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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:


Dean Holcomb Poker Run/Mad Hatter & Chili Cookoff - Come out and have fun in the annual Poker Run/ Mad Hatter on Wednesday, January 1, 2025, 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 Race Series - Eight race series held in the spring/early summer. This year's series kicked off with a Blessing of the Fleet ceremony on Saturday, January 13, 2024.

Around Alone Regatta - 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 single-handers 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. This year's race was held Saturday, April 20, 2024.

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. Now co-hosting the regatta with LLSC, this year's race will be held Saturday, June 1, 2024.


"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. The series is intended to be a fun sail where sailors are out late enjoying fresh night breezes and the full moon. BFSC is hosting the LARC series which kicked off Saturday, May 18, 2024.


Fall Race Series -  Held each fall, this year's six race series will kick off Sunday, September 8, 2024. Races are typically held at 1pm w/Skippers meeting at 11am in the parking lot of Pig Tales at Aqualand Marina.

Barefoot Open Regatta - This year marks our 50th(!) BFO. We will celebrate at the University Yacht Club (UYC) over the October 11-13 weekend.


From the Friday night Skipper’s Meeting with pizza social, to the two full days of racing for all fleets, and the fantastic Saturday night party with Thunder Gypsy. 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.


Pro tip: Stay at the lake by overnighting with friends on a boat or nearby campsite/hotel/vacation rental for Friday through Sunday night. You're welcome.

UYC Lanier Cup - Sponsored by the UYC Maritime Foundation and hosted by UYC, the Lanier Cup Regatta is eagerly anticipated by Lanier racers each November.  Teams from BFSC, LLSC and UYC fiercely compete for bragging rights to the prized "Lanier Cup." Barefoot Sailing Club captured the cup in both 2016 and 2017! Last year, Barefoot placed 2nd overall with Jeff Elam and Chris Webster (S/V Shameless) taking 3rd individually. This year, the Lanier Cup is scheduled for Saturday, November 2, 2024.

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.  This year's race is scheduled for Sunday, December 1, 2024.

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 races and regattas, we need volunteers 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 captains, Fred Kempner or Chico Wojna. Hope to see you out there!

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