Lin Mccarthy on Monday March 22, 2004 10:27AM

TODAY, March 22nd, is the last opportunity to pre-register to GUARANTEE your Race Management Book will be ready and waiting for you on this coming SATURDAY,  March 27th  at the CCV-HYC Race Management Workshop.  Call (757) 850-4225 to pre-register.  (Pre-registration is optional.)  
March 27, 2004, CCV-HYC Race Management Workshop, Saturday, March 27, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  This year the Workshop is being hosted at Hampton Yacht Club;  it is FREE and OPEN TO ALL.  Registration (donuts and coffee will be available) begins at 9:00 am, with the workshop getting underway at 9:30 am sharp.  For planning purposes, those expecting to attend may  pre-register by calling (757) 850-4225.  Pre-registration is suggested to guarantee receipt of a Race Management Book  the morning of the Workshop.    Members of the 2004 Workshop Team include Joe Hallissy, Dick Boykin, Glenn Giles, John McCarthy, Ben Weeks, and Bob Thomas.  For information regarding the Race Management Workshop, contact John McCarthy at (757) 850-4225. 
CCV Racing Rules Seminar on Tuesday, April 6,  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia. The CCV 2004 Racing Guide will be available at  the Seminar.  The seminar is FREE and OPEN TO ALL  Tucker Thompson, well known racer and clinician as well as associate of West Marine, will present his session on tactics and strategy as related to the Racing Rules.  Also, there will be a brief briefing on the updates to the General Sailing Instruction.  For information and/or directions contact:  John McCarthy at (757) 850-4225.  This is absolutely the last time pre-season you will see all your southern Bay racing buddies in one spot with all their clothes on!
The 2004 Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge (July 18 - 20):  The event planning committee is well beyond planning and into the nitty-gritty organizing stage.  Racers will begin to receive entry forms and notices of race in their home mailboxes any day now.  If you like,  you may get your entry application and a copy of the NOR from the website  www.screwpile.net   Good idea to act now, because lodging and dockage space are going like hotcakes!  Already a skippers', crew's, and racing team groupies' favorite event, this year's Screwpile promises to be very special  -  the more southern Bay racers, the better!  Get on it now - entering only takes a minute! 
Boats Return Home:  Friday was "Welcome Home" day for a lot of the HYC slip holders.  They had been "banished" during the winter, while HYC installed an all new floating docks complex.
When you pick up the 2004   Race Management Handbook this coming Saturday,  be aware that Glenn Giles is the man who pulls it together and handles it's publication each year.  Glenn is one of the Race Management Workshop (March 27) presenters and his favorite afternoon beverage (along with several other members of the workshop team)  is  Amber Bock@.
Media Watch:  Feeling the need to get things tied up?  See T.F.Bartruff's ( of Norfolk)  letter in the "Feedback" section of the April issue of SAIL.  T.J. is a member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers and he gives a list of web sites that provide info on marlinspike skills.
Bluewater Racers:  The deadline for submitting an Application for Entry for the Newport Bermuda Race is a week from this coming Thursday, April 1, 2004.  You can go on line to get specific instructions  www.bermudarace.com 
Three Clubs Jump Into Non-sanctioned "Informal" Racing Early:  Three southern Bay clubs plan an early start on their 2004 non-sanctioned racing programs:  OPCYC starts their Saturday morning racing on April 3 - contact Jeff Rogers at  jeff@faceco.com    Newcomers on the scene, White Shoal Sailing Club, will run its 2nd race on Sunday, April 4 - check that  web site at http://wandling.net/whiteshoal    HYC's Wednesday Night racing begins April 7 - contact Tom Ryan at (757) 426-7666 or HYC office at (757) 722-0711. 
April 1     Thu    Sailboat Racers' National Holiday (aka  April Fools' Day)
April 3     Sat    OPCYC Saturday racing begins
April 4     Sun    White Shoal Sailing Club racing
April 7     Wed   HYC Wednesday Night racing begins
April 15   Thu    BBSA Willoughby Racers Thursday Night racing begins
April 16   Fri      PBC Barnacle Series racing begins
April 17   Sat    HYC Spring One-Design Regatta
April 16-18       J/29 Invitational at FBYC
April 18   Sun    CCV Tune Up Races
April 21   Wed   YRYC Wednesday Night racing begins
April 21   Wed   BBSA Little Creek SA Wednesday Night racing begins
April 24   Sat     FBYC Spring Series  1
April 25   Sun    CCV Spring Series Race #1
April 25   Sun    FBYC Spring Series  2
May 1       Sat        RRYC Spring Regatta
May 2       Sun       CCV Spring Series Race #2
May 2       Sun       FBYC Spring Series 3
May 4       Tue       CCV  Crewing on a Raceboat Course begins
May 15    Sat        YPYC Spring Regatta
May 15    Sat       J/24 Fleet 71 regatta
May 16    Sun      CCV Spring Series Race #3 and Race #4
May 16    Sun      FBYC Spring Series (3)
MURPHY'S LAW:   Spring has sprung!    The grass has rizz.    I wonder where the racers is!   They're in the yards to paint and scrape,   And get themselves in racing shape.   But, soon they'll come as with the sun,  To sail the course,   To beat and run.  So, have good faith,   Me racing hearties,    We'll soon be at those Screwpile parties!    Living to race, racing to live.  /s/ Murphy the Racing Beagle
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