Cruise News: Voyage of ARIEL May 2016

ARIEL has left Copenhagen, heading north to Norway in rather cold spring weather. She will sail on to Scotland, Ireland, England and then on to Spain. Follow the Springett’s voyage at their blogspot: (with great photos) or on their tracking site:

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,,

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