Rappahannock River Yacht Club racing season begins

High Hopes leads the J-24 spinnaker fleet down wind in the first race, followed by Hot Air and Nauti Buoy. Photo by Ed Peake

On Saturday, April 23, seven boats competed in the first Rappahannock River Yacht Club regatta of the season.

“The forecast called for southeast winds 8-10 knots and as we headed out to the course the wind was starting to fill in just in time,” said Tom Chapman. “In an unusual turn of events the wind was as forecast!”

The race committee, headed by principle race officer Ron Mihills, set course for twice around windward leeward for the three J-24 spinnaker fleet and once around triangle for the four boat non-spin fleet. By the start the wind was 7-10 knots from the southeast as predicted. By the second and third races it increased to 10-12 knots with gusts over15 knots.

A little confusion set in due to radio problems on the mark boat and….

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