Story last updated at 5/8/2013 - 3:45 pm
SouthEast Alaska Sailing (SEAS) announces their 2013 SEAS Cup race schedule. This series of races is designed to be fun, while remaining challenging and rewarding. The races began May 12 and continue all the way through Labor Day. Join us for a season kick-off party on Saturday, May 11, 5 p.m. at Sandy Beach picnic shelter No. 2.
SEAS Cup races are great for sailors of all experience levels. For new skippers, it is a chance to learn your boat while in a group of other sailors who can give you a hand with any problems you might have while sailing. For the most experienced sailors, there are some competitive racers in the SEAS fleet.
The SEAS cup has races to many harbors around Juneau; from the docks of Taku Harbor and Funter Bay, to the great anchorage at Admiralty Cove. SEAS also sponsors day races for those just wanting to get out for a day but who might not be able to commit an entire weekend to racing.
2013 SEAS Cup Races:
May 12, SEAS Kickoff Day Race, Skipper's Choice
May 25-27, Jay Ginter Memorial Day Regatta
June 8, Admiralty Cove
July 6, Skipper's Choice Day Race
July 20-22, Funter Bay
August 3, Skipper's Choice Day Race
August 17-18, Admiralty Cove
August 31-September 2, Labor Day Taku Harbor Rendezvous
A boat can race in all of the SEAS Cup races (15 individual legs) for $50 or pay for each individual race at $10. Each skipper can register on their website at http://seasailing.us/. Boats are handicapped using Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) rules. Boats not previously rated under PHRF by SEAS must fill out the appropriate rating form and submit it at least 48 hours before the race to obtain a proper rating. All boats participating in SEAS Cup races must meet minimum Coast Guard equipment requirements. A 2013 Coast Guard Auxiliary Safety Inspection is also recommended.
Skipper's meeting are scheduled at 7:30 a.m. on race days to discuss race specific issues including collecting entry forms and fees, discussing weather forecasts, providing an opportunity for crew to find a boat, etc. More detailed information about SEAS Cup races, including start and finish lines, registration forms, and race rules can be found on their website.
SEAS also holds weekly Get Out the Boat events in Gastineau Channel and Auke Bay. There are a lot of crew and boats daunted by Alaskan waters. SEAS encourages you spend a couple of hours each week getting out your boat that might never leave the harbor or crew who always wanted to sail but never had the time. Get Out the Boat takes place 6 p.m., Wednesdays throughout the summer in Gastineau Channel, and 7 p.m., Fridays for boats in Auke Bay. There is no fee to participate in GOTB.
SEAS is dedicated to getting as many sailors and sailboats out on the water as possible. If you would like to sail, but don't have a boat, sign up to be crew and you'll receive email notices about sailing events and skippers who are looking for crew.
SEAS promotes boating safety, sponsors several sailboat races, and is a family friendly, community-oriented organization.
For more information about SEAS and their activities, visit their website at http://seasailing.us or call 209-1094. Look for SEAS on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthEastAlaskaSailing.