CBYRA and/or US Sailing membership may be required to receive a discounted entry fee for some regattas.
BBG? CRAB? What Does it All Mean?
It means big fun, that's what. Sailors, whether you cruise or race, sail one-design or PHRF, register to race in the annual Boatyard Bar & Grill Regatta to Benefit CRAB on Saturday, August 20.
This fun race is unique in several ways. First, it's a pursuit-start event, which means that everyone's handicap is essentially applied before the start. So the slowest boats start first, the fastest boats start last, and whoever crosses the finish line first, wins.
More importantly, it's a great way to support our friends at CRAB (Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating) and their mission to share the joys of sailing with physically and developmentally disabled individuals and their families, regardless of financial circumstances. The race also affords sailors a chance to compete in the specially equipped CRAB Freedom 20s, in their own division and against the rest of the fleet.
Racers can compete in spinnaker or non-spinnaker divisions, and even in a number of one-design subdivisions. North Sails will award trophies to participants in the one-design division with the largest number of entries; so far there are classes for Alerion 28s, Cal 25s, and J/70s, plus Harbor 20 in both singlehanded and full crew divisions.
Racing, around government marks on a pre-determined course, is followed by a great party at EYC with live music and food and drink provided by sponsors including the Boatyard Bar & Grill, Mount Gay Rum, and Heineken. Other sponsors include EYC and SpinSheet.
Don't want to race? Come to the party anyway! Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the gate. (Advance tickets are only available from CRAB, not at EYC. Call 410-266-5722.)
Fawcett/EYC Beer Can Season Starts May 6
The first gun for the 2015 Fawcett/EYC Friday Night Beer Can racing series is at 1825 on Friday, May 6.
New this year, the series will have 14 races in two halves, up from last year's 13. Race dates are May 6, 13, and 20; and June 3, 10, 17 and 24 [Series 1]; and July 8, 15, 22 and 29, and August 12, 19, and 26 [Series 2]. The Notice of Race has been posted, registration is open, entries are coming in and we are ready for another great season.
The regatta is open to all boats at least 20 feet in overall length. It is not necessary to be a member of a yacht club or of CBYRA to enter and race. Boats usually racing PHRF are eligible to complete with a valid PHRF certificate.
In the spirit of Beer Can racing everywhere, we offer (with a nod of thanks to Scuttlebutt and Latitude 38) the Ten Commandments of Beer Can Racing.