Thursday Night Bulkhead Races

 

Kaneohe Yacht Club proudly hosts the weekly Thursday Night Bulkhead race. Throughout most of the year, this race starts at 6:00 on Thursday evenings and tries to finish before sunset.  This is a fun club race for all comers.  You don't need to be a serious sailor to enjoy this race.  In addition to their regular crews, these sailboats are filled with enthusiastic guests.  Even the spectators on shore enjoy this race.  The boats all start with their sterns tied to the bulkhead and then they push off at their designated time.  Often, the racers will hoist their spinnakers a few feet away from the dock to the cheers of the spectators.  This is a "Pursuit Race" which means the slowest boats start first and then the fast boats try to race pass them before the finish line.  On the water, there is a lot of ribbing, joking and shouting between boats. The only rules in this race is you must follow the course and everybody must keep it safe.   The race course meanders around reefs and buoys in Kaneohe Bay and changes every week to keep things interesting.  The race finishes at the end of the E Pier to the cheers and applause of spectators.  For all their efforts, the winning boats get their name on a chalkboard and are awarded treasured drink tickets.

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