Southern Bay Race Week was cancelled after the damage from the tornado Friday night in Hampton,
Virginia. Over 200 sailors met back at Hampton Yacht Club Saturday morning to start the cleanup.
The morning sunlight had shown the true damage the storm caused, an estimated $4.3 million
across the city. One Laser from the club managed to reach a lawn across the parking lot a distance
of a good 200 yards from where it was parked. 505s were tossed like toys and of the twelve 420s
on the dinghy dock, two were impaled on pilings, one managed to fly from the dinghy dock we think
partly shattering the front windows and landing turtled roughly a foot from one of the J24s in a slip
for SBRW. Optis were on top of cars, one had the entire deck moulding stripped from the hull. A
J29 and a Corsair ended up spooning each other while one of the clubs Sonars, the only J24 on the
hard not racing in SBRW, and a SR 21 all were knocked off their trailers, the SR coming into contact
with a van over by the North Sail Loft.
The only boat not to be knocked down was a Santana 20
which had her rig down. With everyone’s cleanup effort and a crane company all of the dry sailed
boats were picked up and placed back on their respective trailers, the J29 and Corsair taking the
most damage. Of the twelve 420s, three were immediately salvageable and we stripped parts from
the other boats and well as several of the Optis so that the JR. Program Sunday Series can and is going sailing on Sunday to some extent. No programs are stopping and the J24 fleet is going out
team racing. A huge thank you to everyone who helped with the clean up effort and getting the club
back to a semi-normal state, especially to the kids on the Christopher Newport University Dinghy
Team, the William & Mary Dinghy Team, the U.S. Naval Academy Offshore Sailing Team for all of
their efforts in the clean up. – Anarchist Maxwell.