Cruise News July/Aug 2016

Ongoing Voyage of S/V ARIEL

On behalf of our veteran cruisers, Charles and Sue Springett, please find an update received July 21st.

“After parting on July 11, 2016; we have reunited Ariel, Charles and Sue in A Coruna. Gregers had helped him sail her down the Irish sea and the Celtic Sea ( past Bay of Biscay).  It took two sails to Kinsale, Ireland and a three night passage to A Coruna with weather window days in between.  Sue had arrived by trains, and planes from her world tour (to Dublin, Ireland; Holyhead, Wales; Preston, England; Paris, France; Madrid, Spain; and La Coruna, Spain. She was sightseeing, using metros, and walking to various places, with pictures to follow-).  From July 20 to 25th there is a Medieval Festival in town nearby with some 300 stalls set up selling everything from various sweets, handmade jewelry, leather goods, spices and spit-cooked baby pigs to Octopus. Of course there is beer!  We are having a great time.


Sue & Charles”

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Recent Cruising Fleet Activity

The Carolina Dreamin’ cruise to New Bern was quite enjoyable: be sure to read the story in this Headway.

A six-boat fleet recently visited St Mary’s College on the river and enjoyed the concert over the water along with their fireworks.  Look for that story soon.

Upcoming Cruises

 MYC : The short cruise to Matthews Yacht Club will take place starting July 29th with six or more boats embarking on what should be an enjoyable trip close to home.

Another voyage close to home is Roaming the Rappahannock, from August 6th to 10th with Ted Kvell leading us to new spots for some.

And, although August may be warm, we plan a long weekend trip to the Great Wicomico to visit some of the waterfront restaurants, Aug. 19th -21st.

Look at the Member Connect site for more details and be sure to sign up if you wish to join us for any of these or the ones in September and October.

Come cruising with us!





PHRF Racing on the River

Get ready for our exciting second half of PHRF racing on the Rappahannock.

Racing kicks off with a fun pursuit race sponsored by YPRCC, on August 13. Next up is YPRCC Fall Regatta September 10. Then comes the Rappahannock Cup on September 17 and 18. YPRCC has won this regatta for the last two years and it is well past time to bring the trophy back to RRYC where it rightly belongs. Sept 30 to Oct 2 brings the Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta, the highlight of our Fall events. After the Turkey Shoot comes the YPRCC Singlehanded Regatta and then the season finale, the RRYC Commodore’s Cup, October 15.

Lets have the biggest and best Fall PHRF racing season in years! Get your crew together and enjoy the racing.

Tom Chapman

PHRF Fleet Commander


The Godspeed is coming to the Turkey Shoot! Please join her!


September 30 through October 2 the Godspeed is coming to the Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta.  Please join the Godspeed in making this the best Turkey Shoot ever!  This is our primary fall event and raises money for Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck as well as Riverside Hospice.

Register today, just click on Turkey Shoot at the top of the RRYC website home page. Godspeed & NY Harbor

Junior Regatta Update (Saturday July 23)

RRYC Shirt Back 2We’ve heard through the grapevine that Fishing Bay will be attending in large numbers. For the other CBYRA clubs, we’re putting you on notice. Are you going to let them steal this entire regatta right out from under you? Of course not! Sign up now! 🙂

Weather outlook, always a bit fuzzy from more than a week away, looks like sun, clouds and HOT. Bring your water bottles and spritzers to keep your cool on the river, and your swimsuits to keep your cool at the RRYC swimming pool after a hot day of racing! We’ll have cold drinks available on the porch for you as well.

While verbally announced intentions are high, actual registrations are still a bit low for a regatta that’s less than two weeks away. If you’re having trouble with the signup, contact Bob at

Also, the NOR and SI were re-uploaded last night to take care of a couple of minor typos (mostly involving changing “2015” to “2016”.

Volunteers and potential volunteers, we will be meeting prior to this week’s Social at RRYC.  I will be around most of the afternoon, but hope to meet with Junior Regatta participants around 4:30 on the porch. I have heard that Saturday’s BOD meeting has been moved to Monday, so it shouldn’t conflict with anything, and we’ll try to stay out of the way of those preparing for the Social.

All of the event details are at 2016 RRYC JUNIOR REGATTA.

Reminder: Cruise to Matthews Yacht Club July 28-31

Join us on this short fun cruise over a long weekend, July 28 to 31.  Sign up on Member Connect.  See the cruise guide below.

Island Time This short cruise is perfect for new cruisers who want to “experiment” close to home. The daily legs will be short so there will plenty of time to relax or to do some extra sailing before anchoring or taking a slip. We’ll head out on Thursday July 28th and spend the night on Jackson Creek. Friday we’ll go to Fishing Bay, or a bit further up river. Saturday we head to Matthews Yacht Club, where dinner is available for those who would rather not cook (it’s July). Sunday before heading home brunch is available. So short legs, reduced galley slavery, and a drawbridge should provide an interesting–if somewhat lazy—cruise. I will need to inform MYC of the vessels in our cruise fleet so sign up as soon as you can.


Nine Racers Competed in the RRYC Singlehanded Regatta

Nine Racers Match Skills in the RRYC Singlehanded Regatta


Saturday, June 25 with 8-12 knots of wind from the NE was the perfect setting for our annual Singlehanded regatta.  PRO Mike Romey and his Race Committee of Polli Romey, Ray Britt, Coleman Brydon on Wildfire and Pete Clay and Tom Armstrong on Doug Power set up an excellent twice around triangular course to make certain the sailors had to tack and jibe often testing their singlehanded boat handling skills.

George Kuper in Ty Affair (on loan from Danielle) got the best start near the committee boat with full speed at the gun.  Close behind George were Ned Crockett in Ladybug and Stan Crocket in Miss Daisy.  Tom Chapman in Hot Air was further down the line but in good position.

Gusts shifted 20-30 degrees and near the windward mark which was near shore the wind lightened considerably making calling the lay lines a challenge.

New member Ed Johnson was out in his impressive Hippo, a boat Ed both designed and built!  At 28 feet the largest boat in the regatta.  Other participants included Tom Blencowe in Lil Elixir, Mike Kennedy in Radio Flyer, Greg Kirbride in Bella and Randy Romaine in his J-24 Gloria.

At the finish it was Tom Chapman in Hot Air first, Ned Crockett in Ladybug second and Stan Crockett in Miss Daisy third.  Many other Typhooners were looking for go fast advice from the Crockett brothers after the award ceremony.

Complete Results:

1 Tom Chapman,  Hot Air

2. Ned Crockett,  Ladybug

3. Stan Crockett, Miss Daisy

4. Greg Kirbride, Bella

5. Randy Romaine, Gloria

6. Tom Blencowe, Lil Elixir

7 Mikey Kennedy, Radio Flyer

8. Ed Johnson, Hippo

9. George Kuper, Ty Affair

Thanks to our PRO Mike Romey, the entire race committee and all racers. It was an excellent morning on the water and a lot of fun.


2016 Junior Regatta…

RRYC Shirt Back 2The 2016 Junior Regatta page has been updated to include the online registration form, online payment, NOR and SI documents. Please consider participating in the Junior Regatta either as a sailor, participant or volunteer. We are always in need of volunteers for this event, one of RRYC’s biggest events. Contact Bob and Eve German if you’re interested in volunteering ( or