The annual Southern Sound Series kicks off with the winter Vashon Island Race on December 5, 2020. The Southern Sound Series is a series of four sailing races, hosted over consecutive months by different yacht clubs. This year the series will feature a singlehanded and doublehanded class to enable more sailors to compete and still comply with Washington state’s current Covid-19 restrictions.

The Vashon Island Race is hosted by the Tacoma Yacht Club and is a clockwise race around Vashon Island, starting at the south end of the island. Due to Covid-19 related restrictions, no meals or T-shirts will be available as in the past, but advance reservations may be made at the club restaurant by calling (253) 752-3555. (*Editor’s Note: Restaurant availability may be subject to Governor Inslee’s new restrictions released near press time). Space is limited. Dock space will be available for registered participants, and the club guest restroom will also be available.

The South Sound Sailing Society will be posting the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions on its website and more information is available on the Tacoma Yacht Club event calendar at Registration is open now through December 1 on Regatta Network at

The series continues with the Duwamish Head Race on January 9, 2021, the Toliva Shoal Race on February 13, 2021, and the Islands Race on March 20, 2021.