2017 Notice of Race and Standing Sailing Instructions
  (Apply to every race,)

See the other Stuff You Should Know below the calendar.

For 2018 Calendar Preview, see the Home page.

2017 Schedule

SSS Season in BOLD, other races of interest for your information.  See Jibeset for Additional Sailing Instructions for each race and results.  See also the YRA’s Shorthanded Circuit and the YRA Master Calendar.   Ocean races with additional safety requirements are indicated with an asterix (*).   Consult ASIs and NOR for entry details.

January28SSS Three Bridge Fiasco
Skipper's: Jan 25
Awards: Feb 8
March11OYC Rites of SpringOYC/Central Bay
18DH Farallones* (BAMA)GGYC
SSS Corinthian Race
Skipper's: Mar 22
Awards: April 12
April8DH Lightship*IYC/GGYC
15SSS Round the Rocks
Skipper's: Apr 12
Awards: April 26
May20SSS Singlehanded Farallones*
Skipper's: May 17
Awards: May 31
26California Offshore Race WeekSF - MRY - Santa Barbara - SDYC
July5Great Longitudinal Pacific Race (LongPac)*
Skipper's: TBA Awards: TBA
August12 - 13SSS/ORYA Drakes Bay Races*
Skipper's: Aug 9
Awards: Aug 23
26 - 27SSS Cruise-OutSequoia YC, non-counter
September???Windjammers* (SF to Santa Cruz)StFYC/SCYC
16SSS Half Moon Bay*
Skipper's: Sep 13
Awards: at race finish
October21 - 22SSS Vallejo 1-2
Skipper's: Oct 18
Awards & Season Awards: Nov TBA

Stuff You Should Know

Remember, you MUST register for every race individually via jibeset.

If you are not able to register electronically, please contact the Race Committee.

Am I a Sportboat?   See here to find out!

Archive of past-season race results is HERE.

2016 Restricted Areas  (Apply to every race.  Stay OUT.)

From NOR 13(b):  Boats shall not pass between the following buoys or landmarks and the nearest point on the specified shore.

  1. Vertical ‘H’ beam just west of St. Francis Yacht Club – and the San Francisco shore
  2. Anita Rock and any buoy marking same – and the San Francisco shore
  3. South Tower of Golden Gate Bridge – and the San Francisco shore
  4. Buoy GR BELL marking Little Alcatraz Rock – and Alcatraz Island
  5. Buoy G “3” Q G – and Pt. Blunt, Angel Island
  6. Daymark Fl R 4s 15ft 4M “2” at the outer end of the Berkeley Pier – and the Berkeley shore
  7. Buoy R “2CR” Fl R 4s marking Castro Rocks- and the Richmond shore
  8. The Richmond Long Wharf vicinity such that a boat may not go between the Wharf and a line connecting buoy R “2CR” Fl R 4s marking Castro Rocks , buoy R “2” Q R (1/2 nm west of the Long Wharf), buoy G “3” FL G 4s (1/3 nm south of the Long Wharf) and the Richmond shore northeast of G “3”.

Racing FAQ [still somewhat under construction for 2017]

Just one page of sailing instructions for each race?

No way! Each of our races has a unique course and other rules, so it has its own Additional Sailing Instructions. But you also need to familiarize yourself with the 4-page Notice of Race and Standing Sailing Instructions. In general, our races operate a little differently from what you may be used to, and most of those differences are spelled out in the NOR/SSI.

Do I need a PHRF certificate?

Short answer: Yes.  Yes, you do.

To get a certificate for a monohull, see the YRA site here.   For a multihulls, see the Bay Area Multihull Association (BAMA) site here

My emergency contact is my mother, and she lives in Costa Rica. That’s cool, right?

Give us a break! We aren’t asking whom we should send flowers to if you drown. We want someone who can help us track you down. That means somebody who lives with you … who has access to your marina … who knows your favorite hangouts … who has phone numbers of most of your friends … or as much of the above as possible.

I’m chasing Doublehanded season points. I’ve entered the upcoming race, but my crew got sick / broke up with me / is in jail.  Can I sail by myself and still be scored as Doublehanded?

Yes, but just once per season, not including Vallejo 2.   See the NOR for new rules.

I’d like to help on race committee / organize a cruise-in / give a presentation at a meeting. Whom should I talk to?

Why, bless your heart!  For race committee, contact the Race Chair. For anything else, the Commodore is probably your best bet. Really, any member of the Board will steer you in the right direction. See the Contact page.


Per the season NOR, sportboats are monohulls with displacement‐to‐length ratio of ≤ 112 per the formula: DWL =  D/(2.24x(LWL*10)^3) and LWL is ≤ 32′ where D is displacement in pounds and LWL is waterline length in feet.  The DWL number is found on your PHRF certificate for your convenience.

Examples of sportboats include but are not limited to:

Antrim 27
Azzura 310
Black Soo
Dogpatch 26
Esse 850
Express 27
Farr 30
Flying Tiger 10M
Henderson 30
Hobie 33
JS 9000
Laser SB3
Melges 20
Melges 24
Melges 30
Melges 32
Moore 24
Mumm 30
Olson 29
Olson 30
Open 5.70
Santa Cruz 27
Synergy 1000
Thompson 650
Ultimate 20
Ultimate 24
Viper 640
Wylie Wabbit