Saturday, May 27, 2017
2017 Schedule

Spring Series 

(6 buoy races, 3 MD.JAM races scheduled)

May 27 -29



Around the Islands

July 1



Summer Series / Bayfield Race Week 

(11 buoy races, 6 MD/JAM races scheduled)

July 3 – 7



Silver Bay Scramble – MD/JAM

August 19



Fall Series 

(5 buoy races, 3 MD/JAM races scheduled)

September 2 -4



Single / Double Handed

September 16



Dobson Regatta

(2 Mid Distance Races, All fleets)

September 23 – 24



LSYA Schedule

Thr June 29 – Duluth to Bayfield

Sat July 1 – Around the Islands

Sat July 29 – International: Grand Marais to Thunder Bay

Sat Aug 5 - Trans Superior

Sun Aug 12 – Duluth Triangle (tentative date)


Other Events

July 15 – Chicago – Mac Race

July 22 – Port Huron – Mac Race

July 29 – Harbor Springs

Oct 7 – Bayfield Apple Fest 

The WYC/AIS 2017 Racing Season Starts this weekend

Welcome to 2017 racing on Lake Superior. Our boats are in the water, skippers and their crew are ready. This coming weekend's Spring Series marks the start of the 2017 racing season.

More information on the Memorial Day Weekend Spring Series racing can be found in the [Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions]. Skippers: make sure a copy of your LMPHRF makes it to Fleet Captain David Crum. Crew: make sure you ask what you can do to help. Everyone: check the updated [safety requirements]

If you are a skipper looking for crew or if you are crew looking for a ride, check the crew and boat finder page.

Join us in Bayfield for great sailing, great camaraderie and great fun to kick off 2017.

Photo: Galatea launching at Schooner Bay, courtesy of David Herring

Pre-Season Update
2017 Racing is Right Around the Corner

The weather is warming up and the ice will be gone on Superior before you know it. It's time to think about Racing on Lake Superior in Bayfield! The boats you see here as well as many others will be soon enjoying a fun, competitive 2017 sailing season.

Skippers: If you haven't done so already fill out and mail in your LMPHRF form. Get it postmarked before March 15 so your data can be processed in a timely fashion.

The schedule for AIS/WYC racing in 2017 is announced. See below for all the planned events with dates, number of races and start times. Note that warning time is 1100 unless otherwise indicated. We're looking forward to a great season.

Spring Series (6 buoy races, 3 MD.JAM races scheduled) 

  •  May 27 – 2 Buoy, 1 MD/JAM Race
  •  May 28 – 2 Buoy, 1 MD/JAM Race
  •  May 29 – 2 Buoy, 1 MD/JAM Race (second race time permitting)
Summer Series / Bayfield Race Week (11 buoy races, 6 MD/JAM races scheduled)
  • July 1 – Around the Islands (1000 warning) July 3 – 2 Buoy, 1 MD/JAM Race
  • July 4 – 2 Buoy, 1 MD/JAM Race
  • July 5 – 2 Buoy, 1 MD/JAM Race
  • July 6 – 2 Buoy, 1 MD/JAM Race
  • July 7 – 2 Buoy, 1 MD/JAM Race
Silver Bay Scramble – MD/JAM
  • Dates TBD
“Not Saxon” – MD/JAM
  • Dates TBD
Fall Series (5 buoy races, 3 MD/JAM races scheduled)
  • September 2 – Around Madeline Island (10:30 warning)
  • September 3 – 2 Buoy, 1 MD/JAM Race
  • September 4 – 2 Buoy, 1 MD/Jam Race (second race time permitting)
Single / Double Handed
  • September 16
Dobson Regatta
  • September 23 – 1 MD race, all fleets
  • September 24 – 1 MD race, all fleets

Sea Survival Course - March 18/19

WYC will host a Sea Survival Training class on the weekend of March 18/19th.  The class will follow the WORLD SAILING OFFSHORE PERSONAL SURVIVAL COURSE curriculum, including; Principles of Survival, Personal Equipment, Preparation, Abandon Ship procedures, use of pyrotechnics, fire fighting, radio procedures, and more.  

This is an intensive course that is 16 hours in length over two days, including not less than two hours of wet drills in a swimming pool. Each participant will also receive the latest RYA Sea Survival Book. This class will teach you the essential skills to keep you, your crew mates, and the boat safe as you sail on the Great Lakes and beyond. 

Eric Hill the instructor is crew on a Royal Canada Air Force Rescue Helicopter. He is also a yacht racer and has both personal and professional experience to share with us. 

Register before 2nd February to save $50.  Early bird special price $349+tax until 2nd Feb. $399+tax thereafter. Register here:

2016 AIS Season Review

2016 was a great year for the Apostle Islands Station. Participation was up in all events demonstrating a healthy and growing fleet. In particular, participation in this year's Bayfield Race Week was spectacular, with a total of 56 boats.

Congratulations to the 2017 feet championship winners:

  * Buoy Fleet Championship 1st Place: Zig Zag
  * Mid-Distance Fleet Championship 1st Place: Galatea
  * JAM Fleet Championship 1st Place:  Mon Amie

Special congratulations to this year's Boat of the Year Zig Zag who had 3 first place series finishes including a fantastic performance in the summer series taking first place finishes in 6 of 7 races!

All who participated enjoyed a great season of competition, spectacular fun and camaraderie. 2017 promises to be another great year. Come and join us in 2017 you'll have the time of your life!

WYC 50th Anniversary Celebration Video
Race Week - Save the Dates


2017 WYC/AIS Bayfield Race Week
Wayzata Yacht Club
Bayfield, WI, USA
July 03 - July 07, 2017

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.


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

2017 Fleet Dues

Posted 3/04/17

Greetings fellow sailors: It's time for everyone to pay their fleet dues of $305.  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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