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News of the 2005 Sailing Season:

!!!!!!!!! Lighthouse Race !!!!!!!!!

Yes, that's right, it's time for the 2005 Lighthouse Race!  Mark Sunday, October 2 on your calendar, and drag your boat down to Galesville for this Chesapeake Bay classic!  See www.sailcrac.com for details!  You can bring your boat down on Saturday for set up and tune up if you like.  Be there!

Rita:

Gadzooks, here we go again.  Here's hoping everybody gets out of the way, or barring that has a safe place to wait it out.

Katrina:

Not much can be said about this tragedy that has not already been said.  The destruction to property and devastation to people's lives is unimaginable.  We pray for the people and region.  Do what you can to help, be it giving money to assistance efforts, volunteering your time, or providing lodging to the displaced.   

WRCRA Summer/Fall Series:

The Summer/Fall Series is underway, and once again a real dog, er, cat fight is brewing for the top spots.  Eight races are now in the books with four more to go.  Who will get the trophies?  Check out the results page for the full skinny on where your favorite team is in the standings.

WRCRA Spring/Summer Series:

The Spring/Summer Series is over, congrats to Doug Kirby, Constantine Seremetis, and Keith Chapman for grabbing the top spots.  The Spring series was a tough fight, and the last race decided the order!  Congrats to all for a great series!  Check out the results page for the full skinny on where your favorite team landed in the standings.

A-Cats:

The A-Cats have fully established themselves at the WRSC, truly a remarkable achievement.  They have proven themselves to be probably the most vibrant one-design group at the club.  Way to go A's!  Check out The WRSC A-Cat Web Site for all the latest on this fast growing and just plain fast group.

CRAC:

CRAC has been keeping the scen going with CRAC run races as well as joining on some CBYRA action.  Coming up soon is the NASS Annapolis to Oxford race.  This race has been trashed the last two years by Isabel and then Ivan.  This it looks clear so far, be there!  Check out the CRAC site for the full schedule and results.  One very cool thing about the CRAC races this year is the opening up of the "Maxi Cat" class for larger multihulls.  So far the only boat to post in this class has been a Reynolds-33, a very nice and fast performance cat.

The Chesapeake-100 this year had named sponsorship from the The Fitness Resource.   Thanks much to David Nees and the Fitness Resource team!  Remember to support our sponsors! 

What's up for 2005?  

The racing for this year is shaping up to be spectacular!  The big news is the continued growth of the A-Cat Fleet!  Enough boats are coming to the area that the Fleet is getting official status and potentially a spot at the West River Sailing Club.  This will be a great way for the A-Cats to get Fleet support, and as a bonus, they'll still participate in WRCRA activities!  That means the Fleet grows, and we get space for more boats and more growth!  It also means a multihull-foot-in-the-door at an established club, which is a first for this area!  Way to go A-Cats and WRSC!  Check out http://home.mindspring.com/~fordc for the new local A-Cat site. 

Once again we'll be hosting the CRAC/WRCRA Icebreaker and Lighthouse races.  

This year the Beach Cats are really in with the CBYRA schedule, so look for those events and support them if you can!

So, for this year, what are you waiting for?  If you're a new or veteran cat sailor looking for action, you've found the right place.  We're laid back but competitive.  If you've been slogging about in monohulls, come on out and see what it's really like to sail fast!  


 

WRCRA Spring/Summer Series:

Lots of things have been going on!  First off, the WRCRA Spring/Summer series is well underway, with seven races now in the books.  Check out the results page for the full skinny on where your favorite team is in the standings.

A-Cats:

The A-Cats have fully established themselves at the WRSC, truly a remarkable achievement.  They have proven themselves to be probably the most vibrant one-design group at the club.  Way to go A's!  Check out The WRSC A-Cat Web Site for all the latest on this fast growing and just plain fast group.

CRAC/C-100:

Two of the major CRAC regattas are in the books as well, the Icebreaker and the Chesapeake-100.  Check out the CRAC site for the full results.  One very cool thing about the CRAC races this year is the opening up of the "Maxi Cat" class for larger multihulls.  So far the only boat to post in this class has been a Reynolds-33, a very nice and fast performance cat.

The Chesapeake-100 this year had named sponsorship from the The Fitness Resource.   Thanks much to David Nees and the Fitness Resource team!  Remember to support our sponsors! 

The C-100 this year was the slowest ever on record.  The last two years featured blow-out conditions on the first day and light conditions on the second.  This year we were treated to light conditions on both days!  Sixteen boats took the start on Saturday, but with light and variable winds from the north, it was tough and slow going.  The Hobie-20s were out in force in the non-spin class with six boats entered, enough to make their own one-design class.  In the end only four boats finished the first leg, and it was Fleet member John McLaughlin showing the way, pummeling the fleet by single-handing his NACRA Inter-20 down the Western shore to finish way ahead of anybody else.   The leg back at least ended up with some breeze towards the end of the day, but the wind had swung completely to the south, making it another lighter air downwind jibe fest.  On this day it was ultimately the Reynolds 33 of Tim Layne that made it in first and first for the day, but for the first half of the leg back all of the remaining boats were in sight, and at times 4 abreast spread across the Bay!  Once the breeze came in a bit that changed, with the Reynolds getting the best of the field.  In the end, John Mclaughlin on his Inter-20 "Bobby" held on for the overall and spin class wins.  In the non-spin class, the NACRA 6.0na "Katzenjammer" of WRCRA members Keith Chapman and Alec Daunheimer took top honors and 3rd overall.  Congrats to all who toughed it out!  Truly an ironman type effort!

Alec Daunheimer taking his turn at the helm of Katzenjammer on the way to the non-spin class win!

What's up for 2005?  

The racing for this year is shaping up to be spectacular!  The big news is the continued growth of the A-Cat Fleet!  Enough boats are coming to the area that the Fleet is getting official status and potentially a spot at the West River Sailing Club.  This will be a great way for the A-Cats to get Fleet support, and as a bonus, they'll still participate in WRCRA activities!  That means the Fleet grows, and we get space for more boats and more growth!  It also means a multihull-foot-in-the-door at an established club, which is a first for this area!  Way to go A-Cats and WRSC!  Check out http://home.mindspring.com/~fordc for the new local A-Cat site. 

Once again we'll be hosting the CRAC/WRCRA Icebreaker and Lighthouse races.  

This year the Beach Cats are really in with the CBYRA schedule, so look for those events and support them if you can!

 

 

News of the 2005 Sailing Season! - 3/28/05!

IceBreaker!!!

 

This is how Galesville and the Fleet Field looked not too long ago!  Brrrrr!  But that's all coming to an end!  Spring has sprung, and soon the West River and Chesapeake Bay will be hot with cat racing action!  First up on the list is the:

CRAC/WRCRA IceBreaker Race!!!

When - Sunday, April 24, 2005

Where - WRCRA, Galesville, MD

This is a great way to blow out the ice and get your cat revved up for the new season.  Come on out!

See the CRAC site for details

Spring/Summer Series

Starts April 26!  Make your plans now to join in the fun!  

The schedule for 2005 has been posted!  Check it out!

