Racing Programs

Seattle Sailing Club’s Racing Programs give members the opportunity to learn the rules of sailing and improve their overall sailing skills. Our racing programs are designed to accommodate both casual and competitive sailors. From casual to competitive, beginner to advance, the racing programs are open to all levels of sailing experience. We see racing as a fun way to learn how to sail quickly and efficiently!


Spring & Summer Racing

April to September

Ballard Cup is 3-series of 5-races on Monday nights from May through August. Monday nights are a great place for beginner sailors to kick off their racing goals and experienced sailors to advance their skill level. Members have the opportunity to race on J/24’s, J/80’s, J/105’s, and the J/70.

Mission:
  • Fun-focused and fulfilling racing experience
  • Improve skills and expand knowledge
  • Build confidence regardless of each sailor’s level of experience
  • Meet and share experiences with other SSC members
  • Apply knowledge regularly and try out different positions on the boat
  • Do our best, sail fast, and achieve success!

Corinthian Yacht Club’s Wednesday night series include probable one-design starts, a professional race committee and set-up, and good competition. Members competitively race on the J/105’s, J/80’s and the J/70 on Wednesdays from April through September. SSC’s instructors coach crew throughout the series to help them improve their skills and gain confidence on the race course.

Mission:
  • Help more experienced racers progress in a challenging environment
  • Focus on coaching and improvement
  • Pair racers with others wishing to expand skills and knowledge
  • Make connections and enjoy competition with racing teams outside of SSC

For a number of years, Seattle Sailing Club has put together a crew and sent a J/105 team up to Whidbey Island Race Week, the biggest series of the year. This is an opportunity for the most committed SSC racers to experience the day-in-day-out dynamic of a high-level racing series. With three J/105s in the SSC Fleet now, there are more and more opportunities for members to head up to Oak Harbor and get in on the fun!

Fall & Winter Racing Programs

October to April

Why quit racing when the windiest season is just beginning? Here at Seattle Sailing Club, we like to have fun all year round and Fall and Winter bring the best winds! October to April, Member Flotillas move to the first Sunday of the month and our Race Programs move into bi-monthly Sunday Fun Races. Fun Races are the perfect first steps in getting a feel for racing, but also give current racers an opportunity to practice throughout the year.

Mission:
  • Be safe and have fun in an educational, patient, and inviting environment
  • Encourage experienced racers to share their knowledge and skills with newly interested sailors
  • Try out new positions on the boat
  • Help racers build teams and start practicing for Summer Racing Programs
October to April, SSC runs a monthly Race Clinic with guest race clinicians from the Seattle area.  The clinics are typically 4-5 hours, with a 2 hour chalk talk and the rest of the time on the water. Chalk talks give racers the opportunity to focus on specific areas of racing, expand their knowledge, create new goals, and ask questions. After the chalk talk, most of the race clinicians join racers out on the water for hands-on coaching.

Mission:
  • Develop current skills through discussions with professional/experienced racers
  • Gain skills and confidence through on-the-water coaching
  • Hands-on experience and practice right after chalk talk

Throughout the year, members have also participated in: CYC Puget Sound Spring Regatta (PSSR), CYC Puget Sound Sailing Championships (PSSC), CYC Center Sound Series (CSS), CYC NOOD Regatta, SYC Grand Prix, and SB Snowbird.

Racer’s Resources

Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing... by Dave Perry

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Quantum Sails: Headsail Trim Guide

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Quantum Sails: Mainsail Trim Guide

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Quantum Sails: Asymmetrical Trim Guide

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The Sloop Tavern Yacht Club

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Intern. Sailing Federation's Racing Rules of Sailing

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Corinthian Yacht Club

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Racing Rules of Sailing

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Spinnaker Handling Video

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NOAA Weather Forecast

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Deep Zoom Tides & Currents

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Washington Ferry Weather

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After my 101 class, meeting Mike to go race Merit 25’s. That gave me the bug to race and it never has changed…”   Steve K. -- SSC member since 1997
Racing J/24s with Scott last summer…and constantly winning!   John C. -- SSC member