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Center for Wooden Boats: RaceNOW! Learn-to-Race

1010 Valley Street
Seattle, WA 98109 United States
The Center for Wooden Boats
Wednesday, August 17, 2022 (6:00 PM - 9:30 PM) (PDT)


RaceNOW! Clinic Price: Members $150 | Non-Members $200

RaeNOW! Series Price: Members $70 nightly | Non-Members $100

Event Details


RaceNOW! Clinics. These three- to four-hour clinics provide an opportunity for intermediate sailors to learn the fundamentals of sailboat racing. Each clinic includes racing strategy, tactics, and the basics of the racing rules. Sailing in teams of 2 racers per boat, we head out in our fleet of 20’ Blanchard Jr Knockabout keelboats while receiving expert coaching from CWB Racing Instructor Oliver Davis. Oliver has taught racing and competitively raced on large and small vessels all over the world, and CWB is lucky to have him available to teach intermediate sailors the fundamentals of racing. All participants will have the opportunity to serve in the role of racing skipper and crew during multiple races (usually 5-6 races). This approach has proven to be an excellent pathway to honing sailing and leadership skills on a boat. After racing, you’ll rejoin your instructors and competitors in our outdoor classroom for a “chalk talk” and debrief learning even more from video footage of all the action. Race videos will be sent to all participants after the race, so no worries if unable to stay the full extra hour. It’s a fun-filled night designed to prepare you to our RaceNOW! Racing Series evenings as desired or become crew in other racing events!

RaceNOW! Series. Once you’ve completed a RaceNOW! Clinic (or any previous year CWB RaceNOW! program), you’re ready to race on your own with Principle Racing Officials (PROs) on a committee boat calling the shots. Three-hours of pure racing each week! Register a friend as crew or we'll pair you with another skipper to take turns at the helm. Join for one evening or a handful! Racing scores are averaged over the entire evening and are shared during an informal gathering capping the night.

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If your desired Clinic or Series event is sold out, join our waitlist HERE to be notified of any cancellations.

AGES: 18+, 12+ with an adult

DATES: Every Wednesday evening May-August, 2022. Intensive RaceNOW! Clinics monthly with fun RaceNOW! Series events in between clinics.

TIMES: 5:30~9:00pm in May. 6:00~9:30pm in June and July. 5:00~8:30 in August (~3.5-hours each night). Please plan for extended time on clinic nights for chalk-talk and video debrief.

CLASS SIZE: 8-10 (4-5 boats used for Clinic and Series nights).

RaceNOW! Clinic Price: Members: $150. | Non-Members: $200.

RaceNOW! Series Price: Members: $70 nightly | Non-Members: $100 nightly.

INSTRUCTORS: CWB Sailing and Racing Instructors.

LOCATION: South Lake Union.


  • RaceNOW! Clinic: Sailing Checkout or Current Livery Card followed by at least 5 hours of sailing on Blanchard Junior Knockabouts in the current calendar year.

  • RaceNOW! Series: Previous participation in a RaceNOW! Clinic OR participation in any prior year CWB RaceNOW! program. Racing skippers may register a friend as CREW in their boat. Associated CREW need not have attended a clinic, hold a livery card, or be CWB members.

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