One-Design Rig configuration. It is reasonable to think
that any modern racer or racer/cruiser with a high aspect
ratio rig, SA/D ratio greater than about 25, and a PHRF rating
less than about 100 could compete in this Division, but the
level of competition in this Division is quite high. The boats
tend to be fairly new designs, meant primarily for racing,
and they will plane under conditions seen at Carlyle Lake.
Example boats are Melges 24 and Viper 640. If this is the
style of racing you want, a friendly bunch of sailors want
you to come out and play with them!
The HEAVY Division is meant for boats having a Sail-Area
to Displacement Ratio (SA/D) less than 30, sailing under the
Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) rules, which means
the boats are not limited to "factory" or one-design
trim. Boats in this division tend to be multipurpose boats
with at least minimal belowdecks accommodations. Some are
quite luxurious. The J-24 and San Juan 21 represent the racy
end of the spectrum, boats like the J-105 the middle, and
boats like the Beneteau 331 the luxurious cruiser end of the