The OIYC Burgee

Club Sailboat Racing

The OIYC has a very active racing schedule. Club racing in 2020 will kick off on Fridays in April (except 4/17) with rabbit starts at 6PM (race committee optional). Races will be scored, but not counted for Sailor of the Year. Normal club racing begins on Wednesdays in May through August and Sundays in September. New for 2020 will also be one medium distance race on one Friday each month May to September. Please see the club calendar, which includes all race dates (or connect to Google Calendar).

Club racing is done on West Sound with races starting at 6PM in the summer and 2PM in September. With its protected waters, which are out of the main flow of heavy currents and a good chance of usable wind even during the summer months, West Sound is a fun place to sail and still gives a little advantage to the old-timers who know its shifty ways.

The early races of the season can be lightly attended, but by July and August more than 15 sailboats are often seen out racing. After the racing is over, a good time can be found at the OIYC picnic shelter, where racers gather to grill their dinner, drink their beer and talk about the rules of racing, which clearly the other skippers don't have a clue about.

OIYC is also host to several races and regattas, including the Shaw Island Winter Classic in February, the East Sound Spring Regatta in April, Round Orcas in June, Benson Cup in October, and the big finale of the season, the Round the County Race.

Congratulations to Chris White

OIYC sailor of the year for 2019

Upcoming Racing Events


The Shaw Island Winter Classic
Shaw Island on Facebook Saturday February 15th 2020
The Shaw Island Winter Classic page
East Sound Spring Regatta
ESSR Cup on Facebook April 18th 2020
A two day regatta run on East Sound out of Rosario Resort
East Sound Spring Regatta page
Round Orcas
   Round Orcas on Facebook Saturday June 20nd 2020
Round Orcas Page
Benson Cup
   Benson Cup on Facebook Saturday October 3th 2020
Benson Cup Page
Round the County
RTC on Facebook November 7th & 8th 2020
Round the County