2004 WRCRA Awards Party!!!

Once again the Fleet gathered at the WRCRA Fleet Reserve and enjoyed the hospitality of the Daniel family whilst handing out the hand-crafted trophies for the 2004 racing series!  Here's how it worked out:

Spring/Summer

1st place - Chris Ford, A-Cat #124 Ketzel

2nd place - Jeff LoSapio, A-Cat #107

3rd place - Ed Mills, A-Cat #148 Lucky Duck

Summer/Fall

1st place - Chris Ford, A-Cat #124 Ketzel

2nd place - Keith Chapman, NACRA 6.0na #305 Katzenjammer

3rd place - Jeff LoSapio, A-Cat #107

Frostbite

1st place - Tony Arends, A-Cat #134

2nd place -  Chris Ford, A-Cat #124

3rd place - Pat Stadt, A-Cat #108

And your 2004 WRCRA All Series "High Point" Champion:

Chris Ford!  Well done Chris!

What's obvious is that the A-Cats are now showing the way around the River!  Amazing boats!  but, the challenge has been layed down - the question is, are the other classes up to it?  Stay tuned to the 2005 action and see for yourself!

 

 

 

News of the 2004 Sailing Season! - 10/25/04!

Frostbite Series

Yup, it's time to don the drysuits and jump in the Bay!  The Frostbite starts Sunday 10/24, and runs for five races!  Come on out!  What else are you going to do, rake leaves?  Pshaw.

Summer/Fall Series

The Summer/Fall series is over now as well, and the A-Cats were at it again.  This time they accidentally let a non A-Cat into the trophy spots!  Check out the Results to see the whole story!

Can Chris make it three in a row?  The domination of the A-Cats continues!

CRAC/WRCRA Lighthouse Race

This year's Lighthouse Race offered more normal conditions that the last years, but it still had some great Fall winds!  The cats went a couple of rounds with Thomas and Bloody Point Lights.  Check out the results at www.sailcrac.com.  And check out the pictures of the race on Andy Herbick's new photo site.

Spring/Summer Series

The WRCRA Spring Summer Series is Over!  The A-Cats dominated, leaving the rest of the Fleet scraping for the left-over crumbs!  Way to go guys!  Check out the RESULTS!

CRAC/WRCRA Chesapeake-100

The CRAC/WRCRA Chesapeake-100 was held June 5-6, and this year it started and ended in Galesville!  The first day was a howler, and many teams met with troubles.  Some gave up, some decided not to start, and some pushed on and made it through.  Very tough first leg!  The trip back from Solomons was lighter, making the 2004 running of the race similar to last year - if you doubled the winds on each day from 2003 you'd get the idea.  In the end, the WRCRA Team of Keith Chapman and Alec Daunheimer persevered to take the overall and non-spinnaker wins on the Nacra 6.0 "Liquid Courage"!  Check out the CRAC site for the full results.  Also, there are some pics from the finish at Solomons Island.  Check them out!

2004 Icebreaker Race Results!

Pics are here!

The CRAC/WRCRA Lighthouse race in the Fall is becoming known for it's strong winds.  The CRAC/WRCRA Icebreaker race is becoming known for its scoring!  After the race we announced the order of the racers and gave out trophies.  Except it was mostly wrong!  We just kind of forgot to tell SailWave what scoring system to use.  So it used order of finish!  Oooops!  But now we have the correct RESULTS!

The Icebreaker race saw 24 boats come to Galesville for this Spring classic.  We were greeted by light air and really warm temps.  The breeze freshened, but went from South to North to South again.  Very interesting.  But we were sailing again, and that's what counts!  Trophies were awarded four deep, and everybody raced together as one class.  Below are the top four spots:

1st - Jeff Losapio, A-Cat

2nd - Chris Ford, A-Cat

3rd - Ed Mills, A-Cat

4th - Keith Chapman/Greg Kurtz, Nacra 6.0 NA

An A-Cat sweep!  It was close to being an A-Cat line honors party too!  Awesome boats...

Check out the RESULTS page for the full set of scores!  Pictures coming soon!  Trophies will be re-distributed soon as well!

NOR and Sailing Instructions!

Spring/Summer Series:

Starts April 27!  Make your plans now to join in the fun!  

The schedule for 2004 has been posted!  Check it out!

 

News of the 2004 Sailing Season! - 3/6/04!

The Fleet recently gathered for the 2003 Fleet Awards Party.  A great time was had by all!  Below are the big winners:

Spring/Summer:  1st - Team Holmes, 2nd - Team Chapman, 3rd - Team Kaiser

Summer/Fall: 1st - Team Ford, 2nd - Team LoSapio, 3rd - Team Kaiser

Frostbite: 1st - Team Ford, 2nd - Team LoSapio, 3rd - Team Galloway

Overall 2003 Series Champion:  Jeff Losapio!

This is the first time a single-hand boat has won the overall!  Good job Jeff!  Congratulations to all!  Check the 2003 Race Results for the story.  Pictures coming...

Upcoming Events:

The proposed schedule for 2004 has been posted!  Check it out!

March 30 will see the 2004 Skipper's Meeting.  Be there with your ideas and open minds for discussions and votes on things that will affect the racing for the year.  Things are set for the year at this meeting, so if you don't show up, and you don't like the way things are, you've got no right to whine about it!

Tuesday night racing starts April 27!  Get ready!

News of the 2003 and 2004 Sailing Season! - 1/22/04!

Obviously, at this point, the 2003 season is over!  This main page obviously hasn't been updated in awhile, but the results had been.  So, if you've been following the action, you know who won!  All those results are preliminary, of course, and won't be considered final until they're announced at the 2003 Awards Party.  Check the 2003 Race Results for the story.

2003 was an interesting year!  We started out with a blizzard.  We got a bunch of rain.  Saw some interesting lightning.  We ended with a hurricane (ok, ok, tropical storm).  For the Fleet, it was a banner year.  We hosted two CRAC races to start and finish the CRAC distance series.  We had unprecedented turn-out.  We had great racing.  A builder named Boyer came to race with us.  Three masts got shortened.  Gosh, we even got a porta-pot!  2003 saw the beginning of resurgences for the Hobie-20 and A-Cat classes.  The I-20 class grew in the area.  A new club started up at Podickory Point.  Beach Cats got their own start in the Annapolis-Oxford Race (cancelled due to Isabel), which was a major victory in the fight to get recognition.

What's up for 2004?  

Lots!  First off, the 2003 Awards Party is coming up!  Tentative date - February 28 at the Fleet Reserve.  That's tentative, stay tuned for the official skinny.

The racing for this year is shaping up to be spectacular!  The big news is the growth of the A-Cat Fleet!  Enough boats are coming to the area that the Fleet is getting official status and potentially a spot at the West River Sailing Club.  This will be a great way for the A-Cats to get Fleet support, and as a bonus, they'll still participate in WRCRA activities!  That means the Fleet grows, and we get space for more boats and more growth!  It also means a multihull-foot-in-the-door at an established club, which is a first for this area!  Way to go A-Cats and WRSC!

Schedules for the year should be coming out soon, but trends in 2003 should continue for 2004.  We're in for another start in the Annapolis-Oxford race, and word is there may be distance race based out of Ocean City added!  That should be cool!

For the WRCRA - as usual, April will see the 2004 Skipper's Meeting.  Be there with your ideas and open minds for discussions and votes on things that will affect the racing for the year.  Things are set for the year at this meeting, so if you don't show up, and you don't like the way things are, you've got no right to whine about it!

