Racing on Onalaska

Keelboats Racing

Racing at the La Crosse Sailing Club!

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.


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Day Sailer
Fleet 132

Day Sailers race on Wednesday evenings at 6pm. Start date to be announced.

The Fleet is family-friendly and welcomes newcomers to racing. Spinakers are optional.

The Day Sailer Captain is Lee Petersen. (507) 440-7461.

See 2019 Race Results...

See Day Sailer Facts...

Day Sailer Association Membership: To join the Day Sailer Association, contact Lee Peterson (Day Sailer Fleet Captain and also Regional Vice President for the Western Great Lakes Region of the Day Sailer Association) or go to the website:

DSA membership is $35 per year.

On the Day Sailer website you can find: Measurements and Rigging and Tuning Guides




Laser Fleet

The LaCrosse Laser Fleet will be racing every Tuesday evening with the first start at 6pm.

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.



Keelboat Fleet

Club cruiser racing is done on Thursday afternoons with crews gathering after 5, with starts at 6:30 P.M. The 2019 season has finished. Here are the Results of the Fall Series..

Keel Boat Racing Captain is Markham Chatterton 608-779-5019.

Early Series:May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27
Late Series:July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8, August 15, August 22, August 29

See Racing Results 2018


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.

More about Membership


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