“Team Jailbird” (Ryan Lane and Karen Grefe) won one of the Halloween Regatta races. Photo: DC Sail

The Washington Channel section of the Potomac River was crowded on October 27 with Flying Scots and FJs racing in DC Sail’s Halloween Regatta. That Saturday saw generally light and shifty conditions with sunny skies just two days before Hurricane Sandy blew in at 30-38 knots, gusted to 52 knots, and dropped five inches of rain at the Southwest DC Waterfront.

Chris McGraw, Deepak Bellani and Agnes Berkere won in the nine-boat Flying Scot fleet, and Will Summers/Megan Murray and Ryan Lane/Karen Grefe took the two 14-boat FJ round-robins.

The post-race party saw “Sailor Trash” (Patrick and Laurin Rottman and Jaclyn Summers), “Elliot & ET” (Brian McNally, DC Sail’s Director of Sailing) and “Team Viking” (Nancy Salzberg, Anne Klieve and Charles Ballowe) place first, second and third in the Best Costumes Contest.

“Team Viking” (Nancy Salzberg, Anne Klieve and Charles Ballowe) placed third in the Best Costume Contest. Photo: DC Sail.

Like its mid-summer Cantina Cup, the Halloween Regatta is a fundraiser for DC Sail’s educational programs. The organization operates DC’s only schooner, the 40-passenger American Spirit, in addition to 20 Flying Scots and FJs for its students and members. DC Sail serves 540 members and 360 Washington youngsters from the soon-to-be-renovated Southwest Waterfront. Jim Muldoon of Donnybrook fame is its chairman. For more information visit DC Sail online at dcsail.org or call 202-547-1250.

Courtesy of DC Sail.

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