2022 Cruiser Class Race Schedule

The 2022 race schedule has been set.

  • Sock Burning – March 20
  • Race 1 – May 14 – Buoy Race
  • Race 2 – May 28 – Buoy Race
  • Race 3 – June 11 – Buoy Race
  • Race 4 – June 18 – Summer Solstice Race – Evening Start
  • Race 5 – July 2– Commodore’s Cup
  • Race 6 & 7 – July 23/24 – Eastward Ho
  • Race 8 – August 6 – Buoy Race
  • Race 9 – August 13 – Buoy Race
  • Race 10 – August 27 – Irish Eye’s Cup
  • Race 11 – September 10 – Buoy Race
  • Race 12 – September 24 – Buoy Race

I’ll provide more details as we get closer to the start of the season.

Info about post race party (9/18)

As sailors, we are used to adapting to changing conditions (see last Sunday’s race)… slight change in plans for tomorrow.

The Holdings Group (owners of the YC building) and Fish Camp will host/sponsor our post race lunch tomorrow. A huge thanks to them for their generous support and hospitality to the Cruiser Class!

The overall details have not changed much: skipper’s meeting at 9am. Race at 10am. Meet at the 200 dock at 1pm where we will enjoy delicious food and rum punch from Fish Camp. Also season results will be announced.

FYI – Leaderboard, Results, and the Gallery have been updated from last week:

See you all in the morning.

Eastward Ho is this weekend!

Quick reminder: Eastward Ho is this weekend. This is our annual race to New Buffalo

  • Saturday Race: Skipper’s Meeting at 1pm. First start sequence at 2pm.
  • Saturday evening: We will be grilling in the pavilion by the transient slips.
  • Burger and brats will be provided. Bring a side.
  • Beer will come from Ironwood in Valpo. Please fill the tip jar. Barb is a big supporter of what we do
  • If you are participating in the race, you need to make a reservation for a slip
  • Sunday morning: Skipper’s Meeting at 9am. Race start at 10am. All times are MC time.

Has anyone seen Mark #3?

Hello Crusiers,

Has anyone seen mark #3 or heard of its location? During our first race on 7/17 we discovered it was missing. Please let me know if you hear anything.

-Mark Stephens

First race of 2021 this Saturday (5/22)

It’s been a long winter and it is time to get at it again!

The first race of the season is this Saturday the 22nd. 1st race start will be at 10.

In a slight departure from last year and a small return to normalcy, there will be an in person skipper’s meeting in the pavilion at the 400 dock at 9am. The meeting will also be available via Zoom for anyone wanting to attend remotely.

Weather is looking promising so far. I’ll send out another email Friday night once we have more confidence in the forecast.

Look forward to seeing all of you out on the water!

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the group or to me directly.

Mark Stephens
Slip 207

2 Races and a cookout (9/19)

Let’s finish the season off with a bang!

This Saturday, 9/19, we will have 2 races:

1. 10am – Irish Eyes Cup (take two). There will be the standard 9am virtual skipper’s meeting and then we will head for the course.

2. Approximately 15 minutes after the Irish Eyes Cup: The Hoosier Daddy Race. Turns out that only 3 points separate the top of Cruise 1 and the top of Cruise 2 is tied. This race will likely determine the season results!

I’ll try to make each race about an hour long.

3. After the races, we can all gather at 2pm at the end of the 200 dock (near the fuel dock and CG station) to have an end of season cookout and announce the results for both the Irish Eyes Cup as well as the season.

We will provide burgers and brats and toppings as well as a keg of beer from Ironwood in Valparaiso. Please fill the tip jar! They are long time friends of the Cruiser Class and we really appreciate their support.

Please bring a side to share (or not share….. covid) and BYOB if you want something other than beer.

We will all wear masks as much as possible and practice social distancing. We will also limit the number of people around the grills during preparation. 

Please let me know if you intend to attend the cookout (and how many) by Thursday so we can properly plan food.

It’s been a great season and I look forward to seeing all of you there!

Eastward Ho this Friday 8/28

This Friday and Saturday are Eastward Ho and the race back home. The format has changed slightly this year from what he have done previously:

Friday 8/28 – 6pm first start. This will be a standard race with our normal 2 division start. We’ll finish in New Buffalo and likely gather for a socially distanced post-race cocktail in the pavilion there. 1 boat from NB has already committed to sail down Friday to race back with us and there may be 2 more joining us.

Saturday 8/29 – Race with the New Buffalo Sail Fleet. First start is at 10am MC time/11am NB time. Similar races to ours. They set a couple buoys and we will race around those.

Saturday 8/29 – Race home from NB. This will be a pursuit race. Each boat will get its own start time based on PHRF. Slowest boat according to PHRF starts first. The first boat will start at 2pm MC time.

As usual, I will send out more detailed information the night before the race. Please let me know if you are planning to participate.

If you need to make a slip reservation in NB, here is the link: