Screw­pile Light­house Chal­lenge - Sep 27-28, 2020



Since 1993 Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge has been a racer’s favorite regatta.

Who could ever forget the excitement and adrenaline pump while charging out of Back Creek with 100 plus other race boats during Screwpile’s 0900 harbor starts in years past.  Well, our 2020 Screwpile Planning Committee has been working to recapture that excitement with some significant changes to the Screwpile format for 2020.  First, we have teamed up with Annapolis Yacht Club to hold Screwpile on the same weekend as the AYC Fall Race to Solomons in late September.  AYC’s race to Solomons on September 26th will serve as a feeder race for Screwpile which will be run on Sunday/Monday, September 27th/28th.  Cooler temps and better wind expected!

Although we’ve had to alter plans somewhat, we are not going to let the Covid-19 Pandemic interfere with the primary attraction of Screwpile… racing sailboats. 

Chesapeake racers will be happy to know that despite Covid-19, Screwpile is a GO.  The 28th running of one of Bay sailors’ favorite regattas will happen as scheduled.  With a reduced registration fee due to Covid-19 driven modifications, Screwpile will be without the customary tent parties and award ceremonies, and protest hearings will be held on-line.  Trophies and Mt Gay red hats will be mailed after the regatta.  Register on-line at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=11776.  NOR Amendment #1, reflecting Covid-19 modifications, to be posted soon.

A huge Thank You to all of the hardworking volunteers who give up their time and make the regatta really happen!

Southern Maryland Sailing Association is the Organizing Authority for the 2020 Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge.




News & Announcements

Discount Rooms at Holiday Inn

One of our great Sponsors, Holiday Inn in Solomons, has blocked 50 discounted rooms for Screwpile Racers. Rooms are available to reserve now at $114 (plus tax) for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday… Kings or two Double Beds. Call Holiday Inn Reservations at 410 326-6311 and ask for reserva
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Despite Covid-19, Screwpile is a GO

Despite Covid-19, Screwpile is a GO. It will happen the day after AYC’s Fall race to Solomons, and will include two days of buoy racing with the customary excellent race management on 27/28 Sep.  With a reduced registration fee due to Covid-19 driven modifications, Screwpile will be w
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Weather Routing Inc. (WRI) to Provide Weather Forecasts for Screwpile

We are happy to announce that Weather Routing Inc (WRI), will be the Official Weather Provider for the 2020 Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge! WRI will be providing forecasts from 24 through 28 September, 2020. These forecasts will be available by visiting the link on the Screwpile webpa
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