Thursday, December 08, 2016
2016 Schedule Summary

Spring Series - May 28-30
Register | NOR | SI

Around-the-Islands - Jul 2
Register | NOR | SI

Bayfield Race Week - Jul 4-8
Register | NOR | SI

Silver Bay Scramble - Aug 13**
Register | NOR

Fall Series - Sep 3-5, including Hulings Around Madeline Race (Saturday)
Register | NOR

Single/Double Hander - Sep 10*
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Dobson Cup Regatta - Sep 17-18
Register | NOR

Saxon Smash - Sep 24**
Much of the marina washed away in the storm of 7/11/16, so an alternate destination/event is being planned. 

*Not part of championship series for buoy

**Not part of championship series

LSYA Schedule

  • Thr June 30 – Duluth to Bayfield
  • Sat July 2 – Around the Islands
  • Sat July 30 – Lake Superior PHRF Championship – Thunder Bay
  • Sun July 31 – Lake Superior PHRF Championship – Thunder Bay
  • Mon Aug 1 – Thunder Bay – Marquette
  • Thr Aug 4 – Marquette – Houghton
  • Sun Aug 7 – Houghton – Washington Harbor, Isle Royale

Other Events

  • June 10 – 13 – Americas Cup World Series, Chicago
  • July 16 – Port Huron – Mac Race
  • July 23 – Chicago – Mac Race
  • July 30 – Harbor Springs (???)
  • Aug 18 – 21 Tall Ships in Duluth

Fall Regatta

A big shout out goes to Team Celebration for winning the 2016 AD Hulings Around Madeline trophy on Saturday of Labor Day weekend.   21 boats participated in this year’s event and the classic C&C37 sailed a great race with Chewbacca (N/M 50) and Annapurna (Farr36) following up with a close 2nd and 3rd.   Congratulations team and all competitors!


Full weekend results:

Buoy Fleet:

1.      Chewbacca – Bill Peterson, N/M 50

2.      Celebration – Pete Shelquist, C&C 37

3.      ZigZag – Jim Vaudreuil, J109


Mid Distance Fleet:

1.      Texana – Dallas Johnson, Schock 35

2.      Angisina – Andy Spence-Parsons, Soverel 39

3.      Kestrel – Pia Casteline, Beneteau First 36.7


Jib & Main

1.      Impromptu – Tony Signoreli, Irwin 30

2.      Mon Amie – Mike Lamb, Tarten 35

3.      Catchun Sun – Stephen Butler, 30’ Sloop

Fall Series - Sept 3-5th

We're excited to announce The Bayfield Inn and The Creamery are official sponsors for the weekend. Please be sure to experience their hospitality! 

The event includes the Hulings Around Madeline Island Trophy on Saturday; with buoy, mid-distance, and Jib-and-main racing on Sunday and Monday.

Its not too late to register.



Silver Bay Scramble 8/13

Bayfield WI - Seven yachts from the AIS fleet competed in the annual Silver Bay Scramble, with a pursuit start. Due to lack of wind in the morning we had to shorten course and moved start to Sand Island. Pete Shelquist had anticipated this possibility and had all the start time calcs ready so it wasn't a big deal.

The wind filled in and the race started out as tight reached @ around 10 knots. The most we saw all day was 15. Typical flukey stuff about 2 miles from the finish. Annapurna and Chewy did a great job of staying on Rhumbline for the one tack across the lake while the rest of us sailed higher courses to keep the boat moving in the lumpy conditions....and prayed for a nice header to get us back online. 

No Trespassing
Alyeska – DNF
Spirit – DNS

Once on shore, swimming, hiking, and hanging out on the docs kept every one busy. The social on the SB marina deck worked great. With a ton of food left over.  By 8 the next morning,   All but a couple boats were on their way back to Bayfield.

