The OIYC has a very active racing schedule. Racing events include the Shaw Island Winter Classic in February, the East Sound Spring Regatta in April, weekly club races on Wednesdays (May to August) and Sundays (September), Benson Cup in October, and the big finale of the season, the Round the County Race. The club makes good use of West Sound for many of its events. With its protected waters, which are out of the main flow of heavy currents and a good chance of usable wind even during the summer months, West Sound is a fun place to sail and still gives a little advantage to the old-timers who know its shifty ways.
The early races of the season can be lightly attended, but by July and August more than 15 sailboats are often seen out racing. After the racing is over, a good time can be found at the OIYC picnic shelter, where racers gather to grill their dinner, drink their beer and talk about the rules of racing, which clearly the other skippers don't have a clue about.
OIYC sailor of the year for 2018