Youth sailors compete on the Rappahannock

Optis on the run. Photo by Tom Chapman

by Tom Chapman

Forty junior sailors from four Virginia yacht clubs and one sailing school participated in the annual Rappahannock River Yacht Club’s (RRYC) Junior Regatta July 22.

Competitors, both young women and men, hailed from RRYC, Fishing Bay Yacht Club (FBYC), Norfolk Yacht and Country Club (NYCC), Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club (ICYCC) and Premier Sailing School.

Winds were light at the beginning, but built to 7-9 knots in the afternoon allowing all five planned races. It was hot and humid, but the kids kept cool by swimming in our beautiful river between races and were supplied with plenty of water by coaches and safety boats. All seemed to enjoy the day and the races while entries from FBYC often prevailed.

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