September 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know of an event that might be eligible for GetMyBoat sponsorship, email email@example.com.