Welcome to Cruiser Fleet Racing!
The Cruiser Fleet Racing was organized to encourage team building and cruiser racing. We encourage cruiser sailors of all levels of racing experience to join in the fun! Please don’t let concerns about knowing the racing rules deter you. We will be offering a brief clinic on the basic racing rules before the first race and our Sailing School will be offering one or more Racing Clinics during the year. In addition, our friendly experienced cruiser competitors aren’t shy about giving you some “instruction” during the race if you are about to incur a penalty. Some cruiser teams may invite you to crew or let you ride along during a race if you let them know that you are interested. If you just remember that the number one rule in racing is to avoid collisions with other boats, you will do fine.
- Skipper must be a LMSA member in good standing.
- Boat must be at least 18 ft and 750 lbs.
- Racers must serve as race committee at least one race day per season.
- Skippers joining the fleet will designate a team name under which to sail.
- Skippers must sail with at least one crew person (no single handing).
- Skippers may have different crew members and sail different boats under the team name.
- PHRF handicap will be used
Racing communication will be by the GroupMe app. To join, download the app and email Teresa Silence with the phone or email associated with the app.
Racing Schedule and Instructions
Fleet racing will be twice a month on Sundays at 1:30pm. See the calendar or download the race schedule (coming Feb 2021).
See the Cruiser Fleet Sailing Instructions <link coming soon>
Racing times for all boats will be adjusted according to the USPHRF (US Performance Handicap Racing Fleet) handicap system. USPHRF is administered by the US Sailing Association and is updated regularly by the results of races submitted by sailing organizations around the US. More information on PHRF is available at www.ussailing.org. PHRF handicaps are published for most sailboats. If a certain boat has no published PHRF handicap, a handicap committee chosen by the Cruiser Fleet Commodore will establish an initial handicap based on handicaps of other boats of similar design. Adjustments to this initial handicap will be made based on actual racing results.
In order to level the playing field for crews with less racing expertise and to make it more of a challenge for highly experienced crews, we are also making “crew experience” handicap adjustments similar to the handicapping in the game of golf. For example, in a race with 5 boats, after the first day of races, the boats that finished first and second for the previous day of races will have their handicaps lowered by 10% of the difference between their average PHRF adjusted finish times and the average adjusted finish times of the boat that came in third. The boats that came in 4th or lower will have their handicaps increased by 10% of the difference between their average adjusted finish times and the average adjusted finish times of the boat that came in third. The boat that came in third will have no handicap adjustment. These “crew experience” adjustments will continue throughout the season based on the results of previous day’s races. Racing teams can change team members, but at least one of the original crew must be onboard in any race in order to be counted toward “crew experience” handicap adjustments.
The Cruiser Fleet dues are $25 per boat. Only paid boats will be scored in season standings. Join here.