Ten Mile Lake Sailing Club
Join in the lifelong excitement, camaraderie and fun of one design sailboat racing on Ten Mile Lake.
It's fun to sail faster than the other boat!
It's really fun to sail faster when the two boats are exactly the same.
That's "one-design" racing and why we encourage Ten Milers to purchase one of the following two boat designs: The Melges MC or the Melges C Scow.
What's a girl to do? The Sunfish has been great, but it's getting a little boring. There must be something more?
We've been there, and there is!
Both our recommended boats are high performance, highly maneuverable, very popular "cat-rigged" boats with one sail.
Description of the C Scow:
The 20’ long C Scow has been one of the most popular scows over the years because of its versatility as an exciting, powerful, fast, tactical racer for 2-3 people with plenty of sophisticated gear. Yet, it can be skippered by one and is roomy enough to take a few non-sailor friends out on the lake for a fun afternoon of day sailing. Born and bred for the summer doldrums of midwestern lakes, C Scows will stealthily sail past on a whisper of wind. Turn downwind in a breeze and you could pull a water-skier. Righting a capsized C Scow as well as raising its mast can be a challenge.
C scows are beloved and have been racing on Ten Mile for over 75 years.
Description of the Melges MC Scow:
The 16' long MC Scow has also been on Ten Mile for many years. Recently however the class has mushroomed nationally, and more MC’s can be seen along our shores. The Melges MC’s appeal is as a racing scow that can be sailed single-handed by an average-to-large person in All Wind conditions, yet it has room for additional crew for the smaller skipper in a heavier wind or for taking friends for a ride. With its cat rig (main sail only) and large rudder, it is easy to sail, very stable and very maneuverable. One person can step the mast. The Melges MC scow is a fast, fun boat that appeals to all ages and skill levels.
The Melges MC ‘s has been updated, now with an open design and more interior cockpit room, a more comfortable internal deck edge, a modern sail control layout and visible above-deck board slots.
Come sailing with us!
Pick a boat and join in the fun?
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Our club is friendly, fun and helpful. Please contact the club commodore before race day if you would like help getting your boat ready for racing.
On each of our 4 scheduled race days “Go”, “No Go” status and starting location will be announced via group text at or before 11:30am Saturday morning.
Please make sure the commodore has your cell number!
If racing is a “Go” the scheduled race will start promptly at 11:30am, (except 2:30pm on the day of the annual Association meeting).
At our final meeting in 2021 those present voted unanimously that race starts were NOT to be delayed in hopes of better conditions. Additionally, it was also decided cancelled races were NOT to be rescheduled to another day or time. That is, they become "Self-start Quorum Races". (Pirate Races).
If racing is a "Go" the scheduled race will start promptly at 1:30 pm. Please arrive at the starting line at least 15 minutes early.
Sometimes we will have a Committee boat assisting us and sometimes we won’t.
We have six standard race courses identified as “O1”, “G1”, “T1”, etc. When we have a Committee boat they will display the course name on a white board immediately prior to the race. Please keep a copy of the different courses and their names in your boat. (The club commodore can email you a course chart).
The white board will also have a Port (counter-clockwise) or Starboard (clockwise) designation to indicate the direction boats are to circle the buoys. (The Port course is depicted on our handouts and the Starboard is its mirror image). The course for race 2 may be different from race 1 so make sure to check with the Committee Boat for the course layout prior to race 2.
When a Committee Boat is available they will do their best to adhere to the following starting sequence. Be considerate if the sequence gets messed up: it’s not so easy as it might seem and we all just want to have fun. Please let the committee boat know how much you appreciate their time!
The Start Sequence
Three horn blasts
White Flag Raised
White flag lowered
Two horn blasts
Blue flag raised
Blue flag lowered
Single horn blast
Red flag raised
If no Committee boat is on station, one of the more advanced racers will conduct some semblance of a start sequence. Typically a horn blown at 6 minutes before the start, another 3 minutes before the start and finally some friendly shouts at Go. Feel free to ask passing boats how long before start.
Self Start Quorum Racing:
When a scheduled Regatta start is canceled due to weather it immediately is elevated to a “Self Start Quorum Race”. Three c-boats can hold a trophy race at any time after “No go” (canceled) status has been announced. There will be no buoys, no committee boat and no oversight. The air can be super light or super heavy, you just need three boats. Courtesy dictates waiting for, or sailing toward, approaching sails so they can join your race. If you want to call a Quorum race please text the fleet of your desire to race with as much advance notice as possible, ideally, before you leave your dock. How you start, how your finish as well as what constitutes a buoy rounding will be up to those present. You must text the commodore race results within 45 minutes of race completion so the fleet knows a race was completed. Please provide sail numbers, finish order and crew names, (bring paper and pencil). The first race that sends in results will be the official race. Feel free to hold the second race immediately after the first.
Contact the commodore if you would like to set a course using club buoys.
We all want racing on Ten Mile to be fun for everybody. Nationwide, it is nice to know that C Scow sailing fleets are widely considered to be the most congenial of racers. Patience with those new to racing and an effort on the part of new sailors to learn fundamental rules will make each race day a success.
A few basic rules and club conventions:
- Starboard tack, (wind coming over the right side of the boat/boom on left side of boat) has right of way over port tack boats.
- Please understand the rule against “barging” at the starting line: boats close-hauled on starboard tack have right of way even if it means you need to tack away or cross the starting line early to keep clear, (you can’t “run down” the starting line waiting for the horn to sound).