Our Tuesday Night Racing should start towards the end of April/beginning of May.  That's not too far off!  Hopefully we're all working on getting out boats ready.

 

News of the 2003 Sailing Season! - 10/6/03!

The Lighthouse Race Recap!

The Lighthouse Race served up survival sailing for the third year in a row!  Even though the good folks at NOAA said we'd have 5-10, the race saw  winds in the high teens to low twenties, with more than a few blasts, as far as this sailor can guess.  Thomas Point shows 14-18 or so, I'm not sure anybody believes that!  Not as nuclear as the last two years, but plenty enough.  

Either way, what was predicted to be a light air patience contest turned out to be a Blistering Bay Bash!  And bash might be a good way to describe it - there was a bit of carnage!  From a broken trap line to a broken boom to a broken mast to a hole in the hull!  The Fleet can even now answer what size dent can be made in a NACRA F-18 hull with your head without loosing consciousness (barely...)!  All in the name of fun. 

And we had fun!  We dashed from Pirate's Cove to Bloody Point Lighthouse and back in what turned out to be a very large downwind (to the light) and upwind (back) course!  And through it all there were some good battles going on. 

Afterwards the racers enjoyed the hospitality of the Daniel family at the Fleet Reserve.  Just the right amount of chow and suds to satiate a sailor's hunger and enhance the stories of the day.  This one is becoming a Chesapeake Bay classic - don't miss it next year!

Special thanks to Chris Ford, Jodie Perkins, Roger Holmes, Selden Daniel for laying down the major efforts for making this happen!  Special thanks also to the host of others that helped out - great job all! 

Check out the preliminary results!

 

News of the 2003 Sailing Season! - 9/26/03!

Isabel Spanks Chessie!

The whole area is breathing a big sigh of relief now that Isabel is gone.  Man, did she pitch a fit on the Chesapeake!  Check out our favorite watering hole:

How about our Fleet Reserve?

 

Or our Fleet Home Port?

Well, come to think of it, maybe that's not so bad for the Fleet Home Port after all - some people are always complaining that our launch area is too small and tight!  Nothing like a good storm surge to improve the size of the launch beach!  The Fleet weathered the storm particularly well, thanks mostly to preparations by the sailors ahead of time - all the boats were de-rigged and moved to high ground.  No losses, not even a tree down on a boat.  Thanks to the omnipotent supreme being of your choice!

On a serious note - Isabel brought lots of grief to many on the storied shores of the Chesapeake.  Lots of people, businesses, and communities lost a lot in this one.  And this was just a tropical storm.  The surge was close to the 100 year flood level in the Magothy River area.  Let's all hope it's 100 years before we see this again!  Lots of prayers for a speedy recovery to those hit hard.

News of the 2003 Sailing Season! - 8/12/03!

The 2003 season is about half-over now, and the sailing on the West River has never been better for the WRCRA catamarans!  Between the Tuesday Race, the Icebreaker, the C-100, the Tybee, and the arrival of Jake, it's been a great ride!  The Fleet has been routinely putting about 15 boats on the line, with a high of 19!  The Fleet is now the fastest and most diversified it's ever been, with everything from the Fleet Flagship SC-22 "Oz" to the nimble and deceptively quick A-Cats and Taipans.  We have groups of like the NACRA-5.8s and Hobie-20s, so even within the Handicap racing we have boat-for-boat dueling.  We've seen celebrities the likes of Jim Boyer and Gale Browning sail with us.  And we've had some pretty tight racing to boot!

Right now, the Summer/Fall series is two races in the bag.  The Spring/Summer series ended July 22, and after a series of tight racing, the series-long lock on first place held by Team "WikiWiki" was broken by the Mighty "Oz" at the last race!  Here's how it ended up:

2003 WRCRA Spring/Summer

1st Overall - Roger Holmes/Nathan Berger, SC-22 #2225 "Oz" - 32 pts.

2nd Overall - Keith Chapman/Greg Kurtz/Bob Strang, Hobie-20 #341 "WikiWiki" - 33 pts.

3rd Overall - Joe Kaiser/Ed Mills, Hobie-20 #399 - 47 pts.

So!  The new series is underway!  Team Kaiser is turning it on again just like year!  Oz seems to be invincible!  But the Taipans are crafty, and Jim has a new Inter-20!  How, just how, is it all going to come out?  Stay tuned and see!  Or, better yet, come on out and check out the action for yourself!

Big things coming up for the Fleet - the Annapolis to Oxford race in September, and the 2nd hosting of the Lighthouse Race by your beloved WRCRA!  The water's a boilin' in the West River!

 

 

 

!!!!! 2003 WRCRA/CRAC Icebreaker Race !!!!!

Is now History!   Here's the start:

That's only some of them, there were 20 boats!

!!! Results are posted!  Check them out!  Verify that they're now correct! !!!


News of the 2003 Sailing Season! - 5/10/03!

The new season is truly upon us!  The Spring/Summer Series began on Tuesday, April 29!  We started off the new year right with 17 boats on the line!  Woohoo!  Even though the wind has been excruciatingly light so far, the racing is off to a good start.  Check out the results each week for updates, yours truly will try to be vigilant!

Also, be sure sure to check on the progress of the WRCRA and Chesapeake area sailors in the Tybee-500!  The race starts on May 12, and finishes on the 17th.  This race replaces the Worrell-1000 for the 2003 season.  It looks to be a good one, and may become the new standard bearer for U.S. catamaran distance racing!

 

Icebreaker Race!  

The NOR:

What:  A medium distance/buoys catamaran race.  The first race in CRAC's distance racing series, and a great way to shake off the Winter cold and get your boat wet for the first race of the season!

When:  Sunday, April 27

Where: The WRCRA beach, Galesville

Registration: 8:00 - 9:30 am

Skipper's Meeting: 10:00 am

First Gun: 11:00 am

How Much:  $30 for 2 -up, $25 for singlehand

Party:  Join the crowd at Pirate's Cove afterward for food, drinks, and trophies

Classes: Portsmouth/Open/X Class for spinnaker and non-spinnaker.  5 boats of a class and we'll score you that way too.

Let us know, and you can bring your boat down on Saturday the 26th to get set up and practice.  Pirate's Cove/Big Mary's has hotel rooms available, so if you want to stay in Galesville Saturday night you can!

Check back, more information will be coming!

Contact: Keith Chapman


News of the 2003 Sailing Season! - 4/4/03!

The new season is upon us!  The Spring/Summer Series begins on Tuesday, April 29!  Are you gonna be ready?  Check out the schedule page for more details...  Of course, you ARE planning on doing the Icebreaker race to get your boat ready for the first Tuesday, right?

 

!!! 2002 Awards Party!!!

The Awards Party was another smashing success!  Thanks again to the Daniel family for hosting the event at the WRCRA Fleet Reserve!  We ate and drank and told tall tales.  We handed out trophies for the winning teams.  And we got ourselves psyched up for the 2003 sailing season which is now truly right around the corner!  

2002 Series Recap!!!

Man, did we fly some hulls last year!  The Fleet enjoyed unprecedented success in 2002!  We gained new members and hit a high-mark of 17 boats on the water!  Low nights were 10 boats!  Now, this may not seem like a big deal, but just last year we were jazzed when we were averaging 8 boats and just breaking 10.  This year our common participation was 13!  We added new teams and solidified old, with some of our newer folks signaling their intent by moving up to 20 footers!  Oh yeah!

