Racing at the La Crosse Sailing Club!

Keelboats Racing

At the La Crosse Sailing Club, racing is part of its history. We encourage all of our members to participate in our racing events and seminars by making all club racing free of fees for members. Workshops are held to help novice to expert sailors and racers understand right-of-way rules, starting and finishing techniques, tips, tricks and trim. We strive to be helpful to everyone knowing that it makes all of us better sailors.

The board of directors has made racing part of the club dues and there is no additional charge to race your boat in the appropriate fleet.

Our current one-design fleets consist of Day Sailers  and Lasers. We also offer handicap racing using the Portsmouth Yardstick as our rating system for keel boats (cruisers). This system not only accommodates the cruising fleet but also has ratings for centerboard, dagger board and multi-hull boats as well.

 September 2020 Racing Photos...


Keelboat Fleet

Keel Boat Racing Captain is Markham Chatterton 608-779-5019. Club cruiser racing is done on Thursday afternoons with crews gathering after 5, with starts at 6:30 P.M. 

Early Series: May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24. 

June 24 Results from Markham: We got the season started with a monster breeze before the storms rolled in. Ken Johnson set a nice windward/leeward course and we were able to get two, 2-lap races in. Water Sprite was on the line at the gun in both races and able to sail in clear air. Zephyr got off into the weeds in the right corner going upwind and collected some salad on the board while Water Sprite and Zoom pushed each other for the lead in both races. Crews were rusty as evidenced by some slow tacks, but no one got hurt and everyone had a good time. Winds were tough on the hardware...I will be fixing the boom vang over the weekend and getting the outhaul functioning again.  


Late Series: July 8, July 15, July 22, August 29, August 5, August 12, August 19, August 26

 July 29, 2021 Race Results:



Laser Fleet

The LaCrosse Laser Fleet will be racing every Tuesday evening with the first start at 6pm. The first race of the season is scheduled to begin on May 4, 2021. Fall racing starts earlier to avoid darkness.

Laser Racing Captains are Kurt Schroeder 608-769-0116 and Mark Kastel 608-625-2042.

With over 190,000 boats on the water, the Laser is the most popular racing boat, period.  With good used boat starting at about $1500, and new boats at about five grand, Lasers are said to have the best fun-to-cost ratio of anything you can race….and the fact that there’s no crew required, and almost no maintenance, it also allows for the best fun-to-hassle ratio.

The La Crosse fleet offers some of the top competition in the Midwest and also an extremely congenial group interested in helping sailors new to racing get their feet wet. Click here for Laser Facts and more information.


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Day Sailer Fleet 132

Day Sailers race on Wednesday evenings, with the first start at 6pm. Contact Stephen Taylor if you are interested. The season is scheduled to start May 5, 2021.

The Day Sailer Scribe is Stephen Taylor. From Stephen:

▪ The Fleet is family-friendly and welcomes newcomers to racing. Spinakers are optional.
▪ We need a minimum of 2 boats to begin a race. 
▪ In the event of complete cancellation of racing on a scheduled Wednesday (due to bad weather, wind, flooding, etc.) we will attempt to complete the races on the next Saturday afternoon starting at 12 p.m. If Saturday is also a bust then we will schedule the races the following Monday evening starting at 6 p.m.
▪ If Wednesday, Saturday and Monday all fail we will abandon scoring the races for the scheduled Wednesday. We may occasionally specify courses with longer legs to encourage the use of spinnakers.
▪ The Day Sailer Class is a one-design class that sails with main, jib and spinnaker. You do not have to use a spinnaker to compete and there is no handicap given to any boat whether or not they use a spinnaker.
▪ It is each skipper's responsibility to ensure that their boat meets the class specifications in order to ensure fair competition. On the Day Sailer website you can find: Measurements and Rigging and Tuning Guides
▪ Please join the Day Sailer Association and help boost the membership. You must be a current DSA member to race in any sanctioned regattas, and to race in the NACR you also must have been a member the previous year. Cost is just $35 per year. Day Sailer Association Membership: To join the Day Sailer Association, go to the website:
▪ Following racing on any given evening or Saturday, plan to gather for food and beverages and some racing discussions. 

See Day Sailer Facts...


Starting Sequence

Standard starting sequence applies: Several short horns in quick succession can be sounded inside 30 seconds before the 5 minute warning to ready racers for the start of the race sequence.

5 min warning class flag up with horn

4 min prep flag up with horn

1 min prep flag down with horn

0 min start—class flag down with horn


The LAX Sailing Club is a cooperative of sailboat owners, who share the responsibilities of maintaining the club grounds and various events for sailors.

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LaCrosse Sailing Club
PO Box 2582 LaCrosse, WI 54602-2582
3600 Lakeshore Drive on French Island LaCrosse, WI 54603
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