CASRA June Update

We’ve had a great season so far.  Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club and Columbia Yacht Club have led off with the first two events of the season.  Participation in these events is up approximately 20 percent over last year’s numbers!  Thanks to everyone who joined us so far this year!

This week, Chicago Yacht Club is up with the Chicago NOOD regatta.  There is still time to enter and join the fun – both buoy and distance races.  Click here to enter this weekend’s races.  And CCYC is getting ready for our first port-to-port race of the season, with the Waukegan race.  Click here to enter.

Many CASRA clubs are using the CASRA Safety Regulations.  We have made some slight modifications to the regulations, including provisions regarding requirements regarding carrying of knotmeters, depth sounders, emergency antennas, jacklines, flashlights, and reefing equipment.  Please click here to review the current versions of the Nearshore and Offshore Safety Regulations.  Please note that all clubs have the ability to amend these regulations as they see fit, and may use alternative safety regulations, so please consult race-specific amendments for updated information and requirements.  Note also that, per the Sailing Instructions, only the Race Committee may protest a boat for safety equipment violations.

We are very excited about the new Casual Race Series, presented by our friends at Westrec Marinas.  This series is free to all boats in the Chicago Park District system.  It features an easy, low key start, a clear, easy to follow course, and a fun party at the end.  Are you new to racing?  Want to bring family and friends for a casual race?  Click here to enter, and click here to review the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions for the series.

We need your help in two ways.  First, do you know someone who owns a sailboat, but doesn’t race?  Get someone involved and win a prize with the CASRA Casual Race Challenge.  Here’s how it works:

  1. Encourage a boat that has not previously raced in a race sponsored by a CASRA member club to enter the Casual Series.
  2. Tell us the name of the boat and skipper whom you encouraged at
  3. If that skipper enters the series and participates in one of these races, you will win a North Sails gift pack!

Second, would you consider helping out on Race Committee this season?  We always need help.  Please send a note to if you’d be willing to serve on one of our race committees.

We’d like to extend a special thanks to our Gold Level sponsors for their support:  Westrec Marinas, Wintrust, North Sails, Quantum Sails, Pinnacle Yachts, and Line Honors.  Watch for more information about their participation in CASRA during the coming weeks!

We continue to meet regularly during the sailing season, and discuss how we can improve your racing experience.  Please provide comments, questions, and feedback at

See you on the water! 

Ryan Smith