Midnight Madness is late on an August summer’s evening. The wind often fills in late evening, just in time for a great event!

This fun event draws a large contingent of NSC sailors who enjoy not only racing, but also the challenge of sailing at night. The event is open to all keel boats.

Sailing after dusk is a unique experience which helps to improve not only your ability to steer and navigate using other senses, but also to prepare your crew for any other overnight cruising or racing that you have planned. The necessary safety gear is a requirement, along with a fun attitude.

There is a mandatory competitor’s meeting at 8:30 pm on the west lawn, with the first warning gun scheduled for 10:00 pm – check the Sailing Instructions for the actual time.  The course will be confirmed at the skippers meeting and is typically a simple windward/leeward course of one or two laps. The marks are illuminated.

To participate, complete this online registration form. You don’t need a current PHRF-LO handicap certificate. If your boat does not have that certificate, email the handicapper well before the race and they will assign a provisional handicap for this event.

Up for grabs is the After Hours Bowl.

Come out and enjoy the Madness! Will it be a beautiful lighted parade, or a fight with the wind in the darkness? It could go either way.

Illuminated sailboats racing at night
Sailboats racing in the dark with lights on in "Midnight Madness"

Page updated: 2027-01-07.

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08 Oct: HM: Added reference to Skipper’s Meeting. Changed “first warning” to “first gun”. Other minor updates.