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2018 Racing Program Last Revised: November 12, 2018

2018 marks the 65th season of sailboat racing at Portage Lake, Pinckney Michigan. Portage Yacht Club (PYC) is one of the oldest sailing clubs in the state of Michigan. We have a proud tradition of competitive excellence in Michigan as well as Nationally. PYC members have won National and North American championships in several classes as well as prestigious US Sailing national championships. Besides this serious stuff, we have a lot of FUN and comraderie. Is your child interested in sailing? We also have Junior Instruction for youngsters 8-14 years of age and Racing Seminars covering Race Rules, Tuning, and Management Thursdays from March 22 thru April 26.

Note: The following information is only a summary of the 2018 Notice of Race and its Attachment.

Rules ISAF Racing Rules. Sailing Instructions will be available once approved.
Eligibility and Entry Open to class-legal boats owned by or chartered to a PYC member, who must also be a member of US SAILING and the class association. US SAILING membership is included in your racing registration fees. Club membership requirements waived for first-year racers in the Silver and Gold Series. FEE SCHEDULE AND ENTRY FORMS AVAILABLE FROM THE CLUB OFFICE.
Fleets Three entries required for fleet status.
Starting Order Tuesday Series: Lasers, Others
Thursday Series: All fleets start together
Weekend Series: All fleets start together
2018 Dates Tuesday Series Spring: May 8, 15, 22, 29;
Jun 5, 12, 19, 26;
Jul 3, 10
Summer: Jul 17, 24, 31;
Aug 7, 14, 21, 28;
Sep 4, 11, 18
Thursday Series Spring: May 10, 17, 24, 31;
Jun 7, 14, 21, 28;
Jul 5, 12
Summer: Jul 19, 26;
Aug 3, 9, 16, 23, 30;
Sep 6, 13, 20
Weekend Series Red: May 12, 19, 26;
Jun 2, 9, 16, 23
White: Jun 30;
Jul 8, 14, 21, 28;
Aug 4 (one white, one blue)
Blue: Aug 4, 11, 18, 25;
Sep 2*, 9
Make-Up Days: Sep 3* (3 races), 16
* = Commodore’s Cup Races
Races Tuesday Series one or more short (approximately 30 minute) races
Thursday Series one approximately one hour race except races on June 7, 14, 21, 28 & July 5, 12, & 19 will be two back-to-back. June 7-28 races will be no spinnakers used.
Weekend Series two approximately one hour races with warning signal times as indicated below.
Warning Signal for the first race of the day Tuesday & Thursday Series 7:00 p.m., except 6:30 p.m. after August 11
Weekend Series First Race: 1:00 PM, Second Race: 3:00 PM
1) Red series races on May 12, 19, & 26: 3:00 PM; Instructional races on those dates: 1:00 PM
2) Commodore’s Cup and make up races on Sept. 3: Noon.
Other Scoring, alternative penalties, prizes and other details are covered in the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions. Questions, please contact the Club Office during regular office hours.


2019 Board of Governors

Brian Hawkins

Clark Chapin
Past Commodore

Wendy Willford

Bill O’Donnel

William Foster

Race Committee

Brian Hawkins

Tom Ehman
Permits and Documents
Management Assignments

Clark Chapin
Briefer – Blue Series

Bill O’Donnel
Briefer Captain
Briefer – Red Series

Brook Smith
Vice Chair

Rick Jarzembowski
Briefer – LB Spring

Fritz Wagner

Rick Lyons
Briefer – SB Summer

Steve Wiseman
Briefer – SB Spring

Carl Grolle, Jr.
Briefer – LB Summer

Kerry Pebbles
Briefer – White Series

Bill Foster

Bill Holmberg

Art Varaday

Chuck White

Todd Willford


Dave Moody
Website Manager