Chicago Mackinac Race 2016

Congratulations to three AIS skippers who survived epic storms to complete their first Chicago Mackinac races as boat owners. Left to Right

  • David Crum. Quintessence. 6th in Section 05. 57th Mackinac Cup Division.
  • Andy Spence-Parsons. Angisina. 6th in Section 07. 81st Chicago-Mackinac Trophy Division.
  • Charlie Schroder. Chase. 5th in J109 Section. 77th Chicago-Mackinac Trophy Division.

 Sectional Results | Divisional Results

Race Week


2016 WYC/AIS Bayfield Race Week
Wayzata Yacht Club
Bayfield, WI, USA
July 04th - July 08th, 2016

NOTICE OF RACE  |  Registration now OPEN | Crew Board is OPEN

NOR Amendment#1  NOR Amendment#2

Results - Posted Daily

Bafield Race Week is the centrepiece of the AIS season: a week long festival of sailing on the South Shore of Lake Superior. The event surrounds the 4th of July, and attracts boats and crews all points of the compass, including: Canada, Florida, Duluth, and the Twin Cities.

Race week itself kicks-off on Sunday evening with registration.  Racing starts at 1100 each day, with multiple fleets. Depending on conditions, up to three races may be run in a day.

Post race entertainment starts with the social at the Pavilion each night, with prizes, and continues on throughout the week. Bayfield in the mid summer is a lively place with many unique dining and live music options.


Around the Islands - Saturday 2nd July 2016

The annual Apostle the Islands race will be held on Saturday 2nd July 2016. This is a glorious 64-nautical mile race around all 21 of the Apostle Islands.  Depending on conditions you finish could be as early at late evening, or as late as the following lunchtime – don’t let that dissuade you.  Register here. 

NORRegisterSICrew Declaration

Results - Posted 7/4/16

Skippers are reminded a mandatory skipper meeting will be at the Bayfield Inn at 0800 on Saturday morning.  Your attendance is required.

Additionally, each yacht is required to turn in a completed crew declaration form at that skipper meeting. Click here for a copy

WYC 50th Anniversary Celebration Video
Bayfield Race Week - 2015
Congratulations to; Chewbacca, Hobbs, Kestrel, Stawman, Goombay Smash, and Mon Amie for winning their respective fleets.  

Full results are posted here

For those who want to relive their triumphs or tantrums around the race course, Kattack generously donated their service for the event. Click here to select the race.

Official Notice Board
All official amendments to SI’s will be posted here by 10:00 on the day of race.

2016 Fleet Dues

Posted 3/30/16

Greetings fellow sailors: It's time for everyone to pay their fleet dues of $300.  Remember no one gets scored without having paid up in advance of racing.


Boat Name/Number

Fleet Captain: 
David Crum 

Buoy Fleet: 

Mid Distance / Jib-and-Main: 
Doug Milroy

Race Judge 
Corey Bakken 

Buoy Racing

This option features action packed races around 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. At the discretion of the Race Officer, the course may be a medium distance course around local attractions and/or aids to navigation. Two or three races per day are common.  Yachts are typically in the 30-50 foot, and can complete equitably; yachts are assigned a handicap rating – either via a Lake Michigan PHRF certificate, or one assigned by the Race Committee.

Mid-Distance (MD) and Jib-and-Main (JAM)

Yachts in this fleet 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.  The fleet is further sub divided into yachts that prefer to race with a spinnaker, and those with more cruising oriented yachts, who those who would prefer a more leisurely experience.  Some are family programs with kids; while others with more experience, race shorthanded with their spouse.  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.

Find a Ride
Big boats need big crews, so there are always opportunities for you. 

Four ways to connect are: 

  1. Via the new Crew/Boat finder page
  2. Via email to
  3. Via the AIS email server.  Register here: then follow the instructions.  
  4. Many of the fleet have their own websites, where you can register to crew. Google is your friend.

Be honest about your experience, and what you want to get out of the experience.  Hope to see on the starting line. :  Join the fleet list server and you, too, can send out messages to the entire fleet. 

Fleet Captain: David Crum, Webmaster:Andy Spence-Parsons
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