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Racing

Each Saturday morning of the sailing season between April and October, the club Thistles are reserved for racing events. Any qualified skipper may take the helm in these races, and any club member may crew. Guests are welcome as long as they do not displace members who want to race. In addition, the club offers seminars and sessions on racing rules and racing techniques throughout the year.

The Club also holds several major regattas during the year. The first regatta, in early June, is in celebration of Historic New Castle's Separation Day, as well as Founders Day later in the season to honor the founders of the Club. The Pea Patch Island Race in October is our only "distance" race.

The sailing club sponsors a Charity Regatta, usually held in July, and invites skippers of other classes of small dinghy sailboats to participate in this fund-raising event for a local charity.

The Club also holds the Delaware River Perpetual Thistle Trophy (DELRIPETT) each year, which is open to all Thistle boat owners in late October. The DELRIPETT is always the last race of the sailing season.

NCSC Race Series

With the exception of a few specialty regattas, the Club's Saturday morning races typically are a first come, first serve allocation of captain and crew assignments. In 2017 the Saturday morning races are broken up into two series - Spring and Fall, with two fleets, Gold Fleet and Silver Fleet competing together. You can find the details under Racing Info. 

Saturday Race starting times are as follows:

8:30 am – Sign up for Skippers and Crew

9:00 am – Skipper's meeting, Assignment of Boats, and Review of Racing Rules

10:00 am – First Race of Three or Four

1:00 pm – Back on Shore

A series of "Fun Races" will be held during the summer. These races will have their skippers meeting at 1:00 pm and start at 2:00 pm (with the exception of the Flying Scot Races that meet at 10:00 am). Always check the calendar.

Details are in the Racing Calendar (click here)

2017 NCSC Regatta Schedule


MAY 5 - 2016 DELRIPETT REGATTA (make-up date)

  • 10:00am Skippers Meeting
  • 11:00am to 4:00pm Racing

JUNE 10 - SEPARATION DAY REGATTA

  • 9:00am Skippers Meeting
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm Racing

JULY 15 - CHARITY REGATTA

  • 10:30am - Skippers Meeting
  • 11:30am - 2:00pm Racing

AUGUST 19 - FOUNDERS DAY REGATTA

  • 10:00 am Skippers Meeting
  • 11:00am - 2:00pm Racing

SEPTEMBER 30 - PEA PATCH ISLAND REGATTA

  • 9:00am - Skippers Meeting
  • 10:00am - Start

OCTOBER 21 - DELRIPETT REGATTA

  • 10:00am - Skippers Meeting
  • 11:00am – 4:00pm Racing

To see the complete racing calendar, click here