With over 80 different courses around multiple and a wide variety of wind and current conditions, every race presents new and varied tactical challenges even for experienced skippers. With our “playground” at the mouth of the Napa River, the Carquinez Straits “venturi” at the top of the Bay, it’s not uncommon to encounter 2-3 current changes during the course of a 2 hour race.
The Spring and early summer races typically find us battling closely spaced 4-6 ft rollers pushed up by a stiff 20-25 knot westerly over San Pablo Bay opposing a strong Ebb out of the strait. Expect some wet & wild rides! Short tacking up the rock wall is every bit as challenging as a beat up the SF City Front in a flood. Even heavier boats can catch a few surf rides if their willing to brave the spinnaker set on the run back to the leeward mark.
Vallejo Yacht Club offers an active calendar of Club racing with about 36 races per season – enough to keep even the most avid skippers and crew happy. A full Season of racing includes 5 Midwinter races, 8 weekend Trophy races from Spring through Fall, and a very competitive weekly Wednesday Night series April through September. Wednesday Night Trophies are awarded for each monthly series along with overall Season Champions.
All skippers competing for trophies must be members of the Vallejo Yacht Club but guest boats are welcome and encouraged to join us on an “unscored” basis and partake in the after race socializing. Anyone interested in competing or just crewing is welcome to just drop by the club or contact the Club Manager, for entry forms or contacts to skippers seeking additional crew.
information & announcements
Races start and finish off the clubhouse race deck with a first start for Wed night races at 18:00 allowing ample time for most everyone to finish a workday and get their boat on the course. Typical races are 7-12 miles long, lasting ~ until sunset, after which we enjoy a buffet dinner and socializing at the Club bar.
Wednesday Night races are organized in three fleets:
“A” | spinnaker
“B” | non-spinnaker PHRF <149
“C” | non-spinnaker PHRF >= 150