(Photo credit: Karen I. Hirsch Photography)

66 seasons of the Midwest Open Racing Fleet (MORF)!

Founded in 1959, MORF is dedicated to providing fair, fun and competitive offshore sailboat racing for mid sized racer/cruising sailing yachts.

The MORF mission is to provide “The best possible racing and social programs for a mixed PHRF fleet.”

During the Chicago racing season from May through September MORF offers a full schedule of short-course and long-distance races conducted under the PHRF handicapping system.

MORF offers experienced racers and their crews the challenges of racing against some of the best sailors in Chicago land. And with its training programs and casual races MORF welcomes new racers to the excitement and of sailboat racing.

As a voluntary organization MORF depends upon its members for race management allowing for very modest membership and race entry fees. Racing is one fee for the season, just show up, check in, and race.

MORF is a member of U.S. Sailing Association, the national governing body of the sport of sailing in the United States.


MORF Officers:
Commodore – Dave Baker (Handsome Pete)
Vice Commodore – Mark Bouckaert (Gaucho)
Rear Commodore – Tim Herboth (Fastnet)
Treasurer – Mike Ciechanowski (Cahoots)
Secretary – Peter Cooper (Tenacity)
Section 4/5 Captain – Vinny Trowbridge (Serenity)
Section 6/7 Captain – Tracy Stephenson (Fastnet)
Section 9 (JAM) Captain – Ralph Krauss (Yukon)
Fleet Crew Captain – Nicole Scardigno (Mazal Tov)
Past Commodore – Todd Gayley (Touring Machine)
Protest Chair – Dennis Bartley (Planxty)
Webmaster – Peter Cooper (Tenacity)

Membership Application
Send completed Membership Application Form to MORF (P.O. Box 3429, Lisle, Illinois 60532 or electronically to morf@morfracing.org).
Payments can be made online through the paypal link on the Join MORF page

  • Annual Membership $250
  • New Member Special $125
  • Partner/Crew Membership $25