Category Archives: 2. Racing

Sinclair Challenge

The OSYC Lake Sinclair Challenge

2021 Results (final):

DateRaw TimeBoatCrew
16Oct20211:23:47VX OneJay, Jaime, and Tim
20March20211:37:43O’Day 222Seth and Thomas Van Huss
21March20211:37:52Catalina 22Jimmy, Tim, and Jay
9Oct20212:02VX OneJay and Tim
2021 Sinclair Challenge

The Lake Sinclair Challenge is a fixed-course, self-timed, long-distance challenge open to any sailing vessel on Lake Sinclair.

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2021 Wild Turkey Regatta

This past weekend the club hosted our annual Thistle regatta, dubbed the “Wild Turkey”. (Rumor has it, that was the prize back in the old days)   Despite the truly daunting forecast (i.e. “hot, humid, and no wind”), six boats made the trek down to Lake Sinclair and managed to put in 3 races on Saturday and 2 more on Sunday morning. Yes, the wind was light but it was enough for Thistles and it held a relatively steady direction.  Below are a few pictures for your enjoyment.

Race Report for March 27

Based on a decent forecast, eight people and five boats came out to race today: Seth, Katie, and Thomas Van Huss sail their O’Day 222, Fred Falchock on his Hunter, Tim Vacula sailing with Jennifer Medgul on his S2, Jimmy Harrell sailing his “new” Catalina 22, and Jay Harrell sailing his Beneteau 210.

We held our skippers meeting at noon and decided to run the great triangle course, starting and finishing at the club. This is a three mile long course, and the start/finish line in the club cove can be rather difficult in a SW wind like today. But the advantage is that we don’t have to deal with settings and retrieving buoys. It’s about as simple, low pressure and ad hoc as you can get.


We managed to start right on time at 1pm.  As expected the wind was variable and the weather was pretty warm. Everyone managed to get across the start line in a timely fashion, but then the wind more or less completely died for about ten minutes. When the wind came back, it stayed filled in for the rest of the day but it had a lot of ups and downs and shifts.  We ran two races – the first took about an hour and the second took about 40 minutes. Finishes were close in both races, with multiple lead changes around the course. 


Order of finishes:

race 1: Jay, Tim, Jimmy, Seth, and Fred
race 2: Tim, Jay, Fred, Jimmy, and Seth.


Last week I gave you a single-boat replay, but this week we had RaceQs on four boats, so you can watch the whole race play out among the fleet. Jay’s boat is called “Electra” and Jimmy’s boat is called “Unknown”. Fred didn’t have a recorder on his boat today.


Replay link:https://raceqs.com/tv-beta/tv.htm#userId=1145482&updatedAt=2021-03-27T20:12:26Z&dt=2021-03-27T12:49:59-04:00..2021-03-27T14:58:23-04:00&boat=Electra

The replay allows you to control the point of view and view various data about each boat at each point in the race. Play around with it – it’s kinda fun!

OSYC Sailing Instructions

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Event Start Times Unless stated otherwise in the NOR or posted on the notice board, for regular series events the scheduled time for the skippers meeting shall be 1200 and the first signal shall be 1300.  For two-day regattas, on Saturday the skippers meeting shall be at 1200 and the first signal shall be at 1300 and on Sunday there shall be no skippers meeting and the first signal shall be at 1100.  Four (4) short blasts will be given not less than one minute before the first signal of the start sequence.

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