Cleveland's distance sailing challenge.



Founded by Sam Patterson.
Run by and for the community.
2nd Annual
Crib Race:
Open to any sailcraft 8-24'!

The most fun you can have on a sailboat in Cleveland!


The Crib Race is a regatta comprised of a race from the West Basin of Cleveland Harbor to the Crib and back; approximately 7.5 miles round-trip. All sailboats with an LOA of 8-24' are welcome, regardless of their class; those with multiple entries may get a one design start and all others will start and be scored under the Portsmouth Yardstick Handicap system. An overall winner will be calculated to include the one-design divisions.

In the 2019 edition, our final count was 52 entries, 44 boats on the line, and 35 finishers; 15 different classes competed (including two windsurfers and a Waszp); 86 sailors participated. Surge & Jack Vanderhorst were the 2019 Crib Race Overall Winners, finishing the 7.5 mile course in a casual 00:29:55 (51:08 corrected) on their Nacra Inter 20. They got line honors, won the handicap division, and won overall!

Entry is $30/boat.

Interested in sponsoring the 2021 Crib Race? Email

Preliminary sponsor is

Portsmouth Yardstick

Handicapping dinghies? Huh?

What is Portsmouth Yardstick? Put simply, it’s a handicap system (like PHRF) for dinghies. It is based on an unspecified course length, and each dinghy is given a rating based on the breeze conditions (averaged over the beginning, middle, and end of the race) which is then used to correct finish times. Each year, participating organizations send in their raw and corrected results from the year and ratings are statistically adjusted to remain as fair as possible.

Yardstick racing has been massively popular in the UK and in pockets of the US for decades. As dinghy sailing experiences a resurgence and tons of cool new boats come onto the market, it’s getting harder and harder to establish a fleet for one-design racing….enter, Portsmouth Yardstick. You should be able to sail the boat that you like to sail, and this system allows you to race against everyone else who is sailing the boats they prefer to sail.

More information can be found here on the RYA website.

The 2017 North American Portsmouth Yardstick Handbook is available here from US Sailing.

A list of classes and their handicaps can be found here from US Sailing.



2021 Registration will be available soon!
Who can sail in The Crib Race?

Sailboats and high performance sailing craft between 8' and 24'! That means sailboats with daggerboards, centerboards, swing keels, catamarans, offshore boats, windsurfers, skiffs, etc. If you aren’t sure that your boat qualifies, email to check! All boats that are racing under handicap must have a rating in the 2017 North American Portsmouth Yardstick Table of Precalculated Classes.

Classes with multiple entries may get a one-design start. All other entries will be grouped into one or more classes and scored under the Portsmouth Yardstick Handicap system.