Racing Information

The Charlevoix Yacht Club offers a full slate of racing from spring through fall including single-handed dinghy racing, double-handed Melges 15 regattas, and our Wednesday night races for larger yachts.

See our 2024 Race Schedule (Updated)
See the latest Race Results

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Wednesday Night Races

For more than 50 years, the Charlevoix Yacht Club has hosted Wednesday night races on Lake Charlevoix.  Races begin in May with the Spring Series, continue with the Summer Series, and end with the Fall Series which concludes in mid-October. 

At present, there are five fleets of boats:

  • Jib and Main (JAM) fleet
  • J22 fleet
  • Spinnaker B (PHRF 112 & higher)
  • Spinnaker A (PHRF 111 & lower)
  • Melges 24 fleet
To register your boat for the Wednesday night races, you must be a full member of the Charlevoix Yacht Club.

2024 Wednesday Night Entry Form 
2024 Wednesday Night Notice of Race 
2024 Wednesday Night Sailing Instructions
2024 Wednesday Night Course Sheet 

Thursday Night Races - Melges 15

Lake Charlevoix now boasts a growing fleet of Melges 15s that race on Thursday nights from late May to early September. These popular new two-person boats boast an asymmetrical spinnaker and screaming speed. 

To register your boat for the Thursday night races, you must be a full member of the Charlevoix Yacht Club.

2024 Thursday Night Entry Form
2024 Thursday Night Notice of Race 
2024 Thursday Night Sailing Instructions 

Tuesday Night Races - J/22 (Summer & Fall)

We can't get enough sailing and we can't get enough of the J/22, now set up for one-design racing on Tuesdays in the Summer and Fall. This will be in Lake Charlevoix.

To register your boat for the Tuesday night races, you must be a full member of the Charlevoix Yacht Club.

2024 Tuesday Night Entry Form
2024 Tuesday Night Notice of Race 
2024 Tuesday Night Sailing Instructions> 

Melges 15 Invitational

The Charlevoix Yacht Club also hosts a Melges 15 Invitational Regatta each summer that is open to all. 

June 16, 2024

2024 Melges 15 Invitational Results

2024 Melges 15 Invitational Notice of Race 
2024 Melges 15 Invitational SI 
2024 Melges 15 Invitational Entry Form

Sunday Dinghy Racing

On Sunday afternoons in the summer, the Charlevoix Yacht Club, in cooperation with the Lake Charlevoix Mariners and Sail Charlevoix, hosts an open regatta series that attracts youth and adult sailors. Lasers are the primary fleet, but Sunfish regularly participate, and other dinghy-class boats are welcome. 

Registration fees are low for this fun racing series and youth under 21 can participate at no cost, making this the perfect way to build your racing skills. 

Have a boat? Storage at Depot Beach is available. Need a boat? You can rent a Laser or Sunfish - see the notice of race for details. 

2024 Summer Dinghy Notice of Race
2024 Summer Dinghy Entry Form 

Beaver Island Race

For almost 40 years, the Charlevoix Yacht Club has hosted a competitive cruising race to Beaver Island in mid-summer. In this two-day event, boats race to St. James Harbor on a Saturday, overnight on the island, and return to Charlevoix on Sunday. The George LaBlance Memorial Cup is awarded to the winner of this race.

You do not need to be a member of the yacht club to participate in this event.

The Junior Venetian Cup and the Venetian Cup   

Each year during Charlevoix’s Venetian Festival two special regattas take place.

The Junior Venetian Cup is open to all Junior Sailors, ages 8-19, and typically attracts teams from sailing schools in several nearby cities. Sailors compete in multiple races during the day in either the JY15 or the 420 fleet. This race is sponsored and managed by Sail Charlevoix and the Charlevoix Mariners.

The Venetian Cup is hosted by the Charlevoix Yacht Club and is part of our Summer Series of Wednesday Night races. Unlike the other races in this Summer series, the Venetian Cup race is open to all. Visitors who wish to participate are welcome to compete for the honor of the historic Venetian Cup. 

  • In 2024, the Venetian Cup will be held on Wednesday, July 24th.
  • For race information, see the NOR, sailing instructions, and course sheet in the Wednesday Night Racing section above.

The NuCore Triangle and the Red Fox Regatta

Hosted by the Charlevoix Yacht Club for more than 50 years, the premier event of the local racing season takes place every Labor Day weekend.  

Get the details here >

Arena Racing

In mid-October, racing moves from Lake Charlevoix to Round Lake. On Sunday afternoons, a fleet of eight to twelve J22s sail six short courses in tight quarters using just jib and main. Intrepid sailors delight in the unusual courses, crowded mark roundings, fickle winds, and occasional snowstorms that are the hallmarks of arena racing. 

The season culminates with the Cranberry Cup race on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Want to sail in the snow? 

Arena Racing is open to everyone - you do not need to be a member of the Charlevoix Yacht Club. 

2024 Arena Racing Notice of Race >
2024 Arena Racing Sailing Instructions >
2024 Arena Racing Entry Form >

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