Cruising Season 2016 begins with Shakedown on April 23/24, 2016

Cruisers, sail and power, will meet on the upper E. Corrottoman River on Sat. April 23 at 1400 to create a starburst raft-up if conditions permit.  Contact host Ken Vincent for more details.  We will arrive at Sandy Point on the E. Corrottoman where we will be directed for the raft-up and pictures.  We then will proceed to Hill’s Creek to either anchor or tie up for the night (look for Autumn Wind) and join the other cruisers at the Vincent’s home for drinks at 1730 and dinner at 1830.  Breakfast will be at 0900 on Sunday.  See Member Connect for more details in the Cruise Guide link or call Ken or Kay Vincent.  See you there.  Smooth sailing.  Come cruising with us!

Tom Wicks,,

Past Cruises 2015

10 /03/15 10 /11/15 Short Fall Cruise: Points South
09 /05/15 09 /18/15 SEPTEMBER on the Choptank
08 /22/15 08 /27/15 Hotter Than Hell Hundred
07 /25/15 07 /26/15 Indian Creek Weekend Cruise
06 /27/15 06 /29/15 June Weekend Cruise – Commodore’s Cookout
06 /04/15 06 /08/15 Norfolk Harborfest
05 /17/15 05 /31/15 Going North-North: Revisiting Favorites
05 /02/15 05 /03/15 Shakedown Cruise
04 /12/15 04 /12/15 Cruisers’ Kick-Off Party

The Boat Show Picked a Winner!

first22Announcement from Beneteau USA this week. They got our hometown wrong, but that’s OK…

Virginia Sailor Wins First 22 

A lucky Virginia sailor was the grand prizewinner of a Beneteau First 22, with a retail value of $29,900. Eve German of Richmond, Virginia was selected from more than 10,000 sweepstakes participants.
“This is our grandest prize giveaway since the inception of the company in 1970. We will continue the tradition with a powerboat giveaway in 2016,” said Paul Jacobs, president of the Annapolis Boat Shows

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
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