Cruise Update

Stormy Weather!

After the PAX cruise was morphed into the Southern Bay cruise due to Hermine,  the threat of adverse weather conditions due to Matthew resulted in the cancellation of the Westside Cruise and the offering instead of a Mid-October Cruise.  This is proposed to begin after Hurricane Matthew’s effects have passed., hopefully by Oct. 11, with stops at Tangier, Crisfield and Onancock, returning home in time for the BoD meeting and the Social planned for Oct. 15th.  See Member Connect to sign up or contact Coleman Brydon, Cruise Leader or Tom Wicks, Cruise Commander.

Commodore’s Cup, Last Race of the Season, Don’t Miss It

October 15 we will hold the last race of our season. PRO Jerry Latell has excellent courses planned and with his weather management skills will no doubt have assured perfect sailing conditions.

Let’s get everyone out for our Commodore’s Cup Regatta, PHRF and Typhoons alike.  Divisions include Spin, Non-Spin and Typhoon.

NOR, SIs and entry form attached.



2016 RRYC PHRF General SIs


Cruise News Oct. 2016

Voyage of ARIEL


Ariel is in Calpe and Sue is returning home!

Ariel arrived in Gibraltar on Sept. 6th, (“they speak English there with a nice accent”).  After a short stay at the Ocean Village Marina on the Bay near the airport, they continued on into the Med and on to Calpe, Spain, near Valencia, where some family live nearby.  This is to be the resting spot for the boat for the winter.  Sue will fly home from there while Charles stays on a bit to catch up with some maintenance and winterization.  Sue admits that their blog is not current but hopes that she will be able to update it. Look for Charles to return home in October. 

Recent Cruising Fleet Activity

While the cruise to the Pax River was canceled due to Hermine, some sailors joined Joe Sarnowski and Polly Cox inside for the annual Labor Day party on Sat. Sept 3rd.  The music, food, drinks and company were all great and even the storm abated somewhat, with only light rain, which ended early.

But then, the SoB (Southern Bay) cruise was born, with eight boats leaving Tues. AM for favorite spots in the Bottom of the Bay (YRYH, HYC, NYCC) and the Top of the Ditch, e.g., Mile Marker Zero and the Tidewater Portsmouth, with a return home via Cape Charles. See story in Headway

 Upcoming Cruise

 Join us on the last club cruise of the season, sailing north to visit the rivers on the west side, starting after the Turkey Shoot and returning by the 15th.  After missing this earlier, we hope to dine at Vera’s on St. Leonard’s off the PAX and enjoy a number of other fine spots.  See the Cruise Guide, available shortly or contact Cruise Leader Coleman Brydon.

Come join the adventure!





Rappahannock Cup Returned to RRYC-Updated

Our annual contest with Yankee Point Racing Cruising Club was fought on the Rappahannock River September 17 & 18.  As always, since each club needs to count two spinnaker and three non-spinnaker boats the overall scoring was very close. After two days of racing in light to moderate winds RRYC prevailed over YPRCC 47 to 50, returning the cup to RRYC after two consecutive losing years.

Thirteen boats competed in the Cup regatta the best turnout in years. Competing for RRYC in the spinnaker class were Hal Starke and Sam Marshall’s Play It Again team, Tommy Asch’s Moya and Doug Lyle on his Catalina 22. In the Non-Spinnaker class RRYC competitors were Tom Chapman’s Hot Air, Pete Knight’s Salute, Stu Polhamus’s Equinox and Pete Winter’s Sea Wind.

Thanks to all RRYC racers and their dedicated crews who competed and George Kuper, Greg and Sue Kirkbride who served on the YPRCC RC led by Anker Madsen.

Play It Again won the spinnaker division on a tiebreak with Moya.


Hot Air won the non-spinnaker division.



