Sail Fleet was organized to promote Corinthian Yachting and to provide a focal point for all members of Southwestern Yacht Club with interests in sailing, cruising and yacht racing.
Its membership is open to any Flag, Regular or Competition Member. Sail Fleet is responsible for promoting and organizing all racing activities conducted by SWYC including the Handicap Fleet, the local PHRF sponsored races, and interclub activities. Sail Fleet also coordinates with and provides assistance to the Junior Program. Click here for an application to join Sail Fleet!
Our Handicap Fleet consists of a group of Club Members who enjoy racing with their family and friends. It was organized so that any Club Member can race with his boat whether it is equipped for racing, cruising or daysailing. The Handicap System is devised so that all Members can compete successfully whether sailing with an experienced crew, short-handed or with an inexperienced crew, or whether racing with a small boat or large ocean racer. Throughout the year the Handicap Fleet conducts approximately 23 races, series or regattas. There is an after race party at the end of each race day where results are announced, awards presented and the stories of the day re-told. The year’s races count toward a cumulative “High Point” trophy which is awarded at Sail Fleet’s annual Party in December.
The Race Management team manages all the on the water activities in races hosted by SWYC. These races include the local Performance Handicap Fleet (consisting of racers from all area yacht clubs), Inter-Club racing, National and International events. There is a large group of race committee volunteers who not only share the responsibilities of conducting these races, but they also share a great camaraderie and a lot of fun each time they get together to run the racers around the course.
The Competition Committee manages of our inter-club competitions and fields teams to represent SWYC in other venues in the State, around the Country as well as internationally.
In addition to Sail Fleet’s racing activities, we host periodic general membership events. These events consist of dinner and a speaker who entertains us with a wide variety of interests including tales of cruisers exploring the world, news of the latest and greatest in sailboat racing, sailboat rigging or marine electronics. These are the times we have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the friendships we share with all members of SWYC. Our Year End Party celebrates the camaraderie we share and is the time we award a variety of prizes and trophies acknowledging members for their achievements throughout the year.
As you can see, there are many areas in which a member can participate. Whether you race, cruise or fish, if you’re not already a member, consider joining Sail Fleet. It’s a great way to make new friends and to contribute to the many activities whether on or off the water. It’s simple. Just complete an application at the front office. They’ll be happy to charge your account the nominal annual fee of $20.00. And, we’re always looking for volunteers.
If you’re interested in volunteering for any of our activities, we’d be happy to draft you!!