Racing Albacores is a fun and exciting challenge both for those new to sailing and old sea dogs. Throughout the summer, TISC actively participates in Albacore racing in Toronto, which includes a fleet of over 70 boats. Events include Friday Night Races, the Sunday afternoon Harbour Master Series and several Regattas (multiple races over one or two days, hosted by a sailing club and followed by a party) on weekends. Qualified members of TISC are encouraged to get involved in the Friday Night Race Series. Racing skippers are pleased to have new crew – skippers only get good crew by teaching them.
You don’t have to race to help out with racing, however. TISC Race Committee is another option. There are plenty of other jobs available, which help make the racing season a success. Power boat drivers and spotters are always in demand and are much appreciated by the TISC racing fleet. In addition, when TISC hosts its annual Regatta or FNR and HM, party planners and race committee boat members help to make the events successful.Friday Night Races
Every Friday Night a group of sailors converge on the clubhouse. This is a very distinctive group – the Toronto Island Racers. On a typical Friday Night there will be the core group of Racing Skippers (you will get to know them quickly, should you care to join in this weekly ritual) and crew members. The racers leave TISC around 6:00 PM and head out towards the race course. The races generally last 45 – 90 minutes. After the race, the barbeque is put into action and another wonderful meal is cooked and eaten in the glow of the setting sun.
To ensure that everyone is given a chance to race, skippers are matched with crew by a random draw. For other races and Regattas, skippers and crew can choose to race together.
If you are interested in racing we highly recommend that you first volunteer on our Race Committee. You can learn what the race flags mean, drive the power boats (PCOC & TPA licenses required) and cheer TISC on!
For more information about racing, please contact Michelle Adolph, our Race Director
To register for the Friday Night Races you must have your Helms status and have volunteered on our Race Committee boat.
Friday Night Races
To register for FNR (Helms status or above): http://184.108.40.206/~torontosailing/register.php
To select/change the FNR you are participating in: http://220.127.116.11/~torontosailing/login.php
TISC Regatta Rules