|2/11||Sat||BCSA Winter Pursuit||NOR||Results|
|April 8-9||Sat-Sun||LGSC Guntersville Cup Regatta||NOR||Results|
|May 20-21||Sat-Sun||Animal Cracker Regatta||NOR|
|July 1||Sat||Firecracker Regatta||NOR|
|Sept 23-24||Sat-Sun||Tennessee Valley Challenge Cup (Privateer Yacht Club in Chattanooga hosting)|
|October 5-8||Thu-Sun||2017 Mutineer Nationals (BCSA hosting)||NOR|
|October 14-15||Sat-Sun||Great River Race||NOR|
|December 9||Sat||Fall Pursuit|
1Storms in the area…
2Too much wind! (20mph+)
3Not enough wind! (<3mph)
4Not enough participation (<3 boats)
We’re lucky to live in a region in which we can sail all year ‘round. The BCSA racing schedule always starts with the Winter “Dude, Where’s My Keel?” Pursuit, which is usually in February. This is a great race for new sailors or those who haven’t had much racing experience.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the pursuit race format, it’s a distance race with the distance being determined on the day of the race. The distance depends on the wind conditions that are observed on the morning of the race. In the pursuit format, each boat is assigned a starting time, with the slower boats starting first and the faster boats starting later. This makes for an un-crowded starting line. The course is defined by navigation aids in the Brown’s Creek Channel and along the Tennessee River. If everyone sails to their “number”, then all the boats should finish at the same time. The course will be set so that the race should last three to four hours. Everything is explained at the skippers meeting, which is at 10 am at the BCSA clubhouse on the day of the race.
Throughout the year, we have the traditional Spring/Winter Series, the Summer/Fall Series, as well as “Thirsty Thursday” pursuit races. Bigger events include the Firecracker Regatta to celebrate Independence Day, the Great River Race and the last race of the year, and the Fall Pursuit. In addition to the races listed above, there may be some joint races with Lake Guntersville Sailing Club. The other big event is the Tennessee Valley Challenge Cup (TVCC), which is a competition among seven sailing clubs along the Tennessee River. The venue rotates each year we hosted it in 2002, 2008, and 2014.
Have a question? Contact the Race Committee Chairman