Corsica Currents, April 2021
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Corsica Currents - April 2021

>From the Commodore
Gail Owings

Spring is here and it's time to come out to Ship Point to celebrate a new season full of activities. After last year's hiatus, your Board is planning a full season of safe and fun activities. Sailing and water sports begin with the opening of the Spring Series on Saturday April 24, 2021. If you need crew or want to crew, lets us know at

While we are off and running with building and grounds projects, regatta and social planning, I have been working with the YMCA to resume sailing classes this year and as of this newsletter the MOU between the YMCA and CRYC is finalized and ready for signatures. Even better, the YMCA has gone live with their camp registration and published their 2021 Summer Camp Guide, which includes sailing, pee-wee sailing, and Bay studies  at the CRYC venue. Overall, I’m truly very excited about this partnership and eager to see it succeed. I encourage all of the CRYC members to reach out to friends and family to register for the camps at CRYC. More details in the Junior Sailing Committee section of this newsletter.

This fall, CRYC will host two major regattas – the Comet North Americans and Penguin Internationals. Let’s dust off our comets and penguins and get ready for some fun racing. More details on these and other races in the fleet section of the this newsletter.

I look forward to seeing everyone at Ship Point soon!

Gail Owings
Commodore, CRYC

>Opening Work Party - April 17, 9 a.m.

We had a great volunteer turnout for the opening work party. Thank you to everyone who came out to help. A lot of vegetation was cleaned up and boat and race committee items were moved into the new shed. It was a good start to reopening and preparing for an active sailing season.

Thanks again to all who helped,

The Grounds Crew

Our goal for the Spring is to gain accountability for the clubs assets and ensure that they are maintained. Additionally we will attempt to get a handle on member assets that are stored on club grounds. It appears that many of the boats and trailers are either abandoned or neglected.This has become a safety issue for the grass cutting crew who must move boats in order to cut the grass and a health issue for the members writ- large as many of these unattended boats have become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. If your boat or trailer is not in good working condition it needs to be attended to. 

>Opening Day - May 2, 3 p.m.

We shall assemble on May 2, 2021 to officially place the club into commission for the 2021 season. We'll begin with a short commissioning ceremony, a time honored tradition which celebrates the opening of the new sailing season. We will proceed to the Blessing of the Fleet  and the semiannual meeting followed by a social gathering with food provided from food truck (hopefully, Bay Shore Steam Pot).  Please RSVP to so we can coordinate food and drinks.

All members, families and their guests are invited to gather at the flagpole for the Commissioning Ceremony. Nautical attire is welcome.

Board members will discuss progress to date and lay out upcoming events and projects across the season. As always we will address questions and take constructive input.
Make this your first great event at the Club this season.


As of our last board meeting, 56 members had paid their dues for 2021 - Thank you! Those who haven't paid yet, please pay by the end of April in order to be included in the directory.

The gate combination will be changed in April, so if you haven't paid your dues you won't be able to drive onto the property. The new gate combination will be sent along with your 2021 membership card.

Dues may either be paid on the CRYC website or via postal mail:

P.O. Box 24
Centreville, Maryland 21617

Annual dues for renewing members are $250. Add $25 for each boat storage rack slot assigned to you. If you renew online, a service fee of $10 is charged.

>Junior Sailing

The Corsica River Yacht Club is excited to partner with the YMCA of the Chesapeake to deliver Sailing and Bay Studies Camps. These camps are offered to ages 5-12 years for Pee-Wee Sailing, Beginner Sailing and Advanced Sailing! Campers are transported by boat from the Gunston School to the Corsica River Sailing Center at Ship Point, about a 5-minute boat ride. Pickup and drop off is at the Gunston School. Campers need to bring a bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, lunch, snacks, and a refillable water bottle. Does your camper love the water?
Sailing Class registration link  Program Search ( or from the Club website at

The CRYC Junior Regatta is scheduled for June 29 and 30, 2021.  We will needs all hands on deck.

>Fleet News

We encourage all sailors to join CBYRA. CRYC can receive funds from CBYRA to support our efforts in hosting regattas and for fleet support. Members choosing the comet as their fleet will help CRYC receive fleet development funds.

Spring Series

The Spring series is fast approaching. Comets, lasers, and other fleets are welcome to race. Other boats may join in the fun but will need beer can scoring. The Spring Series begins on Saturday April 24, and continues May 8th, 15th, and 22nd.

Penguin Internationals - September 18 and 19, 2021

The Penguin is an 11-foot cat-rigged sailing dinghy designed in 1938 by Philip Rhodes. The design experienced a surge in popularity after an article with construction plans was published in Yachting Magazine in 1940. The boat was originally designed to be easily built by an amateur at home out of plywood. Penguins are available in wood and fiberglass today.

Comet North Americans - October 9 and 10, 2021

The Comet was designed by C. Lowndes Johnson as a trailerable version of the Star. The design combines a 16 foot hard chine planing hull with a classic sloop rig with a distinctively large mainsail. The result is a boat that can plane downwind and on a reach in just 10 to 12 knots of wind, yet remain stable upwind.

Her light weight (260-295 lbs.), generous sail area (140 sq. ft.) and semi-flat bottom, make her easily driven to weather and can be planned off the wind in breezes of only 10 to 12 knots. The boat carries a crew of two for racing, making it ideal for husband and wife or parent and child teams, The boat is easily trailered, rigged and launched. Even more importantly, the Comet is one of the most affordable one-designs in its class.

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