2018 Racing Series

WSA 2018 Alta Lake Wednesday Night Race Series
Starting May 16th 2018 – September 6th 2018


  • The Races Start at 6:15 p.m. sharp
  • You should plan to arrive at the Sailing center at 5:30 p.m. in order to have time to sign in, rig your boat and launch. 


Races start in front of the Youth Hostel on Alta Lake. 5678 Alta Lake Road  (Map)  Weeks alternate between “all sailboats are welcome” and one class racing “Pirate Nights”. Please join our newsletter in order to receive information on racing. 

Cost: Basic Membership ($20) Required for Racing 

  • First Wednesday Night Drop in is Free when you buy a Basic Membership 
  • $20 per person drop in rates for any additional night,  includes the use of a pirate sailboat ** 2 per boat. 
  • $160 Racing Membership – includes all race nights and boat usage for racing
  • Seasons Pass Members Race Free!

Eligibility & Entry

  • Participants must be a member (Basic or Racing) of the Whistler Sailing Association to Race on Wednesday Nights.
  • Non-members can participate in individual race as long as they Sign the waiver. 
  • Participants must have signed the Waiver of Liability prior to the start of the first race.
  • Participants should have read and understood the club race rules.
  • There are no age restrictions, however kids under the age of 14 should be accompanied by an adult. 

Entry & Registration

  • Race series entry is available to members online. Please note that the race fee is included for Racing members and Seasons Pass members. 

The Course

The Standard Course for Wednesday Night Racing is a windward leeward with the start/ finish line in the middle of the course.( see diagram) There will be up to three races held depending on the wind and course selection.

2018 Race Series

We will have 3 seasonal race series for the Pirate Nights (every second Wednesday night). There will be prizes for placing, sportsmanship and best dressed. Theme TBA in the newsletter before the race. Good Luck and Happy Racing!

Courses for Wednesday Night Racing

Course 1:Start 1-2- Finish: signaled with Numeral Pennant #1 shown below;

numeral pennant 1

Course 2:Start 1-2-1-2 Finish: signaled with Numeral Pennant #2 shown below;

numeral pennant2

Course Diagram:

Diagram Wed night Racing

Start Sequence and signals:
5 minutes -5-4-1-Go

Starting Review:

Racing Starting Procedure

Spring Pirate Series: 
May 16th
May 30th
June 13th – Club Championship Race

Summer Pirate Series: 
June 27th
July 11th
July 25th – Club Championship Race

Fall Pirate Series: 
August 8th
August 22nd
September 5th – Club Championship Race


Click here for the complete ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016

 Here is a more simple Rule system inspired from the real rules… 

(Rules are based on the annual Seattle Lake Union Duck Dodge series)

  • Rule 1: Starboard Tack has Right of Way
  • Rule 2: Rules of the road apply
  • Rule 3: No hitting one-another (with or without boats)
  • Rule 4: Take all marks to PORT unless noted on Race Course
  • Rule 5: No paddling
  • Rule 6: Bribing the committee is against the rules (while anybody is looking)
  • Rule 7: No sabotaging competitors boats (unless they win every race)
  • Rule 8: No drinking allowed unless you share with the Race Committee. 
  • Rule 9: No hitting one-another
  • Rule 10: Follow all the rules
  • Rule 11: Enjoy the race
  • Rule 12:  If you win the race, consider sharing your chocolate bar with the web administrator.

Disclaimer of Liability

Competitors participate in the races and race series entirely at their own risk. The organizing authority, host sailing association, sponsors and suppliers will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with, prior to, during, or after the races. All participants will be required to sign a waiver of liability as a requirement of entry.


Whistler Sailing Association
6468 Balsam Way
Whistler, BC, V0N 1B6

604 229-2291