The St. Croix Sailing club is not all about Racing: we are about Sailing. For those who would rather go out for a casual cruise, the club holds five (or more) cruise events and a Bayfield cruise on Lake Superior. For those who like cruising but also enjoy a bit of fun, the Friday Beercan races might interest you. Beercan races are events which are less intensive then our regular races and are followed by food and beverages hosted by our member boats.
September 24 – 25
The Commodore’s Cup will be held this Saturday and Sunday, starting at 11am. This is our annual long-distance voyage down the St. Croix to the city of Prescott! Cruisers are welcome to sail with us and join in the fun on Saturday evening.
There will be two starts, with the Division 3 & 5 sequence beginning at 11am.
The sequence for Divisions 1 & 4 will begin around 11:20am.
If there are any significant changes due to weather, the Race Committee (R/C) will email everyone Friday evening, or by VHF starting at 10:00 Saturday morning.
The Prescott City Council has reserved the city docks for us! Your boats are permitted to stay at the city docks overnight. The docks are between the highway bridge and the railroad trestle. When you are ready to dock, call the “Prescott Highway Bridge” on VHF 14 (or 16) to request an opening of the Highway bridge ONLY. Please buddy up with other sailboats so we don’t need to open the bridge too many times.
We will have a post-race gathering on the docks (byo food, the last of the beercan beverages will be provided by the club). Sailors are welcome to venture into town for dinner and partying.
There will be one sequence for all boats. Warning signal will be at 11am, just north of the Prescott Highway Bridge. We will race to Hudson, or wherever the R/C sets the finish line (if the race is slow).
On both days, the finish line may be shortened or the races cancelled if the winds and weather are unfavorable for racing. The R/C intends to have everyone ashore by 5 or 6pm.
There may be several new crews, boats, and skippers attending the races this year – thank you for coming! This is one of the most spectacular events our club has to offer. Here are a few tips to make your adventure more enjoyable:
- There are numerous shallow areas along the route. Take a look at this chart and note the shallow areas off of Afton, Black Bass Bar, Afton State Park, and the south side of the Kinnicknnic channel.
(choose the “Navionics” layer from the layers button at the lower-left)
- All racers should familiarize themselves with the provisions of Section 11 of the Sailing Instructions
- Should you elect to retire from racing on either day, ensure that you notify the R/C or have somebody notify the R/C on your behalf. The R/C will be monitoring VHF Channel 72, or can be reached by phone.
- If the winds are light, there might be some amount of motoring – make sure to top off your fuel tanks.
The 2022 Destination Beercan will be held Saturday, August 20th at 11am. All members are welcome to participate, including Racers and Cruisers. We will sail from Hudson to Stillwater, with a party after the sailors arrive in the park.
The Beercan Party (hosted by Matt and crew from Contessa) will follow racing south of the lift bridge. If that area of the park is busy, the party may be moved elsewhere along the waterfront. Please bring a side dish to pass. The club will provide deli sandwiches from Brines, beer, water, and pop. It would be great to have simple sides to accompany them: salads, fruits, veggies, cheeses, etc…
Ken from Hairy Bear will sponsor a Bocce Ball tournament when we arrive!
The Destination Beercan race will begin at 11am near Bayport. It will be a distance race from north of the railroad bridge to the finish line in downtown Stillwater.
First leg will be to windward, and a mark (rounded to port) may be set if the wind is Southerly. The Race Committee will make ample announcements on VHF 72 prior to 11am.
Sailors are welcome to sail back to Hudson at their leisure.
Set off with the racers at 11am, or at your pleasure. See you in Stillwater for the party!
If you choose to start with the racers, please start AFTER the racers, and do your best to not interfere with them during the race. They have paid race fees and are competing for trophies. Your courtesy is much appreciated.
This is a non-standard sailing area, so you need to keep and eye on the river depths and follow the USCG right of way rules for non-competitor vessels.
Click here for a river diagram calling attention to a few known areas of shallow water.
Prior to racing, all sailors are required to pass under the Hudson Railroad Bridge on the north end of the Hudson channel. If the bridge is closed, they may be hailed on VHF 16. The R/C may postpone racing if bridge closures hold up the fleet.
Mooring/docking Information at Stillwater:
We will med-moor south of the Lift Bridge in downtown Stillwater along the seawall (see photo). Depth just south of the bridge is 5′ at flat pool, and shallows further south. Please reserve space for deep-draft boats further north.
Ken (Hairy Bear) and others will be on site to assist with med-mooring! Bring an anchor and at least one (ideally two) long mooring lines. If you are unfamiliar with med-mooring, call Pat or Ken (or any number of people) and they can explain.
Flags, pennants, and other boat bling are highly recommended! There will be plenty of gawkers.
If you’d prefer to do a standard side-tie to the seawall, please consider allowing other boats to raft alongside you (bring fenders).
You may also dock your boats at the Stillwater City Docks. They are behind the paddle boats (enter from the North). Space is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis (we do not have reservations). Overnight docking is an option, but very limited.
12th ANNUAL BAYFIELD CRUISE
AUGUST 11th – 15th, 2022 – MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Officially it is spring and unless Mother Nature has anymore surprises up her sleeve, boats on the St. Croix will be launching very soon. It’s quite a different story in Bayfield WI. The warm weather we have enjoyed here isn’t being shared on the South Shore of Lake Superior and they still are getting snow forecasted. As a matter of fact, Bayfield has tons of snow and thick ice, but that will all be gone by August come Bayfield Cruise time. The ice road to Madeline is now closed and that is a step in the right direction.
But, while the cruise is a long ways off, you need to mark your calendar and start planning for the cruise in the Apostles. The charter companies’ web sites have their charter boat selections on line and you can start getting your group together and book the boat of your choice before someone else does. More details to follow as details accumulate.
If you have any questions, contact Bill Hooper using the form below: