Sailing Forecast for 2013
The Sail Fleet of the Mount Vernon Yacht Club promotes safe boating, the sport of sailing, and camaraderie among members of the Mount Vernon Yacht Club through its activities of organized club racing, inter-club racing, raft ups, promotion of Safety Day in coordination with the Power Fleet, and other club activities. While the weather is generally fair, at times, the mighty Potomac can be dicey, but most years the Potomac serves up glorious days on the water especially during the Spring and Fall months when most sailing activities are scheduled.
This year Mount Vernon Yacht Club Sail Fleet has 12 races planned including the Spring Race Series (6 races), the Fall Race Series (6 races), the Craney Island Race (night race), and the Leary Memorial Single Handed Race. MVYC club racing is geared towards casual sailboat racing and is great for sailors of all abilities. This is a great opportunity for beginners to learn about racing and improve their skills. Safety, fun, and camaraderie are the guiding principles while we enjoy improving our sailing skills and competing. The season starts with the first race of the Spring Race Series May 19. MVYC member sailors without boats who are interested in crewing can contact the Sail Fleet Captain. MVYC sailors seeking more competitive sailing, can also travel up and down river to participate in racing events hosted by other Potomac River sailing clubs (including Daingerfield Island Sailing Club and Quantico Yacht Club) as well as racing on the Chesapeake Bay. Favorite Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay sailing events include the Leukemia Cup Regatta (hosted by DISC) and the Master of the Potomac long distance race (hosted by Quantico), both in the Fall, and the Screwpile Challenge Regatta at Solomon’s Island in July.
The sailing schedule isn’t complete without the perennial favorites: the Craney Island Race and the Leary Single Handed Race. The Craney Island Race is a fun event starting in the evening as the sun sets with a course the takes sailors from Dogue Creek around Craney Island and back. The Leary Memorial Single Handed Race brings out the competitive juices and challenges the skills of skippers who compete without crew to help them perform the various often simultaneous tasks necessary to keep their sailboats moving efficiently around the race course.
It looks like another great racing season at MVYC. Hope to see you out there.
Sail Fleet Committee Chair: Greg Rehe.
Members of the Sail Fleet Committee:
- Borden, Doug
- Gibson, Ed
- Learry III, John
- Rehe, Gregory
- Castor, Joseph
- Campbell, Barbara
- Campbell, McKie
- Richmond, David
2013 Sailing Schedule
(Tides at Marshall Hall, H=High, L=Low; times in 24 hour clock)
- May 5 Commissioning Day – Decorate your Boat!
- May 12 Mother’s Day
- May 19 MVYC Spring Series Race 1
- May 26 MVYC Spring Series Race 2
- May 27 Memorial Day Weekend – raft ups, Fun Race
- June 2 Spring Series Race 3 (Series Races 3,4)
- June 9 Series Race 4
- June 16 Spring Series Race 5 (Father’s Day – Racing!)
- June 23 Spring Series Race 6
- June 23 MVYC Spring Series Race 6
- TBD Craney Island Race 1
- Sept 1 Labor Day Weekend
- Sept 2 Labor Day
- Sept 8 Fall Series Race 1
- Sept 15 Fall Series Race 2
- Sept 22 Fall Series Race 3
- Sept 29 Fall Series Race 4
- Oct 5 Leary Memorial Single Handed Race
- Oct 6 Leary Memorial Race Alternative Date
- Oct 7 Columbus Day
- Oct 13 Fall Series Race 5
- Oct 20 Fall Series Race 6
- Oct 27 Fall Series Race Make Up Race
- Nov 3 Sailing
- Nov 10 Sailing
- Nov 17 Sailing