If you enjoy racing your sailboat, area clubs are making sure you have something to do just about any time you're ready.
As the largest racing club on the Niagara Frontier, the Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club will set the pace by resuming its weekly Tuesday and Wednesday races on May 24 and 25 and by adding a Sunday family series. The Buffalo Yacht Club and Buffalo Canoe Club will resume Thursday night racing at Point Abino on June 2.
The Western New York Windsurfing Association will kick off a full racing schedule May 22 with a Niagara River Rodeo at Fort Erie, Ont.
And the Buffalo Model Boat Club -- the folks who race model boats -- already has started regatta racing. Open sailing is set to start June 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Muir Lake in Amherst.
The Buffalo Harbor club experimented last year with Sunday and single-handed racing and attracted a regular group of some 25 boats. The result is a regular Sunday series, a single-handed series and a new entry, the double-handed race series, which limits each boat to two persons.
"We tested it out last year, and everything works," said commodore Bette Blum. "People can use the Sunday races for practicing or a chance to sail with the family and bring the kids out."
When conditions permit throughout the season, club racers will compete on a windward-leeward course, which is considered more challenging than the standard course. The windward-leeward course is modeled on the America's Cup courses, and has been used in regattas.
"We found that the racers like it. Club members endorsed it," Blum said.
Here's the schedule of this season's major races:
May 22 -- Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club tune-up race and first Sunday series race.
May 24 -- China Light Women's Series, every Tuesday through Sept. 6.
May 25 -- BHSC, every Wednesday through Sept. 7.
May 28 -- Gardner Cup, Buffalo Yacht Club.
June 2 -- Buffalo Canoe Club-Buffalo Yacht Club, every Thursday at Pt. Abino.
June 4 -- BHSC Ice Breaker Regatta.
June 10-11 -- J27s North American, Buffalo Yacht Club.
June 12 -- BHSC Sunday Series, Family Race.
June 13 -- Double-handed Race.
June 18-19 -- Niagara Frontier Invitational Regatta at Point Abino, Ont., Buffalo Canoe Club.
June 25-26 -- Erie Dover InterClub Cruise.
July 9-10 -- BHSC regatta.
July 14 -- Double-handed Race.
July 16-17 -- Sugarloaf Regatta, Port Colborne, Ont.
July 23-24 -- Youngstown Level Regatta, Youngstown Yacht Club.
July 24 -- Sunday Series, Family Race.
Aug. 5 -- Single-handed Race.
Aug. 6 -- Adam and Eve Race.
Aug. 13-14 -- Mayor's Cup, Buffalo Yacht Club.
Aug. 21 -- Sunday Series, Family Race.
Aug. 22 -- Single-handed Race.
Aug. 27-28 -- Great Race, Buffalo Yacht Club.
Sept. 14 -- Wednesday Night Fun Race.
Sept. 17 -- Last Chance Regatta.
-- ROSE CIOTTA