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SLTWYC - South Lake Tahoe Windjammers Yacht Club


Latitude 38’s Basic Racing Guidelines

Since sailboat racing is a recreational sport, we think the number one rule should be to have fun. Beyond that, some basic guidelines help prevent collisions and ensure that racing is both fun and fair. Below is an outline of the 10 basic rules which cover most racing situations. For completeness and total accuracy, refer to Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020, published by US Sailing. See www.ussailing.org/rules for details.

As the racing season is starting today May 15th with a Beer Can Race I was thinking that this might be a fun read, what do you think?


I am away at yet another Express 27 race in the Bay and I miss these yummy oysters and cunning foods.  Have fun and make merry.

Our system of racing was designed in the mid 1980’s when 15 to 25 boats appeared for each race.  We are now getting 3 to 6 boats out for a race.  We don’t want to hold one boat back from racing.  So we are going to be creative about how we start and score our races this summer.  

The Crew List

How does the crew list work?

You start by filling out the crew list form. The form contains your contact information, your preferences in sailing and any qualifications that you may have. By the way, we encourage beginners to submit their names to the crew list. Many skippers prefer training someone new rather than trying to get rid of "bad" habits of "experienced" crew. We also encourage skippers to try out new crew members. Like most sports we like to get new people involved. The skippers meetings take place day of the race at our Club House. This may present a potential crew member with the opportunity to get on a boat.

The Racing Crew List

When filling out your experience try not to oversell yourself because it will be come apparent soon after you start what your real qualifications are. This is the most active crew list and it can get you on a boat quickly. We encourage novices to post. You would be surprised how many skippers would prefer an enthusiastic novice over someone with experience.

The Cruising Crew List

If you are looking to sail and meet some new friends, this is the list for you. Experience is less important than for racing and it's a good way to get your feet wet, so to speak. When a skipper contacts you to go sailing, it's a good idea to ask him about his experience. You don't want to go out as a novice with a novice skipper. Skippers appreciate it if you volunteer to bring food or drink along for the sail.

Signup to crew or find crew on our Crew List page.


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SLTWYC Clubhouse

Tahoe Keys Boulevard 589, Suite E2
South Lake Tahoe, California

The clubhouse is only open for events, so please see the Events calendar for more information. 

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