Birmingham Sailing Club encourages fleet racing. Strong fleets are the essence of a sailing club and getting involved with a club fleet is a great way to contribute to the club and develop meaningful connections with other members.  Current fleets at the club are:

Catalina 22

The Catalina 22 is a recreational keelboat, built predominantly of fiberglass, with teak wood trim. It has a masthead sloop rig, a raked stem, a vertical transom, a large self-bailing cockpit, with under-seat lockers, a transom-hung rudder controlled by a tiller and a fixed fin keel. It has two winches for the jibsheets. Sails include a jib, 150% genoa and a spinnaker.

Models have been built with folding swing keels, wing keels and fin keels.

The boat is normally fitted with a small 3 to 6 hp (2 to 4 kW) outboard motor for docking and maneuvering.

Accommodations include a forward “V” berth with a privacy curtain and a port berth with an optional head that can be stowed underneath. The main cabin area includes a dinette table and a molded fiberglass galley that rolls away under the cockpit space. The foredeck features an opening hatch for ventilation. The companionway hatch may have a “pop-top” fitted for additional headroom.

The Catalina Fleet 150 hosts several events each year.

BSC contact: PJ Callahan, Catalina 22 Fleet

For more information on the Thistle visit Catalina 22 National Sailing Association

Flying Scot

The Flying Scot is 19′ long and weighs 850 lbs. Sailed by two or three people, the Flying Scot has 191 sq. feet of sail, consisting of a main and jib, plus a 200 sq. ft. spinnaker. The Scot has a high boom and wide decks. The Scot can be easily trailered.

The Flying Scot Fleet 118 hosts the Great Scot Regatta in the fall of each year.

BSC contact: Richard Wade, Flying Scot Fleet 118

For more information on the Flying Scot visit Flying Scot Sailing Association


The Thistle is 17′ long and weighs 515 lbs. Sailed by two or three people, the Thistle has 191 sq. ft. of sail, consisting of a main and jib, plus a 220 sq. ft. spinnaker. The Thistle can be easily trailered. The Thistle Fleet 110 hosts the Great Pumpkin Regatta each fall.

BSC contact: Loy Vaughn or Conor Madden, Thistle Fleet 110

For more information on the Thistle visit Thistle Class Association


The BSC Keelboat Fleet exists to support racing and cruising programs for all keelboats at the Birmingham Sailing Club. The Fleet promotes keelboat participation in club race weekends and will hold social sailing events throughout the year.

For more information on the Keelboat Fleet contact the Rick Thompson, keelboat@birminghamsailingclub.org