MORF New Racer Series

9:40 3/23/2017

Dear MORF Members,

As many of you know there has been much going on this season regarding the organization of racing in the Chicago area. Part of this has been an ongoing discussion of how to expand the number of boats who race. The MORF Board has opted to stop talking and actually try to do something about this. MORF will initiate a New Racer Series described below.

We have a problem reaching out to the non racing boats in the area. We need to rely on our friends and word of mouth to reach those boats. I've just submitted the text below for the April edition of the LakeMichiganSURF newsletter. We will also try to get this story into some of the Yacht club and boatyard newsletters. Secretary Judith McLain has produced a nice one-pager (attached) with the same information. Feel free to post, forward, or reproduce and handout this email and those flyers wherever you think it might reach a boat potentially interested in trying out racing.

In particular Commodore Bob Metzen has arranged for MORF to have a booth at Yachtapalooza at Crowley's on Saturday March 25. He'll need some help to man that booth the whole day. Any of you who are down there should stop by and at least give him a head break. If you would like to take part of a watch at the booth please reply to this email. As always any of your suggestions, comments and criticisms are welcome. Just reply to this email.

On 03/16/2017 11:04 AM, Peter Cooper wrote:

MORF New Racer Series Peter Cooper, MORF Secretary "MORF", the Midwest Open Racing Fleet, is offering an opportunity for new racers to come out and try racing this season. We will run a new racer series together with some of our regular racing schedule on most Saturday and Sunday mornings. The new racer section will start after our regular racers, around 11:30am, on 5-6 mile courses to and from one of the local offshore marks like the Four Mile Crib or Clemson Shoal Buoy. New racers are also invited to join our Port-to-Port races with the MORF fleet and parties throughout the summer at various Chicago taverns and Yacht clubs. MORF is a 40+ boat all volunteer racing club. It is about its members, sailboat racing, and nothing else. We run a full season of 36 races on a "one fee for the season, just show up and race" basis. We have at least one and often two racing days virtually every weekend in the racing season. Our buoy races are run on the starting area 7 (SA7) circle off Burnham Harbor; our long distance races start and end there. MORF Buoy races are a mixture of windward-leeward, trapezoid, and Olympic triangle courses. All MORF racing is under PHRF. MORF is a USPHRF fleet; we issue PHRF ratings to members. Our race committee boats are mainly volunteers from the MORF fleet. All MORF results and fleet information are on the MORF website: "". MORF will provide everything necessary for new racers. We'll schedule seminars before the season starts to go over some basics and simplified rules, provide Mentors to help you develop and improve your skills, and arrange for rides on regular MORF race boats for new skippers and crew to get a first hand view of what sailboat racing is like. There will be no fees for any of this. If you are interested please reach us at so we can schedule some dates.

Peter Cooper,
MORF Secretary