In addition to our 31 regular series races, the Fleet also ran a Labor Day Invitational and joined forces with CRAC to host the annual Lighthouse Race.  By all accounts it was a great success despite Mother Nature's attempts to make it otherwise.  Fleet members also participated in the Worrell 1000, Chesapeake 100, Annapolis to Oxford, Tornado Championships in the Grand Caymans, Steeplechase, F18HT Nationals, and more, as well as other local regattas.

As for the series, here's how it all ended up (unofficially of course, nothing's final until the Awards Party, your mileage may vary):

Spring/Summer:

1st  - Team Chapman (Hobie-18)

2nd - Team LoSapio (NACRA 5.8)

3rd - Team Holmes (ARC-22)

Summer/Fall:

1st - Team Holmes (ARC-22)

2nd - Team Kaiser (Hobie-20)

3rd - Team Chapman (Hobie-18) 

Frostbite:

1st - Team Kaiser (Hobie-20)

2nd - Team Galloway (Prindle-19)

3rd - Team Holmes (ARC-22)

And the overall?  Going into the Frostbite, it seemed that the fight for the top honors would be between Team Holmes and Team Chapman.  But the Frostbite series ended early for struggling Team Chapman when their boat was sidelined with collision damage as Team Kaiser continued their roll to the top.  A resurgent Team Galloway pulled into the trophy spots, and Team Holmes had an unexpected fight on its hands!  So who is it?  Well, again, this is unofficial, but with 7 series points to 8, Team Holmes edged out Team Kaiser for top honors!

Overall:

Team Holmes (Roger Holmes, Nathan Berger, ARC-22 "Oz")

Way to go Roger, and big applause for Team Kaiser and the way they came alive this year!

So, for this year, what are you waiting for?  If you're a new or veteran cat sailor looking for action, you've found the right place.  We're laid back but competitive.  If you've been slogging about in monohulls, come on out and see what it's really like to sail fast!

News of the 2002 Sailing Season! - 11/16/02!

Frostbite Series is Underway!!!

Roger Claiming the start in the first Frostbite race - photo by K.B. Chapman

It's hard to believe, but there are only 2 races left in the Frostbite series!  That means that the regular series season is almost over.  Attendance and action have been awesome this year!  As for Frostbite, Joe is putting on a stellar effort, with Roger and Jim neck and neck in the trophy hunt as well!  Who will blink?  Stay tuned, and keep checking the results page for the full story!

News of the 2002 Sailing Season! - 10/26/02!

CRAC/WRCRA Lighthouse Race Report!!!!  

Lighthouse racers after rounding the South mark in Galesville - photo by Chris Ford

Your favorite Fleet teamed up with CRAC and Pirate'sCove to put on the Lighthouse Race from our humble little plot in Galesville.  Usually this race is run from Sandy Point, but this year our Tuesday night venue got the nod.    

For the second year in a row, the conditions were a bit extreme for the Lighthouse Race.  Winds were constant low to mid 20's, the temperature actually felt like October, and the waves in the Bay were a bit big.  The course was 4 laps around Thomas Point Lighthouse and C mark.  The start and finish were in front of Pirate's Cove, with the start being to the South aiming for a turning mark the Fleet rounded before heading out into the River and Bay.  17 boats turned out for the start, but the conditions in the Bay turned out to be more than most wanted to deal with.  In the end 5 boats toughed it out to cross the finish.  All had tales to tell!

After the race Pirate's Cove opened up Big Mary's Dock Bar for the after-race party.  The atmosphere and food they provided was awesome, and just what the sailors needed after a hard day of taking what the Bay had to offer.  As tough as the conditions really were, the more the beer flowed the bigger the waves and wind became...

After the eats the trophies were presented, three deep for spin and non-spin classes, as well as one for overall corrected-time winner.  Here's how they lined up:

Spinnaker:

1st - Aric Euler, James Rawlins, Inter-20 #467

2nd - Don Seivert, Andy Herbick, Inter-20 #236

3rd - There wasn't any 3rd!

Non-Spinnaker:

1st - Chris Bolton, David Nees, Hobie-20 #742

2nd - Jeff LoSapio, Keith Chapman, NACRA-5.8 #942

3rd - Chris Allen, Tyler Lee, NACRA-6.0 North American #69

And the Overall Low-Portsmouth winner:  Chris Bolton, David Nees, Hobie-20 #742

Yes, you got that right, the 3rd place spinnaker trophy went un-awarded!  We're still thinking of a creative use for it.  Anyway, check out the full results to see how it really stacked up.  Special thanks to Chris Ford and Jodie Perkins for running the show!  And thanks to Pirate's Cove for the party!

Summer/Fall Series is Done!!!

It's hard to believe, but the Tuesday night racing is over for the year!  After 13 hard fought races and a tight battle for 1st marked by insanely consistent finishes, the Bay served up light conditions and Team Holmes triumphed!  Here's how the top spots ended up:

1st - Team Holmes (Roger Holmes, Nathan Berger, ARC-22)

2nd - Team Kaiser (Joe Kaiser, Ed Mills, Hobie-20)

3rd - Team Chapman (Keith Chapman, Bob Strang, Greg Kurtz, Hobie-18) 

Check out the results page for the full story!

So now the Frostbite series is starting, and the battle for overall honors for the year is a tie between Team Holmes and Team Chapman!  Huge, fast high-tech carbon fiber versus heavy, slow stone-age no-tech moisture soaked glass with too much resin!  How will it end?  Will a spoiler emerge to change things? Who will flinch?   Stay Tuned!  Or better yet, join the action or come on out and watch!  Tell Joe you're there to watch the catamarans!

News of the 2002 Sailing Season! - 10/15/02!

!!!! CRAC/WRCRA Lighthouse Race!!!!  October 19 !!!!  

Sailing instructions and information!!!

Come on out!  Registration is day-of-race!

Your favorite Fleet is teaming up with CRAC and Pirate'sCove to put on the Lighthouse Race from our humble little plot in Galesville.  Usually this race is run from Sandy Point, but this year our Tuesday night venue gets the nod.  Check out the CRAC website for the NOR.  Depending on the weather, we'll set the course around Thomas and Bloody Point lights, maybe with something else thrown in.  The Fleet will present trophies (those REALLY nice ones that Roger makes for the Fleet!) three deep for Spin and Non-Spin classes, as well as an overall  win-uh.  Scoring will be on Portsmouth Yardstick.  Party afterward for the racers at Big Mary's/Pirate's Cove!  If you can't race, come on out and watch!  Grab some rations from Pirates Cove.  This is going to be real cool! 

The Summer/Fall series is now almost done.  Roger and Joe are locked in mortal combat!  First place will come down to the last race, who will flinch?   Stay Tuned!  Or better yet, join the action or come on out and watch!  Tell Joe you're there to watch the catamarans!

So, what are you waiting for?  If you're a new or veteran cat sailor looking for action, you've found the right place.  We're laid back but competitive.  If you've been slogging about in monohulls, come on out and see what it's really like to sail fast!  

Hobie-Joe Kaiser on the West River!

Picture by Jodie Perkins

Team Tybee at the C-100!

