Informal sailboat races are held on White Lake during the summer. Everyone is invited to participate - no racing experience is necessary. We have great time, and hope to share these good times with more racers. This is all for FUN, and for others to enjoy the spectacle of colorful sailboats racing on the lake. Anyone who has a sailboat on the lake is encouraged to join us!
Winning or losing doesn't matter in this race! The important thing is playing a good game.
Starting time: The races currently begin at 6:00 pm on Tuesday evenings. The starting time may be adjusted during the season based on the preferences of the participants (winds tend to die down closer to dusk).
If the weather conditions are not good for sailing on Tuesday evening, the race will postponed to Wednesday or Thursday evening. Richard Gilbert will e-mail or call those on his contact list* around 5:15-5:30 if the race is postponed.
On race evenings, a committee boat (generally a purple pontoon boat) will be anchored as shown below:
Map by Debi Parrett
The starting signals consist of a horn or whistle from the Committee Boat:
- 5 minutes before start--5 long blasts
- 4 minutes before start--4 long blasts
- 3 minutes before start--3 long blasts
- 2 minutes before start--2 long blasts
- 1 minutes before start--1 long blast
- 30 seconds before start--3 short blasts
- 20 seconds before start--2 short blasts
- Beginning 10 seconds before start--1 short blast each second (10, 9, 8, etc.)
- START--1 long blast
Boats follow the general race course outlined on the map above.
Single-hull boats will be given a handicap since they are racing against catamarans (which are usually faster).
* To be added to the contact list, or for any questions or comments, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Richard Gilbert at (248) 887-2024.