WEEKLY THURSDAY NIGHT RACING
During the 6 primary weeks of our summer camp program, we conduct an open racing series each Thursday evening (except during the week of our annual Family BBQ Fundraiser, when Thursday Night Racing is held on Wednesday). All current campers enrolled in a session that’s underway, along with alumni and any staff members not working that night, are invited to participate and race. In addition, SBJSA Community Boating Members are also welcome and encouraged to participate. Anyone can race just one Thursday night, or multiple Thursdays, based on personal availability and interest.
Sailboat classes include Laser Radial, 420 and Opti. If 3 or more boats of another one-design class are present, then they will receive their own start as well. Thursday Night Racing is also open to members of the Sodus Bay Yacht Club and their families who wish to utilize the Club's fleet of Ideal 18 keelboats or other one-design class boats owned by members (ie – Lightnings).
For campers wishing to race on Thursdays during the weeks they’re attending camp, there is no boat charter fee to use an SBJSA boat. For campers who wish to race on a Thursday night but are not attending camp during that week, as well as any alumni at any time, there is a one-time, annual, small boat use fee of $20 to use an SBJSA boat, whether for one Thursday night race, or for multiple Thursdays in a calendar year. If a person brings their own boat to race, there is no boat use fee. Any current staff members (both paid and CITs) or any qualified SBJSA Community Boating members wishing to race may use an SBJSA boat at no charge for Thursday Night racing (only).
The 2020 entry fee for all sailors each Thursday evening is $10 per person, no exception, regardless of what boat is being sailed. Each participant is required to fill out an entry form and pay the Program Director, or his/her designee, on each Thursday evening before racing begins. Each boat user and, if under 21, also their parent or legal guardian, must sign the 2020 SBJSA
Camp Boat Use & Liability Release Agreement document which, among other things, spells out responsibility for boat repair costs in the event that damage or loss of equipment occurs.
As a result of the need to maintain the health and safety of all participants and staff in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, in 2020 our Thursday Night Series is modified to only permit a maximum of 16 sailors participating each week. All classes of boats are eligible to sail (Opti, Laser, 420, Lightning), with the only requirement that 2 or 3 people sailing in a 420 or Lightning must all be from the same household (parent and/or children).
Here are the dates for our 6 week Thursday Night Racing schedule in 2020: July 9th, July 16th, July 23rd, July 30th, Aug 6th and Aug 13th.
There will be a limit of 16 sailors each Thursday Night and participants must reserve a spot each week in order to participate. Please call 315-483-8883 and speak with Alec Bertelli or Dannica Ashnault to reserve your spot and the boat you’ll be sailing in the weekly lineup. Note that if you are not already participating in our modified camp program in a given week, you will be asked to respond to our medical screening questionnaire and have your temperature taken upon arrival (please remain in your car) by a SBJSA staff person. If the results are favorable, you will then be granted access to our property, when you will then fill out a simple entry form, pay the $10 entry fee and sign a Boat Use and Liability Waiver.
All boats to be used that evening will be pre-cleaned & sanitized, rigged and made ready to go by our staff. Boats will be arranged on the beach to maintain distancing before and during launch. Upon returning after racing, participants will leave all boats on the beach and leave the premises. Staff will de-rig the boats, clean and disinfect them and put away all equipment.
Racing commences just to the south of our waterfront area on Sodus Bay at approximately 6 p.m., and concludes by 8:30 p.m. We therefore urge you to arrive by no later than 5:15 pm to get ready.
Come and join in on the fun!