Experience the thrill of racing against other sailboats and improve your skills!
Racing is one of the best ways to improve your sailing skills and knowledge. Learn to perfect your sail trim, plot a strategic course, close quarter tactics and get involved in the Jacomo Sailing Club racing community. Club members will help you learn racing tactics and rules.
- Sunday Racing - Dinghies - Club Series: Starting at 1:30pm, there are two races, each taking about an hour, including starts, finishes, etc. Racing boats normally return to the launching areas around 4:00 pm (weather permitting). You'll usually find us in the rigging lot afterwards talking sailing, making new friends and catching up with old ones.
- Saturday Racing - Sailboats (20 feet and over) - Commodore Cruiser Series: Every other Saturday we sail one longer race, more suitable to cruiser style boats. Check the calendar for dates and start times. The first race starts at 2:00 pm. Sailors typically arrive at the lake around 12 noon, and depart the dock or Sailboat Cove between 12:15 pm and 12:45 pm. If you are starting at the South Boat Docks, plan on an extra 30 - 40 minutes to get to the starting line.
- Wednesday Racing - Sail into Summer Race Series - Casual racing, No protests: Race starts at 6:30 pm. Or you can enjoy an evening sail with family and friends. Keep the ramp/docks clear between 5:45 pm - 6:00 pm. Local Bass fishing club contests start at this time.
- Regattas and Special Races - Jacomo Sailing Club hosts some of the best Regattas in the area. Some favorites include the Club Anniversary Regatta, BPK Handicap, Wyant Club Championship and the Cruiser Spring and Fall Regatta.
There are three types of racing: Match Racing, as done in the America's Cup; handicap racing, where the elapsed times of different types of boats are corrected by formula to see who actually won, and one-design racing.
One-design racing offers the most immediate gratification. If you are ahead of a boat, you are ahead, and if you are behind, you are behind. Simple. One small error or one beneficial tweak of the sail can change the outcome.
In one-design racing, just as the name implies, a single boat type is used by all competitors. These designs are termed "classes". All have in common a design standard and class organization that allows sailors to compare who is the better racer, rather than who has the faster boat.
One-design sailing puts the premium on crew work, sailing skill, and racing savvy rather than spending money to go faster and thereby win.
The Jacomo Sailing Club is a mainstay of one-design racing in this region. Except for private lakes, you will not find another one-design club within several hundred miles (Omaha and Lincoln, Wichita, and Tulsa are the closest). Not much else in boating matches the overall fun and challenge of one-design racing. The class pages detail the currently active fleets of boats. Call one or all of the contact people for more information.
Come join us, and change your summers forever!