Wednesday, June 5, 2013

RRYC Launches The Typhoon Virginia Invitational, June 22nd.

Photo by Lew Thatcher

Rappahannock River Yacht Club’s First Typhoon Virginia Invitational launches June 22nd. 
The Rappahannock River Yacht Club is looking for Typhoon racers from across Virginia interested in competing in its new Typhoon Virginia Invitational, June 22nd. This new Regatta gives sailors who enjoy competing in these classic boats, more opportunity to test their skills against others before the Typhoon Nationals, September 27th-29th. Three to four races are planned, dependent on the weather. Trophies will be awarded to the top three boats.

The action starts at the Rappahannock River Yacht Club at 11:30AM with the Skipper’s Meeting. A cookout dinner and awards will be held on the porch after the races that evening beginning at 5:30PM. There’s no registration fee and the cost of dinner is just $10 per person. Information on registration and the Notice of Race and the sailing instructions are posted at

To add to the fun, the Invitational’s dinner and awards ceremony will be combined with the dinner and award ceremony concluding the area’s 2013 Spring Series Typhoon Racing Season. “This will provide for a lot of fun as the 60 plus folks involved with our Spring Series racing group are used to getting together after each week’s races to compare stories, laughs, and great food.” Said RRYC’s Typhoon Social Director, Kinnet Ehring.

Winners of the Spring Series will receive separate trophies honoring its top sailors.

Last year’s 2012 Typhoon Sailor of the Year, Frank Birdsall, is a likely contender in this year’s
Typhoon Virginia Invitational since points for placing in it count towards the area’s 2013 Typhoon Racer of the Year Award. “As any Typhoon racer knows, Frank is one of the toughest racers to beat in the region,” said Chuck Carmichael. “Ron and Brett Milhills, two-time winners of the Typhoon Nationals, will be out competing.” Chuck, this year’s Typhoon Fleet Commander and Director of RRYC’s Typhoon Virginia Invitational, noted that, “We’re lucky to be blessed with an abundance of wonderful sailors in the area and anxious to meet other good Typhoon sailors from the across the state.”

Racers can access the NOR and registration information online. For more information, please contact Chuck Carmichael at Additionally, registration paperwork will be available the morning of the Invitational at the RRYC Clubhouse and can be turned before the Skippers’ Meeting at 11:30AM.