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.
Day Sailers race on Wednesday evenings at 6pm beginning on May 9, 2018
The Fleet is family-friendly and welcomes newcomers to racing. Spinakers are optional.
The Day Sailer Captain is Lee Petersen. (507) 440-7461.
See 2017 Racing Summary
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.
The LaCrosse Laser Fleet will be racing every Tuesday evening with the first start at 6pm beginning May 9, 2017.
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.
Club cruiser racing is done on Thursday afternoons with crews gathering after 5, with starts at 6:30 P.M.
Keel Boat Racing Captain is Markham Chatterton 608-779-5019.
2018 Keel Boat Schedule
Early Series: May 6 tune up at 1:00 PM, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28
Late Series:July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, August 30
For additional information contact Marcus Chatterton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See Racing Results
From Markham Chatterton, July 17. 2017: "5 teams who did not sail the forecast were rewarded with a nice, oscillating breeze in the 7 mph range proving it pays to show up.
RC Ken, fresh off winning the last two Laser races Tuesday night, set a nice, square windward/leeward course outside any areas with weeds. Racing was tight through the first leg evidenced by numerous port/starboard crossings and a cluster of boats at the top mark going down wind. Water Sprite got off to a strong start, was able to tack onto port in clear air for the race to the right side of the course and sailed to victory. Tuning changes suggested from the fore deck might be helping point a degree or two higher upwind--everyone on Team Water Sprite is working hard. Te Ora managed to come back after a less-than-perfect start sealing the second spot with some help from a right shift near the finish line. Zephr, with lots of Trane HVAC knowledge on board, had a strong showing in third for their series debut. Zoom was a little light on crew but managed to fly the kite and place fourth. Dave Levine was also in the hunt rounding out the fleet in fifth."
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.