AGM Wrap Up & 2018 Season Announcements!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2017 Sailing Season and for everyone who who made the trip to Loudoun County for the AMG. It was a fantastic turnout and a great party. It was especially exciting to see so many of the new members and family at the AGM! Our fleet has some of the best members, if you have not had the change to share a beer and get to know some of our new boat owners, you definitely add that to your list this spring!

Upcoming Events: 

  1. Fleet Tune-Up Day: Saturday March 11:00-2:00pm
    Come down to the marina on Saturday to get your boat cleaned up, tuned up & ready for racing…Several of our local experts have offered to be at the marina and help get masts stepped & be available to help with tuning questions. Special thanks to Aaron, Nabeel, Bobby who have offered to assist our fleet members. I would strongly encourage everybody to print out the North Tuning Guide or have it available on a mobile device. Both the Fisher and the M5 systems are covered in that tuning guide, and it’d be good for folks to be familiar with the basic steps so that we can provide the best advice in the time that we will have. Since it is still early in the season, the marina may not have the water turned on by the 31st, so make sure to bring all of the supplies you need to work on your boat.
  2. First Away Regatta: Moonshine, Smith Mountain Lake, (April 14-15)
    Randy Beauchamp, who will be hosting the Moonshine Regatta this year has coordinated with the UVA Sailing Team and has up to 10 UVA college sailors who would like to sail on Lightnings at the event. If you are are interested in having one of the college sailors on your team, please let me know! This is a great “One More Regatta” to attend. Never traveled, need crew, would like to crew…If you have any questions or reservations, please let me know, there lots of resources available to help you get to this event!
  3. Lighting Fleet 50 will host Dixie Districts / Potomac Cup (Jun 16-17, 2018)
    Due to the limited resources with planning two large regattas within 3 weeks, we are hosting a combined Dixie District/Doc Gilbert Regatta at Leesylvania State Park this year only.

AGM Meeting Highlights
Lightning Fleet 50 had a great racing season, with a total of 61 races completed as part of the scored racing season. We had great participation in 2017. Of the 21 boats on the roster, we would usually have between 5-9 boats out racing on any given Sunday (a max of 11 boats during one Sunday!). We usually have more than 10+ participating in our 2-day regattas. For our annual Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup Regatta, we welcomed boats from around the Dixie District and even had one boat from Florida (Thanks Bill!) to sail at the beautiful Leesylvania State Park. This past year, our attendance was down by 5 boats, as we only had 16 participants compared to 21 boats in 2016. This season, we continued a regular practice of gathering around the BBQ grill after the racing to trade stories about starts, mark roundings, and other tall tales from the racing.

For the 2017 Racing Season…We had 14 boats participate, [14] were active and [10] qualified for the 2017 Championship Series. We had 10 boats travel to at least 1 away regatta in 2017!

The Mantra for 2018: One More Regatta!

And the winner is…Congratulations to the 2017 Fleet 50 Championship Series

Nabeel Alsalam on Shadowfax (15142) for winning the 2017 Fleet 50 Championship Series.
John Van Voorhis on Shamrock (15117) took 2nd place, moving up 2 spots from his 2016 finishing position.
Bobby Astrove (7603) once again held 3rd place overall in 2017.
Lindsay Bach on Lightning Bug (14221) finished 4th moving up 6 spots from 2016 and
Aaron Boesenecker on Beedobeat (14592) finished in fifth place.

Complete 2017 season results:

Other Fleet Awards:
Best New Crew: Gigi & Quinton Bishop

Most Improved Crew: [No one was nominated]

High Impact Crew: Jess Harrington

Team Spirit Skipper: Frank Gallagher

Congeniality Award: Geoff Fuller

Most Improved Skipper: Lindsay Bach

Skipper of the Year: Aaron Boesenecker

Fleet 50 Helper Award: Red Fehrle & Suz Humphrey

Bungle Bucket: Tie, Will Summers & Jeff Whiten

Bloody Rudder Award: Lisa-Marie Lane

All Weather Sailor Award: Lisa-Marie Lane

Iron Skipper Award: Bobby Astrove

Fleet 50 welcomed 5 new members (to make 21 boats listed on the roster)

We were excited to see new boats on the water in 2017, and look forward to building on this momentum in 2018. This year we welcomed 5 new boats to our fleet:

#12416 Marcols Ilosa & Joe Ament
#14318 Jeff Witten
#14187 Geof Bishop, who bought Bobby’s old boat,
who sails with his kids Quinton & Gigi
#14532 Will Summers, Thanks to Frank Galagher the Lightning whisper
who is rescued Boonoonoonos in the Fall of 2016
#14566 Kevin Wagerson, who bought Frank’s old boat and co-skippers with his son Karl

Sadly, we will be losing a boat (not members)
#14100 Red & Suz Fehrle who are selling their boat.

“Just Launched…”
Fleet 50 is continuing the Lightning tradition of family sailors. We are so happy to welcome two of our newest members:

Will & Megan Summers welcomed Charlie Summers born on November 13th, 2017.

