We had a successful inaugural Corsica River Yacht Club Spring Regatta this past Sunday. The only thing that did not work out as planned was the wind. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day but we had a steadily dying Easterly that after two races fighting the building thermal became too unstable to run a decent race. Unlike the annual regatta where we race in the Chester, we ran this event in the Corsica itself going back to the roots of the club in the 1930’s. The two races we were able to run were a nice 30 minute length windward/leeward course with the leeward mark in Middle Quarter Cove and the windward mark up near Ship Point giving us about a .75 NM windward leg. Easterly is a strange, and luckily uncommon, breeze on the Corsica. On Saturday night we also had the closest full moon to the earth of 2012 which created a decent current in the Corsica which in turn impacted people’s tactical decisions. The Corsica rarely sees currents strong enough to significantly influence sailing.
We had great attendance with 14 sailors from six different clubs, 2 Laser Districts (10 and 11), and four states. Mike Schmidt of MRSA and Jacques Kerrest of PRSA both sailed fast and alternated first and second in both races with Mike winning the tie-breaker to take the regatta. Full results along with some great pictures (taken by a veritable paparazzi of photographers) will be posted soon on www.CRYC.org.
After the sailing everyone headed in for plenty of food and drinks and enjoyed a lovely Spring day. Thank you very much to all who attended and supported our regatta. The inaugural Spring Regatta exceeded my expectations thanks to your support and hopefully we can make this an annual event (so please put it on your calendar). Thanks to the CRYC membership for putting on a great show with plenty of support people and boats and much appreciated food and drink, including cupcakes particularly appreciated by Jane Schmidt and Rich Parolski, amongst others.
Hopefully see you all at the CRYC Annual Regatta July 28th-29th, when we expect to be sailing out in the open water of the Chester River.
Photo by Kelly Snavely
Sunday May 6th, Corsica River Yacht Club on the Chesapeake’s picturesque and tranquil Eastern Shore will host our inaugural, one day, Corsica River Spring Regatta. The regatta will be hosted at Corsica River’s Ship Point and run inside the Corsica, as opposed to out in the Chester. This will make for a very convenient and short sail out to the course.
Corsica River Yacht Club is a great place to sail with a lot of open water, very limited motor boat chop, easy beach launching and plenty of grass on which to park, rig, camp and just hang out. We would be very pleased if you would join us at the regatta, CRYC will work very hard to ensure that it is an enjoyable day for you. Though this is the inaugural event I am sure that it will have the same laid back yet competitive atmosphere that you expect at Corsica River, including dinner at the club after sailing.
Camping is highly encouraged and is free. Ship Point is an extremely tranquil spot to camp. If you have a cruising boat we have a very protected anchorage at the club. We are less than an hour’s drive from Annapolis, just over an hour’s drive from the Delaware Memorial Bridge, and easily accessible from the Southern Bay, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Please see the NOR on our Web site for additional details http://www.cryc.org/.
I very much hope that you can make it out. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance or can answer any questions. Hopefully see you then.
WOMEN’S LASER SAILING CLINIC will be held May 11-13 at Corsica River YC. All women sailors are encouraged to attend. $110- professional coaching, 3 meals, tent camping, 5 x 7 photo and awards. Call JR for more and registration; firstname.lastname@example.org: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED
Corsica River Yacht Club has add a Spring Laser Invitational Regatta to their sailing season. The regatta will be held at their facility on Ship Point on Sunday, May 6. Skipper’s meeting is scheduled for 10am. Notice of Race.
Corsica River Laser Fleet has a new page over on Google+. Check it out for fleet updates, photos and more information.
Corsica River Yacht Club is frostbiting again this Winter. Corsica River, on the picturesque and laid back Eastern Shore, is a great venue to frostbite, with open water, beach launching and extensive grass on which to rig and park. We will continue to sail most Sundays (though not Christmas Day nor New Years Day), wind, ice and attendance permitting and all are very welcome. Contact me (nplace-at-healex.com) if you want to join us or to make sure we are sailing. We intend to insert some training days into the upcoming schedule to work on specific issues. CRYC frostbiting is open to all, there is no charge and the club has kindly offered to allow non-members to leave their Lasers there over the winter. Details can be found at www.CRYC.org. Let me know if you have any questions or if I can help.
Corsica River Yacht Club on the Chesapeake’s picturesque and tranquil Eastern Shore will host our 70th Annual One Design Regatta on July 23-24. Corsica River Yacht Club is a great place to sail with a lot of open water, very limited motor boat chop, easy beach launching and plenty of grass on which to park, rig, camp and just hang out. We would be very pleased if you would join us at the regatta, CRYC will work very hard to ensure that it is an enjoyable weekend for you.
This year the regatta will be hosted at Ship Point with our brand new pavilion and bath house. We will be sailing in the Chester River beyond the mouth of the Corsica River.
As you know from previous years, and hopefully experience, this is the quintessential laid-back Eastern Shore Regatta. There will be a dinner and party on Saturday night with live music. Camping is highly encouraged and is free. Ship Point is an extremely tranquil spot to camp. If you have a cruising boat we have a very protected anchorage at the club.
We are less than an hour’s drive from Annapolis, just over an hour’s drive from the Delaware Memorial Bridge, and easily accessible from the Southern Bay, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Please see the NOR on our Web site for additional details http://www.cryc.org/.
Please let me know if we can help or if you have any questions. Hopefully see you then.
We have had another very good month of frostbiting at Corsica River Yacht Club. Sadly, this Sunday the 27th is our last official day of the season. We have mixed in some training days with racing days over the last month, please see Mitch Grieb’s write-up below from a few weeks ago. We have generally had beautiful days with good sailing conditions, please see the attached picture. We had a very enjoyable day last Sunday where we ran a lot of short races in light but interesting conditions (3-5 knot Easterly). We got in a lot of much needed starting practice. About 10 minutes before our drop dead time of 3:00 the wind shifted 180 degrees to the West and quickly built to about 15 knots. A quick chat with the race committee determined that it was too late in the day to be worth switching the course around so we decided to just go for a sail. This turned out to be a great decision. We all beat out of the river together, in full hiking conditions to the red nun at the mouth of the Corsica, and then regrouped and blasted back downwind to the beach in great breeze and building waves. Overall a great day.
Mitch Grieb’s thoughts from a few weeks ago:
Sunday’s frostbiting was pretty exactly as Nick’s weather report predicted. A dying Westerly that still gave us enough breeze to have fun racing. The breeze was, except for a few significant “righties” relatively stable with some moderate shore lifts ( I think). The left side seemed to pay off as Nick and George showed us early on. Maybe more pressure on that side? Less current over there? I tried sailing with my rig a little more loose than I’m used to and had good results. Usually, until over powered, I stuck to the 8″ camber on the outhaul and barely pull out the wrinkles. Yesterday, I let out a full hand span (9″) and left more of the diagonal wrinkle showing. It really bothered me at first, but the boat had power and felt good. Pointing didn’t seem to be affected so I left it there. Also I left a good hand span between sheet blocks on the lulls. One more interesting point. I have a bad habit on rabbit starts to become obsessed with careening around the rabbits stern and making the “perfect rabbit start”. This, although lots of fun, is not time spent wisely from a tactical sense. What I keep forgetting, is that rabbit starts can be managed pretty much like a normal start. Pin, boat end, etc. I should have concentrated on stuff like when predicting a backing shift start early when the rabbit just clears the pin on port. Or, if a lift is coming let everyone go first. I’ll try it next time. Also, I have to figure out how to keep my feet from freezing. Lots of fun Nick. Like the good old days. Mitch
January was a challenging month for Eastern Shore frostbiting. We had strong winds and rather chilly temperatures on January 9th that reduced our attendance a bit (actually, quite a bit). We then lost the next three Sundays as the Corsica River became an ice sheet. February started well though. We had a glorious day last Sunday. The weather was sunny and warm with a gentle Westerly breeze. Instead of our usual racing format we had a training day. We spent the afternoon working on tuning, straight line speed and boat handling drills. Just before 3:00 the wind died out completely so we head back to the beach. Besides the enjoyment of getting back out on the water on such a nice day, it was great to have a training day to focus on areas that need improving. We will continue to intersperse training days into our frostbite racing to try to improve everyone’s sailing as much as possible before the Spring. Hopefully this current cold spell will not cause us any more ice issues and we will therefore be sailing every Sunday from here on out.
Corsica River Yacht Club had some good frostbiting in 2010 and we are looking forward to many more good sailing days in 2011. So far we have only missed two Sundays, one for too much wind and one for ice. We started the New Year last Sunday (January 2nd) with a very pleasant sail, though it was fairly light air. There were a few remaining ice flows on the far shore but there was plenty of open water on which to sail. The sailing has been laid back, low key and friendly (as you should expect at CRYC) and we have had the Corsica and the Chester to ourselves except for waterfowl. The attendance, though nowhere near SSA or PRSA numbers, has exceeded my expectations. A total of eight people have sailed with us so far including:
I expect that Jon Wasserman and Faye Flam will be joining us shortly along with others.
We will continue to sail every Sunday, wind, ice and attendance permitting and all are very welcome. Contact me if you want to join us to make sure we are sailing. We intend to insert some training days into the upcoming schedule to work on specific issues. CRYC frostbiting is open to all, there is no charge and the club has kindly offered to allow non-members to leave their Lasers there over the winter. Details can be found at www.CRYC.org. It seems that there has been record interest in Laser frostbiting around the Chesapeake this year from Northeast River to Hampton and many clubs in between, which is great to see, and can only help to make us all better Laser sailors. If you are on the Eastern Shore on a Sunday afternoon feel free to drop in for a sail, a drink, or just say hello.