Photo Credit: John Barber

Don’t miss the Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta

This years Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta, a primary Fall event for RRYC, promises to be terrific with something for everyone.  Great racing, the Godspeed and Claud W. Somers coming and being berthed at the Tides Inn when not on the water and excellent shore side celebrating.  It should prove a very memorable experience.  If you are not planning on racing, head out on the water to view the event from the best seats!  To get tickets to the Cocktail Party Friday Sept 30 or the dinner October 1 just click on the Turkey Shoot tab at the right top of the RRYC homepage.  It will take you the the Turkey Shoot page at Yachtscoring where you can order tickets (second heading on the right column.)

Hope to see you there!

Tom Chapman

YPRCC Fall Regatta September 10

PHRF racers and Typhoon’s, this Saturday is the YPRCC Fall Regatta.  Register now for the first race of are Fall PHRF Season!  NOR and SIs available at and click on Racing Corner on the right.

In addition, don’t forget that the Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta is coming up Sept 30 through Oct 2.  Register now for a great weekend benefiting a great cause! RRYC has won the John and Carole Jean McConnico trophy for two years running and we need to get more boats in more divisions to improve our chances of maintaining our winning ways.

Also, don’t forget that the Rappahannock Cup is coming up September 17 &18.  YPRCC has won the Cup the last two years and it is past time to win it back.

See you on the water,


Tom Chapman

Stingray Point Regatta Saturday and Sunday Racing Canceled


Friday Stingray Light Race ON

It is with deep regret that we have to announce that the Stingray Point Regatta for 2016 is canceled. This includes all racing and social activities at FBYC on Saturday and Sunday. It is our intention to refund most, if not all, fees to boats entered in the event and dinner purchasers. The forecasts, and analysis, at this time give all indications that both days will be a bust.

We are planning to race the mid distance race on Friday, and have the low country boil at the clubhouse. Price for dinner is the same, $10.00. If you come and you’ve pre-paid for the dinner, you’re good to go. If you haven’t paid, no problem; bring a ten spot. If you paid and can’t come, we’ll square up with you later.

Cost for Friday’s race is zero, zip, nada. Come and join us for a great sail and fantastic food.

See you Friday (or next year)


CRUISE NEWS: Aug./Sept. 2016

Voyage of S/V ARIEL

I see that some of you do follow Charles and Sue’s blogspot, but for the rest, Ariel is in Seixal, near Lisbon. Portugal. Their sat phone is not tracking well and they have posted pix on Instagram (suencharles). You can follow them via their blogspot, later by their tracking tool via or you can email them although Sue reports that internet access may be inconsistent for her: and

Recent Cruising Fleet Activity

 Cruisers recently visited Matthews Yacht Club for an enjoyable dinner and breakfast both on their renovated porch and inside their dining room.  Look for that report in Headway..

A week later fellow cruisers embarked on the Roam the Rappahannock trip which included one sailboat passing under the Tappahannock Bridge (50 ft.) and returning unscathed!  We explored the Totuskey and the Piscataway Creeks, enjoying overnights and excursions by dinghy up each creek to the intersection with route 3 or 17, respectively. See the report in Headway for more details.

Upcoming Cruises

With the annual party at the Sarnowski home on Dymer Creek on Sept. 3 as the starting point, please join us on a cruise up the PAX (Patuxent) River with stops at Solomons, Sotterley Plantation, Benedict, where the British landed to burn Washington, Vera’s in St. Leonard’s Creek and possibly Crisfield.  Look at the Member Connect site for more details and be sure to sign up if you wish to join us.

Come cruising with us!





Junior Regatta Photo Links (including last year’s!)


Photographer Scott Adams, of Richmond, has made his Junior Regatta photo preview sets for this year and last year available, in case any parents are looking for quality photos of their children racing.  High quality prints and high-resolution images are available for purchase through these links. I encourage you to support Scott by purchasing these photos.  He came out and shot for us at no charge from one of the mark/safety boats despite having two broken ribs he just picked up in Alaska the week prior (while trying to get a shot!). That’s dedication.  All he makes, he makes from the purchase of these images.

2016 Images:

2015 Images: