Update on the Fleet
I cannot think of many more idyllic places to sail than the waters around the Ware River Yacht Club. Veta and I just returned from a beautiful overnight sail down to Yorktown. The Mobjack Bay was lovely both on Saturday and on Sunday. For those who have not overnighted in Yorktown, the Riverwalk Landing Piers provide a safe, secure mooring overnight. The staff monitor VHF Channel 16 and were standing by to catch lines upon our arrival. The first four hours at Riverwalk Landing are free. After that, they charge $2/foot. The nearby city moorings are free for up to 72 hours. After a stop for some clam chowder at the Yorktown Pub, we returned to the boat for a pleasant overnight stay. Sunday’s cruise back resulted in the mandatory “race” out the York River, as there was another sailboat within sight. Wagtail held her own against the unnamed Catalina 36. A nice downwind run took us close to New Point Comfort Light. Finally, an enjoyable broad reach brought us home to the WRYC just in time to see the Club’s Albacore fleet heading out for the Sunday Series. A nice easterly wind blew in just as the Albacores hit the river, and another lovely day was had on the water.
We are planning the first WRYC Cruising weekend for August 25-26 down to the York River. The goal is to have Wagtail, Snagglepuss, and as many other boats as possible sail together down to Yorktown. We will tie up at the Riverwalk Landing Piers (or anchor/moor) for dinner on Saturday. After dinner, we can remain at the docks, anchor nearby, or moor for the night. Sunday will start with breakfast, which will be followed with a nice sail out towards New Point (if weather cooperates) and an afternoon arrival back at the Club. Please let me know if you are interested so we can start planning.
Plenty of summer sailing activities are available to Club members. As previously stated, the WRYC Albacore fleet has grown exponentially since the New Year. There are always opportunities to step onboard and race for the day in the Sunday Sailing Series. Skipper’s meetings are at 12:30 pm. Set-up and launch begin by 1:00 pm with racing starting at 2:00 pm. Please feel free to come out and join in. The races are informal and fun! They provide a great platform for sailors of all experience levels to enjoy racing in a low stress environment. Whether you are tuning up for your next regatta or not sure which side of the boat is starboard, there’s a place for you during the Sunday Series.
Commodore Steve Hanson reports that Adult Sailing lessons are going well this year. Steve has introduced a more flexible program this year. Lessons are scheduled for Saturday mornings on a first come first served basis. Steve’s lessons provide another stress-free environment to learn the basics of keelboat sailing and to get more familiar with the Club’s boats. Should you need a refresher or feel ready to take your first step in learning to sail, the Adult Sailing program is for you!
There is a rising interest in sailing the boats this season, which is exactly where we want to be; however, it is important that we coordinate the schedule so that no one is left travelling to the Club only to find the boats gone. See you on the water!