Frequently Asked Questions

I’d like to get involved, where do I start?

First thing is first, visit our membership page to sign up as a member of Denver Sailing Association. After that, contact us if you’d like help getting connected with boat owners or crew to start participating in our races. You can find all racing information through our website’s Series Racing and Regattas pages. Boat owners, you can show up to the next races you want to participate in once you have your membership. Crewing members, you can grab a lifejacket and come on down to the Cherry Creek Marina 1-1.5 hours ahead of races when racers are rigging or attend one of DSA’s social events to connect with other members and find a ride. You can find a full list of our events on our website’s Calendar page.

Do I need to own a boat to participate?

No, members can crew on boats for boat owners (with a Crew/Associate Membership) or use a rental/loaner boat to participate (with a Flag, Admiral, Honorary, or Junior Membership).

Are there rental/loaner boats available to race with?

DSA does not own or offer rental/loaner boats, however there are two options for members at Cherry Creek Reservoir:

Community Sailing of Colorado

Camp instructors at Community Sailing of Colorado (CSC) have the ability to use CSC’s boats to race in DSA events when available. So for a little trade of time and expertise as a sailing camp instructor, you can have a boat to race. For more information, contact [email protected].

Why Buy Boat Club

This sailboat timeshare has a fleet of J22 keelboats at Cherry Creek Reservoir that are available to program subscribers. Learn more at (Pro tip: you can bring and use your own set of sails for better performance.)

Does DSA have boat storage?

DSA does not own or offer boat storage spots. Dry and wet boat storage is available at Cherry Creek Reservoir through Cherry Creek Marina and there are other storage options available around Cherry Creek State Park.

What is a Notice of Race (NOR) & Notice of Series (NOS)?

The Notice of Race (NOR) exists to set out the conditions under which a Regatta will be run. It provides a competitor with enough information to decide whether they wish to participate and to plan on attending.

The NOR is a formal offer to all potential competitors describing the conditions under which they will be allowed to participate in a regatta/race. These conditions should not vary from publication to the actual event. An NOR is concerned with racing and should not include any of the social events that may be associated with the racing. For example, an NOR might say that racing will not begin before 11:00hrs and will be finished by 17:00hrs. A competitor would have a valid complaint if racing took place outside these times.

Clubs typically run a variety of races during a season. It is difficult to publish separate NORs for every event in a club calendar. It is acceptable for clubs to publish a Notice of Series (NOS) for their complete season, with reference to all appropriate information. This approach can be used in conjunction with specific NORs for certain events that do not conform to the general pattern of the club racing, i.e. Open Regattas.

There are six items that must be included in a NOR:

  1. Title, place and date, and the organizing authority
  2. Event governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS)
  3. List of other documents governing the racing, State, County, City, Park, regulations
  4. Eligibility requirements, Classes, Memberships, handicaps & conditions of entry, and price
  5. Procedure and times for registration or entry
  6. Times of Racing & their Warning Signals

What are Sailing Instructions (SIs)?

Coming soon…

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