Come Race With Us
Due to its flexible nature as both a training boat and an all weather dinghy, the Albacore and the Albacore racing series in Toronto has one of the largest fleets in the world. It's also one of the largest one-design fleets of any type in Canada. If you are interested in racing there are several ways to get going.
Friday Night Race Series
The Friday night series is typically a larger fleet and probably the best place to start for beginner racers, who will crew for more experienced skippers. The series consists of a mix of community club boats with randomly drawn teams of skipper & crew from the same club and a few private boats. Be at the club at 6pm every Friday for a 7pm starting "gun". There is only 1 race per evening and results for the series are tracked individually by skipper and by crew and displayed on the Albacore class website. All full time Westwood members are encouraged to sign-up. Note members who do not have their Skipper status must sign-up as a crew.
Harbour Master Series
The harbour master series consists of community club and private boats participating in two races on selected Sunday afternoons, with first gun at 1pm. There is no sign-up for this event so skippers & crews can choose their team and can train together before the races. Members who race must be full time and to helm the member must have their Skipper status. Series results are combined and tracked individually by skipper and by crew and displayed on the Albacore class website.
Throughout the year each community club will host a local regatta (typically on a Saturday) which is a 1 full day event, consisting typically of 3 to 5 races, with first gun at 11am. Following the day's racing is the awards ceremony, dinner, and party. All members are encouraged to participate. In addition to taking a turn hosting an Albacore regatta for the community, Westwood also hosts the New Skippers Regatta to encourage newer racers.
For the more keen racer, there are various championship regattas throughout the year. These may require travel and are 2 days or more in length. They also have awards ceremonies and parties.
YouTube is a treasure trove of learning resources. Here are a few featuring footage from our races. Our YouTube channel has more playlists.