Doublehanded Championship

The 2019 Race – This past year’s race was quite a challenge.  With 12 foot waves and a Northerly gale for the East-Shore division, it was decided to cancel the East-Shore race and apply their entry fees to next year.  The West-Shore division was postponed 2 hours to allow for the wind to subside slightly as predicted.  Several boats dropped out early.  Some were then subjected to three hours of nearly no winds near Racine, to which more boats dropped out.  The fleet then had some winds fill in from the South, then shift to the West.  The last few hours of the race were the most enjoyable, under a clear sky, nearly full moon, light chop, and steady winds for a reach.  The results have been posted.  Congratulations to all of the finishers!

COVID-19 UPDATE

Due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic, we are modifying the logistics for this year’s Doublehanded race to keep our participants safe and stay within the various social distancing restrictions/guidelines. As of 5/14/20, our current modified format will eliminate all group gatherings. For Pre-race we will primarily use electronic communications in lieu of a group in-person skippers meeting. Race materials will be provided by special arrangement or curbside pickup. North Point Marina is open and we are in touch with them attempting to work out mooring. For the West Shore, Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club is working on providing a start boat. The East Shore will tentatively be started by Swiftsure. On race day all boats will meet on the water at the start line. The race will occur as normal, West Shore will start outside of North Point Marina, the East Shore will start outside of Muskegon and both finish through the Pier Heads at Port Washington. Port Washington Marina is open and will accommodate us with mooring/rafting in the basin. The PW Marina is operating at capacity this year and most likely will not have any slips available. The Port Washington Yacht Club is planning a finish boat. At this time we plan to forgo the normal awards ceremony and luncheon. We will arrange delivery of all awards. Modifications to these plans will be made as required or if better options become available.

The 2020 LMSS Doublehanded Championship – The “Doublehander”, or “Double”, is a double-handed race run every year, usually on the Thursday of the second full week of June. Our 34th annual Double will start on June 11, 2020. This race is intended to encourage adventure and competition in the tradition of shorthanded sailing and cruising. The Doublehanded Championship will consist of a race to Port Washington, Wisconsin. June 12, our layover day, will be in Port Washington where the Port Washington Yacht Club and Sailing Magazine will be our hosts. Your race fee includes dockage in Port Washington and two T-shirts if your entry is timely.

Awards: There will be classes for monohulls, with awards for first, second, and third place in each class. There will be a class for multihulls if at least three enter. There will be a minimum of five and maximum of ten boats per class, at the discretion of the race committee.

The Course—East-Shore Division: 66.5 nautical miles from a starting line at Muskegon, Michigan, by any course, to a finish line at Port Washington, Wisconsin. Starting will commence at 0800 (local time) June 11, 2020.
The Course—West-Shore Division: 53.5 nautical miles from a starting line at Winthrop Harbor, Illinois by any course to a finish line at Port Washington. Starting will commence at 0830 (local time) June 11, 2020.

Notice of Race: Please see the 2020 Notice of Race (pdf) for further details, yacht eligibility, and a printable entry form. Alternatively, you can fill out our online entry form, optionally attaching scans or photos of your race documents, and even send payment via PayPal.

Race Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020
Entry Deadline: May 29, 2020. Late applications will be accepted up till June 10, but may not include the free T-shirts or a participation flag.

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