Goosebumps Race Series–2018

Goosebumps Race

The annual Goosebumps Race is  sponsored by Seattle Singles Yacht Club in January and February each year on Lake Union. There are no entry fees. Skippers sign up weekly to participate in any, or all, of the six races.


Dedicated sailors didn’t let Seattle’s winter weather stop them from joining in the annual beer-can race sponsored by the Seattle Singles Yacht Club. The 2018 races were on six Sundays: Jan. 14, 21, 28, and Feb. 4,11,18. Skippers could enter all races, or just a few. The weather was unpredictable this year–snow, rain, glorious sun, winds gusting to 40 knots and hardly a breeze! Race participants varied from under 20 to more than 50 boats on some Sundays.

The final winners combining all six races are:


  1. Surt, a C&C 41 skippered my Mike Sinclair.
  2. Tipsy Gypsy, a Soverel 33 skippered by Wendell Gregory.
  3. Selchie, a T-Bird 26 skippered by Kwadwo Copeland.


  1. Necessary Evil, a Catalina 30 skippered by Kirt Hegerberg
  2. Seohlah, a Ranger 33 skippered by David Ferguson
  3. Anakena, A Ranger 22 skippered by Georg Gwildis.


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 may vary depending on the weather. The race starts at 1 p.m. each week.

After the race, skippers and crew generally stop 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.

Keep up those racing skills–join the SSYC Goosebumps Race Series next year!