April Fools Let the Southern Bay Racing Begin!

 Racers on the Rappahannock River. Photo by Lin McCarthy

It’s April Fools Day – let the racing begin!

The 2013 season opens this week.  In Hampton Roads,  Hampton Yacht Club (HYC) and  Little Creek Sailing Association (BBSA) will start their  season long Wednesday Night racing programs.  And, on Thursday, the Willoughby Racers, also a branch of BBSA,  will open in Norfolk’s Willoughby Bay, aka Little Bay. For info on these mid-week programs, please contact the administering clubs.

Racers will have a chance to shake off more rust on Sunday at the CCV Tune-Up Races.  There is no charge for the Tune-Up, but you do have to submit an entry form to the RC Chairman, Tom Connors, 1337 Bayville Street, Norfolk, VA 23505; Tom ‘s phone is (757) 593-8950.  Start time is 1100 for the first of 2 (intended) races.  Racing is in the harbor.  The North Division (Rapp River area) racers have one more week for final prep, crew training and practice; racing opens next week (April 13).

Southern Bay Collegiate update:  Congratulations are in order for the Christopher Newport University and the University of Virginia sailing teams as they joined the field of teams qualified for the America Trophy regatta which is sailed at the US Naval Academy.  The CNU Captains and the UVA Yahoos earned their way to Annapolis by finishing 3rd and 4th respectively at this past weekend MAISA South Qualifier hosted by Hampton University.  Ben Buhl '16 and Oliver Ross '16 with crews Amy Craven '13 Annie Eckmann '14 and Julia Davis '16 sailed for CNU. Also qualifying for the America Trophy competition were University of Pennsylvania (1st), George Washington University (2nd) and Monmouth University (5th).  Sixteen (16) teams raced at HU Saturday and Sunday.

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