by Peter Porteous
Junior sailors from three Virginia Yacht Clubs and two sailing schools displayed impressive fortitude in the face of worsening rain, visibility and gusting winds at the annual Rappahannock River Yacht Club’s (RRYC’s) Junior Regatta July 21.
When the race committee canceled the day’s races at 9:15 a.m., many of the 41 sailors and their parents and coaches stayed on for a cookout and planning for upcoming events.
The sailors had made quick work of their racing preparations. Competitors were from the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club, Fishing Bay Yacht Club, RRYC, the Big Blue Sailing Academy in Norfolk and Premier Sailing in Irvington. The yard soon filled with their boats, including 16 Optis. Six Sunfish stood ready along with the 16 boats in the Laser Radial fleet. Three boats readied to compete in the 420 fleet.
“We made the decision to cancel for the safety of the sailors,” said principal race officer Mosby West. “While these competitions include some very experienced sailors, there are others who are much newer to it. There’s a wide variety of skills.”
Mosby spent the previous day tracking a low pressure system sweeping up from the Carolinas…