- If you cross the starting line before the horn sounds you must re-start by going around one end of the race and re-crossing the line in the correct direction. The committee boat will attempt to hail you to tell you that you went over early and will generally blast a horn once and yell out a sail number for each boat that started early. While restarting you must stay out of the way of all other boats.
- If you foul another boat or hit a buoy while racing you must immediately pay a penalty: specifically, your boat must turn two complete circles. Once again you must stay clear of other boats while taking your penalty.
- If someone fouls you and does not complete the penalty turns, or if there is uncertainty if a penalty applies, simply fly a red flag off one of your stays and the rules committee will consider the merits of the case following the race. If it is determined a penalty indeed occurred the penalized boat would drop two positions for that race.
Committee Boat Reminders for our most favorite people: (we love training new committee boat royalty)
- Confirm starting line is still reasonably close to perpendicular to the wind, if not move committee boat buoy accordingly, (a favored port side is better then a favored starboard side because it will spread the fleet out).
- Log the time, weather, sun, temp, wind speed and direction.
- Secure course information from commodore on radio channel 1.
- On the white board print large and bold the days first course, (use course letter/number designation found on the “course key chart”) and the direction boats are to round buoys, Port or Starboard.
- NOTE: it is generally a good idea to set the course “buoys to Port” because that way as boats approach the mark they will be on starboard tack and thus, having right of way, the general mayhem and collisions that can arise with buoys to starboard will be minimized.
- Hold up the whiteboard for boats to read when they arrive at the starting area. At the same time write down the name and number of each boat as well as who is skippering and who is crewing.
- On cue from the Commodore start the race countdown sequence.
- Countdown the start as one person looks down the starting line ready to sound a horn and shout out sail numbers of boats over early. Please do not comment on rule violations but take note of the situation and boats involved in any conflicts.
- Once all boats have started, record any issues and relocate to the windward mark.
- Observe boats rounding the windward mark noting any that touch the buoy and if they take their penalty.
- Relocate to the finish line. The side of the start/finish line that the committee boat is anchored on depends on if the course was run Port or Starboard with the objective being to make sure the committee boat buoy is “outside” the course, (so the boats do not have to negotiate past the committee boat buoy as they sail through the course).
- Record the order boats finish the race.
- Set up white board for the next race, (course changes?)
- On signal from the commodore start the countdown for the second race and begin again.
- Have Fun! We all really appreciate you!
Summer of 2022 Pre-Scheduled Races.
Races start promptly at the designated time.
"Go", ""No Go" and start location for the day's race texted to the fleet at or before 11:30 am.
2022 Sailing Season
- Sat June 25th 1:30 Start
- Sat July 2nd 1:30 Start
- Sat July 16th 1:30 Start
- Sat July 23rd 1:30 start
- Sat Aug 6th 1:30 Start
Trophies are on hiatus pending committee assignments
Our Traveling Trophies by Mimi Garbisch Carlson
Sailing "C" boats on Ten Mile Lake began in the early 1930's. There are two old silver trophies from the early days that we still use. The first regatta of the season is scheduled for the July 4th weekend. The 1st Place trophy is the first trophy in the Yacht Club history. It is a grand old silver cup, named for its donor, Frank "Rollie" Buck, grandfather of the Siqveland brothers. It was presented to the sailors of the day: Bob Buck, Jim Brandt, Jimmy Gamble, and Dick Garbisch. The 2nd and 3rd place trophies for this regatta have existed for many years, but are unnamed.
The second regatta, 2 weeks later, is called the Memorial Cup, and the trophies come to us from the Brandt family. The 1st Place trophy is named for George C. Brandt, Sr.; Rutledge Schropp; "Beezer" Knapp; and David R. Brandt. The 2nd Place trophy is named for James M. Brandt and was donated by son Tom and Patty Brandt. The 3rd Place trophy is named for L.C. "Hidie" Brandt and was donated by daughter Lolly and John Hallberg.
The third regatta, 2 weeks after the Memorial Cup, originally called the "End of Summer" races, is now called the Moxness Cup. Eivind "Uncle Mox" Moxness gave the 1st Place trophy; Kay and Dan Gainey gave 2nd and 3rd Place and the 3rd Place trophy named for H.F. "Hub" and Lou Garbisch.
The fourth regatta, 1 week after the Moxness Cup, is now called the “End of Summer” regatta and enjoys custom C Scow trophies commissioned and donated by Jo Roberts in 2007.
The second old silver trophy originally belonged to H.F. "Hub" Garbisch and was a trophy his "show" chickens won at Madison Square Garden. It was later named the Robert Buck Trophy in memory of Bob. We now use it as 1st Place for the entire summer season for the best overall sailor in 3 out of the 4 regattas. In honor/memory of my parents and grandparents, my husband, Eric, and I donated the 2nd Place trophy named for Dick and Marge Garbisch and the 3rd Place trophy named for H.F. "Hub" and Lou Garbisch.
Since racing began on Ten Mile Lake, the number of boats has increased, and now there are usually 8 to 10 sailboats in any given regatta. The Ten Mile Lake Yacht Club has many people to thank over the years, including previous Commodores Rollie Buck, Dick Garbisch, Chris and Rick Brandt, Dave Brandt, and Bob Crabb, Jr.
For more information about the Ten Mile Lake Yacht Club and the summer regatta series, please contact Commodore Pete for more information.
*Minor updates by Pete Roberts