Brian & Megan Lawrence would like to introduce Theodore “Theo” Samuel Lawrence born on December 22nd, 2017

Rocking the Boat…Fleet 50 donated $175 to the Hadley Green Rock the Boat in 2018 ($100 contribution from Fleet 50 and $75 in member contributions)

Many thanks to the Officers who served Fleet 50 in 2017:
Fleet Captain: Lisa-Marie Lane
Lieutenant for Racing: John Van Voorhis
Treasurer: Bob Gotthardt
Secretary: Geof Fuller
Scorer: Will Summers
Webmaster: pending (may reorganize w/ PRSA website)
Potomac Cup Regatta Chair: Jon Van Voorhis
Special Olympics Coordinator: Vacant / handled by Lieutenant for Racing
Training & Development Coord: Vacant / handled by Lieutenant for Racing

2018 Fleet 50 Slate of Officers:
Fleet Captain: Lisa-Marie Lane
Lieutenant for Racing: Jon Van Voorhis
Treasurer: Bob Gotthardt
Secretary & Scorer: Geoff Bishop
Webmaster: Jim Lane
Potomac Cup Regatta Chair: Aaron Boesenecker
Special Olympics Coordinator: Vacant / handled by Lieutenant for Racing
Training & Development Coord: Vacant / handled by Lieutenant for Racing

I am looking forward to serving as your Fleet Captain in 2018 & seeing everyone on the water for the Spring Season!

Sail Fast!

Lisa-Marie Lane
Fleet Captain, Lightning Fleet 50

Annual General Meeting and Potluck a great success!

Lightning Fleet 50 Annual General Meeting and Potluck was hosted at the Lane’s on 24 February. It was a wonderful feast and sharing of sailing.  We had a number of new members, including Geof and his crew Quintin and Gigi, and his wife Melissa, as well as Kevin and his son Carl and wife Theresa.  So glad to see the fleet growing – and having the sailing kids at this event.

Congrats to all of those who won awards and were recognized for all of their contributions! Wear those hats, and drink from those engraved flasks in good health. So glad to have so many new members and sailors this year – special throw out to our Best New Crew (crewing for their dad, Geof ) Quintin and Gigi. See you all on the water – Mark Room!

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2018 Dues Are Due!

Please remember to pay your 2018 Fleet 50 Dues if you haven’t already done so!  Head over to the “Members & Membership” segment on the website to fill out a member form and then send that form and your payment to our Fleet 50 Treasurer, Bob Gotthardt, as per the instructions on the form.

Sad News: Eight Bells for Hadley Greene

A message from Lisa-Marie:

In case you had not heard, it is with great sadness that I am sharing the news that Hadley Green, a longtime friend of Fleet 50 and member of the CAD district, passed away on January 22, 2018.  We extend our deepest condolences to Hadley’s family and all those who knew her or sailed with her.

I know that I did not have a long opportunity to get to know Hadley well, as she was getting ready to move out of the area just as Jim and I starting getting involved with the fleet.  What I do remember, Hadley was always smiling and full of positive energy. I particularly remember that Hadley was one of the first Fleet 50 members we met.  She was there hanging out on the picnic tables after sailing when Jim and I pulled our Lightning into the marina the for the very first time.  She was one of the reasons that we felt so welcome and wanted to part of this amazing group of sailors.  I know she will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.  

Lightning Fleet 50 will will making a donation to “Rocking The Boat” in Hadley’s memory.  Please let me know if you would like to contribute to the Fleet 50 Donation.

From the ILCA website

Eight Bells…. Hadley Forster Greene, CAD District

Hadley Forster Greene, 30, of New York, NY, passed away at home on Monday, January 22, 2018 after a sudden illness.  Hadley was a passionate, accomplished young woman who was doing what she loved. She loved sailboat racing and traveling the world. She was a loving daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend.

A Memorial Service at Congregation Beth Ha-Tephila in Asheville, NC with Rabbi Batsheva H. Meiri officiating is being planned.  Hadley is survived by her parents, Jamie and Fritzie Greene of Beaufort, NC; twin brother, Mike Greene and his partner, Sam McHaney of Seattle, WA; maternal grandmother, Libby Forster of Beaufort, NC; uncle, Lenny (Lainie) Greene; aunt, Patti (Keith) Taboada; aunt, Sandy Grotheer (Ron Grotheer); as well as several cousins and numerous friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rocking The Boat: online at

Or by mail: Rocking the Boat, 812 Edgewater Road, Bronx, NY 10474

Condolences and life tributes may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Noe Funeral Service, Inc. of Beaufort, NC.

Fleet 50 AGM: February 24

Please mark your calendars for our 2018 AGM on Saturday 2/24/18 from 6pm-9pm at the Lane Residence in Ashburn, 42778 Explorer Drive, Brambleton VA.   The snow date will be March 3rd.

We are going to stick with the potluck format, so please click on this link to sign up:  Please sign up so we know how many people are coming and what delicious dishes you are bringing.  While you are at it, make sure to submit your nominations for our Fleet 50 awards if you’ve not already done so.  

