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Looking to sail on a "Big Dog" race boat? CBYRA 2004 president, John Dodge, is crew chief of Donnybrook, Santa Cruz 70. Donnybrook is in St. Thomas (for the weekend Rolex Regatta), but plans to return home (Annapolis) soon to do the upcoming Newport Bermuda Race. John said that if any SBRNYCU readers would like to take part in the St. Thomas to Annapolis delivery aboard Donnybrook, they should call him at (804) 334-6950.
Condolences are in order for the friends and family of Dr. John "Jack" Moseley, III, of Fishing Bay who passed to Fiddlers' Green week before last. Jack usually raced as a crew member on friends' boats, but he did enter and win the 2003 Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta in his cutter-rigged sloop Tusitala. He had qualified to represent the middle peninsula area in the National Hospice Regatta this April in Annapolis.
SUNDAY, APRIL 4, IS THE BEGINNING OF DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME - SPRING AHEAD ONE HOUR!
CCV ANNUAL RACING RULES SEMINAR - Tuesday, April 6, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at The Mariners' Museum (Newport News, VA). The seminar is FREE and OPEN TO ALL. Tucker Thompson, well known racer and professional clinician as well as associate of West Marine, makes a trip back to the area to present his special session on Tactics and Strategy as related to the Racing Rules. In addition the 2004 edition of the CCV Racing Guide will be distributed. The Guide contains racing schedules for southern Bay events, race circulars/Notices of Race submitted by individual clubs and associations, the basic General Sailing Instruction used at the majority of southern Bay keel boat events, marks, forms (entry and membership forms), and CCV award winners, etc. Each 2004 member of CCV receives a FREE copy of the 144 page Guide. For information regarding the Racing Rules Seminar contact John McCarthy at (757) 850-4225. Boat shoes not required, but are a popular favorite among attendees, and socks are optional.
Changes / Updates to CCV Sailing Instruction: Here's yet another reason all racers need to be at the April 6th CCV Racing Rules Seminar (see item above) - there will be a concise briefing on changes to the 2004 SI as published in the 2004 CCV Racing Guide. Be ready and well informed when you hit the race course this coming month!
Here's how ya git where ya gotta be! Since you absolutely, positively have to be at the CCV Racing Rules Seminar (one week from tomorrow, on Tuesday, April 6) here are the down and dirty directions: FROM: The southside of Hampton Roads - take Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel or Monitor Merrimac Bridge Tunnel - from I-64 WEST exit at Route 17 (2nd exit for Rt 17-also for J. Clyde Morris Boulevard) - stay on Rt 17/J.Clyde Morris as it becomes Museum Drive. Stay on Museum Drive to Museum entrance and then bear RIGHT to PARK on RIGHT SIDE of the main Museum building. Use side entrance - THE happening is in the Huntington Room. FROM Peninsula north of, west of, and beyond The Mariners Museum, travel I-64 EAST to the exit for Rt 17 and J. Clyde Morris Boulevard - stay on Rt 17/J.Clyde Morris Boulevard as it becomes Museum Drive. Stay on Museum Drive to Museum entrance and then bear RIGHT to PARK on RIGHT SIDE of the main Museum building. Use side entrance - THE happening is in the Huntington Room. Questions? Call (757) 850-4225.
Battle of the Chesapeake: Screwpile 2004 regatta planners are considering a special trophy to go to the club with the best contingent competing at the July 18-20 event. Get yourselves together - this would guarantee the winners major bragging rights over the entire Bay!
Socks and Shooters! Di Ricks reports that last week the Bay Point Grille gang (on Little Creek, Norfolk) burned Jell-O shooters and downed their socks . OOOPS! No, no! They burned their socks (in the barbie) and downed the shooters.
2004 Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta organizers will host a kick-off party at the Hope & Glory Inn (Irvington, VA) on Thursday, April 29, Food and refreshments will be catered by Trick Dog Cafe [Murphy says with a name like "Trick Dog", it's got to be good!] - cash bar, no admission charge.
For info contact Kristin Stokes at (800) 766-0797 or (804) 627-0406.
Beneteau 36.7s Join CBYRA - The Beneteau 36.7s have applied for and been accepted as a Cruising One Design [provisional] CBYRA member. Provisional status is the norm the first year a class is admitted as a COD . The class is immediately eligible for high point competition and sanctioned event officials may want to contact the class regarding participation as a one-design class in regattas. For info contact Gilbert Renaut at (410) 269-1768.
If you are heading for Deltaville-Fishing Bay, planning to get in some early Spring sailing, and you decide to get your food supplies once you get there, check with someone in town first. It has been reported from a very reliable source that the Deltaville Market (and Sal's Pizza) burned to the ground last week.
Who Let the Boats Out?!! Early bird race boats busted out of their winter mothballs Saturday. Among those shaking off cobwebs were Rudy Lotz and the Faith crew; Justin Morris with family crew on The Hunter, Martin Holland on his Bad Habit, and Lester Knight on Vagabon-De.
Joe Lupton, was on the water too, along with wife Levona, when accidentally he severed a finger tip. Levona and Joe got back in with assistance from another boat and he is fine. The whole thing puts Joe in the early lead for the 2004 Golden Finger Award. Remember the 2002 run of southern Bay racing fingers that were smashed, detached, snatched, and re installed during that season? Be careful out there!
Maxi-Cat Cheyenne Ahead of Record - Steve Fossett and his crew of 12, now more than 7 weeks into the voyage, have Cheyenne 3 days ahead of the Round the World record pace (64 days, 8 hours, and 37 minutes set by Orange in 2002). The Cheyenne gang hopes to cross the finish line between France and the UK within the next 10 days to claim the RTW record. Cheyenne spent a lot of time in Hampton Roads in 2003 testing, outfitting, and training. Keep up with Cheyenne at Fossett's web site www.stevefossettchallenge.com
Get the most you can out of your current copy of the Racing Rules of Sailing. US SAILING says the new set of rules will take effect JANUARY 2005. USSA expects to finish working on the US prescriptions this summer.
To compete for CBYRA High Point Awards you must be a member. To race in a sanctioned race in a PHRF class/fleet, you must have a valid 2004 PHRF rating. For CBYRA membership info call (410) 269-1194 or click on www.cbyra.org To get PHRF rating application call (410) 414-3270 or click on www.phrfchesbay.com
36 Attend Race Committee Workshop: Saturday the CCV - HYC Race Management Workshop provided donuts, coffee, a race management book and a golden opportunity to brush up on the intricacies of running sailboat races. A special treat came from National Race Officer Joe Hallissy, who got the participants up to speed on how to "... subtend the vertical angle" when setting the starting line. Now, that's serious "inside the game" info! Joe along with John McCarthy, Glenn Giles, Dick Boykin, Ben Weeks and Bob Thomas presented the workshop.
COMING THIS WEEK REMINDERS:
Friday, April 1 Willoughby Racers has their Thursday Night Races skippers meeting at Willoughby Harbor Marina (6:00 pm). Contact Scott Almond at (757) 471-2663.
Saturday, April 3 Old Point Comfort YC begins their Yankee Station Races series. Contact Jeff Rogers by email at email@example.com
Sunday, April 4 White Shoal SC non-sanctioned race. Contact John Wandling at web site http://wandling.net/whiteshoal/
MURPHY'S LAW: The maxi-cat (Cheyenne), is out there tearing around the oceans and the world, racers are sacrificing socks and small body parts (fingers), and the hottest new body paint color is "Wet Sand gray". Of course, April Fools' Day is Thursday! All the signs are in place - we are close to "Racing Time"! Living to race, racing to live. /s/ Murphy the Racing Beagle
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