Dedicated sailors don’t let Seattle’s winter weather stop them from joining in the annual beer-can race sponsored by the Seattle Singles Yacht Club. The 2019 races were held on six Sundays: Jan. 13, 20, 27, and Feb. 3,10, 17. Skippers could enter all races, or just a few.
There are no race fees nor advance registration. Just show up in Lake Union near Gas Works Park and motor by the SSYC Committee Boat and give your name, boat name and number. You’ll see a large sign designating the Committee Boat. The course will be laid out the morning of each race and will vary depending on the weather. The race started around 12:45 p.m. each week, except Feb. 10, when it was cancelled because of snow.
After the race, skippers and crew generally stopped by Ivar’s Salmon House for refreshments. These informal get togethers are a great way to share racing stories and meet other skippers and crews.