Hobie-Joe is putting together a string of great finishes!  Not only that, as the picture illustrates, they're even looking good while doing it!  Team Kaiser is on fire - but can they overcome the dominant Team Holmes?  

 

News of the 2002 Sailing Season! - 9/30/02!

CRAC/WRCRA Lighthouse Race!!!!  October 19!!!!  Be there!

Your favorite Fleet is teaming up with CRAC and Pirate'sCove to put on the Lighthouse Race from our humble little plot in Galesville.  Usually this race is run from Sandy Point, but this year our Tuesday night venue gets the nod.  Check out the CRAC website for the NOR (we'll have it posted here soon too).  Depending on the weather, we'll set the course around Thomas and Bloody Point lights, maybe with something else thrown in.  The Fleet will present trophies (those REALLY nice ones that Roger makes for the Fleet!) three deep for Spin and Non-Spin classes, as well as an overall  win-uh.  Scoring will be on Portsmouth Yardstick.  Party afterward for the racers at Big Mary's/Pirate's Cove!  If you can't race, come on out and watch!  Grab some rations from Pirates Cove.  This is going to be real cool! 

And, in other news:

Seventeen boats!  We actually had a 17 boat night, and although it included a boat not regularly in the series, we still did it!  

WRCRA LABOR DAY--SMABOR DAY CAT CRUISE went off with a great day but dying winds.  Roger took the top spot, we'lll have results for that some day!

The Annapolis-Oxford race just took place, and despite the efforts of the organizing body to make it tough for beach cats to race, race they did under the CRAC banner.  It went like this - sure you can race, just race with the multihull class. The multihull class said sure, just make sure you have all the offshore equipment we have to carry!  Um, yeah, ok.  So, CRAC started the beach cats from Podickory Point.  Unfortunately turn out was low for the cats, but despite sailing through the NASS starting line a good 25 minutes after the legit start, Mark Schneider (crew Jeff LoSapio) got his Tornado to the finish ahead of ALL the other racers.  Yup, line honors, albeit unofficially.   And that was pretty much all upwind!  Way to go guys!

News of the 2002 Sailing Season! - 8/22/02!

Fifteen boats!  We actually had a 15 boat night, and although it included a boat not regularly in the series, we still did it!  Even better, with the numbers in the Fleet, we could actually bring 20 to the line!  The sailing has been great this year, and the Fleet has experienced a large growth spurt!  We're bringing 13 boats to the line on average, and while this doesn't seem like much in comparison to the mono fleets, last year we were averaging around 8!  

In addition to the swelling ranks, several teams are stepping up to the plate with improved performance!  Great stuff!  The Fleet also looks forward to hosting its first invitational race this October, stay tuned for details!

WRCRA LABOR DAY--SMABOR DAY CAT CRUISE! - The Fleet is gearing up to do a for-fun race on September 2, which is of course labor day.  This is going to be a mini distance race, probably around 25 miles.  Contact the Fleet if you're interested!

The Summer/Fall series is now well underway, with a couple of races scored.  Will the Fleet break the magic 15 again, and maybe field as many as 20?  How will the teams respond to the new level of competition ?  Stay Tuned!  Or better yet, join the action or come on out and watch!  Tell Joe you're there to watch the catamarans!

So, what are you waiting for?  If you're a new or veteran cat sailor looking for action, you've found the right place.  We're laid back but competitive.  If you've been slogging about in monohulls, come on out and see what it's really like to sail fast!  

Team Tybee after the Sunday start of the Chesapeake-100!

Picture by Selden Daniel

Team Tybee at the C-100!

What a great way to decorate a spinnaker!  This is Team Tybee Island at the beginning of the second leg of the Chesapeake-100.  After a sleigh-ride down the Bay on Saturday, the sailors found extremely light air on Sunday, and it stayed that way until the afternoon.  Still, it was a great year for the race, and the Fleet was well represented.  

As awesome as this picture is, it serves to remind me that as a country we are about to experience an anniversary.  And it is hard to imagine that a year has already passed.  In that year I suspect a lot of us have started to get the feeling of normalcy returning.  And there is a large sense of pride in how we have pulled together in ways that no one could have foreseen.  But the world remains a dangerous place, and for many life can be particularly cruel.  Let's use this occasion to remember and reflect.  Let's use this occasion to hope and strive for the return of respect and dignity for the peoples of the world.  Let's use this occasion to hope and pray that the leaders of the world, including our own, will have the wisdom to chart a proper course.    Above all, let's use this occasion to renew our pride and belief in our great Country.

 

News of the 2002 Sailing Season! - 8/6/02!

Well, gosh!  Mr. Website Maintainer Guy hasn't provided much in the way of updates for awhile!  What's up with that?  Sorrrry!

The Spring/Summer series is now in the books, and it was an awesome one for the Fleet!  We almost attained our magic 15 on the starting line, scoring 14 boats!  And now a low night is 13 boats!  What a difference a year makes.  The Fleet now has the capacity to put 18 or more boats on the line.

So how did the first series end up?  Well, there was a tight race for the trophy spots, and several close calls for other positions throughout the standings.  It was all going to come down to the final race!  Exciting!  Except the excitement turned out to be abandoning the race course to escape thunderstorms!  No race was scored, the series is over, and the scoring stands as it was after the previous race. 

Here's how it ended - 1st place - Team Chapman 28 pts, 2nd place - Team LoSapio 29 pts, 3rd place - Team Holmes 31 pts.  Close stuff!

The Summer/Fall series is now underway, with one race scored.  Will the Fleet break the magic 15?  Will the same tight races develop?  Stay Tuned!  Or better yet, join the action or come on out and watch!  Tell Joe you're there to watch the catamarans!

Last piece of business - We've got pictures of the season's sailing just itching to be posted!  Stay tuned, the new pics, a few new links, and maybe other tidbits will be coming your way!  Coming to a website near you!

News of the 2002 Sailing Season! - 5/10/02!

It's finally Spring, and catamaran races are popping up everywhere!  First and foremost, the Fleet started its Spring/Summer series on April 30.  Conditions so far have been pretty light. but that can only last so long, right?  Check out the Race Results to see what's going on each week!

Honestly, 2002 is shaping up to be even better than last year.  We've got a handful of new teams looking to join in - we may make the magic 15 this year!  We're looking at doing an open invite race this year as well, stay tuned for a NOR.  This is going to be a good one.   We're back into the throes of battle - 31 catamaran races, winner takes home the trophy you see below for a year.  Check out the schedule!

Also going on right now is the Worrell 1000!  This is an event that captures the attention of the cat-sailing world, and the Bay area has some connections to the action!  Teams Howard's Pub and Outer Banks called our spot home for training.  Teams Bay Wind I and II as well Caribbean/Cat Fever also have sailors or managers from the area cat-scene!  Check out the action and cheer for the home teams!

News of the 2002 Sailing Season! - 3/12/02!

Here would be the place where I would regale you with tales of thawing out from Winter's chill.  But, honestly, it never really got cold this Winter.  We're still wondering why, oh why, did we even put our boats away last Fall?  Well, the hand-wringing is over, it's almost time to go racing again!

