WAC to Kirkland Challenge

The Challenge

Members from Washington Yacht Club (WYC) sail from Washington Activity Center(WAC) docks to Kirkland in the least amount of time possible.


  • Starting point
    Start between the red and green channel markers just off the WAC outer dock

  • Finish point
    Finish at the 8 mph buoy (white pin with orange rings) just north of the public docks at Kirkland*

  • Timing
    Please time yourself with a waterproof stopwatch

  • Eligibility
    Exclusively for WYC members. Do it anytime you want on any WYC boat.**

    * If you want you can go the other way too (Kirkland to
    Washington Activity Center dock)
    ** Compliance with WYC bylaws required. If you don't have a skipper rating, get a chief to come along.


4.0 nautical miles (0.9 nm to Webster Point, 3.1 from Webster Point to Kirkland)
Course heading: 60 deg from Webster Point to Kirkland

Current Records

 Time  Vessel  Crew  Date
 15:10  Whaler  Roy Ward  
 19:48  Hobie 21  Ellis Johnson / Alexia Fischer  02-24-09
 21:07  SX18  Julia Ruthford / Paul Shipley  
 21:16  Hobie 20  Chris Freye / Cory Smith  06-01-14
 24:30  Hobie 16  Steve Leidel / Matt Probert  
 25:06  5o5  Paul Shipley / Rainer Leuschke  
 26:43  Laser  Rainer Leuschke  
 28:05  Bravo  Kregg Philpott  
 33:00     J22     Nate Verge / Chris Freye / Egor Klevac / James Whitehead  01-12-14
 35:00     470  Tom Schaefer / Hassan Arbab  
 37:17  RS Vision  Thomas Nguyen / Andreas Freund  09-16-18
 37:27  Laser II  Hawkeye King / Laszlo Techy  
 38:00      E-Scow  Zuzana Culkaova / Stephen Hills / Nate Verge / Chris Freye  05-20-16
 42:38  Cal20  Adrian Johnson / Paul & Theresa Adriance  07-13-08
 44:22  Lightning  Michael Welty / Nate Verge /
 Julia Granstrom 
 Keelboat (Charlotte)  Nick Waldo / Dylan Reynolds / Joel Eklof /
 Shelby Ahrendt / Sam Fung / Becca Ebert
 45:20  Pearson Ensign  Caglar Akcay / Kate Bogh  07-06-08
 FJ  Andrew Berg / Stephanie Stout      

Why the Challenge?

Every major ocean has crossing records, documenting for the history books the finest yachts and crews which have sped across them.  These records commonly connect major ports.

As members of the WYC we believe that our Lake Washington deserves a benchmark crossing challenge as well, linking the main intellectual and cultural center of the pacific Northwest - the University of Washington - with the sprawling urban center of downtown Kirkland. This challenge is intended exclusively for WYC members to give them some direction in their endless quest to sail fast.