Southern Bay Race Week, Hampton VA

3 Days, May 30, 31 and June 1, 2014 Hamp­ton VA. As Always SBRW South­ern Hos­pi­tal­ity. New on line entry avail­able at Rac­ing on a venue in a dif­fer­ent for­mat each day for PHRF Spin­naker Classes A,B,C. PHRF Non-Spin (dou­ble head­sail allowed), One-Design Classes, and cruis­ing. Con­tact John and Lin McCarthy or

Latest News From Screwpile 2014

March 28, 2014. Don Behrens, CRO for SP 2014 and Herb Reese are in St. Bart’s with Peter Craig as mem­bers of the 2014 St. Bart’ s 2014 Bucket Regatta Race Com­mit­tee. They work with Mr. Craig’s Pre­mier Rac­ing in Key West every year and the last 3 years have worked with him on the Buck­ets. The Bucket this year has 38 entries with the small­est yacht mea­sur­ing in at 27n (88′) and the largest 66m (216′) We are extremely proud of Don and Herb who have been with the Screw­pile Chal­lenges since 1993 and are sought after for their exper­tise for such pres­ti­gious regat­tas world­wide. Don was in San Fran­cisco with Mr. Craig run­ning por­tions of the America’s Cup program.

For more infor­ma­tion about Screw­pile 2014 email or call L.G. Raley, Event/RC at or 301−862−3100 We are work­ing to make this the best Screw­pile Chal­lenge ever.

Harney Yachting Rigging

Screw­pile Office, March 13, 2014. The Screw­pile Com­mit­tee wel­comes Har­ney Yacht Rig­ging as our newest spon­sor for Screw­pile 2014. Trevor Har­ney owner has par­tic­i­pated for many years rac­ing his Merit 25 Audrey. Har­ney Yacht Rig­ging will have on site at Race Head­quar­ters (Hol­i­day Inn) their mobile rig­ging trailer to ser­vice the rac­ing sailors. No job too small. Please sup­port all of our spon­sors who sup­port the Screw­pile Chal­lenges some since the very begin­ning, Zahniser’s, Hol­i­day Inn, Spin­Sheet Mag­a­zine, Quan­tum, Mount Gay Rum and Budweiser.

Screw­pile Com­mit­tee 2014

Cruising Class at Screwpile 2014

Screw­pile Head­quar­ters Feb­ru­ary 26, 2014.

This year we are adding a Strictly Cruis­ing Class to the Screw­pile. This announce­ment was over­looked in our last Lat­est News Col­umn. Rac­ing for the SCC will be Sat­ur­day as part of our Dis­tance Race and Sun­day, a dif­fer­ent type of course that works best and pro­duces fun for the participants.

You do not have to have a rat­ing cer­tifi­cate nor belong to a club. We will assign rat­ings for the boats. You are required to have the USCG safety approved equip­ment for your size of boat.

Our goal is to intro­duce more peo­ple to sail­ing and one of the tried and true ways is friendly com­pe­ti­tion. The say­ing “If one sail boat is all alone in the area they are cruis­ing if two are close buy they are rac­ing” on the nav­i­ga­tion bar above click on Entry Form notice for the SCC the fee is $99.00

You are more than wel­come to attend our party Fri­day night under the tent we encour­age you to so. Yes you will be give a bow num­ber for your boat at the reg­is­tra­tion Thurs­day night from 5PM-PM at the Hol­i­day Inn Solomon’s . At reg­is­tra­tion you will be given the hard copy of the Sail­ing Instruc­tions, bow num­bers a com­mem­o­ra­tive event flag, the famous Red Mount Gay Rum Hats and other “swag” cour­tesy of our spon­sors. Please if you have any ques­tions send me a email to or call 301−862−3100. We have been work­ing to add this for the two and a half years, waited till we got it right. This is a regatta run by sailors for sailors.

If you can­not sail with us this year you are still most wel­come to the par­ties for sailors by sailors. Please come and join the fun.

Thank you,
L.G. Raley, Event/Race Chairman

Screwpile Challenge 2014

Feb­ru­ary 10, 2014. A new look for Screw­pile includ­ing this web page designed by Kaitlin Mor­ris­sette and Don Behrens. The Screw­pile Com­mit­tee thanks Kaitlin and Don for all the work and hours devoted to the ‘new look…

Screw­pile 2014 we will race on Fri­day, Sat­ur­day and Sun­day July 18 – 20, 2014. Sat­ur­day we will con­duct a dis­tance race of dif­fer­ent lengths for all classes. You our par­tic­i­pants have asked for the dis­tance race be added instead of 3 days of wind­ward leeward.

Reg­is­tra­tion will be Thurs­day July 17th in the Patux­ent Con­course located in the Hol­i­day Inn Con­fer­ence Cen­ter and Marina. We are open­ing later for your con­ve­nience 5-to 9PM. If you would like to reg­is­ter ear­lier just let us know.

Our host is plan­ning a ‘Cook Your Own Steak’ Sat­ur­day evening. Chairs and tables set up in the party tent so you can relax and enjoy your friends and asso­ciates. The plan calls for mov­ing the elec­tronic scor­ing sys­tem close by, move the ticket sales adja­cent to the tent. The tent will be larger this year.

We received from many of you that the music was to loud we are fix­ing that too, how­ever after the social hour and the awards we can turn it up to suit you. We are mov­ing the daily awards (3 places for all classes) up to 6PM or ear­lier instead of 7 PM sched­ule we have be on for many years. The party will be extended an addi­tional hour on Fri­day and Saturday.

Sun­day soon after the scor­ing has been com­pleted we plan to have the Over­all and Daily Awards. You have asked for this as many have long dri­ves. The party will con­tinue Sun­day night to 8PM. These changes have been sug­gested to us from you our par­tic­i­pants. There will be more on this page later. The Num­ber One Goal is to make sure all are hav­ing fun, our par­tic­i­pants, spon­sors, part­ners and volunteers.

We are very much open to any sug­ges­tions and ideas that you care to share with us. Send an email addressed to: please put SPLC 2014 in the sub­ject line. Please feel free to call L.G. Raley at 301−862−3100.

Please patron­ize our return­ing spon­sors and new ones who with­out their sup­port this regatta would be near impos­si­ble to con­duct, and the most impor­tant ingre­di­ent to make a suc­cess­ful regatta…Over 100 ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, one for every six folks who take part in the regatta.

Thank you,
Screw­pile Plan­ning Com­mit­tee 2014

2014 Race Dates

The Screw­pile Light­house Chal­lenge Com­mit­tee announces the dates for the 2014 Screw­pile Chal­lenge. Rac­ing will start on Fri­day the 18th of July and end Sun­day the 20th of July 2014. Reg­is­tra­tion will be Thurs­day the 17th of July. Call 301.862.3100 for more infor­ma­tion. We are plan­ning many new things to make the sport more enjoy­able for all our par­tic­i­pants and families.