Skippers can also fill out a membership form for dues renewal for 2018 (Bob will be taking money at the AGM!) so that you’re all set to sail once the weather warms up a bit!

We look forward to seeing you all on the 24th for some great food and drink in fantastic company!

AGM Date and Fleet 50 Awards!

Although we are still starting to defrost, we are trying to finalize the details for our upcoming AGM.  In order to have the greatest participation, please take a moment to vote for your preferred date (and location).  Please complete your preferences no later than Jan 25th, so we can start organizing the meeting.  

If you haven’t taken the time to complete the Fleet 50 Awards Nominations, please take a moment to nomination your fellow sailors for our Fleet 50 Awards as well.     

The AMG also starts the new membership year, so Skippers please fill out a membership form for dues renewal ($20.00) for 2018.  You can either mail them directly to Bob Gotthardt or bring the completed form & dues to the AGM. 

Finally, don’t forget that your PRSA Dues need to be paid by January 15 in order to avoid a late fee!

Nominate Sailors for Fleet 50 Awards!

Before the 2017 sailing season fades from memory altogether, take a moment to nominate skippers and crews for our Fleet 50 Awards.  These awards are a great way to recognize our own sailors, and this is always a fun part of the Fleet 50 Annual General Meeting & Awards Banquet (Spring 2018, date TBA).  Use this link to access the nomination form:

The criteria for each award are spelled out on the nomination form.  You may submit as many nominations as you would like — the more the better!

Race Committee Training Opportunity

West River Sailing Club in Galesville, MD, is hosting a 2-day Race Management Seminar on Feb. 17-18, 2018.  This class is for people who want to learn more about how to run sailboat races. No prerequisites are required other than a basic understanding of sail boat racing and some previous race management experience.  Follow this link for information and registration details (scroll down the page to the date of Feb. 17-18):

Attendees must be members of US Sailing. The course fee is $80 which covers the class, materials, continental breakfast & coffee, plus lunch.  The two day class will begin each day at 0830 and run through 1630. There is an on-line quiz after the course if attendees are interested in becoming certified. 

This is a great opportunity, especially according to this endorsement from Nabeel: “I endorse this class.  Bill Kleysteuber and I travelled up to Newport, RI about a decade ago to take the class.   We learned a lot.  It is primarily based on the RRS but not completely.  You get a nice certificate at the end and become certified as a club race officer.”

Fall Series #8 and PRSA Annual General Meeting

Greetings Sailors,

Mark your calendars! 

This coming Sunday is the last day of racing for the fall series.  The forecast is for partly cloudy skies with a high of 52 and moderate winds from the south.  It it holds true, this should be a great day to end the season!  Then next Saturday is the PRSA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet.  Visit the PRSA website for details and to sign up!

Racing Highlights…

Last weekend, team As You Wish…was in Hampton VA for the Fall Fling.  It was a great event with 2 days of racing and one of the highest turnouts in many years.  There were 7 Lightnings, and would have been 8, except 2 boats needed crew and had to combine boats.  Sat we had 5 hard races, the wind was predominately steady from the north winds from 15-20.  The steady breeze made the 5 races races very lively and tiring but never out of control or too much to handle.  Saturday night the Hampton Yacht Club members hosted an awesome Pot Luck/Oyster Roast at one of the member’s homes a few blocks away from the club.  By Sunday, the breeze was predicted to die all day following the front that came thru but it stayed in the 5-6 range and the RC was able to get in 2 additional races.  This was the prefect way to end the regatta, the temps were in the 70’s, most of us were wearing shorts and although the winds were light, no paddling was required!  Congrats again to the winners, Trevor Prior, Hans & Gary sailed well and placed 1st; Joe Bukowski, Ed Lane & Zack Bukowski came in 2nd and Team Hurban, Joan, Gary and Paulie Kaiser were a very close 3rd. (See the pics below).

Some winter thoughts…If you have not considered traveling to away regattas, please reconsider.  When Jim and I first joined Fleet 50 and were trying to “get the basics” of this incredibly humbling boat down, the number one recommendation to getting more experience by traveling to away regattas.  Although when we first considered traveling it was quite overwhelming, it has been the best thing we have done to gain experience.  If you have questions, just ask! There are many folks who will help with recommendations and procedures on traveling, stepping your mast, setting up your boat and all around cheerleads for new teams.  And most importantly, the host clubs are so excited to get more boats on the line!  You will find new friendships, lots of great sailing stories and invaluable knowledge.  Lightning sailors are a tight knit group that will go out of their way to support each other! 

Hope to see everyone Sunday!

Fall Series #4

The weather forecasts threatened rain and maybe even thunderstorms and the sky was gray.  But guess what?  No rain and the best breeze we’ve had all fall!   It was a small group of 5 Lightning and 2 Buccs at the Albacores were at West River for their Nationals and neither the I-20s or Multi-Hulls were there.   You guys missed out!

The RC gave us four W-2 courses set up on a southwesterly axis.  Jeff Neurauter, Heather Howard, Ben Arthur, and Ann Tyree ran race committee.  Tom Hutton did the scores (posted to the PRSA Website).  Thanks!