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Racing on the Lake

Most of the organized adult sailing on Lake Winnipesaukee is sponsored by the LWSA and/or the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club. LWSA/WYC events are typically mixed-fleet, handicapped (PHRF) races with round-the-islands courses and are held on weekends. There are usually both racing (spinnaker) and cruising (non-spinnaker) divisions. In addition to the mixed-fleet race events, there is J/80 one-design class racing every Thursday evening during the summer - details here.

We welcome anyone who wants to participate - if you are inexperienced at racing but would like to learn, contact us. If you don't own a boat, there are usually many crew positions open at all skill levels. Send us some information and we will try to match you up with a boat!

The Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association (LWSA), in association with the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club (WYC) has put together a great lineup of sailing events for this season. Our goal is to get more boats out on the water, to have fun, compete and enjoying the camaraderie that goes hand-in-hand with sailing on the lake.

For those who have not raced, are curious about racing or just want to learn more about sailing on the lake, The WYC, LWSA and Fay's Boat Yard are sponsoring an afternoon seminar on May 16th - "Introduction to Sailboat Racing". This will be held at the WYC Clubhouse and all are welcome.

As in the past few years, the LWSA will be sponsoring two types of events this season. One is a racing series for Cruiser/Racer boats and the other is a more relaxed event - the "Take Your Time" series. These are both handicapped (PHRF) events so any size boat can participate and be competitive. The focus is on fun and on trying to minimize the intimidation factor that prevents many from racing. The number of participants have grown over the past few years, and we would love to see you out on the water.

In addition, there are a number of fantastic events throughout the season, sponsored by both the WYC and the LWSA. The season kick off is the 3rd Annual "Shakedown for Hospice" sponsored by the WYC on May 25th. Other notable events include the Full Moon sail, the Commodores Cup, The JBT Regatta and the Cold Duck race - all sponsored by the WYC. There will be a "Keels for Meals" charity event sponsored by the LWSA and we will also be bringing back the very popular "Frying Pan" race on the Friday before Labor Day.