Friday, July 29, 2016

J/Fun @ Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge

(Solomons Island, MD)- The “regatta run by sailors for sailors” enjoyed wonderful conditions all weekend for the 2016 Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge- a rac­er’s favorite for years on the Chesapeake Bay.  The event is held every July in the mid­dle of the sum­mer near Solomons Island, Maryland.

After all the fan-fare, awards, and parties, it was clear the J/teams in attendance were happy to have participated in the three day event hosted by the Hol­i­day Inn Solomons Island.

Winning the J/70 one-design class Peter Firey’s PHOENIX, taking three 1sts in four races on their way to a triumphant victory, their first in years!  Second was Larry Ray’s JRAY and third was Holly Graf’s SPICE.

Nearly pulling off a win in the PHRF A1 class was Marty Roesch’s J/111 VELOCITY; but a last race 4th place torpedoed those chances for glory, having to settle for second place.  Jim Whited’s J/111 BAD CAT finished in 6th place, Craig Wright’s J/109 AFTERTHOUGHT was 7th and Dave McCreight’s J/111 DARK HORSE rounded out the top ten in 9th position.

Sailing in PHRF B class were two J/80s- Mark & Robin Witte’s RAKALI from Leonardtown, MD finished 4th while Clarke McKinney’s FAMILY TRUCKSTER from Solomons Island, MD was 5th in class.  Sailing photo credit- Alan Clark/  For more Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge sailing information