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Barefoot Racing
Lanier Cup Club Winner 2016 and 2017

Barefoot offers major racing circuit events each year, including the annual two-day "Barefoot Open Regatta" early in October. The club sponsors racing series for its PHRF and Portsmouth fleets from January through November with awards to skippers and crew for each series. Regular club races are held on Lake Lanier and include both buoy and long-distance (around the islands) racing. The club's sailing instructions (click race name hyperlink) detail the rules of racing with Barefoot. The Races are started using the staggered start system (pursuit race).  Consult the Pursuit Start Courses (Rev B) and Pursuit Handicap Table for details.

Visitors are invited to crew for races - just attend the skippers' meeting held 2 hours before each race to see which skippers need crew. 

Annually, we award a "Racing Skipper of the Year".  To qualify, the skipper must have raced in at least 4 races of either BFSC series, at least 2 races of the other BFSC series, and must have served on Race committee at least once during the Dorton Cup Series. 

 

By season, the Barefoot races are:
 

WINTER

Dean Holcomb Poker Run/Mad Hatter & Chili Cookoff - Come out and have fun in the annual Poker Run/ Mad Hatter on Sunday, January 1, 2023, hosted by Barefoot Sailing Club. It will be Five-Card Stud with the first card being handed out at the Skipper’s Meeting.  The participants will round the prescribed marks grabbing a single envelope from each mark. Envelopes are to remain sealed until the post-race gathering at Branch House Tavern, where we'll gather to reveal poker hands and partake in the fiercely competitive Chili/Chowder/Stew/Soup Cook-off.

SPRING

Spring Race Series - Eight race series held in the spring/early summer. Next year's series kicks off Sunday, March 12, 2023.

Around Alone Regatta (NOR-SIs) - The long time–honored tradition of the premier solo regatta, the Around Alone Regatta, it is usually held in the early spring on Lake Lanier. Come on out with the rest of the hardy singlehanders on a race from the Chattahoochee Bay area of the Lake, to Buford Dam and back!  The perpetual trophy is a framed Barefoot Burgee autographed by Robin Davie, 3 time solo circumnavigator.  Jonathan Steward (S/V Bill the Cat) won this year's race held Saturday, April 10, 2022. Next year's race is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2023.

Joan Holcomb Memorial Women Skippers Regatta - The regatta is held in memory of Joan Holcomb, BFSC’s 1994 and LLSC's 2002 Commodore.  For the races, a woman must helm the boat and make tactical decisions. This year's May 22nd regatta was co-hosted by LLSC and we look forward to many future JHM Women Skippers regattas with LLSC. Next year's regatta is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2023.

SUMMER

"LARC After Dark" Moonlight Race Series (NOR |  SIs) -  LARC sponsors a four evening race series each summer (May-August) as close to the full moon nights as possible for Saturday evening races. Starting in 2023, The series is intended to be a fun sail where sailors are out late enjoying fresh night breezes and the full moon. Traditionally, each of the LARC clubs has taken a turn hosting the pursuit start races, but starting in 2023, BFSC will be hosting the series which kicks off Saturday, June 3, 2023.
 

FALL

Fall Series -  Held each fall, the six race series kicked off August 6th, 2022. Races are typically held at 1pm w/Skippers meeting at 11am in the parking lot of Pig Tales at Aqualand Marina. The 2023 series will kick off August 5, 2023.

Barefoot Open Regatta - The Barefoot Open Regatta is typically held the first weekend in October, but due to a scheduling conflict w/the MC/M14 regatta, this year's race was held the weekend of October 7-9.  From the Friday night Skipper’s Meeting with pizza social, to  the two full days of racing for all fleets, and the fantastic parties and food. All of this is on top of one of the best venues for lake racing, plus knowledgeable and experienced race committee and judges - a formula for a great weekend of sailing!  Open to all sailboats on Lake Lanier with a current PHRF or PCRF certificate.  Next year's dates are still TBD, but we hope to schedule the 49th(!) BFO the first weekend of October (October 13-15, 2023). Pro tip: schedule a nearby hotel or vacation rental w/friends for Friday through Sunday night.

Dorton Cup Series - This closed regatta is for Barefoot Sailing Club skippers only.  Crew do not need to be Barefoot members.  The results of the Dorton Cup will be incorporated into the Skipper of the Year tally.  Next year's race is scheduled for Sunday, November 12, 2023.

Race times given are for the pre-race skipper's meeting, held in the parking lot of Aqualand's Pig Tales restaurant and Ship's Store.  For the regattas, we need volunteers from members willing to ride on the Race Committee boat. If you want to experience the thrill of watching the race up close, please contact the racing co-captains, Fred Kempner and Pete Winham. Hope to see you out there!

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