Urbanna woman wins national title at Cocktail Class boat races
|Pickled Tink (left) gets some big air in a heat race at the Cocktail Class Wooden Boat Racing Association’s national race on Saturday in Rock Hall, Md. Shannon Haley of Urbanna would later pilot the boat to first place in the Women’s Division.|
by Tom Chillemi
Shannon Haley of Urbanna piloted Pickled Tink to first place in the Cocktail Class Wooden Boat Racing Association National Championship in Rock Hall, Md., on Saturday.
Haley won the Women’s Division in a boat built by Alana Courtney and Emily Davies.
Other members and boats from the Urbanna Creek Cocktail Class fleet that raced at the nationals included: Chris Riddick in Urbanna Oyster Shooter placed second in the 6-horsepower (HP) division; Tom Bishop in Double Cross placed second in the 6-HP heavyweight division (the boat was built by Bishop and Anton Webre); and Morgan Friday, an Urbanna native who built Skittles, survived a flipping to take second place in the 8-HP division.
Friday’s boat flipped completely upside down in a heat race. His boat was towed in upside down and the engine remained under water for 10 minutes. Friday cleared out the water and came back to finish second.
Also participating from the Urbanna Creek fleet were Ian Millington and Kenleighe Longest in Virginia Gentleman, John Milby in Old Fashioned, Lawrence Fuccella in Brass Monkey and Bill Kurz at the helm of Fuzzy Naval.
Cocktail Class racing has its roots on the Corrotoman River in Lancaster County and the association was formed in 2010 to encourage and organize family boatbuilding in these runabouts. The boats are about 8 feet long and there are 2 engine classes—6 and 8 horsepower.
The first annual Urbanna Cup was held in May on Urbanna Creek.