Corsica Currents, July 2021
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Corsica Currents - July 2021

Events next weekend - hope you can participate!

  • Friday, July 23 at 6pm - Potluck Dinner
  • Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25 - Regatta Racing
  • Saturday, July 24 at 6pm - Eastern Shore Dinner
Note - please register for the regatta or to purchase your Saturday night dinner through the website. If you are purchasing the meal only, you'll be charged a $1 registration fee by the Regatta Network and $25 per meal. The ordering process is a little convoluted, so if you can't make it work for you, email for help.

Please purchase your Saturday dinner tickets no later than Wednesday, July 21, at noon.

>From the Commodore

Summer is here and it’s time to come out to Ship Point to join in the fun. The sailing school is full of students sailing in Opti’s and 420’s. About 70 junior sailors participated in the CRYC Junior Regatta, racing in Opti’s, 420’s, and lasers. Twenty-five Green Fleet racers experienced their first regatta at Ship Point. Thanks to all who volunteered with registration, race committee, t-shirt sales, and lunch distribution. All these volunteers contributed to a safe, fun, and successful Junior Regatta. CRYC has 2 green fleet sailors, and we hope to see more of our junior sailors out on the racecourse. Pinke – the opti is race ready and waiting for a junior sailor.

Right on the heels of the Junior Regatta, CRYC hosted, along with the Chester River Yacht and Country Club, the Chester River Log Canoe Races with 7 log canoes participating. The log canoes completed 3 races in perfect breeze. Log Canoes will race on the Chester again this weekend at the Rock Hall Regatta.

Registrations are coming fast for our Annual Regatta on July 24 AND 25TH. Come out and watch the races, then enjoy an Eastern Shore Dinner on Saturday night.

I look forward to seeing everyone at Ship Point soon!

Gail Owings
Commodore, CRYC

>Annual Regatta

All hands on deck. Our Annual Regatta is quickly approaching. An always fun event, classic (comets, penguins, albacores, catboats, windmills) as well as newer classes such as the A Cats compete in two days of racing punctuated by the popular Regatta Eastern Shore Dinner of chicken and fixings.

We need your help to make this regatta a success.

On Water Volunteers are needed for race committee – mark boats, recorders, scorers, and flag operators are needed. We will have three courses – and need at least 2 boats and 5 volunteers per course. Thanks to Fitz Turner, Joe Della Barber, and John Foster who have volunteered to act as PRO for the course. No experience is necessary – we have cheat sheets and will train.

On Shore volunteers
Saturday morning registration – 3 volunteers
Crane volunteer
Tee-shirt and beer ticket sales – 1 volunteer Sat. morning, after the races both Saturday and Sunday
Beer truck monitors: Saturday evening
Friday Tent and Table Setup – many strong hands needed

Friday Night Potluck dinner – 6 PM

Please email to put your name on the volunteer list!

>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

>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.

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.

>Upcoming Events

Tentative calendar for the rest of the season is available here

Up next...

July 24 & 25: Annual CRYC Regatta

August 6: Fathom Club - Bring Your Own Social @ Ship Point
August 12 : Stargazing - Perseid Meteor Shower

September 3: Fathom Club - Bring Your Own Social @ Ship Point and Delmarva Stargazing (rain/cloudy date is Sept. 4)
September 11: Fall Series Race 1
September 12: Corsica River Day
September 18: Fall Series Race 2 and Penguin Internationals
September 19: Penguin Internationals
September 25: Fall Series Race 3

>How to Contact the CRYC Board

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