2021 Racing Series

WSA 2021 Alta Lake Wednesday Night Race Series

2021 Race Schedule

Pirate Nights

Open Boat Nights

May 26 June 2
June 9 June 16
June 23 June 30
July 7 July 14
July 21 July 28
Aug 4 Aug 11
Aug 18 Aug 25
Sept 1 Club Championship 


  • 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 and get a few practice tacks before the start! 


Races start in front of the Youth Hostel on Alta Lake. 5678 Alta Lake Road.  Weeks alternate between “all sailboats are welcome” and one design 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 Individual Racing Membership / $200 Family Racing Membership – includes all race nights and boat usage for racing
  • Included for Seasons Pass Members

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.

2020 Race Series

This year, the club champion will be decided upon the following factors;

1. Point system worth 50% of final standing.  Gain points by the following:

Participation. Every Race you attend gains you one individual point for both helm and crew before any placement points are awarded.

Race Standings. Your overall placement on each Wednesday Night will allocate you the corresponding number of points to your individual name.

Ex. Wednesday Night Race containing 8 boats on the start line
1st place – 8 individual points allocated to both helm and crew
2nd place – 7 individual points allocated to both helm and crew
3rd place – 6 individual points allocated to both helm and crew

After the entire Wednesday Night Series, points will be tallied and the top 2 sailors with the most points will be in first standing heading into the Club Championship Race. 

2. Club Championship Race worth 50% of final points scheduled for September 2nd, 2020

The club champion will be decided after tallying the points from the entire season with the standings of the final club championship race. 

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

2020 Spring Pirate Series: 
May 20th
June 3rd
June 17th 

2020 Summer Pirate Series: 
July 1st
July 15th
July 29th 

2020 Fall Pirate Series: 
August 12th
August 26th
September 2nd –  Club Championship Race


 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