What You Really Need to Know – Cutting Through the Fog

What You Really Need to Know –
Cutting Through The Fog
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Norfolk Yacht and Country Club
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
$39 per person  ($69 for couples)
[Registration includes refreshments, lunch, and a helpful notebook]
             An interactive, entertaining rules presentation in John McCarthy’s
“Rules Made Easy” style.  Designed to maximize understanding of the rules by removing needless complexity, using “real life” scenarios that happen every day on the race course, and, as always, presented in John’s entertaining and humorous style.
              Topics will include:
·        Who has the Right of Way (and what that means)
·        What is Proper Course (and why should you care)
·        Who gets Room at the mark (and how much does he get)
·        What Special Rules Apply at Starts and Finishes
This seminar is for skippers AND crew.  You will come away with a better, refreshed understanding of the rules, and have a good time doing it.
Check-in opens at 8:15 am – come early, enjoy some coffee, and get a good seat!
For information or to register, contact
                 Lin McCarthy (757) 850-4225 or email mcbear@earthlink.net
Thanks as always.

Tom Chapman

YPRCC Retains Rappahannock Cup

2012 Banner Burgee.gifAfter two great days of racing October 17 and 18, RRYC’s efforts to win back the Rapp Cup fell short by 6 points, 68 to 75.  Although RRYC dominated the five boat spinnaker fleet with close racing between Team Hot Air with finishes of 1,2 and 2 (Tom Chapman), Arabella Denvir’s Rattlesnake (2,1,3) and Sam Marshall’s Play It Again Team (3,3,1), our non-spin fleet came up a little short despite the valiant efforts of our Typhoon sailors.  Brent and Ron Mihills in Anthem finished with a three race record of 5,1 and 2.   Also showing well in the non-spin fleet were Ty sailors Ned Crockett, Tom Watkins and Stan Crockett in Radio Flyer with finishes of 4,4, and 5.  Fourteen boats competed for the cup, the best turnout in many years.  Competing for RRYC in addition to the above were Doug Lyle in Caladan, Tom Richardson in Serene, and Greg and Sue Kirkbride in Bella.  See the next Headway for additional details.

Special thanks to Jerry Watcher who was an RRYC RC member on YPRCC committee boat.
 PHRF Fleet Commander

RRYC Wins John and Carole Jean McConnico Trophy

The storm delayed Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta was a racing, social and fundraising success.  48 boats raced rearranged their schedules to  participate in the October 10 and 11 event with RRYC capturing the John and Carole Jean McConnico Trophy (awarded to the winning yacht club or marina) for the second straight year. RRYC won by a single point over YPRCC on the strength of first place finishes by Bob German in Pegasus (Division 1), Sissy Crowther and Arabella Denvir in Ad Astra (Typhoon Championship Division) and a second place finish by Sam Marshall and the Play It Again team in Division 4.  Sam and team also finished second overall in the regatta. The overall winner was Warren Ryan in Whistler from YPRCC.  Other notable RRYC performances were, in the Typhoon Championship Division,  Tom Watkins and Mike Kennedy in Radio Flyer, second, Ned and Stan Crockett in Ladybug, third, and Daniele Kuper and Stephanie Chaufournier in Ty Affair, fourth.  In the Typhoon Corinthian Division, Steve Harris in Sierra Rose was first.  Tom & Susan Richardson and friends in Serene was fourth in Division 5, only 1 point out of second.
Many RRYC members(and friends)  helped make the regatta a success including the Race Committee:  Kimberly Vail (leading registration) Gary Hooper, George Kuper, Lance Franke, Tom Blencowe, Bill Young, Tom Armstrong, Samantha Van Saun.  Tom Decker handled parking and much more and many members staffed the water taxi service for racers anchored out in the creek.
Tom Chapman and Jerry Latell, PROs


Turkey Shoot Rescheduled!

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Severe weather and the potential landfall of Hurricane Joaquin have forced us to re-schedule the Turkey Shoot Regatta from Oct. 2-4, to Oct 9-11, 2015. Fortunately, we are able to hold this fun event at the same venue. Events are scheduled for the same times and we hope your enjoyment will be the same or perhaps even better. To help you get started there will be a free beverage ticket in your Skipper Bag.

We appreciate your support and participation, and as they say, “You can’t control the rain, but you can wet your whistle!”

******* STAY SAFE ********

Rappahannock Cup Rescheduled to October 17 & 18

Rappahannock Cup Rescheduled to October 17 & 18
With safety our first concern, YPRCC and RRYC have cancelled this weekend’s Rappahannock Cup Regatta.  We have rescheduled it for the weekend of October 17 and 18.  Since October 17 was to be the weekend of the Commodore’s cup we are also canceling that event with no reschedule.
Winning back the Rappahannock Cup is a major objective of our 2015 racing program.  For your information, YPRCC and RRYC have revised the Cup By-Laws to allow boats without a PHRF Certificate as long as their rating is agreed to between both clubs.  This should allow us to get more boats out to race.  Please contact me if you are interested in helping RRYC win back the Cup!  Contact me at phrf@rryc.org.
Tom Chapman, PHRF Fleet Commander

Turkey Shoot Volunteers Needed

We need your help for the Turkey Shoot.   Wine Servers are needed to pour wine from 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM , in two hour shifts, on Friday, Oct 2, and Saturday, Oct 3.  On Sunday, Oct. 4, the hours are a little more fluid, but we expect to be open 2:00 PM until 5;00 PM.  You will be working with at least one other person, probably two at the busy times.   All those volunteers will earn the official Turkey Shoot Volunteer”  tee-shirt awarded on the spot.
Contact Joel Dugan at 804 436 6213 to get your assignments.    Join the fun and volunteer!  Thanks, Tom Chapman and Jerry Latell

Clubhouse WiFi

Just wanted to give an update on the clubhouse wifi.  A few weeks ago, the Buffalo wifi router in the clubhouse died. The club manager picked up a new router, and I spent some time working with it, and we were back in business. By the time I returned from vacation, the clubhouse wifi was no longer functional. Further troubleshooting revealed a problem with the network cable between the annex and the clubhouse. (The annex is where the Internet connection comes in, and the two Buffalo routers were connected by a network cable).  Rather than dig deeper and troubleshoot the network cable itself, I asked the club manager to purchase two new wifi routers, which are specifically marketed to handle higher power and longer range. I hope to configure these on Friday evening. The goal is to get these two routers working together wirelessly, so that they no longer require the network cable between the buildings, but still provide seamless wifi connectivity at the pool, the clubhouse, and hopefully on the dock as well. I’ll post another update on this project on Friday or Saturday. Sorry for the inconvenience.