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Why you should be racing

Maybe you used to race smaller boats or one-designs and got out of it.  Or you’d like to become a better sailor and learn how to handle your boat better by challenging yourself on the water.  Maybe you’d like other opportunities to get your boat out on the water with like-minded crew and a common goal.  

Joining CRCA will give you those opportunities.  Meet other cruisers, make connections in the sailing community, compare notes with other racers, meet new crew, explore new areas of the bay, visit new (to you) yacht clubs, and attend post-race parties.

Racing improves boat-handling skills and situational awareness – learn how to get more speed from your boat when you need it.

It’s easy to get started racing your boat with CRCA

Getting started with CRCA is pretty easy, just review and follow the steps below, and be sure to contact us at with any questions at all.

  1. Join CRCA!

    1. Review our CRCA Bylaws & Class Rules; especially note which fleet you’ll join based on your boat’s homeport.

    2. Also note the section about our three classes – True Cruiser, Performance Cruiser, and Racer Cruiser – to determine which class your boat will be in.

    3. Then go to Member Signup with this link or in the navigation bar above.

    4. Review the current list of races offering CRCA classes on our home page and read about the multiple series that are available to Full Members.  (Consider crewing on someone else’s boat first unless you have racing experience and are comfortable.)

  2. Get an ORR-Ez rating certificate for your boat.

    1. Have your boat’s specifications ready from your manufacturer’s spec sheet for your model and configuration.

    2. Begin a new application or renew your existing certificate at the Mid-Atlantic ORR-Ez 2020 ORA Certificate Application page.

    3. Further information regarding the Offshore Racing Association’s ORR-Ez rating can be reviewed at their ORR-Ez page.

  3. Register and go race! You’ll get a few emails from us when you join CRCA, or to answer any questions you have, or any we have about your profile (boat information, class, etc.), and the week of any races that you’ve entered.


We understand you may have lots of questions. Please do not hesitate to contact us at with any specifics or details that you need to clarify, or we can set up a convenient time to chat on the phone.