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  • 14 Oct 2021 5:18 PM | Heather Reinecke (Administrator)

    Fellow GRSA Members,

    The GRSA Board of Directors has unanimously voted to adopt an amendment to the club’s site rules.  This amendment relates to the upkeep of members’ boats, trailers, parking spaces, and associated equipment, and will go into effect January 1, 2022.  It does not change the current site rules but adds to them.  Please take a few minutes and become familiar with the amendment below.

    As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Thank you,

    Chris Cookson

    GRSA Commodore


    Boat Dry Dock (Dock) Parking


    Greater Richmond Sailing Association, Inc. (the “Association” or “GRSA”) owns and operates a variety of common areas within the facility grounds, including shelter, playground, boat slips, boat on trailer parking docks, (collectively “Common Areas”).

    The Association has previously promulgated rules pertaining to boating and watercraft in the GRSA Common Areas.

    This Rule is designed to promote the safe and efficient operation of all Common Areas.

    While the Association’s operation of the Common Areas is intended to facilitate recreation, safety, and fairness, the GRSA endeavors to operate its Common Areas consistent with Virginia law and the governing documents of the GRSA, including, but not limited to, the By-Laws.

    As such, GRSA has adopted this Rule to express its desire that Members and other individuals respect the limited availability of space In the Common Areas, and the need for Members to maintain their property in the Boat Dry Dock Parking spot (Dock) and pay all required fees associated with their use of the same.

    In most cases, Members who are in good standing are allowed a boat parking spot within the Common Areas are assigned spaces for dry docking their watercraft

    Members are also expected to complete all required documentation and pay all required fees before using the Common Areas for the purpose of using and/or storing their watercraft.


    1. All boats on GRSA property must be seaworthy, shipshape, and trailer roadworthy.

    a . "Seaworthy" means capable of being launched and operated on Swift Creek Reservoir without more than the reasonable and customary preparatory tasks:

    rigging sails, installing drain plugs, proper safety equipment, and the like.

    b. Owners may perform boat maintenance on GRSA grounds with the following provisos: maintenance tasks may not infringe on common areas for extended periods of time; projects requiring more than one day for completion shall be left neat, with all tools and materials stowed, whenever the owner leaves the Club grounds; the Club reserves the right to notify owners that a project must be completed or the boat removed from Club property within one week's time.

    c. "Shipshape" means (by way of example and not of limitation):

    covers and tarpaulins clean, without holes, and fastened down; paint clean and tight and free of mold; lines stowed or tied off; leaves and other debris removed; drains open; free of water, trash, etc.

    d. The term “watercraft”(boat) is intended to include all manner of vessels, including sailboats, rowboats, canoes, paddle boats, windsurfers, kayaks, inflatable boats, paddle boards, and any other allowed to be stored within the GRSA Common Areas.

    e. All boats must have the annual GRSA registration number (decal) affixed at the proper location.

    2. All trailers must be roadworthy. "Roadworthy" means: tires inflated and in good repair, bearings unseized, sound frame, working hitch, a tongue jack and wheel for rigs too heavy to move by hand. 

    2. a. loose equipment (see 2a(i) must be in good repair and have the owner's identification permanently affixed.

    i. trailer dollies, spars, rudder, daggerboard, paddles, sails,

    3. Parking spaces will be assigned by the GRSA Facilities Committee. No more than one boat may be kept in a space. Owners are responsible for keeping their boat within the assigned space. Owners are responsible for controlling vegetation under or around boats.

    4. The Board may appoint a ‘Compliance” official as it deems advisable to enforce Rules.

    a. An Owner / Member given written notice of a violation shall correct the conditions cited or remove the boat, trailer, or equipment from GRSA grounds within the time stated in such notice.

    i. 1st Notice 30 days to be in compliance – Member will be contacted:

                1. phone call or voice mail, and

                2. e-mail, and

                3. regular USPS mail

    ii. 2nd Notice 30 days after 4.a.i – if not in compliance Member will be contacted:

                1. phone call or voice mail, and

                2. e-mail, and

                3. regular USPS mail

    iii. Final Notice 30 days after 4.a.ii – if not in compliance: Member will be contacted:       

    • 1.      A USPS Certified Letter will be sent to notify of non-compliance
    • 2.      Boat may be moved to the inactive parking area of GRSA and if issues not subsequently corrected may be removed from the site.
    • 3.      Member will be billed $100 monthly storage fee, retroactive to the date of contact of 1st Notice.

    5. Members and their guests should not park in a boat parking place assigned to another member.

  • 06 Sep 2021 1:58 PM | Heather Reinecke (Administrator)

    Please click here to view minutes from  July Board meeting

  • 14 Jul 2021 11:59 AM | Heather Reinecke (Administrator)

    Please click here to view minutes from  June Board meeting

  • 18 Jun 2021 9:37 AM | Heather Reinecke (Administrator)

    Please click here to view minutes from  May Board meeting

  • 04 Jun 2021 12:20 AM | Christopher Cookson (Administrator)

    GRSA Invitational Crew and Helpers Needed!

