Dinghy Racing at Little Traverse Sailors

The IBS/LTS/LTYC Dinghy Fleet has a packed schedule of racing fun planned for Summer 2018!

New for 2018: Separate Laser and 420 nights!  Lasers on Mondays, 420s on Thursdays.

In response to the overwhelming popularity of the 420 fleet, we have decided to run two separate series this summer: Monday nights are for Lasers, and Thursday nights are for 420s.

The Laser fleet is BYO boat (for LTS Race Team members, there are a limited number of LTS Lasers available for you to use).

LTS will make available our fleet of 20 boats for use for the Thursday night 420 series.


Each Monday (Lasers) and Thursday (420s) racing will begin at 6:00 pm near the Harbor mark. Each night we’ll do three or four short races in the beautiful protected waters of Harbor Springs Harbor. .

laserMonday Laser Series Schedule

June 18
June 25
July 2
July 9
July 16
July 23
July 30
August 6
August 13

420Thursday 420 Series Schedule

June 21
June 28
July 5
July 12
July 19
July 26
August 2
August 9
August 16

As in past years, we expect some of the most competitive racing around, often with more than 20 boats on the line.


Each series — Lasers and 420s — will be separately scored.

We use a modified “High Point Average” scoring system,so that any sailor who competes in at least 60% of the series’ races has a shot at the season awards.  After racing on the final nights — Monday, August 13 for Lasers and Thursday, August 16 for 420s — we will have pizza and an awards ceremony to hand out trophies.  We will have awards for the top five overall skippers, as well as top juniors, women, and master (older!) sailors.  Results are distributed by email weekly and posted on bulletin boards at Irish Boat Shop and the LTYC.

Racing Rules

  • We use the current edition of the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing and the International Laser Class Association rules (with modifications allowing for an equivalent but non-class marked sails).
  • The Laser “rig-switching” rule is turned on, meaning that any Laser sailor can sail with any of the three Laser rigs (Standard, Radial, 4.7) for any race.
  • All sailors must wear an approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) at all times.
  • The starts use a three-minute dinghy start sequence, with horns indicating time remaining.
  • The penalty for fouls is one turn (360º) unless the foul occurs within the three-boatlength ‘zone’ of a mark, in which case the penalty is two turns (720º). The penalty for hitting a mark is one turn (360º). Protests may be filed verbally with the Race Committee and will be decided by LTS Coaches and Race Committee shortly after racing each evening.


laserLaser Series

$75 racing fees.

LTS Race Team members do not pay racing fees

See information about Laser Storage, below.

420420 Series

$275, includes the use of LTS 420s

LTS Race Team members do not pay racing fees

See information about the use of LTS 420s, below.

Laser Storage

  • Irish Boat Shop has limited rack space storage available on their west lawn. We do not allow boat storage to take place on the grass.  For Laser racing sailors, IBS has agreed to offer a discounted seasonal rate — $100 for the season.
  • To obtain rack storage, first register to race.  Then either print your registration receipt (received by email) or forward it to Nikki Landon (NMLandon@irishboatshop.com); she will take your payment information (or add it to your account if you’re already an IBS customer).
  • Spots on the storage rack will be allocated in early June and be available Friday, June 15 (after the LTS boats are removed).
  • Spots on the storage rack will be allocated as follows: lower rack spots will be given to Race Team and junior sailors, the next best spots will be allocated according to how many races the sailor participated in during 2017 (with ties being broken by results in 2017).
  • Sign-ups after June 1 will be allocated space first-come, first-served.  Note that IBS may rent rack spaces to non-racers starting June 8.
  • Any Laser not used for two consecutive weeks of racing (four race nights) may be moved to a higher spot during the season.
  • All Lasers must be removed from the rack no later than Friday, August 17 so that LTS boats can be put away for the season.

Use of LTS 420s

Little Traverse Sailors is making its fleet of 20 420s available for Thursday night racing. 420 usage requires approval from Dan Thompson, LTS Racing Director. During some cases, we may ask that you take a private lesson or two in order to confirm your ability to sail the boat in a racing situation.

We use the first-come-first-serve system for our 420’s.  Please see Dan or another LTS Coach for instructions on sail storage, boat care, and other issues.  We require sailors to wear a lifejacket and we highly recommend a hat, sunglasses, water bottle, sailing gloves, and sunscreen.

Registration Links

laserLaser Series

420420 Series