Sailing Club of Washington
Race with SCOW > PHRF Cruisers
SCOW does not organize cruiser racing. Our boats and skippers participate in other organizations' racing series and regattas. This includes the DISC’s KISS Series (Tuesday evening from mid Apr-Oct), the Cherry Blossom Regatta in April, the GEICO Cup regatta in June, the Cantina Cup and Leukemia Cup regattas in September. See the current list of events under the Local Races web page.
The list of current Cruiser Racing Skippers
Rebecca and Hiatus have PHRF certifications for 2019-2021.
The SCOW Racing Policy establishes rules for racing the cruising boats and Flying Scots.
The Racing Director notifies SCOW-certified Racing Skippers of the availability of boats and of the selected races. Racing Skippers submit their names for consideration to the Racing Director, at least two to three weeks before each event. If there are more Racing Skippers than boats, or if there is contention for a specific boat, Racing Director selects skippers by lottery. The Leukemia Cup is an exception to this procedure, as Racing Skippers are selected in the order of the amount of money they collected for the charity.
Boat allocation and skipper names are published on the SCOW website (under PHRF Announcements below). Racing Skippers select their own crew.
Note: A Cruiser Racing Skipper has met the requirements for skippering a SCOW cruiser in PHRF races. These include, but are not limited to, having demonstrated knowledge of the rules of racing and having served at least a couple of times as race crew on a SCOW cruiser. Details, on how to become a SCOW Cruiser Racing Skipper are found in the SCOW Racing Policy.
Skippers attending DISC's KISS Series must also commit to doing Race Committee at least once in the same year.
Racing Skippers select their own crew. To participate on a SCOW boat you must be a SCOW member.
To increase the likelihood of crewing on a racing cruiser, make an effort to become acquainted with the SCOW certified Racing Skippers and express your interest. Contact the Racing Director for the list of current Racing Skippers. Attend one or more of the DISC Tuesday evening races to meet the SCOW Racing Skippers.
Another way to get involved and make your interest known is to volunteer to help DISC with Race Committee work at Tuesday races.
SCOW pays the associated series and regatta fees for the approved DISC races, but not DISC membership dues. SCOW Racing Skippers selected to sail Rebecca in one of the KISS series or in other DISC races must pay the annual DISC membership dues. The DISC membership fee is $30 and the payment be done online through the DISC website.
Crews who participate in the KISS Series should also consider joining DISC.