NEW TO CYCT?

Welcome!

Corinthian Yacht Club has a long history of providing whatever level of sailing you are interested in. We host regular races and cruises throughout the year, and even have various learning opportunities available.

Check out the categories below to find more information.

I'm new to sailing

Have little to no experience in sailing? No problem! Here are a few resources:

I'm looking to crew on a boat

Boats are always looking for crew!

I'm a boat owner interested in racing

Read our Racing Questions? FAQs to learn how to sign up with your boat.

All skippers are welcome; it is not necessary to be a member of CYCT.

I just want to cruise!

Talk to our membership chair for more information on how to get involved with the club: membership@cyct.com.

RACING QUESTIONS?

Getting Started

CYCT maintains a full schedule of racing throughout the year with races for all kinds of boats and all kinds of sailors: Windseekers, Challenger Class and PHRF. Check our Racing Calendar for details.

What is Windseeker Racing?

Windseeker racing is buoy racing in Commencement Bay in Tacoma, Washington. Races are held every Wednesday evening from April to September. A typical course may be three miles long around two or three buoys in the Bay.  The Race Committee is cognizant of when the sun sets and tries to have everyone off the course by sundown. Above all, Windseeker racing is meant to be fun! It’s a chance to sharpen your sailing skills and enjoy the camaraderie of other sailors.

Is there a place for me?

Yes! There is a place for every skill level and almost all sailboats. Some of the most consistently winning skippers in Puget Sound race in Windseeker Racing, and many more skippers who would be classified as “Club racers” can be found rounding the marks on Wednesday evenings. There are always skippers who are just getting started in racing, too. They may be a little shaky at first, but not for long.

There are two main classes of sailboats sailing on Windseeker evenings—boats with PHRF ratings (the PHRF class) and boats that do not have a PHRF rating (Windseeker class). Many clubs call Windseeker class a “Non-flying sail,” NFS class, meaning that these boats do not fly a spinnaker. The two main classes, PHRF and Windseeker, are further divided by the Race Committee so that in the end every racer should be racing against similar boats.  All that to say: Don’t worry; there is a place for you.

What do I need to do before I show up, and what is the cost?

The first thing to do is to fill out the online racing entry form.

You can also drop the completed form off in person at one of the Skipper’s Meetings if you wish.

This tells the Race Committee who you are, what kind of boat you have, and whether or not you have a PHRF rating. You should also let the race committee when you intend to start racing.

Racing is fairly inexpensive, and the costs can be found on the racing page, in the Race Book. The online racing entry form allows you to pay for races, so you don’t have to worry about giving cash to the R/C boat before the race

Can I get involved in sailboat racing if I don’t own a sailboat?

Absolutely!  Many people are needed to help crew on racing boats. Crew members learn about sailing and racing and they become an integral part of a boat’s team.  Crewing can be very rewarding and a lot of fun. Also, there is no cost to crew!  In the future, CYCT will have a formal on-line way for prospective crew members to connect with skippers who are looking for crew.

Windseeker racing is intended to be fun! All skippers are welcome; it is not necessary to be a member of CYCT. All participants are expected to be good sportsmen and to encourage other competitors.  CYCT’s goal is to promote, advance and encourage sailing, and one of the ways the club does this is through Windseeker Racing. We hope that you will come and sail with us. If you’re a sailor, there is a place for you in Windseeker Racing!