Racing at CCYC

The Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club® Spirit

CCYC owes its growth and prominence in great Great Lakes yacht clubs in large part to its members sailboat racing heritage.  Consistent with our volunteer approach to managing the club, our racers are predominantly amateurs, but this is not an excuse for amateurish performance. On the contrary, our members endeavor to excel, to compete against the very best, to take the sport seriously, to achieve a higher standard than the presently existing ones, to encourage newcomers to the sport, to give generously of their time, and to share their winning ways freely.

In keeping with spirit above, CCYC grew, since its founding, largely because of the strength of its sailboat racing programs.  CCYC is home to Lightning Fleet 4 and Rhodes 19 Fleet 12.  Our members have been National Champions in at least the Lightning, Rhodes 19 and Tartan Ten classes and one won the US Sailing Champion of Champions regatta.  We have been the host Club for National Championships for the Rhodes 19 and Tartan Ten classes.  Currently active One Design Fleets include the Rhodes 19, Vanguard 15, Laser and Tartan Ten with growth in Vipers, Farr 40s and J-70s.  CCYC is home to several racing fleets that have won national and international championships. Plenty of prestigious racers have risen out of the ranks of CCYC's Wednesday Evening Series (Offshore, Rhodes and Sportboat), Thursday night one-design Vanguard series, weekend one-design Laser and Lightning series. But because they all had to start somewhere, and because it is part of our charter, CCYC encourages inexperienced racers to join Crew School, find a boat, and create their own legacy.

Our club races, Wednesday Evening, Friday Night Moonlight, Weekend and One Design Fleet races, are governed by CCYC's Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions ("The Race Book").  The Wednesday Evening Series is our most competitive and most popular racing series. In keeping with our volunteer spirit, club races are supervised by club volunteer race committees.  Members sign up for Race Committee via and follow Wednesday Race Committee Procedures.

Corinthian racers can race most days of the week.  Our Offshore and Rhodes 19 fleets cooperate with Wednesday night and weekend racing.  Our Vanguards and Lasers typically compete on Thursday nights.  Our Friday night Moonlight series takes advantage of the full moon racing once every astronomical month scored under PHRF.  Vanguards often practice special racing strategies, like team racing, on Tuesday nights.

Unique in Chicago is our club’s long use of permanent Olympic Circle marks which gives our fleets an offshore location to get straight to racing, without the complexity and delays in the use of mark-set boats. Our race committee starts at the center and selects the upwind course for a variety of triangle, trapezoidal and windward leeward courses, all using the same marks.  Wednesday sections include two PHRF jib and main and two spinnaker starts, with additional starts for Lasers/Dinghies, Rhodes 19s and Tartan Tens and a Turbo section.  PHRF certificates are easy and inexpensive to obtain from the administrator, Lake Michigan PHRF

Wednesday Night Pursuit races are in the fall. We dispense with the committee boat as it gets to be time to gets boats put away for the season. We don't stop racing, though. Pursuit races have a staggered start, each boat being assigned a start time based on their PHRF rating. In a perfect world, boats with perfect ratings, that are sailed perfectly, would all finish at the same time. In the real world, the first to finish boat then takes down finish times for the rest. CCYC's Pursuit Race Start Times are listed for the Offshore Fleet.  New for 2017 are an alternative Short Courses (Course D) with adjusted start times, for those nights when wind is light.

Race Results are posted for the Offshore Fleet’s  Weekend Series,  Moonlight,  Pursuit and Wednesday A. B and  C Series;  Rhodes 19  Champion A and B, Evening and Sunset Series and the Tschudy Women's Regatta and the Vanguard 15 Summer Series.

Our one design fleets run competitive and fun regattas including the Hobelman One Design, Windy City Team Race, Red Flannels and Hairy Scary regattas, attended by competitors from all over the area and in some cases hosting international competitors.  Our Laser fleet has hosted clinics coached by sailors of international standing.   For 2017 the Red Flannels will also include the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, sailed by midwestern college teams in Tartan Tens.

CCYC is proud to host more races in the Chicago Sail Racing Assocation (CASRA) than any other club, being a big part of the Chicago racing scene.  CASRA manages the schedules and provides a common portal to offshore races, formerly provided by of the Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation (LMSRF).  CASRA also has a Facebook Page.   Our offshore racers have also been competitive in the world's longest freshwater race, CCYC placing third in the 2012 Chicago Mackinac race Club Challenge.  CCYC is also a perennial contender for the Chicago Yachting Association Frostbite trophy, a competition started by our Past Commodore Bill Rossberger.

LMSRF includes Area III, which comprises the waters from Winthrop Harbor, IL, to St. Joseph, MI. Their contribution to fostering sailboat racing competition is to provide a regional structure to the racing environment.

Inter-club programs are enabled by:
• Providing the racer with a standard means to signup up and participate in races from the various yacht clubs.
• Providing a forum for the yacht clubs to coordinate their schedules and spread the events throughout the season.
• Making it easier for the yacht clubs to sponsor races by handing signup, fee collection, scoring, protest handing, and publication of results.

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) publishes the Racing Rules of Sailing online which are modified by US Sailing's Proscriptions and are downloadable from US Sailing.

Proud Sponsors of CCYC Racing:

Important Facts & Links

2019 Schedule: All Fleets & Regattas
Wednesday Fall Pursuit Race Start Times
Race Committee Procedures

Regattas or Just for Fun