Saturday, September 23, 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 

Dobson Regatta - Sept 23/24th

Next weekend (23/24th) is the final regatta of the 2017 season. The Dobson Regatta is sponsored by Kenny Dobson in honor of his family. Kenny is a strong supporter of the activities of the AIS fleet, with trophies, docking, put-in, haul-out, and generous donation of committee boats.  This is a great opportunity to reciprocate by registering your boat for this event.  Go here to register

 The event format is two days of Mid Distance racing, with a social on Saturday night, and a prize giving on Sunday. The colors on the shoreline are starting to change, so the scenery will be spectacular. Register your boat today. See you on the start line.

Fall Regatta 2017

The Apostle Islands Station 2017 Fall series this past labor day was a spectacular success! Growth and interest in Bayfield racing continues as evidenced by the total of 23 boat listed on the scratch sheet for this event.

The Hulings around Madeline Island Race was held on Saturday, the first day of the regatta. With a moderate to stronger wind forecast and clearing weather this day was ideal to send the fleet on the nearly 30 mile course around Madeline Island. Given the SW flow the race started near Bayfield and headed to the weather mark at Grants Point. This set up a long spin run up the east side of Madeline with moderate seas building from astern. Congratulations to the winner Chase, and Charlie Schroeder as the overall fleet winner. Full results are posted here 

Boats racing with the buoy fleet got in two races on both Sunday and Monday in the waters near Bayfield which allowed for maximum competition and fun. The mid distance and JAM boats also had great racing each day rounding Basswood Island to port on Sunday, Basswood Island to starboard on Monday.

Congratulations to Annapurna/Greg Nuss for their cumulative weekend first place in buoy racing, Texana/Dallas Johnson for first in mid-distance racing, and
Impromptu/Tony Signorelli for first in JAM racing. The full cumulative results are listed here 

As the fleet continues to grow this is an excellent time to join us for great racing, great friendship and fun. Two events remain for AIS sailing, the single/double handed race on September 16 and the Dobson Regatta on September 23, 24. If you have a boat join us, we'll make it easy for you to participate. If you want to get on a boat contact us or put your name on the crew and boat finder

We look forward to more fun as 2017 concludes!

Bayfield Race Week 2017

Bayfield Race week, 2017 edition, is complete! This year's event was a great success. Race week, the signature summer gathering for the Apostle Islands station of the Wayzata Yacht Club, is continuing to grow, attracting many boats and crew from diverse locations as well as those resident in Bayfield. Boats and crew enjoyed 5 full days of racing on t he water, participated in great organized social events on shore as well as impromptu gatherings in and around the streets and docks of beautiful Bayfield WI.

Complete race results posted

Congratulations to all who participated. Each day of race week had spectacular sailing, great competition and sportsmanship. Special congratulations to the following cumulative winners in each division:

  • Buoy Racing A - Annapurna, Farr 36 OD, Greg Nuss
  • Buoy Racing B - Pennycress, C&C 37, David Clarke
  • Jib and Main - Radio Flyer, J-36, Edward Alspach
  • Mid-distance A - Papa Gaucho II, J 35, Keith Stauber
  • Mid-distance B - Red Herring, C&C 38 MKII, Thomas Family
  • Mid-distance C - 99 problems, Lindenberg 26, Matthew Ruona
  • Sport Boat - Fly 2.0, J 70, Erik Wilson

Bayfield race week 2017 was the largest ever with a total of 58 boats competing. Race organizers did a great job ensuring all were able to compete by managing the courses on all 5 days in conditions varying from light flukey air to the potential of thunderstorms on the course. In spite of the challenges great racing occurred on all 5 days.

 It’s not too early to start thinking about 2018 which will be the 40th race week in Bayfield, and likely be the largest yet. 2018 will be at least as much fun as 2017, bring your boat if you have one, jump on one if you do not. Contact us if you need help getting started. Racing at the Apostle Islands Station of the WYC is robust and continuing to grow, come join us!


Around-the-Islands 2017

The WYC Apostle Islands Station summer season kicked off with the annual Around the Islands race (63 NM) on July 1st 2017. This year's event was tremendous of fun with more wind than previous years which had many boats finishing in 13 to 15 hours elapsed time. Congratulations to the Olson 30 Tweety, skippered by Robert Schroer, which corrected to 14:49:01 for 1st place! Complete Results

2017 Around the Islands had 35 boats starting in light air at 10:00 AM just off Rittenhouse Avenue in Bayfield. The wind filled in nicely as boats passed Oak Island and headed north for Devils Island in strong reaching conditions. The westerly wind allowed the fleet to run quickly to Outer Island for the turn south which, as is often the case, requires tacticians to decide between a shorter course following the island's south or a longer course with potentially more wind offshore.

Early finishers could be heard celebrating dockside as boats continued to finish though the night. This year's opening to race week 2017 was truly one to be remembered. Many thanks to race organizers and volunteers for all the hard work that allowed this year's ATI to be such a great success.

Photo Credit: LeAnn Taylor

Race Week - Save the Dates


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

Yacht Scoring 2017 Results and Info

2017 Cumulative Results

Bayfield Race Week is the centerpiece 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.

Sailing Instructions

WYC 50th Anniversary Celebration Video
Official Notice Board
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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