Carlyle Sailing Association

Whale of a Sail


Racing will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing.  The regatta will be open to all sailing vessels.  Yachts may enter a buoy race series for one design boats, or a long-distance pursuit type race for cabin boats. For handicapping unique yachts may be assigned a PHRF or Portsmouth number based on their similarity to other types of yachts.  One-design yachts of types with five or more registered will compete for prizes as a separate class.  If fewer than five boats, which are required to constitute a class, they will be grouped into one or more Portsmouth handicap classes.  Yachts claiming to belong to a one-design class shall meet all of the rules of that class.  


 We ask that you register online prior to September 17th to help prevent large gatherings during registration. You can register at regatta network.  For the discount please register prior to August 29th. 

Register here

To be fully registered for this event you must also send proof of  boat liability insurance via text or email by taking a picture of your insurance that shows active dates and liability amount along with your name to the regatta registration chair at: or  text: 314-606-1501 by 12pm Sept 17th, 2021.  (please help get this done as soon as possible since there are a lot more details than usual to running a socially distance regatta).

Sailing instructions for the buoy race and for the long distance race are available online and will be posted at the pavilion, so please print them from Regatta Network or the above links prior to arrival as they will not be available to handout on site. 

COVID guidelines change daily, so we will be honoring the guidelines for our area at the time of the regatta.


Registration cost is $40.00 per boat until Aug 29th then increases to $50.00 per boat. Entry fee includes Free primitive camping on CSA grounds in either a tent or single vehicle footprint (car, van, or pickup truck parked in car parking lot).  No hookups are available and no camping trailers (including pop ups) will be allowed on CSA grounds. Hookups and pop up trailer camping are available in the state park just outside CSA on first come first serve basis, and at your own discretion. 

Social Events – A welcome party will occur on Friday evening, 17 September, and a light continental breakfast will be available on 18 and 19 September at 0800 – 0900.  Water, soda, beer, rum beverages included in baseline regatta entry fee.  Bag lunches on Saturday and Sunday available ($7 each), plus a barbecue dinner on Saturday ($20 each) should be purchased separately on-line HERE.  

Click here for the NOR and Sailing Instructions:  Regatta Network Whale of a Sail 2021

2021 Whale T-Shirts $20 are now on Sale in the Harbormasters Office along with more New CSA items (hats, shirts, jackets!). Stop by and take a look while saying Hi to Mary, Joe and Kona.


 (Friday, Sept 17

  • 4 pm for early arrivals to set up boats and tents, and welcome party. (look out for the Capt. word has it he is joining the party)

Saturday, Sept 18

  • 9 am - 10:30 am: All Skippers and crew sign waiver of Liability and turn in at the skippers meeting prior to sailing in order to be eligible to sail. (we will have copies or you can bring a printed copy).
  • 10:00 am: Skippers’ Meeting 
  • 11:00 am: First Buoy Race warning signal, with up to 4 buoy races on Sat.  There will be an on shore lunch break.
  • 11:00 am:  Start of the first boat in long distance course.  One race, staggered starts will be posted on regatta network and at the pavilion.
  • After Races 6:30 pm till ???:  Dinner at the pavilion. 

Sunday, Sept 19

  • After Continental breakfast:  Continue Buoy Racing (Up to 2 races; no start after 1:30pm).  Continue second Long distance race.
  • 2:30 pm or immediately following racing:  awards at the pavilion. 

A maximum of 5 buoy races and 2 long distance races will be sailed in the regatta.


Racing activities will emanate from the Carlyle Sailing Association harbor, and courses will be laid between Mile 1 and Mile 5 on Carlyle Lake.  Directions and more information at


The low point scoring of RRS Appendix A shall be used on the buoy course by fleet or handicap group.  The long distance races will score using a pursuit race format.

One race will constitute a regatta.

Radio Communication

Channel 72


Trophy awards will be given to the top 3 boats in each class or group.

Disclaimer of Liability

Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race.  Neither the organizing authority nor the host organization will accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta. 

Additional information

Regatta registration information is available on regatta net.  For more information, please contact Rick Bernstein via or text:  314-324-3024.

Where to Stay

Free CSA on harbor site tent CAMPING in specified area. RV camping areas adjacent to CSA in Hazlet State Park. Sleeping is permitted on boats with berths on CSA docks or in assigned parking spaces. 


  • CenterStone Suites Carlyle – (618) 594-8888
  • Marinerʼs Village Carlyle – (618) 594-7666
  • Carlyle Lake Cottages (618) 594-3386
  • Econo Lodge Greenville – (618) 664-3030
  • Super 8 Greenville – (618) 664-0800


CSA is 50 miles East of St. Louis in Illinois, located in the south end of Eldon Hazlet State Park. Access to the park is east from IL Rt. 127 between interstates I-70 and I-64. Look for brown and white Sailboat Harbor sign and CSA sign. 

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