The PSC Racing Squadron offers members an opportunity to develop their racing skills right here on the Potomac River in a competitive yet friendly sailboat racing environment. Even if you've raced sailboats before, you'll find the upper tidal Potomac River to be a worthy challenge. For those who have never raced, the more relaxed racing environment of the Pentagon Racing Squadron offers a great opportunity to learn.
The Racing Squadron is open to all PSC members who hold at least an American Sailing Association (ASA) 101 rating, or equivalent.
PSC's Racing Squadron competes in:
History of Pentagon Racing
The Pentagon Sailing Club Racing Squadron was founded in 2006 when PSC members John Cavedo and Charlie Peck began teaching a group of Pentagon Sailing Club members the basics of racing, the nuances of sail trim, and the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing. The program grew to a formal status in 2007, when PSC put together a formal Racing Squadron with its own charter and qualification process. PSC teamed up with the Dangerfield Island Sailing Club (discsailing.org), the sponsor of our Tuesday night and most of our weekend races on the river.
Tuesday Night Racing
Tuesday night racing on PSC's fleet of Capri 22's runs from April through September. Tuesday races are hosted by the Daingerfield Island Sailing Club, and offer members a terrific opportunity to hone their skills while racing against a fleet of more than twenty boats on a typical night.
Racers arrive at Washington Sailing Marina around 4:30PM to get their crew and boat assignments and prepare the boats for each race. The skippers cast off at 5:30PM, and races begin at 6:30PM. The boats return to the dock around sunset.
The Racing Squadron participates in several weekend regattas and races each year. Among them are the Cherry Blossom Regatta in April, the GEICO Cup in June, and the Leukemia Cup in September.
Pentagon Racing Membership Fees
Racing Squadron membership is year-long, running from 15 March of the current year to 14 March of the following year. Racing Squadron membership fees are detailed at the registration link in the box to the right.
Deputy Racing Captain