Sailing & Racing

Port Elgin Yacht Club
2022 Sailing & Racing Program

The PEYC offers sailing and racing opportunities for our members. Races are planned for Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings along with some special weekend boating & sailing events throughout the summer. 

Race your own sailboat or crew for another skipper…All members are welcome to participate!

Click the headings below for more information about each series.

Spring Race Series – White Sail and Spinnaker Classes

June 16 to July 17

The Spring Race Series will include races on Thursday evenings and Sundays. A pre-race Skippers’ Meeting will be held in the North Harbour Parking Lot near the Jin-Pole or Launch Ramp. Course and any special instructions for the race will be announced at the meeting.

  • Skippers to record finish time and submit to Rear Commodore within 2 hours following the completion of the race.
  • Monitor Channel 72 for updates and announcements while the race is in progress.

Thursday – Skippers Meeting @ 6:30pm

Sunday – Skippers Meeting @ 11:00am

Notices will be sent out by email in advance to provide additional event details and to confirm meeting time.

Summer Race Series – White Sail and Spinnaker Classes

July 21 to August 14

The Summer Race Series will include races on Thursday evenings and Sundays. A pre-race Skippers’ Meeting will be held in the North Harbour Parking Lot near the Jin-Pole or Launch Ramp. Course and any special instructions for the race will be announced at the meeting.

  • Skippers to record finish time and submit to Rear Commodore within 2 hours following the completion of the race.
  • Monitor Channel 72 for updates and announcements while the race is in progress.

Thursday – Skippers Meeting @ 6:30pm

Sunday – Skippers Meeting @ 11:00am

Notices will be sent out by email in advance to provide additional event details and to confirm meeting time.

Fall Race Series – White Sail and Spinnaker Classes

August 18 to September 11

The Fall Race Series will include races on Thursday evenings and Sundays. A pre-race Skippers’ Meeting will be held in the North Harbour Parking Lot near the Jin-Pole or Launch Ramp. Course and any special instructions for the race will be announced at the meeting.

  • Skippers to record finish time and submit to Rear Commodore within 2 hours following the completion of the race.
  • Monitor Channel 72 for updates and announcements while the race is in progress.

Thursday – Skippers Meeting @ 6:30pm

Sunday – Skippers Meeting @ 11:00am

Notices will be sent out by email in advance to provide additional event details and to confirm meeting time.

Click links for more information

Summer Sailstice
Saturday, June 18

Commodore’s Sail Past
Saturday, July 2

Around the Island Rally & Potluck Social
Saturday, August 27

Notices will be sent out by email in advance to provide additional event details and to confirm meeting time.

Participating in the Racing Program is a great way to get to know other members. Enjoy some good-natured competition, hone your sailing skills, and earn bragging rights.

Plus, it’s a great incentive to get your boat out on the water!

Why participate in the racing program if my main focus is cruising not racing?

We can all get a little bit lazy about our sail trim when we are just out for an afternoon sail without a particular destination in mind. Racing is a great way to practice your sailing and trimming skills, and put your rigging and sails to the test. Knowing that your skills and equipment are solid provides a lot of peace of mind in case you are ever caught out on the water when the weather changes or something unexpected happens.

What is a PHRF rating and why do I need one?

Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) is a standard handicapping system used for sailboat racing to allow sailboats of different classes and sizes to compete in the same race and still be competitive. So even though you may not be the first to cross the finish line, you might still get the bragging rights for the race!

How do I know if my boat already has a PHRF rating and if it doesn't, how do I get one?

The PEYC uses the Lake Huron PHRF list to determine ratings for each boat. This list is published annually, usually at the beginning of the year. To check the current Valid PHRF List or to apply for a Lake Huron PHRF rating, please visit the Lake Huron PHRF Association website

If your boat is not listed on the current Valid PHRF List but you want to participate in the PEYC race series, you can submit a request to the PEYC Race Committee for a temporary PHRF rating. The committee will consider the specific details of your boat, and compare your boat to other similar vessels to determine your temporary rating.


 

Questions? Use the contact form below to request more information about the Racing Program