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Rappahannock River Yacht Club
With zero participation and zero expression of interest in the Junior Sailing Fall Series at RRYC, the remainder of the series has been cancelled and removed from the club calendar.
The dates will be:
#1 Sunday 8/30
#2 Sunday 9/13
#3 Sunday 9/20
Here are the Sailing Instructions: RRYC Jr Fall Series 2015 SI
It is VITAL that you let us know if you plan to attend any of these events, so that we can deploy the appropriate race committee and logistics resources! THANKS!
Just RSVP to email@example.com. Also let me know if you’re a club member and can volunteer on race committee for any of these three Sunday afternoons.
Sometime in the early 1600s, the idea of sailing for private pleasure started to take root in the Netherlands. Later that century, during the Cromwellian years, King Charles II of England was in exile in the Netherlands and while there he became aware of this new and exciting pastime.
In 1660 after his restoration to the English crown and return from exile, Charles was presented with a yacht called Mary by the Dutch, which he sailed enthusiastically on the Thames. Soon several of his courtiers followed his example and we feel pretty certain that one of them was Murrough O’Brien, the 6th Lord Inchiquin (Murrough of the Burnings). We know that not only had he attended the court of King Charles from 1660 to 1662, but also that he had been created the 1st Earl of Inchiquin by Charles in 1664.
We also know that private sailing started to become popular in Cork Harbour shortly after his return, quite possibly because of his direct encouragement. In any case, by 1720, interest in the sport had progressed so much that his great-grandson, the 26 year old William O’Brien, the 9th Lord Inchiquin, and five of his friends got together to formalise their activities and in so doing established ” The Water Club of the Harbour of Cork “. This club is known today as the Royal Cork Yacht Club and it is the oldest yacht club in the world.
As some of the club’s weekend regulars may be aware, I’ve started a project of documenting our burgee collection right on the club website. Obviously I can’t identify all of them, but I’ve made a good start. The idea is to have an image of each burgee, a link to the club or other entity, location, and any notes associated with the burgee. If anyone has any stories about any of the burgees that have been contributed to the club over the years, now’s the time to dredge up those old memories. Check out the page at http://www.rryc.org/our-club/burgees-in-the-club and I’m open to any suggestions.
I don’t suppose there are any old-timers or current or former club historians in the group who might be able to shed some light on the original story behind either the original RRYC burgee or its gradual transformation to the burgee we now know as the RRYC burgee…
Here’s a link to Scott Adams’ gallery of photos taken at Saturday’s Annual Junior Regatta. Photos of various sizes and digital downloads can be purchased at very reasonable prices. He got some great shots in!
Our Junior Regatta was a tremendous success! Despite national-level events going on in other regions which took some of the potential competitors out of the area, we had attendees from RRYC, Premier Sailing, Fishing Bay, Indian Creek, Larchmont, Mill Creek and even Norfolk Yacht Club! A total of 41 boats and 46 sailors competed in the event!
The event started with a delay flag, while our PRO Jerry Latell went out into the river and performed some secret rituals to bring the wind. Apparently they were successful. The wind came and held steady, and blew our young sailors around for the duration of the event.
Special thanks to the many volunteers that stepped up and helped to organize, manage and staff the event. Everywhere I looked, I saw things running smoothly, people who looked like they knew what they were doing.
Here are the results for the event. Stay tuned and check back here for information on photos. We were fortunate to have Scott Adams of Richmond photographing the entire event (http://www.scottadamsrva.com) as well as our own Gary Hooper, who not only shot the event from the water, but also flew a drone over the Green Fleet during their final race. Can’t wait to see the footage from that!