In remembrance of the past sailing season, the Fleet gathered at the Fleet Reserve for the annual awards party on February 23.  We ate, drank, bragged, lied, and oh yeah, we gave out awards for the 2001 sailing season.  Check out the Race Results to see the details, but here's how the series trophies went:

Spring/Summer:  1st Place - Team Chapman,  2nd Place - Team Holmes,  3rd Place - Team Galloway

Summer/Fall:  1st Place - Team Chapman,  2nd Place - Team Homes,  3rd Place - Team Galloway

Frostbite:  1st Place - Team Holmes,  2nd Place - Team Chapman,  3rd Place - Team Ford

2001 All Series High Point:  Team Chapman

Greg, Keith, Bob

Team Chapman - AKA Geriatric Blue Hobie (GBH), Greg, Keith, and Bob

Yes, Team GBH pulled off a great year, proving that old, heavy, blue plastic boats can still haul patootie.  Awesome job guys!  Even though the Hobie-18 was only one year past being old enough to drink, her crew showed that, well, they've been old enough to drink for a long time and frequently do.  The picture above is rare because they are actually standing.  Somebody beat these guys this year!  Not that they'll make it easy...

Thanks to all for making the 2001 season one of the best the Fleet has ever had!  And special thanks to Selden and his family for making us welcome in their home (our Fleet Reserve) once again!  Thanks also to Selden for performing committee duties for the year!  You are the Man!

But enough about the Past.  How about the Future you ask?  Honestly, 2002 is shaping up to be even better than last year.  We've got a handful of new teams looking to join in - we may make the magic 15 this year!  We're looking at doing an open invite race this year as well, stay tuned for a NOR.  This is going to be a good one.  Sometime in the middle of next month we'll have our pre-season skipper's meeting to iron out some plans for the year, and then we're back into the throes of battle - 31 catamaran races, winner takes home the trophy you see above for a year.  Check out the preliminary schedule!

So, what are you waiting for?  If you're a new or veteran cat sailor looking for action, you've found the right place.  We're laid back but competitive.  If you've been slogging about in monohulls, come on out and see what it's like to sail fast!  We'll gladly dispel the two biggest cat-myths for you: 1) cats can only capsize 2) you can't sail upwind in a cat (hee hee, always like that one).

News of the 2002 Sailing Season! - 1/9/02!

But first, a little news of the tail-end of the 2001 season:  The Fleet pulled off one more race!  Initially planned for the weekend of Thanksgiving, we got it off the following weekend, the first in December!  This was a one-shot race with money pay-outs for the first spots, with a winner-take-all clause if the first place boat corrected five minutes ahead of the second place boat.  Initially dubbed the WRCRA Turkey Day on the Bay, I'll now call it the Turkey Buzzard Buzzard Holiday Race, after the Flying Fleet mascots that have descended upon the WRCRA and apparently love to perch on catamarans!  It was Team Holmes, Team Chapman, and Team Lefur in the money spots, and Team Holmes was thwarted in their bid for the 5 minute cash-out!  Check out the Race Results to see the details!

One more thing, check out the Photo Gallery for pics of WRCRA sailors at the 2001 New England-100!

Now, on to the New Year!  The WRCRA 2001 Awards Party is scheduled for Febuary 23!  Be there!  For info, contact us and stay tuned for more info!

Now, some in the Fleet are making the claim that they are ready to resume sailing right now.  So, we just might...

 

News of the 2001 Sailing Season! - 11/26/01!

We're full of turkey and the 2001 Frostbite series is in the books!!  After a hard fought battle, the top spots were settled as follows:  1st - Team Holmes, 2nd - Team Chapman, 3rd - Team Ford!  Sadly, the Fleet is done with series racing for 2001.  Sniff.  But hey!  There's next year!  I'm looking forward to it...

This years Frostbite offered up some truly great sailing!  We had warm temps, decent wind, and some great battles.  We also had awesome turnout! 

For more views of this year's frostbite, check out the Photo Gallery!  Check out the Race Results to see the details!

What's next?  Well, there are some in the Fleet who want to continue sailing through the Winter.  Maybe we'll do that, stay tuned.  What we do know is that in February we'll have the WRCRA 2001 Season Awards Party!  Don't miss it!

Now here's an idea - start planning now to come out and join in the fun next Spring!  You say you'd love to, but you need crew?  We've got a crew list of folks just aching to sail, so that's no excuse!  Don't have a boat?  We can probably help with that too.  New to sailing or catamarans?  You came to the right place my friend!  So, if you're interested, contact us now, come to the party, and get set for some real sailing!

And the Fleet wishes everyone - 

*** Happy and Safe Holidays! ***

Enjoy family and friends, remember those in harm's way, remember the true meaning of your season, and peace be with you!

News of the 2001 Sailing Season! - 10/30/01!

The 2001 Summer/Fall series is in the books!!  After a hard fought battle, the top spots were settled as follows:  1st - Team Chapman, 2nd - Team Holmes, 3rd - Team Galloway.  Deja vu!

The warm weather is mostly gone now, so it's time to... keep on sailing!  Frostbite started this past weekend, and the Chesapeake rewarded us with gusty winds and cool air.  Check it out:

Woger Weally Wonkin'!

That's Fleet Commodore Roger on his ARC-22 with faithful crew Nathan moving along on a beam reach in the first Frostbite of 2001 - an indicated 23 mph as clocked by Fleet Treasurer Selden's powerboat (by GPS).  Who would want to sail at 6-9 mph after doing this?  Come on out and join in the fun!  What else are you going to do, rake leaves?

News of the 2001 Sailing Season! - 8/8/01!

The 2001 Spring/Summer series is in the books!!  After a hard fought battle, the top spots were settled as follows:  1st - Team Chapman, 2nd - Team Holmes, 3rd - Team Galloway.  Now we're into the Summer/Fall series, and it's starting out great!  We now have twelve active boats on the roster!  Of course, we're always looking for more people to share our fun with, so come on out!  It's early in the series! 

Check out the Race Results continually to see who's kicking it!  And here's and idea - come out and join in the fun!  You say you'd love to, but you need crew?  We've got a crew list of folks just aching to sail, so that's no excuse!  

News of the 2001 Sailing Season! - 7/18/01!

The 2001 Spring/Summer series is drawing to a close!  The Fleet has had awesome turn-out for the racing this year, and there's a good battle shaping up for the trophies!  Recently the Fleet shared the race course with the keel boats from the Wednesday night racing.  The Galesville Harbor was full of sails!  We'll have to repeat that event more often.  Look out for Team Pumpkin moving up to a Supercat-20, and there may be a new NACRA-5.8 coming in!  That will make four 5.8s - maybe we'll go one-design yet! Check out the Race Results continually to see who's kicking it!  And here's and idea - come out and join in the fun!  

The Spring/Summer series is all but done!  But wait!  There's more!  The Summer/Fall series starts on July 31!  That means the timing is perfect for you to join in!  Drag out that cat and bring it to Galesville! You say you'd love to, but you need crew?  We've got a crew list of folks just aching to sail, so that's no excuse! 

News of the 2001 Sailing Season! - 5/18/01!

!!!! We're Racing Again !!!!

First, apologies!  The site has been oddly silent.  That's because we're out racing again!  Oooh-Yah! Each week another race is in the books, and so far it's been great!  We've actually had a good bit of wind, hopefully it continues!  Check out the Race Results continually to see who's kicking it!  And here's and idea - come out and join in the fun!  

Spring is here and WRCRA sailor's thoughts turn to those of (censored) and catamaran racing!  The 2001 season is shaping up to be a good one.  Be a part of the fun!  

