Fast Sail Program for 2021

Attention all Diamond Island Yacht Club sailors! Mark your calendars, you are invited to participate in the Diamond Island Yacht Club 2021 Fast Sail Series. See the dates below for our race events! Every effort has been made to evenly spread eight races out over the season.

For those of you who have never taken part in Fast Sails, this is your invitation to join us; it’s simple, safe, and a welcoming way to get introduced to friendly competition and relaxed race rules.

To make the events competitive, boats are handicapped using the Lake Champlain PHRF rating system. To get your boat rated, download an application here. The maximum head sail size allowed is a 155% genoa (no spinnakers permitted). Fast Sail races typically start near Point Bay Marina at 10:30 a.m.

There are multiple courses, depending on the wind strength and direction: RSYC Fast Sail Courses. The course and start times will be announced at the captains’ meeting. RSYC loosely follows the racing rules of sailing, (a great summary of the changes to the racing rules in the 2021-2024 edition from the prior one can be found by clicking here). Note that we began allowing the use of autopilots during the pandemic sailing season of 2020, when many of us were sailing short-handed, and we will start the 2021 racing season with that local tweak to the racing rules still in place. Fast Sails absolutely follow boating rights of way, and most importantly follow good sportsmanship. The Fast Sail captain’s decisions on the rules are final.

First Wednesday Evening Race: This season I’d like to introduce the first mid-week Fast Sail race on Wednesday, July 28. Since the Race Committee discards one race per season, if you cannot make the midweek race it will not affect your score. If turnout is good, we will expand this.

Captain’s Meeting: As we start our season, we will continue to social distance so our Captain’s Meetings will be remote over VHF. The race committee will make announcements prior to the start of each race on VHF Channel 8. Announcements will be made 15 minutes prior to the start time—see chart below—including the course (long or short), and other information. Please be sure to monitor your radio throughout the race for special announcements.

Report Race Results: Text or email your race times to Jim Moody at 802-989-8718 or jimbmoody@gmail.com and include your name, boat name, start and end time. As usual race results will be posted on our website. Last season final series rankings were determined by seconds—so pay close attention to your time keeping as the competition is heating up!

Fast Sail Schedule for 2021

Race Date Day Start Time Start Location Race Name
1 May 29 Saturday 10:30 a.m. Town Farm Bay
2 June 12 Saturday 10:30 a.m. Town Farm Bay
3 June 26 Saturday 10:30 a.m. Town Farm Bay
4 July 18 Sunday 11:30 a.m. Rock Dunder** Burlington Pursuit
5 July 28 Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Town Farm Bay Short Course
6 Aug 7 Saturday 10:30 a.m. Town Farm Bay
Aug 14 & 15 Saturday/Sunday NOT COUNTED AS FAST SAIL Diamond Island Regatta
+ new DIYC Sunday race
7 Aug 21 Saturday 10:30 a.m. Town Farm Bay Westport Pursuit
8 Sept 4 Saturday 11:00 a.m. Town Farm Bay  

** Start of the Burlington Pursuit Race is between eastern tip of Juniper Island and Rock Dunder; coordinates are N 44° 26.821 / W 073° 15.583. Watch shallows east of Juniper.

Special Notes

COVID & Post Race Raft-ups: As the State of Vermont COVID restrictions allow, we will be announcing after race raft-ups to add a safely distanced flotilla to share your race experience and meet your fellow sailors. Raft-ups are part of a long tradition of camaraderie for the Fast Sail program, one we’d like to bring back.

Time Tracking: Last season seconds made the difference in how racers placed overall in the 2020 season race standings. Our club’s racing culture, in my experience, is one of relaxed competition and a place to learn from humble experts seasoned in deep water open lake sailing. We respectfully ask that each keep very close track of your start and finish times. The race committee will take random time-checks to be sure reported times are as accurate as possible. Goal is to sharpen our skills and promote fair competition.

Boating Safety: Let’s stay safe on the lake. We have been fortunate past races have not seen any boating incidents. Make sure your boat is up to Coast Guard regulations.