Fifth Annual Sunfish Challenge Makes Waves for College Sailing

IMG_4885September 25, 2013 – It may not be as fast or as furious as the AC47 catamarans used in America’s Cup, but the Sunfish certainly packs a punch. A single-sheet, cat-rigged dinghy acclaimed the most popular recreational sailboat ever built, the Sunfish has been putting sailing enthusiasts on the water since the 1950s. On Saturday, September 21, 2013, the Sunfish was among over 70 sailboats and sailors and competing in the Fifth Annual Hampton Roads Sunfish Challenge and Dinghy Distance Race.

GetMyBoat, the world’s fastest growing marketplace for peer-to-peer boat sharing, pledged its first $1,500 donation under its sponsorship program in the name of the Corinthian (amateur) winner of the Recreational Sunfish Fleet, Ron McClean, of Norfolk, VA. The donation was given to Hampton University Sailing Program to support college sailors as they pursue their dreams and hone their skills. Hampton University will also allot a portion of the donations to sponsor of the Sixth Annual Sunfish Challenge and Dinghy Distance Race, which will be held in 2014. In addition to GetMyBoat, sponsors included Spinsheet Chesepeake Bay Sailing, Boating US Foundation, Ullman Sails, and several local businesses.

Long-time resident of Hampton, VA and Business Development Director for the GetMyBoat sponsorship program, Captain Dave Wilbar was happy to see support for the sailors in the area. “It is wonderful to see such an amazing turn out and support for the local sailing community,” he said. “This event is family friendly, fun, and supports a great cause.”

The Sunfish Challenge is a grassroots, long-distance regatta for dinghies up to 22 feet. The legacy began while two friends sailing on Willoughby Bay decided to race. This year, the Sunfish Challenge began at 8:00 A.M. with staggered races for each class continuing through the morning and concluding at 4:00 P.M. The race was followed by a barbecue, live music, race raffle, and an awards ceremony. For a full list of skipper and crew results, including fleet categories, visit the official website of the Hampton Roads Sunfish Challenge and Dinghy Distance Race.

“GetMyBoat is all about growing with the boating and sailing communities. We are happy to help amateur sailors realize their dreams,” said GetMyBoat Head of Product, Bryan Petro. “The event organizer, volunteers, and participants all deserve a big thanks for making the challenge a success.”

GetMyBoat looks forward to sponsoring more amateur sailing and boating competitions in the future. For official race results, a full list of race sponsors, and more information and about the Sunfish Challenge, please contact Jonathan Romero at romeroarms@cox.net. If you know of an event that might be eligible for GetMyBoat sponsorship, email support@getmyboat.com.

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Dave Wilbar (left) presents $1,500 donation to Ron McClean (center) along side the Coach of Hampton University’s Sailing Program, Allessandro Ambrosi, on September 25, 2013 at the Awards Ceremony for the Hampton Roads Sunfish Challenge.sunfish logo jpeg
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CRUISE THE BAY: SIGN UP WITH GETMYBOAT AND ENTER TO WIN A FREE CRUISE AROUND THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY!

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Just because the summer is over doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop! GetMyBoat and Imagine Sailing Tours of San Francisco, California are excited to announce a contest that will allow the winner to choose between two fabulous cruises around the San Francisco Bay. The winner will be notified by email on MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2013.

The winner will have the option to choose ONE (1) of the following grand prizes:

OPTION ONE:

Cruise for you and a few friends: You and up to 5 friends can cruise the bay for 3-4 hours and sightsee from the sailboat.

OPTION TWO:

Cruise for two: This cruise is a day-long option for the winner and one (1) additional person of their choosing that includes BBQ equipment (no food included), fishing, and sailing to a destination within the Bay.

SWEEPSTAKES RULES:

  1. The winner of the contest must create an account on GetMyBoat in order to be eligible to win. Visit getmyboat.com and sign up for an account in under a minute.
  2. The winner must fill out the entry form BELOW in order to be eligible to win the contest.
    FILL OUT THIS ENTRY FORM WITH YOUR INFORMATION:

  3. The winner will have six (6) months from October 7, 2013 to schedule their cruise with Captain Dennis of Imagine Sailing Tours.

Please view the GetMyBoat Policies page for more on GetMyBoat terms of use. If you have any questions about the Cruise the Bay sweepstakes please contact support@getmyboat.com.

Go Ahead, Makes Waves.

TRANSPARENCY, TRUST HELP BOATERS WORLDWIDE CONNECT EASIER THAN EVER

 Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 3.34.48 PMSeptember 20, 2013 – The worry over finding a trustworthy crew, captain, or watercraft that you can believe in is finally over thanks to the latest peer reviews feature introduced today on GetMyBoat. GetMyBoat is the world’s fastest-growing peer-to-peer boat rental marketplace, hosting over 10,000 boats in more than 800 locations worldwide. This latest innovation will promote authenticity and security among both boat owners and renters while helping users avoid Captain Jack Sparrow imitators and leaky vessels.

“GetMyBoat users and owners depend on our platform for assurances that folks ‘are who they say they are’ and that their experiences will be memorable. Our reviews feature now adds an additional layer of transparency and builds increased trust,” said Bryan Petro, Head of Product. “We are happy to have created a self-regulating system that strengthens the boating community across both the website and our iPhone app for all customers.”

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 3.34.25 PMThis latest development has a two-tiered approach to reviews. Both parties can leave feedback using a five-star rating system along with a comments section. The process encourages increased communication between owners and renters. Users are then better able to determine the best match between potential captains and the desired watercraft. Owners get more information on potential renters as well.

“GetMyBoat is about the sharing economy and creating a safe, comfortable interface that boaters are both confident and excited to use. We strive to give as many people as possible a dependable experience of being out on the water – safe, happy, and secure,” said Sascha Mornell, CEO and Co-founder of GetMyBoat.

Enthusiastically received after launching this spring, GetMyBoat provides the largest representation of rentable boats available online, ranging from kayaks to yachts, from California to Croatia. The site allows boat owners to list their boats at no cost, including photos, boat specs, pricing, capacity, and contact information.

To list your boat today and for more information about GetMyBoat, please visit http://www.getmyboat.com or email support@getmyboat.com.