Choptank Fleet Captain
Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions
Summer 2021 Race Schedule
Summer 2021 Race Results
Choptank Skipper's Chart and Bearings (PDF)
Race Course List (PDF)
Notes from the Fleet Captain
Revised Course List
This year the Choptank Fleet will be using a predefined list of 32 courses. Several courses from last year were deleted due to lack of use and redundancy. Some courses have been modified and some added to provide more reaching legs. The list has been reorganized from Zero degrees Magnetic to 360 degrees. This is a major edit. Laminated copies will be available at the open house.
On occasion, the Race Committee may decide to customize the race course depending on weather conditions. Print a copy of the list and keep it in your boat. Skippers are expected to have the list. The committee boat will only post and announce the course number on VHF Channel 72.
May Race Schedule
Practice Race - May 5
Series 1, Race 1 - May 12
Series 1, Race 2 - May 19
Series 1, Race 3 - May 26
I expect the 2021 Season to be a return to normal for Wednesday Night Racing. I’m hoping to see several boats back on the starting line after sitting out 2020 plus a few new boats and new faces who will add to our fleet.
So get your boat ready. If you need crew, recruit them at the Open House on May 1. Hope to see you on the line May 5 for our practice race or on May 12 for the first race of the 2021 season.
New Cruising Fleet Class
This season we are introducing a Cruising Class Fleet. This new fleet is designed to attract skippers of boats better suited for cruising and skippers who are new to racing and do not want to deal with congested starts.
The Cruising Fleet will start 6 minutes after the Non Spin Fleet. The starting line will be “open” for 5 minutes to allow skippers to start when they want within that time. Boats will then report their elapsed time after crossing the finish line at buoy Z and the Yacht Club.
ESSA will waive membership dues and racing fees for 1 year to attract new Cruising Fleet boats to join us on Wednesday nights. If you know of a skipper who may want to sail in the Cruising Fleet, please encourage them to contact Bob at (513) 477-2584 and come to the Sailing Open House on May 1.