    June 12th - 13th

    If you would like to crew on one of the sailboats racing in the Invitational, please contact me.  We have had a few folks who would like to race, but are in need of crew.

    Or perhaps you would like to spend a couple of days out on the water and be close to the action, but are not sure you want to race.  We are still in need of helpers on the Race Committee and Mark boats on one or both days.  No experience needed, and it is a great way to learn how the races are conducted.

    If you are interested in either crewing or helping out, please email me at or send me a text at 804-986-3231.

    Thank you, and see you at the club soon!!


  • 25 May 2021 8:24 PM | Heather Reinecke (Administrator)

    Fellow GRSA Members,

    The weather is warming up and sailing season is here!  We have had a great Spring so far and have accomplished much.  Member participation was exceptional on workday, with over 60 people coming out to help get the club ready for the season.  We also had a sail camp workday to get the club boats cleaned up and ready for the students.  Again, we had a great turnout and were able to get all the boats ready to go.  The 420’s have never looked so good.  THANK YOU to all who took the time to come to the club and lend a hand!  It is genuinely appreciated!  We held our first social event in over a year on May 1st, and it was a tremendous success.  Many commented that they were glad things are returning to normal and are excited to be enjoying the club again.  Additionally, the fireplace has been repaired and inspected and is open once again.  Even though it is warming up, the evenings can still be chilly, and I know many will be glad to be able to have a fire again.

    We have a few events coming up, too.  Our Memorial Day regatta and social is this Sunday and registration is open on the website.  The GRSA Invitational Regatta is less than a month away, on June 12th-13th.  The Notice of Race is posted on the website and contains a link to register on Regatta Network.  Please register early if you are planning to participate, as many people from out of town often base their decision to attend on the number of boats registered.  Remember, any class with at least three boats will have their own start and we will have a Portsmouth class for any classes with fewer than three.  It promises to be a great event, and we would love to have a large turnout.

    On the housekeeping side, just a couple of reminders.  Please remember when your boat is at the dock to tie it up away from the ramps.  This is especially important if you plan on leaving your boat in the water overnight.  It should be at least 50’ from the main ramp, if possible.  This allows our fellow sailors room to launch and retrieve their boats.  Also, once you have launched your boat, please return your trailer to its parking spot, so other members’ boats are not blocked in with your trailer and car.

    The year is off to a fantastic start, and I am excited for what is to come.  Please keep an eye on your email and the club’s website for additional social and race events.  We will be adding a few fun things.

    As always, if you have any questions or concerns about anything club related, please do not hesitate to contact me.

     See you at the club soon!!

    Chris Cookson


    Mobile: 804-986-3231


  • 24 May 2021 11:01 AM | Heather Reinecke (Administrator)

    Please click here to view minutes from  April Board meeting

  • 29 Mar 2021 5:46 PM | Heather Reinecke (Administrator)

    Please click here to view minutes from February Board meeting

  • 01 Feb 2021 8:41 PM | Heather Reinecke (Administrator)

    GRSA will hold a Frostbite/Spring series with 4 race dates and a make up date.  The series will be held “in the cove”,  pfds (life jackets) are required, 10 dollar entry fee per race date (exact change is appreciated).

    First race is 12 noon, with a short skipper’s meeting at 11:15.  Multiple races will be run per day weather dependent and are generally windward leeward courses.  These races are quick and short and give racers the opportunity to work on starting tactics as well as mark rounding and spinnaker sets.   In the event of a capsize that race is immediately cancelled and assistance is provided to that boat.  

    Race dates are Sat Feb 20, and 27th and Sun March 7th and 14th with a make up date Sat March 20th.   These are open to all classes, and fleets will be formed based on the numbers.  The course and length are ideal for even match racing.  As in the past these are open events. 

       The Committee boat is currently manned for the first race. It is expected that racers will take their turn at this position throughout the season. For those who perhaps took the race committee seminar last year or before and would like the opportunity to go out and get some experience behind the wheel, please contact me thru the web site and I will be sure you are pared up with someone who is experienced.  I do have room for you on FEB 20, again contact me if interested.

       Updates will be sent via the clubs e mail list on Thursday or Friday prior to race weekend in the event the weather forecast is for non- sailable conditions.  

  • 06 Dec 2020 9:25 AM | Mills Jones (Administrator)

    At the GRSA Annual Membership Meeting, the following members were elected to the 2021 Board.  Their terms begin January 1, 2021.

    Commodore -------------        Chris Cookson

    Vice  Commodore -----         Jill Reilly

    Rear Commodore ------        Grant Smith

    Secretary-----------------         Joan Evans

    Treasurer ----------------        Dan Walsh

    Members at Large------        Jay Malcan

                                                      Michelle Leipold

                                                      Rocky Rochester

                                                      Mike Keeler


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