Lin Mccarthy on Friday July 24, 2009 07:56AM

SCREWPILE 2009  Wrap:  Two Southern Bay racing teams bring home Screwpile silver  -  Pete Hunter's WAIRERE  won the PHRF A1 class and  Leo Wardrup's BLACK WIDOW  won the PHRF Non-Spin class.  Southern Bay and beyond boats represented us all in fine fettle at this year's showdown in Solomons.  Special kudos are due  WAIRERE and BLACK WIDOW, both of whom won their fleets, and Sledd Shelhorse, Meredian  2, who took 2nd overall in the PHRF A0 fleet,  Sanford Richardson, a southern Bay expatriate, sailing Kahuna in PHRF A1 to a second place finish overall and Jake Brodersen, Midnight Mistress,  who took 2nd overall in PHRF Non-Spin.    Finishing 5th in their  very competitive fleets were Cash Flow, Lloyd Griffin, in PHRF A1 (14 boats); Rockette, Chuck Monsees, in PHRF A3 (13 boats);  Goin', Dennis Hannick, in PHRF B (16 boats); and Schiehallion, Brad Miller, in PHRF C (14 boats).      All the Southern Bay boats at Screwpile did themselves proud racing in conditions that ranged  from light to absolutely grand:  Leroi Lissenden's Voodoo 2 finished 8th and Sam Mitchener's Double Eagle finished 12th in the PHRF A1 fleet of 15 boats.   John Blais' Stardancer was 6th in the Beneteau 36.7 one-design fleet (8 boats).  Richard Payne's Flying Colors sailed in the J/105 one-design fleet (11 boats) and  Bob Hausmann's  Bobinski sailed for their first time in PHRF C (14 boats)  and, in their spinnaker "baptism under fire", showed marked improvement each day.  And, Tony Thornton's TL Sea, coming out the Elizabeth River from Portsmouth Boat Club, took 8th in the PHRF Non-Spin fleet (10 boats).  So, plenty of southern Bay and beyond boats will be sporting Screwpile 2009 bow decals for the rest of the summer, and to their credit,  they can certainly say they have been in the thick of Chesapeake Bay racing competition.  For detailed results, both overall standings and race by race results, check out the event website at 

Southern Bay Race Week racers all remember the great young couple,  Allen and Daniela, who are the masterminds as well as broad backs  of PHOTOBOAT, the official  photogs for the event.  They have posted a photo and note saying they found time to tie the matrimonial knot - congratulations!!  Check out their wedding picture (there is one) at the PHOTOBOAT website, www.photoboat.com .  Hint:  Daniela and Allen are the ones in the RIB in full wedding attire!
Coming up this Saturday, July 25th - THE VETERANS CUP - compete in honor of veterans of our Armed Forces.  You do not have to be affiliated with the Armed Forces to race in this regatta.  The entry list is still growing and this promises to be the best Vet Cup ever.  For entry info contact:  John Ritter at (757) 329-6992.  Langley Yacht Club is the organizing authority of this regatta.
Forty-Seven (47) boats who did not make it to Screwpile, engaged in a day of Non-Spinnaker racing on Norfolk's Willoughby Bay on Saturday.  Here are the fleet winners from the 2009 Little Bay Challenge:  Fleet 1 (8 boats):  VIRGINIA H, Andy Armstrong;    Fleet 2 (10 boats): BAD HABIT, Bob Archer;    Fleet 3 (9 boats): BOO NASTY, Dave Bettis ;   Fleet 4 (9 boats): EXCELSIOR, Steve Ritz;   Fleet 5 ( 11 boats): HALAHA, Jeff Rogers.  Broad Bay SA handled the race administration and Portsmouth Boat Club was party-meister.   For the club team scoring, final standings were:  Willoughby Racers (BBSA) 1st place,  Old Point Comfort YC 2nd place,   Hampton YC 3rd place,  Portsmouth Boat Club 4th place, and. Norfolk Naval Sailing Association 5th place.   Event chairman and race officer - Scott Almond.
More Screwpile [W]rap:
Each day  Rockette, (Chuck Monsee's J29), and crew were always the first back to their post-racing accommodations at Screwpile.  They were rafted up with their Regatta Mothership, Pete Wallio's big Morgan, Island Time.  What could be better than to kick back into "cruising mode" after a day of tough racing and prior to moving into post-race party mode?!
Where did those Portsmouth Boat Club guys and others get all those stogies?  The area round the patio and pool deck guest room entrances at Screwpile regatta headquarters was cigar central during the regatta - a delightful outdoor cigar bar! 
Several boats commandeered the Screwpile regatta headquarters Holiday Inn Select outdoor picnic areas for post-post-race party  grillin'.  It is uncertain who had the best "tail gate" fare going, but it all smelled great!
On the Friday before Screwpile, a main delivery day for southern Bay racers, weather caused a number of boats to duck-in at spots along the route, a number at Fishing Bay.  Tornado warnings and just plain foul weather Friday afternoon was handled in stride, though.  Not much can get between southern Bay racers and Screwpile!
One of the main Screwpile sponsors hit a sweet spot with the racers at the terrific event - West Marine Solomons (Manager Susan Dean) provided  complimentary breakfast fixin's at the Solomons store each morning to anyone who dropped by - and plenty did!  
AUGUST - the core of summer on the southern Chesapeake Bay.  There is plenty of good racing during this month - git ya some done!
August  1  -  Saturday        14th Annual Little Creek Cup,  BBSA,  Scott Almond (757) 471-2663
August  1  -  Saturday        FBYC Moonlight Regatta, FBYC,  Jere Dennison (804) 288-6323
August  8 -   Saturday        Admirals Cup,  YRYC and SYC,  Steve Bowen (804) 642-4746 or Chuck Eldred (757) 898-1025
August  8  -  Saturday        Tom Brady Masters Race,  HYC,  Marshall Findley (757) 722-0433, (cell) (757) 285-8482
August  9 -   Sunday           CCV Founders Race, CCV,  Tom Peddy (757) 638-3358
August 14-   Friday             Plantation Light Race,  HYC,    Bob Thomas (757) 898-9407
Aug 14-16-   Fri-Sun           Hampton-One Design 75th Anniversary National Championships,  Dave Chapman (757) 726-9640
Aug 15-16    Sat-Sun         FBYC Annual Regatta,  FBYC  (small boats)
Aug 21-22    Sat-Sun         Mobjack 50th Anniversary National Championships,  Tom Roberts (804) 843-2682
August 22-   Saturday       FBYC Smith Point Race,  FBYC,  Mike Dale (804) 353-0452
Aug 22-23    Sat-Sun         Cape Charles Cup,  BBSA,  Scott Almond (757) 471-2663
August 29    Saturday       Moonlight Triangle Race,  CCV,  Tom Peddy (757) 638-3358
Small boat racers - don't forget the BBSA Richard B. Johnson Regatta  is this coming weekend.  It's FREE!  Sponsored by Broad Bay Sailing Association at the ODU Sailing Center.  Registration is 0900 Saturday, July 25.  Contact Jimmy Hardesty at  jimmdog@hotmail.com.   Plans call for racing for Hampton One-Designs, Lasers, Sharks and an open class for other monohulls (Portsmouth Handicap system).
MURPHY'S LAW:   2009 Screwpile was, as usual,  an A+ event.  Yrs truly, the Racing Beagle, had a grand time.   Event organizers may have to come up with two or more event championship trophies for 2010 to go with the racing awards - one for best grilling performance and one for best stogies... oh, and one for best dancing by a gorilla - he was awesome!   It was all soooooooooo good!    /S/  Murphy the Racing Beagle, the sailing spirit in us all.
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