We have one fully race rigged V15 that is available to charter for $25 a night. This fee includes the boat and registration fees. One of our dedicated fleet members will be present to orient you to the boat and answer any questions about rigging or sailing in the cove.
For boat availability and any questions, please contact the fleet's charter coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org
Although we work heard to keep the charter boat in race-ready condition, our fleet is a volunteer organization and regular wear and tear over the course of the season takes a toll, so we cannot guarantee that the charter boat will be rigged perfectly or even available to sail on a given night. Fleet officers and the race committee also reserve the right to veto use of the charter boat at any time based on weather conditions, the charterer's experience level, or a demonstrated lack of sportsmanship or judgment. If for any reason you are not able to sail on a night you paid to charter, please do not hesitate to ask us for a refund.
The charter boat is intended as an opportunity for new V15 sailors to experience racing with our fleet and decide if it's something they would like to pursue. It is not intended as a substitute for buying a boat or arranging for a longer-term charter from TISC or another boat owner. In order to serve that purpose, priority is as follows when multiple sailors are interested in chartering for the same night:
A sailor who has not used the charter boat within the preceding month has priority over to a sailor who has, so long as the sailor who has not used the boat asks to use it at least three days before the night in question.
If multiple sailors have used the charter boat within the last month, the sailor who has used it least recently has priority, so long as they request to use it at least three days before the night in question.
A sailor who intends to race the charter boat has priority over a sailor intending only to practice, regardless of when the sailor who intends to race requests the boat and regardless of who has used the boat more recently.
If none of the conditions above apply, priority is based on the first person to request the boat.
The charter coordinators have discretion to deviate from these rules as fairness or unusual circumstances may require.
Complete TISC's medical and liability waiver by registering as race crew here
Show up at TISC by 5:30, racing starts at 6:30.
Rig boat, win start, extend lead, have fun sailing, have fun eating, drinking, and hanging out after racing!
Can I take the boat out on X afternoon? - Unfortunately the charter boat is only available for Tuesday night team racing and Thursday night fleet racing. One of the dedicated fleet members must be present while the boat is in use.
What skill level is required? - Strong experience dinghy sailing is a must. The conditions in Clipper Cove can be quite gusty, if you capsize you should be able to easily recover on your own.
Can I charter this boat for the season? - No. This boat is intended to be a short term charter to give people the opportunity to try the fleet out. If you want a longer term charter please contact the fleet captain about possible options.
What is the ideal weight for a v15? - Traditionally the answer is 275-325lbs. On a windy night 275lbs will be tough and people have definitely done well sailing at as much as 335lbs.
How is the boat equipped? - The boat is well equipped and rigged similarly to top boats in Fleet 53.
Is there a tuning guide? - Luther Carpenter has assembled a go fast tip sheet that is a great starting point.
What should I wear? - Dress warmly with the expectation that even good dinghy sailors can end up getting wet. A breeze on night will likely see multiple capsizes in the fleet... Most people wear either 3/4 length hiking pants, wetsuits, or foul weather gear. The neoprene options are preferable if you think you could end up in the water. Here are more details on what to wear.
What happens if I damage the boat or lose parts? - The boat is equipped with a bow bumper that should help mediate damage. However, if damage requiring a repair occurs or you damage another boat we expect you to cover repairs. If a line or fitting fails in the course of normal use, please inform us so that we can replace it.
Are there any special rules at TISC? - Notably we do 1 turn penalties for fouls outside of the 3 boat length circle, 2 turn penalties for fouls inside, and when necessary resolve protests by 3 minute justice.
Are there any additional fees that I need to pay? - No. The total cost of the night including food and beverages for 2 is $25. All launch/regatta fees are included in the cost of the charter.
When do I become liable for social chair/volunteer hours? - Once you have participated in > 3 Thursday nights in a season per the NOR you are expected to contribute to volunteer/social chair duties.