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.

The race is officially run by Columbia Yacht Club and uses YachtScoring race management software.  Skippers must register both at chicagobeercan.org (the Columbia registration fee is typically $75) and our sailors are requested to register for the weekly BPYC Beer Can after race parties (a one-time fee of $25 will go towards our BPYC awards).


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 makes for fun racing.

Starts are designed to be as easy as possible. Radio check-in will not be required and is discouraged.  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 most are over by 9:00pm.  Most skippers and crew come to the Club after the race for special pricing on drinks and a simplified menu meal. Credit cards are 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.


Whether you have your own sailboat and and you’d like to get comfortable racing, or you’re new to sailing all together, we can help arrange for you to go out on other racers’ boats! Just sign up at our Crew Pool and we’ll find you a place on a BPYC boat.

Please contact us is you have any questions about participating in BPYC’s Wednesday Night Beer Can Racing. We look forward to seeing you at the starting line!


Bob Garrett, BPYC Beer Can Director