The racing season begins early in April and usually lasts until late September, though it does depend on how full the lake is. EYC offers many sailboat racing opportunities for members and guests.
Thursdays are dedicated to our Thursday multi-fleet racing series. This is organized by a Joint Race Committee (JRC) which has representatives from EYC and nearby Triton Yacht Club.
Each Thursday, there is a single race on a one-mile Olympic Circle with separate starts for each of five fleets. The fleets typically include Thistles & Centerboards, Santana 20s, Wavelength 24s, PHRFs, and MultiHulls. After the boats are put away, racers enjoy buck-a-burgers and plenty of lively post-race conversation.
The season is divided into three approximately equal parts: Spring, Summer, and Fall. It's a cooperative effort with each skipper and crew taking a turn at race committee or rescue boat.
Racers need to be a member of either EYC or TYC to participate. Visit the JRC website for more information on Thursday night racing.
Any skipper planning to race in any of the three series in 2017 should register his or her boat here.
Wednesdays are dedicated to Lidos and Lasers. These fleets usually run several races on short courses set between EYC and the reservoir's dam. Typically the participants are Lido 14s and Lasers, but any dinghy sailor is welcome to join the fun.
The Lido 14 Fleet administers the racing. Fleet members, Laser sailors, or friends serve on Race Committee. For more information see the Lido 14 Fleet 81 website.
Tuesdays are casual fun races, sometimes known as ‘beer-can racing’. For this very informal race, boats start near the EYC docks at at the blowing of a conch shell (about 7:00 pm), sail around the Olympic Circle until another sound signal is given, and then retrace the outbound course. Ideally (if no one sandbags and wind conditions cooperate) all participants meet at the starting/finish line. There is no scoring and minimal rules, and it's a lot of fun.
There’s more going on at EYC than sailboat racing! Many members have power boats and enjoy cruising the 20 square miles of Fern Ridge. Others members paddleboard, kayak, canoe, and row, or relax on the shore and enjoy the view.