CASRA is working to make our sport more accessible and fun. In its inaugural season, CASRA has partnered with Westrec Marinas to offer new Casual Races to the Chicagoland boating community. This new Casual Series will offer six races, including the following:

  • Abe Jacobs Regatta - Sunday, June 25th, 2017
    Hosted by Burnham Park Yacht Club
  • Columbia Yacht Club Casual Race - Sunday, July 9th, 2017
    Hosted by Columbia Yacht Club
  • Verve Cup Casual Race - Saturday, August 12th, 2017
    Hosted by Chicago Yacht Club
  • Air Show Regatta - Sunday, August 20th, 2017
    Hosted by Burnham Park Yacht Club & Jackson Park Yacht Club
  • Hobelman Regatta Casual Race - Sunday, August 27th, 2017
    Hosted by Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club
  • Chicago Regatta Casual Race - Saturday, September 9th, 2017
    Hosted by Chicago Yacht Club

These races are designed to be fun and easy for new and experienced racers alike. All races will start at 12:30 PM, to allow more time for racers to get on the water. Races will be approximately 7-11 miles, and will end by 4:00 PM. All six races will be free to all boats renting moorings from Westrec in the Chicago harbor system. 

Starting procedures are simple and easy to understand. The start line will open at 12:30 PM and close at 1:00 PM, and boats may cross the start line any time during that half-hour period. The Race Committee will record each boat’s start time, and subtract it from its finish time. The Race Committee will use the resulting elapsed time to score the race. CASRA will offer informal ratings for all boats free of charge, so new racers need not pay for a rating certificate. Yacht clubs will separate new racers from experienced racers, to the extent possible. Each sponsoring yacht club will host a fun party and awards event after each race. 

Easy. Fun. Simple. If you are new to the sport, this is a great way to try sailboat racing. If you are an experienced racer, this is a great chance to have some fun on the water, and introduce less experienced people to the sport. Watch for further information in the coming weeks at, and special thanks to Westrec Marinas – CASRA’s first Gold Level sponsor – for making this new series possible! 

Ryan Smith