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Burnham Park  Yacht Club Wednesday Night Beer Can Racing

Burnham Park Yacht Club will again sponsor our Wednesday Night Beer Can Regatta. The Beer Can Regatta is an informal racing series for sailors to have a good time with their boat, family and crew.  Any BPYC member with a sailboat is invited to participate. The racing is casual, and it’s designed to make racing accessible to those new to the sport.

If you are new to the program and would like to discuss the details, we would be pleased to get together with you and answer your questions. Just give us a call or e-mail our Sail Fleet Director, Bill Van Emburg.  We can also help arrange for you to go out on other racers’ boats, if you want to get a feel for it before getting started.

The 2015 Beer Can racing season will begin on Wednesday, May 27. The 14 race series runs May 27 through September 2.  There will be a “tune-up” (practice) race on May 20 and no racing on July 8 or July 15.

Members from Burnham Park Yacht Club, MORF and Columbia Yacht Club all participate in the series. There are two “jib and main” sections, a T-10 section, and three spinnaker sections.  We anticipate around 10-15 boats in each section’s start, which should make for fun racing.

Starts are designed to be as easy as possible. Radio check-in will not be required and the committee boat will make periodic courtesy radio announcements, including course, start times and any course changes.

The races start between 6:40pm and 7:10pm (depending on your section) and are over by 9:00pm.  Most skippers and crew come to the Club after the race for special pricing on drinks and a simple buffet meal. Cash is accepted.  We announce the night’s results and present the awards as soon as possible after the race.  The food, drinks, awards and enthusiastic sailors result in lots of great conversation and fun.

2015 Beer Can applications are available at the Club or you can download the 2015 Beer Can Application here.

The registration fee is $100.

Contact Bill Van Emburg, Sail Fleet Director, with any questions or to discuss how to participate in BPYC’s 2015 Wednesday Night Beer Can Racing!

We look forward to seeing you at the starting line!

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