News of the 2001 Sailing Season! - 4/24/01!

!!!! Racing starts on Tuesday May 1, with first gun at 6:00pm !!!!

Well now!  It's time to go racing!  The Skipper's meeting has taken place, and it's time to dust off that trap harness and get yourself and your winter-neglected catamaran down to Galesville and experience real sailing!  Not the kind where you drag around thousands of pounds of ballast heeling over going slow and spilling your drinks!  I'm talking about the kind where you fly a hull and sizzle past the Standstill-30s on your way to cat-racing glory at windspeed!  Ok, ok, we get a little carried away.  But why not?  Spring is here and WRCRA sailor's thoughts turn to those of (censored) and catamaran racing!  The 2001 season is shaping up to be a good one.  Be a part of the fun!  

News of the 2001 Sailing Season! - 3/21/01!

Hey!  Spring has sprung!  Woohoo!  But, more importantly, the Fleet recently gathered to pay homage to the 2000 sailing season.  As always, the celebration was one to remember!  Teams were awarded the coveted hand-crafted-by-Roger trophies three-deep for each series.  High-point winner got listed on the trophy displayed at the Reserve as well as rights to display the Fleet's High-Point Perpetual trophy at home for the year!  Thanks to all those who made it happen!  Check out the pictures!

Who Won?

Team Holmes - High-point, Summer/Fall - 1st, Frostbite - 2nd

Team Galloway - Spring/Summer - 1st, Summer/Fall - 3rd

Team Stadt - Spring/Summer - 2nd

Team Chapman - Spring/Summer - 3rd, Summer/Fall - 2nd

Team Ford - Frostbite - 1st

Team Obst - Frostbite - 3rd

Selden Daniel - WRCRA Compass Award for outstanding service to the Fleet!  Thanks Sel!

So now we're thawing out and getting ready for Spring!   The CRAC Icebreaker is just around the corner, what a great way to tune up!  And right after that the WRCRA Spring/Summer season starts up again!  We've got some prospects for new sailors, anybody else out there want to join in?

The 2001 season is coming up, and it should be a good one!  Get your boats ready and join us in the Spring!  

 

News of the 2001 Sailing Season! - 2/15/01!

NewsFlash! - The WRCRA 2000 Season Awards Party is scheduled for 7:30 on February 24 at the WRCRA Fleet Reserve.  Come hear tales of the cats!  Eat, drink, and witness the distribution of the hard-fought-over trophies!  Contact Roger or Keith if you need info.  Be There!

It's been cold!  Just ask the folks on the Bay who get us our oysters!  Brrrr...

What's going on?  Club Med has gone 655 nm in 24 hours!  Innovation Explorer is not too far behind!  Team Adventure is broken again!  We're thawing out and getting ready for Spring!   The CRAC Icebreaker is just around the corner!  And right after that the WRCRA Spring/Summer season starts up again!

The 2000 season was yet another fun one!  In addition to getting a lot of good racing in on the West River, Fleet members got around a bit.  They helped out with U.S. Sailing's Fast and Fun program at he West River Sailing Club.  They also made appearances at the Chesapeake 100, Down the Bay, Lighthouse Race, and Seacret's Cup.  The Fleet lost a few members to other parts of the Country and commitments, but we also picked up some enthusiastic new sailors to keep the Fleet growing!  Welcome to the new folks!  The 2001 season is coming up, and it should be a good one!

Get your boats ready and join us in the Spring!  

News of the 2000 Sailing Season! - 12/17/00!

******* Happy Holidays!! *******

News! News! - It's here!!!!!  We now have our own domain at www.wrcra.org!  Try it!  Tell a friend!

The boats for The Race finally got their weather pattern and are heading for Barcellona for the start! Playstation was recently launched with her new bows, and Team Adventure and Code 1 also got their feet wet.  Unfortunately, Team Philips, recently launched after having her masts repaired, has now been abandoned in the North Atlantic after meeting a series of nasty storms during qualifications for The Race.  The best of luck to Goss and his crew, and may Team Philips live to sail and race again.

Also sad is the fact that the WRCRA is done racing for the millennium.  That's right folks, Frostbite is done!  We had a bit of everything, but unfortunately the last scheduled day ended up being a bit colder than most wanted to deal with.  But, before we know it, the first May of a new millennium  will be upon us and we'll be back at it!  For those of you that missed it, get your boats ready and join us in next Spring!  Check out the Racing Results for the final scores!

News of the 2000 Sailing Season! - 11/7/00!

News! News! - It's here!!!!!  We now have our own domain at www.wrcra.org!  Try it!  Tell a friend!

The Frostbite is now under way!  For those of you that missed it, the conditions were classic Frostbite - temps in the 50's, winds gusting in the 20's!  Yeehaw!  Check out the Racing Results for info on the action!

Want to join in?  Contact the Fleet and be there!  Series runs through November!  Hey, it's the Chesapeake!  It might be warm, it might be cold, it might rain, it might snow, but at least you'll be racing!  Besides, your co-workers need a new reason to call you a crazy person behind your back, don't they?  Be there!

NOTE: Before the site moved and Kap'n K's computer lost the battle with the dark forces, Bryan Burke had posted a message on the Forum, which we all know is toast.  I had meant to grab Bryan's email address, but it got lost.  Bryan and Dawne, where are you?  Send me an email, I'll add you to the mailing list so you'll know what you're missing!  Please don't make us put your pics on a milk carton...

News of the 2000 Sailing Season! - 11/1/00!

The Bay has settled pretty heavily into the Fall season!  Leaves and temperatures are falling, and the trick-or-treating is done!  Playstation is still getting new bow extensions, Team Philips is still being fixed, Code 1 just got launched, and the Summer/Fall series is done!  Once again, ties for position dominated the results!  Check out the Racing Results for the final order to the Summer/Fall racing!

Now, we can all be sad that the summer racing is done.  But wait!  There's more!  Yes, that's right, the WRCRA Frostbite is just about to start!  Want to join in?  Contact the Fleet and be there!  Series starts 11/5/00!  Hey, it's the Chesapeake!  It might be warm, it might be cold, it might rain, it might snow, but at least you'll be racing!  Besides, your co-workers need a new reason to call you a crazy person behind your back, don't they?  Be there!

News of the 2000 Sailing Season! - 10/22/00!

News! News! - Well!  Playstation is getting new bow extensions, Team Philips is being fixed, Club Med just got re-launched, Kap'n K took 3rd in the CRAC Lighthouse Race, and the Summer/Fall series is coming to an end!  It looks like Commodore Roger has a lock on 1st, but 2nd and 3rd are up for grabs between Kap'n K and Jim with only one point between them!  One race to go!  I'm excited, how about you?  Keep checking the Racing Results for the climactic climax to the summer racing!

Now, we can all be sad that the summer racing is done.  But wait!  There's more!  Yes, that's right, the WRCRA Frostbite is just about to start!  Want to join in?  Contact the Fleet and be there!  Series starts 11/5/00!  Hey, it's the Chesapeake!  It might be warm, it might be cold, it might rain, it might snow, but at least you'll be racing!  Besides, your co-workers need a new reason to call you a crazy person behind your back, don't they?  Be there!

News of the 2000 Sailing Season! - 10/10/00!

