Hampton One Championship is this weekend
|Latane Montague (left) of Urbanna is the defending Hampton One Design national champion and responsible for bringing the championship races back to Urbanna.|
In the late 1930s and early 1940s, Urbanna had its own Hampton One Design sailboat fleet and weekend races were held throughout the summer on the Rappahannock River off Urbanna Creek.
This year that racing tradition will return to Urbanna as the Hampton One Design National Championships will be held the weekend of August 15-17. Sixteen boats will be participating in the three-day championship event.
Latane Montague of Urbanna is the 2007 National Champion, which earned him the honor of selecting the 2008 race location to defend his title. Montague picked the Rappahannock River off Urbanna Creek.
“I picked Urbanna because it was the site of the third Hampton One Design Fleet that was established shortly after the original fleets in Hampton and Norfolk,” said Montague. “When I was a kid sitting in Marshall’s Drug Store everyone knew what a Hampton was, and everyone from Virginia Burton to Bobby Taylor had a story about racing them off Urbanna Creek.”
In a time when racing wooden sailboats was very popular, the Hampton One was designed in 1935 in Hampton, Virginia. It came at a time when wood was the main material of choice for most boats.
There has not been a One Design sailboat race off Urbanna since the Urbanna Sailing Association moved to Fishing Bay in Deltaville in the 1950s.
The boat Montague is sailing was built by wooden boatbuilder David Judson of Gwynn’s Island in 2003, and has no trouble keeping up with modern fiberglass sailboats that predominate the fleet today.
Members of the Urbanna Creek Yacht Club will be helping with the races, and the yacht “Colonel,” which is a wooden 1920s marine patrol vessel, will be the main committee boat. “Colonel” is a longtime fixture on Urbanna Creek and owned by Carol and Dana Davies of Urbanna.
Races begin on Friday, August 15, at 2 p.m.; on Saturday, August 16, 10:30 a.m.; and on Sunday, August 17, at 10:30 a.m. There are two races on Friday, three on Saturday and one on Sunday. For more information, including spectator boat options, call Montague at (703) 626-3543 or email ; or email class commodore Ed Cassidy at .