North Sails LOFT NEWS
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Wednesday Night Series at Mimico Cruising Club Reflects Dedication and Commitment to Weeknight Racing
Every Wednesday boats from Mimico Cruising Club [MCC] gather to race on the lake. Boats big and small get together for friendly competition, week after week, and the hype is stronger than ever. Over 20 boats compete in both Spring and Summer series racing, and take advantage of the bragging rights.
What makes MCC race nights different from other clubs on the lake is the size of their starting line and consistency in participation each week. In addition to their own boats, MCC has partnered with neighbor club Etobicoke Yacht Club to allow sailors to co-mingle for racing during the week – at no extra cost. Members from EYC can race at MCC on Wednesdays and MCC members can race at EYC on Thursdays, providing two great opportunities for the clubs to race with eachother frequently. The reciprocal racing rights not only foster the local sailing/racing community but also enable sailors to hone their skills and get out on the water more; which most sailors on the Great Lakes want since the season is so short compared to other areas that can race all year round.
Not only do boats big and small come out for racing at MCC but also sailors from all ages show in numbers. A great number of youth sailors and young adults are crew on members boats – a fantastic occurrence that we love at North Sails. Ways for clubs to help youth sailors grow and transition from junior sail to keelboat racing/sailing is amazing; a feat that a lot of other clubs, and the sport in general, are struggling with.