It's been awhile since we've done this!  Sorry!  Playstation made another nice attempt at the Trans-Atlantic record and fell short again, Team Philips had a bow fall off got fixed got re-launched and just had a mast bearing fail, not to be outdone Club Med had a bow fall off, the U.S. bested the Aussies in the 49er class with a bronze (the U.S. also grabbed silver in both the men's and women's 420 and got gold in the Star), the Down The Bay was completed, the Annapolis Sailboat Show has come and gone, and the Fleet is almost done with another summer's worth of sailing.  Usually this would be the place to say:  As always, keep checking the Racing Results  For the latest updates!  But, honestly, they're a bit out of date right now.  Keep checking back, we'll have 'em!

Roger and Jim ran Roger's SC-22 in the Down the Bay, and put in a good showing.  Once again, the night before the race, some violent storms went through the area.  Fortunately, there was no repeat of the Chesapeake 100.  The boys had a quite a ride as conditions the first day bordered on survival levels.  Ask Roger or Jim when you get a chance to hear the gory details!

News of the 2000 Sailing Season! - 6/6/00!

News! News! - The Worrell has finished, Playstation made a nice Trans-Atlantic record attempt (didn't quite do it though), Club Med (another maxi-cat for The Race) was launched and is already posting 35 kt speeds, the Chesapeake 100 (check the CRAC site!) has been run despite boats getting smashed on the beach by storms the night before the start, and the Fleet has been enjoying race nights featuring some pretty good winds!  The action has been hot and heavy with thrills, spills, and great racing!  As always, keep checking the Racing Results  For the latest updates!

Captain Jim was there on the beach in the Carolinas when Worrell team PYacht dismasted.  He got to see them come ashore and gave them a hand getting squared away.  Fleet members to the rescue!

The night before the start of the Chesapeake 100, what is guessed as being a micro-burst hit Sandy Point, tossing about the rigged boats and doing a fair bit of damage.  Commodore Roger's recently acquired SC-22 was one of the victims, although the damage was not severe and they were able to race, getting a late start on Saturday.  Others were not so lucky!

That same night Kap'n Keith and Jackie got married.  Is there a connection?  Did the extreme over-flowing joy from the epic marriage produce calamity with the weather-gods?  Or is it mere coincidence?  You be the judge...  Anyway, that's the poor excuse I'll give for not keeping the site up to date (been busy).  It'll be at least a week before the next update, we're going to Virgin Gorda...

Racing News - The 2000 WRCRA season is now underway!  The season started with fair winds and a good turn-out!  As always, keep checking the Racing Results  For the latest updates!  Yee-Haw!  Come on out and sail!  Come on out and watch!  Just come on out!

Skippers' Meeting - We had the preliminary skippers' meeting on 4/24!  The few in attendance registered their thoughts, stay tuned for notes and instructions from the commodore!

1999 Awards Party - Fleet members recently gathered to share memories of last year and get stoked for the new season.  The Awards Party was once again a great time!  Thanks to the Daniels for use of the Fleet Reserve, thanks to Roger for the awesome trophies, thanks to the Fleet members for making it a season worth immortalizing with a great party!  Check out the Photo Galleries!    The trophies went as follows:

Spring/Summer - 1st: Team Chapman,  2nd: Team Cosgrove,  3rd: Team Holmes
Summer/Fall - 1st: Team Cosgrove,   2nd: Team Broglie,  3rd: Team Holmes
Frostbite - 1st: Team Cosgrove,  2nd: Team Holmes,  3rd:  Team Stadt

And, once again, the overall series trophy went to Team Cosgrove!  Congrats guys!

Updated Spring Fever 2000 -4/2/00!

Local update: The 1999 Awards Party is Saturday, April 8 at the Fleet Reserve!   Check in if you need info!  Be there, or be a monoslug sailor!  (Don't take offense, some of us sail those things too...)

Cool news: Our very own Pat Stadt is learning what it's like to compete for the right to represent our Country at the Olympics!  Check out his reports

Sad news: Bryan and Dawn Burke, esteemed NACRA 5.8 drivers, are hoofing it to Colorado in search of greater fortune.  They may even be gone by the time the party rolls around!  Bryan and Dawn - We'll miss you being here, it's been great sailing with you, it's been great for us to call you friends - good luck in all you do!  Also, keep us informed about the ski conditions...

Musical boats:  Currently frustrated in his attempt to locate a NACRA 6.0 to his liking, Pete will skipper the newly available Burke NACRA 5.8.  Should be interesting to seem him race against his old 5.8NA which will be piloted by John...

Updated around the world update: Team New Zealand kicked some major bootie once again, Play Station set a new record to Bermuda (Steve Fossett then hopped into his airplane and set the around the world record for medium aircraft), Team Philips (120' double-rigged wave piercing maxi-cat for The Race) was launched and named by the Queen - then broke up in sea trials, and the Chesapeake Bay has thawed!  The Fleet looks forward to the new season, but first things first - we still haven't had our awards party due to renovations at the Fleet Reserve.  Mark off April 8 on your calenders, we'll party 'till the cats come home!  As Joe says - "Love Ya Babe!"

Winter Report!

What's new with the Fleet you ask?  Well, for one, the awards party is coming up - the March 4 date has been postponed - stay tuned for more info!  Other news includes the addition of a carbon SC-22 to the Fleet, Roger is the proud papa.  Pete sold his NACRA 5.8 to John, and will be looking for a newer, bigger, ride for the year.  Bobby may be tired of crewing and might field his own team this year.  Last year we had the best turn-outs the Fleet has seen for awhile, and we all look to continue the trend this year!

Frostbite is Over!

The frostbite is done!  We never got much in the way of true Frostbite conditions (except race #2), but we still had fun!  And, for the third series in a row, there was a tie in the trophy spots! Check the Racing Results for details on all series!  Now that all three series are complete, the WRCRA sailors face the wintery conditions of the Bay with no Fleet sailing until next May.  How sad.  But the Awards Party is coming up!  Stay tuned!  Keep checking this site, we'll post some new pictures and maybe add a story or two, as well as relaying news of upcoming schedules and such!  Are you a Bay cat sailor?  Check us out for next year's action!    Remember, the Fleet is always looking for new participants, for sailing and committee help. If you're new to the game, we'll help you get started!  Join up with the Fleet for the hull flying, speed sailing action in Galesville! 

Notes From the Fleet Meeting!

The usual civilized and orderly discussions closed with everyone looking forward to hitting the water. Big news: we have decided to change names. The "working" name is the West River Catamaran Racing Club (WRCRC). Stay tuned! We also decided to become a Sister Fleet of IRCA. Pepper Powers leaves crewing on Keith Chapman's Hobie-18 to become Skipper of a Prindle-18 with Bobby Marshall as crew. Look out!

Awards Banquet/Party for the 1998 Season!

Once again, the Fleet Awards Party was a great success. Great friends, great food, great drink, and lots of great boat-talk! Many thanks to Selden Daniel and family for hosting the event! The trophies went as follows:
Spring/Summer : 1st - Team Cosgrove, 2nd - Team Holmes, 3rd - Team Chapman
Summer/Fall : 1st - Team Cosgrove, 2nd - Team Galloway, 3rd - Team Chapman
Frostbite : 1st - Team Cosgrove, 2nd - Team Chapman, 3rd - Team Stadt 
High-Point : Team Cosgrove