Cruising Class at Bayfield Race Week and Bayfield
Sailfest Are All About The Fun!
By Thom Burns and Mark Janda
Do you want to race against other cruisers with
your family and friends? Bayfield Race Week's
Cruising Class was an enormous success last
year, and this year will be bigger and better,
with more boats, more races, more trophies, more
friends and more fun! We've even got a handicap
system and course layouts that give you a fair
shot at a podium finish, even if you've got a
roller-furling jib and no spinnaker. Block your
calendar for the week of June 30 through July 4.
If you can't race the entire week, do half!
Races will be held four days during the week:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, with a
lay-day on Wednesday. Races will start at noon
and be approximately 3 hours in length. Courses
will be approximately an isosceles triangle with
the shortest leg upwind and an upwind finish, or
a medium distance point-to-point course if
conditions permit. The start and finish lines
will be within a convenient distance of the
Bayfield city dock.
You can register online at
registration fee is $175. The entire schedule of
social activities is also available for your
review at this website. More details will be
posted on the website, or you can ask your race
Mark Janda, 612-986-2878,
Mike Lamb, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Tack, email@example.com
Pete Kulenkamp, 715-779-5311
Some other items of interest:
• GPS coordinates for the jibe mark will be
• Cruisers will have their own extra-long
• Spinnakers are not only allowed, they're
•There will be one start for the class.
• In addition to prizes for the entire series,
the race committee will award prizes for the
Monday - Tuesday and Thursday - Friday
Half-series. Boats may participate in the entire
series or either Half-series at their
• Generous handicap credits will be given for
many things, including fixed propellers, small
headsails, roller-furling, and no spinnaker.
Drive your boat well, and you will be
You are encouraged to cap off your week or half
week by participating in Sailfest, a
medium-distance pursuit with individually
assigned times to start.
When it comes to family
sailing fun in Bayfield, Wisconsin in the
beautiful Apostle Islands, no event can top
Sailfest. Sailors and their families come back
year after year as the event has grown each of
the last three years.
Why do they come out and come
back? Because the event organizers have worked hard
to offer families a fun event where they can sail
fast to an attainable goal of circumnavigating
Basswood Island. As usual the devil, or in this case
the success, is in the
The start of the pursuit is in
front of the Bayfield city dock. Each of the
participants receives a designated start time. This
procedure eliminates any crowded start line which
many family cruisers find intimidating. It also
avoids for the most part the application of the
“Racing Rules of Sailing.” This almost eliminates
the need to “talk” at other boats. In short, there’s
no hollering or yelling.
It is so easy and simple, the
slowest boats start first based on a handicap
system. The faster boats start later. If your boat
passes another boat, you have scored, or beaten that
boat. Boats finish off the Bayfield dock across a
long finish line.
There are several classes based
on handicaps. There are also several special
categories such as: singlehanded, senior skipper,
youth skipper, all women crew, and couples. The
event organizers ensure that everyone receives a
photo of their boat taken on the course by Bill
All of these awards and prizes
are presented during breaks in the Saturday night
festivities which are being held this year at the
Pike’s Bay Marina Clubhouse just south of Bayfield.
Northern Breezes fleet chef, Deb Sanders, is in
charge of dinner and nautical folk singer, Carl
Behrend, is returning for an encore.
Cruisers should feel empowered
that they can spend a whole week or part of a week
with a lot of fun events designed for them in the
*You can register online at
registration fee is $40 which includes two dinners.
The entire schedule of social activities is also
available for your review at this website. If in
doubt, talk to your Sailfest committee:
Thom Burns, 763-542-9707,
Cindy Kalow, 715-779-5124
Vicki Staudte, 651-452-5422