Attention all Diamond Island Yacht Club sailors! Mark your calendars, you are invited to participate in the Diamond Island Yacht Club 2022 Fast Sail Series. See the dates below for our race events!

For those of you who have never taken part in Fast Sails, this is your invitation to join us; it’s simple, safe, and a welcoming way to get introduced to friendly competition and relaxed race rules.

To make the events competitive, boats are handicapped using the Lake Champlain PHRF rating system. To get your boat rated, download an application here, then email it to Benedek Erdos at erdosben@gmail.com. Benedek is DIYC’s liaison to the LC PHRF committee and will work to give you a rating, which is required for Fast Sails. Note: The maximum head sail size allowed is a 155% genoa (no spinnakers permitted). Fast Sail races typically start at our red/green marks in Town Farm Bay near Dean Island, just off Point Bay Marina, at 10:30 a.m.

There are multiple courses, depending on the wind strength and direction: DIYC Fast Sail Courses. The course and start times will be announced at the captains’ meeting. DIYC loosely follows the racing rules of sailing, (a great summary of the changes to the racing rules in the 2021-2024 edition from the prior one can be found by clicking here). Note that we have began allowing the use of autopilots during the pandemic sailing season of 2021, when many of us were sailing short-handed, and we will start the 2022 racing season with that local tweak to the racing rules still in place. Fast Sails absolutely follow boating rights of way, and most importantly follow good sportsmanship. The Fast Sail captain’s decisions on the rules are final.

Wednesday Evening Race: This season we will continue having one mid-week Fast Sail race, scheduled for Wednesday, June 8. Since the Race Committee discards one race per season, if you cannot make the midweek race it will not affect your score. If turnout is good, we will expand this.

Captains’ Meeting: As we start our season, we will continue to social distance so our Captains’ Meetings will be remote over VHF. The race committee will make announcements prior to the start of each race on VHF Channel 8. Announcements will be made 15 minutes prior to the start time—see chart below—including the course (long or short), and other information. Please be sure to monitor your radio throughout the race for special announcements.

Report Race Results: Please text your race times to Patt Furr, our new Fast Sail captain for 2022, at 603-409-9105 or email them to Pat at rocopat2398@gmail.com. Make sure to include your name, your boat’s name, and your start and end times. Race results will be posted on our website. Last season final series rankings were determined by seconds—so pay close attention to your time keeping as the competition is heating up!

Fast Sail Schedule for 2022

Race DateDayStart TimeStart LocationRace Name
1NEW DATE: May 29Sunday10:30 a.m.Town Farm Bay
2June 8Wednesday6 p.m.Town Farm Bay
3June 25Saturday10:30 a.m.Town Farm Bay
4July 17Sunday11:30 a.m.Rock DunderBurlington Pursuit
5July 30Saturday10:30 a.m.Town Farm Bay
6Aug 6Saturday10:30 a.m.Town Farm Bay
Aug 13 & 14Saturday/SundayNOT COUNTED AS FAST SAILDiamond Island Regatta
+ Split Rock Race
7Aug 20Saturday10:30 a.m.Town Farm BayWestport Pursuit
8Aug 27Saturday10:30 a.m.Town Farm Bay
9Sept 17Saturday10:30 a.m.Town Farm Bay

Special Notes

COVID & Post Race Raft-ups: DIYC follows State of Vermont COVID guidelines. At this point we will resume post-race raft-ups. Raft-ups are part of a long tradition of camaraderie for the Fast Sail program, one we will bring back.

Time Tracking: Last season seconds made the difference in how racers placed overall in the 2021 season race standings. Our club’s racing culture is one of relaxed competition and a place to learn from humble experts seasoned in deep water open lake sailing. We respectfully ask that each keep very close track of your start and finish times. The race committee will take random time-checks to be sure reported times are as accurate as possible. Our goals are to sharpen our skills and promote fair competition. In the 2022 season we will pilot the use of a time tracking smartphone app with a limited number of captains; if you would like to be part of this test, please contact Pat Furr.

Boating Safety: Let’s stay safe on the lake. We have been fortunate past races have not seen any boating incidents. Make sure your boat is up to Coast Guard regulations. Report any and all racing incidents to the Fast Sail Capitan