WCSC Cruising Fleet
The WCSC Cruising Fleet has been formed with the purpose of providing our members with additional opportunities to be on the water by encouraging members to enjoy their boats, the sport of sailing, the company of other WCSC members and the fellowship that follows each event.
Are we organizing Races? NO
Do we participate in the Club’s Distance Races? YES
We Fully encourage all Cruising Fleet members to join in on these events. This is how we can show our support of WCSC’s long standing tradition of supporting Sailboat Racing, while enjoying a long distance course ideal for our boats!
Do we establish a course to follow (sort of)? YES
Do we worry about PHRF’s? NO
(except for the Club’s Distance races, Diva Regatta, and Hospice)
Do we hold a Social activity after every event? YES
Do we ask for a modest contribution to the fund for the Socials after the events? YES
Just as the Keelboat and Centerboard fleets’ practice has been in the past, we will ask for a modest contribution for each crew member to help offset the cost of providing the Social Aspects
(food) for each event. Bring your own beverages.
Where do we meet for planning for each event?
At ‘The Swamp’/ fire pit area in the Camper Village, which is located at the head of ‘A’ Dock. Most events will start at 12 pm, so we won’t be interfering with the courses of any club races going on that day. There will be a skipper’s meeting at 11am, unless, otherwise announced, to discuss the day’s course.
What Schedule do we follow?
Please consult the WCSC Club Calendar on the website, or your weekly emails from the Cruising Fleet for details on scheduled events.
Do we welcome crossover sailors (those who routinely race centerboard or keelboat fleet)?
Of course! Anyone who races centerboard or keelboat is always welcome, we will find a spot for you on one of our boats!
Do we welcome the ‘sport boat’ sailors? Of course!
They simply are not eligible for ranking in the fleet. (Unless they can outdo us on a spinnaker failure or a tacky gybe…lol)
Do we have a Start and Finish line?
YES. It’s the breakwater. You can motor out, sail out, we don’t care. We do however ask that you raise your sails before hitting whatever the last mark of the day’s course may be….
Now, to ranking….do we keep track of things? YES.
We monitor the number of epic spinnaker failures, the worst tack or gybe you’ve ever seen, the most consistent attendance to the events, the number of times someone forgot to stow their fenders, the best meal cooked onboard during the event! (Amongst many other ‘trackable’ scenarios ….)
Do we keep times on the events?
Only if you want to record & report your own elapsed times. For those who follow through with this, we’ll maintain records of your times.
Do we have regularly scheduled events? YES
We have numerous activities planned throughout the year, including Island outings, Sail-in Movies, crossover events at Bigwater and Hartwell Marina, the Parade of lights in December.
We hope you will join us every opportunity you have.
Just think, wouldn’t it be awesome to see, say 50% of the potential fleet, that’s 34 cruising boats out on the lake! I think it’d be spectacular!
Do we expect anyone to attend every event, or a certain number of events? No.
But at least now you know that there are lots of weekends that have a function being organized with you in mind.
Do we have dues? YES. Dues are $20.00 per boat/skipper per year.
Susan Ruark is our Treasurer, contact her or myself if you'd like to join the fleet.
If you would like to help with any of our events (helping get the word out, encouraging fellow club members to join us on the water, volunteering to man the grill, volunteering to make a run to the grocery store for our supplies) please let me know!
What do we do with the dues?
We buy trophies for the aforementioned categories that will be awarded at the Club’s annual banquet. The dues will not be used for the Social Activities.