Sunday, February 26, 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



“Not Saxon” – MD/JAM

Dates TBD


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 

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!

Single/Double Hander

The 2016 WYC AIS Single/Double Handed Race was held on September 10th. This year saw a grand total of 14 boats, 8 double handed and 6 single handed. The short handed crews were given a challenge with good wind out of the NNW approaching 20 knots as racers rounded the Red Cliff Buoy to port before returning back to Bayfield for the finish.

Congratulations to WYC/AIS boats Galatea for first place in the Double Handed Division and SS George Bailey for [first/second?] place in the Single Handed Division.


Complete results can be seen on Yacht Scoring

Dobson Regatta 2016 Recap

The Dobson Regatta was held Saturday and Sunday September 17 and 18, 2016. With many different wind conditions over the course of just two days, the event encompassed the excitement and challenge of racing in the Bayfield area. Congratulations to ZigZag, the 2016 recipient of the Dobson Cup!

Saturday's course of 26 NM had racers keep Hermit to port, Raspberry to port, and then return to Bayfield keeping the Red Cliff Buoy to starboard. Racers saw WSW wind from 10 to 20 knots with much island effect. Congratulations to Saturday's top three finishers: Results

  1) Allegro
  2) Chase
  3) ZigZag

Sunday saw lighter winds - below 10 knots, and often around 5 knots or less - that shifted and ultimately died later in the day. Racers were challenged to keep their boats moving to the finish line. Congratulations to Sunday's top three finishers: Results

  1) ZigZag
  2) Chase
  3) Quintessence III

Overall the top three finishers for the 2016 Dobson Cup Regatta were:

  1) ZigZag
  2) Chase
  3) Texana

Complete cumulative results can be [seen here]

Special thanks to Kenny Dobson, for his continue sponsorship of the event, and thanks to all who participated. We are looking forward to another great Dobson cup event in 2017.

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

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.

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
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.

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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