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Ketchikan Yacht Club (KYC)
P.O. Box 6694
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901

Roger Maynard

The Ketchikan Yacht Club (KYC) is a domestic non-profit corporation, registered and licensed to do business in the State of Alaska. The Ketchikan Yacht Club blog is an information service for members and guests, and a public advertisement for the Ketchikan Yacht Club.

Boating and navigation information in this blog is published in good faith based on the best information available including local knowledge, but is not intended to replace authoritive sources. Mariners are cautioned to use all authoritive sources when planning trips or operating a boat.

The Ketchikan Yacht Club is organized as a social and recreation club under section 501(C)(7) of the U.S. Tax Code; contributions are not tax deductible.


Learn to Sail FAST!


SV Camai, a medium-displacement cruising boat, romps across the finish line. Photo by ML Dahl.

Are you new to sailing? Do you want to learn to handle your boat better? Or are you ready for some competition? Ketchikan Yacht Club’s Thursday evening summer sailing program emphasizes safety, seamanship, boat handling, and efficient sailing for cruisers, day sailors and racers alike.

Here’s the Plan:
Each Thursday evening beginning in May, KYC registered sailboats will form up at the starting line, the “WR6” red buoy in Tongass Narrows (near Safeway and the Plaza) for an evening of fun. Sailboats are grouped into “A” fleet and “B” fleet boats. “A” fleet consists of faster boats and sailors who want to race; “B” fleet represents all other sailboats including heavier and slower cruising boats.


The sailing fleet ghosts along in light breezes. Photo by ML Dahl.

Being somewhat slower, the “B” fleet starts first — at 6:00 p.m., following one of two prescribed courses in Tongass Narrows. Then, at 6:10 p.m., the “A” fleet boats start, following the same course. The “A” fleet will probably overtake and sail through the “B” fleet as they compete, and all boats will keep their own start and finish times to compare afterwards. Each race is a separate event; there is no “series” or cumulative score during the season.

Sound’s like fun? Here’s what you need to get started:

  • This sailing program is for KYC members–each boat owner needs to be a member of KYC. If you are not a member and want to join this program, then find a KYC member and see about joining now.
  • Crew members do not need to be KYC members, though membership is encouraged (the more, the merrier!)
  • All events are run under the “Racing Rules of Sailing” for 2014. Each skipper will have a copy provided with their U.S. Sailing membership, but you can start studying now.
  • Each skipper needs a PHRF rating assigned to the boat.  The KYC sailing committee will be measuring sails and taking boat measurements on Saturday, April 5th at Holy Name school.
  • The first skippers meeting will be March 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the Ketchikan Yacht Club.  
  • All registration forms and fees are due by March 30.  Registration fees cover PHRF/handicap ratings, U.S. Sailing membership, and race fees.

Listen to KRBD radio on March 10, 2014 at 8:15 a.m. for a discussion of the KYC sailing program by Sailing Fleet Captain Jim Dahl and Rear Commodore Judith McQuerry.

For further information see the Sailing Instructions on this website.

Questions? Jim Dahl can be contacted at, or phone 206-491-6238.

Sail FAST!

2 comments to Learn to Sail FAST!

  • I will be coming down to Ketchikan for the summer from Seward. I took the Seward Sailing, Inc. course in 2011 to bareboat level but the following year had to deal with some stuff. I sold my boat (Tanzer 7.5), but I am interested in picking up sailing again. Of course, I am rusty… I will also be in the market for an inexpensive 22-25 foot sailboat (unless I can miraculously find a Nor’Sea 27 cheaply). Would getting one delivered from Seattle be a good idea? I look forward to meeting you when I arrive and hopefully participating in the crewed events.

    • Hi Scott, we look forward to meeting you when you come to Ketchikan. Another sailboat in town is always welcome, or we can put you on the crew list when you’re ready to help someone else sail around the buoys. As far as delivering a sailboat from Seattle–most of our boats come from that area. Smaller boats are usually shipped up via barge, then recommissioned in Ketchikan. If you have a large boat (over 30 feet or so,) then there are professional skippers in the Seattle area who will deliver via the inside passage for a price.

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