Monday, October 16, 2017

Fun, flexible, and affordable yacht racing in the Apostle Islands.

Welcome to the Apostle Islands Station of the Wayzata Yacht Club, on Lake Superior, in Bayfield, WI.  Over the past 35 years, WYC/AIS has refined a family friendly racing and social program that offers total flexibility with three different racing fleets, and three different levels of participation and commitment.

Racing Fleets – Something for everyone.
  • Buoy Racing – this option features action packed races about buoys laid by the race committee. Races are typically two or three laps around a 1.5-2.0 nautical mile course, and take about an hour. Two or three races per day are common. 
  • Medium Distance (MD) – Yachts eschew rounding buoys in favor of racing though paradise around islands and along shorelines. Some sailors find Mid-distance racing an easier point of entry into the sport. Some are family programs with kids; while others with more experience, race shorthanded with their spouse. 
  • Jib-and-Main (JAM) – very similar format to Medium Distance except, as the name implies, this fleet does not allow spinnakers. This allows more cruising oriented yachts to be competitive. This fleet also permits use of auto-pilots. The mid-distance and jib-and-main format allows time for other activities in town.
Yachts of all shapes, sizes, and ages, can complete equitably; yachts are assigned a handicap rating – either via a Lake Michigan PHRF certificate, or one assigned by the Race Committee. Either way, we can help you start racing.
Fleet Captain: 
David Crum 

Buoy Fleet: 

Mid Distance / Jib-and-Main: 
Doug Milroy

Race Judge 
Corey Bakken 


Participation Options – eminently affordable.

Three affordable levels of participation are available; with modest event fees and fleet dues to cover the fixed operational costs such as race committee work boats, the start/finish judge, and the post race social events;
  • Daily Pass – perfect for those who want to try racing for the first time.  Simply sign-up online, and join us at the start line.  Many charterers choose the option to race a day or two, before continuing their exploration of the Apostle Islands.
  • Event Pass – ideal for owners and charterers alike. Gather a group of friends or family for a weekend of adventurous fun and camaraderie. Make memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Season Pass – once you’ve been bitten by the racing bug, this is the one for you. Membership in WYC/AIS means being a part of a community of passionate sailboat racers.


WYC Benefits

WYC/AIS Membership Benefits.

Membership in WYC/AIS means being a part of a community of sailors of all ages that enjoy;

  • Participation in one of the most active sailing clubs in the U.S., nationally recognized with reciprocal privileges at clubs across the U.S., e.g. Chicago Yacht Club;
  • Networking with other owners, skippers and crew that will help you get started, refine your sailing skills, and better understand your boat;
  • A full social program in Bayfield, and at our Clubhouse in Wayzata on Lake Minnetonka (Note: 80% of your WYC dues support racing at AIS)
  • Professional race management with US Sailing certified personnel, fully insured;
  • Trophy recognition program for individual and season events;
  • Numerous seminars each year, including; racing rules, safety, weather, seamanship, and navigation, for all levels of sailors;
  • Crew recruitment and development opportunities, including preparation for the prestigious Trans Superior Race;

In short, being a member of WYC is fun, educational and a very good deal!


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