The Q RACE – a singlehanded race run since 1981 (now with a double handed section)—takes place approximately every-other year on the third Friday of August.  The next race will take place Friday, August 15, 2025 (tentative date). This singlehanded challenge is intended to encourage adventure, self reliance, and competition in the tradition of singlehanded sailing. While also a race, the primary focus of this challenge is accomplishing the goal of completing the course – relying on oneself, yet enjoying the camaraderie of like-minded sailors. We include a separate division — the DoubleHanded — as an introduction to the spirit of the singlehanded challenge. Additional information will be supplied to entrants.

Check out the video that competitor Jason from s/v Après made about the 2023 Q-Race.

Course: Approximately 70 nautical miles from a starting line at Racine, Wisconsin, rounding the south NOAA mid-lake weather buoy and returning to a finish line at Racine, Wisconsin.

Notice of Race: Please see the previous 2023 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: Friday, August 15, 2025 (tentative date)
Entry Deadline: July 31, 2025. Late applications will be accepted up until August 18, but shirts and participation flags may not be available.

Entry Form

(Coming in 2025)

Boats Entered

(Coming in 2025)

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