Poquoson Challenge & Crab Kill July 18

Poquoson Challenge & Crab Kill July 18

The Poquoson Challenge is a one-day event sponsored by Fleet 518 and Yeungling and will be held on the beautiful Poquoson River just south of the York River on Saturday, July 18th. The Entrance fee is $10.00 and dinner is $5.00 / person.

This is an informal fun regatta that allows you to sail w/ one or as many as your boat will take. The first race is scheduled to start at one PM on Saturday afternoon with four or five short windward/ leeward races planned. Races will be governed by the the “Racing Rules of Sailing.” No protests, please (this is supposed to be fun). Public launching is available on the Poquoson with a tow available if needed.

Racing will be followed by a crab and beer feast. Hamburgers/hotdogs will be available. Yeungling will be the beer! The party will be held at 238 King’s Grant Dr. Yorktown, VA.

Sunday offers a wonderful opportunity to day sail to the Bay or visit historic Yorktown or the world class Mariner’s. Everyone that has attended has had a great time.

Housing is available including bed space (first come first served), lots of floor space, and room for RVs and tent camping.

Launch Site:
Rodgers A. Smith Landing
707 Tide Mill Rd
Yorktown, VA 23693
(757) 890-3500

After launching, sail northeast on the Poquoson River about 2.5 miles. Jim Dillard’s place is on the left (port), facing toward the Chesapeake Bay.


The drive is three hours from DC area via I95, RT 17 (nice drive (police), but few trucks and cars), or 95, 64 and 17.

Poquoson Challenge launch via I-64

1. From I-64, take exit 256B and merge onto VA-171 E / Victory Boulevard toward Poquoson
2. VA-171 E / Victory Boulevard go 2.8 mi
3. Turn left onto RT-600 / N. Big Bethel Road (there is a stoplight) go .2 mi
4. Turn right onto Tide Mill Road go .6 mi
5. Rodgers A. Smith Landing Boat Ramp will be on the left

Poquoson Challenge launch via Rt-17

1. US-17 S/George Washington Memorial Hwy
2. Exit onto VA-134 S/Hampton Hwy toward Hampton/Langley A.F.B./Thomas Nelson Community College go .5 mi
3. Turn left onto VA-706/Yorktown Rd go 1.4 mi
4. Turn left onto VA-600 N/Tide Mill Rd go .6 mi
5. Rodgers A. Smith Landing Boat Ramp will be on the left

Notice of Race

Logistics Contact:

Those interested in attending can contact Jim Dillard at (703) 323-7354 or dillardmail@yahoo.com to let him know you are attending, or for housing requests, directions to the launch, or any other questions.

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