28 boats sailed the combined 34th Annual Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup and 2018 Dixie District Championship Regatta!

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Congratulations to Craig Cobbum and his crew for winning, as well as all competitors who participated in the combined 34th Annual Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup & 2018 Dixie Districts! Bruce Bingman and his RC crew were able to get off two races – very noteworthy given the very light and shifty conditions.  The turnout from both visiting boats and Fleet 50 sailors was fantastic!

In addition, congratulations to Trevor Pryor and his crew for winning the Dixie District Purnell Cup, and Nabeel Alsalam and his crew Tom Hutton and Jess Harrington for winning the Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup Trophy.

2018 Dixie 

2018 Lightning Dixie District Championship / Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup

Greetings Sailors,

We have already started the organization for making the 2018 Lightning Dixie Districts/Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup a first class regatta.  There are many people volunteering and if we know who needs help we can try to find a way to help make it happen.  This is a “all-hand on deck” event and there are ways for everyone to help, if we all help in small ways, it will for a great regatta!

If you are able to volunteer, in any capacity, please
If you haven’t registered for the event yet, please sign up! Since we are hosting, it would be great to have all of our boats on the line!  Many people wait to register until they find out how many other boats are registered, so sign up now!
If you want to participate but need crew or help with getting your boat to Leesylvania State Park, please let me know.  If we know how many folks need help with towing, we can try to find volunteers.
Looking forward to seeing on the water!
-Lisa-Marie Lane
Mobile 703.209.3653
#15126   As You Wish
Fleet Captain, Lightning Fleet 50
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you do.  
So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  
Explore. Dream. Discover.—Mark Twain

Leesylvania State Park Cleanup

We had a great turnout for last weekend’s cleanup day at Leesylvania State Park!  Our group of volunteers put a new coat of paint on the park visitors center.  Thanks to all who made the time for this very important event to support the park in exchange for our use of the park and pavilion for the Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup.  Take a look at a few photos posted on our Fleet 50 facebook page!

 

Register now for the 2018 Dixie District Championships & Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup!

The NOR for the 2018 Dixie District Championship Regatta (June 16-17) & 34th Annual Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup Regatta has been posted.  Visit the regatta website to view the details and register!

PRSA Rookie Regatta Results

We had a good turnout for the PRSA Rookie Regatta this past Sunday, with 6 I-20s, 6 Lightnings, 3 Albacores, and 2 Buccaneers coming out for the fun.  Several boats had a true rookie on board, and those that didn’t had crews driving and drivers crewing.  Congrats to David Keto (15117) and Tom Hutton (15142) on tying for first place in the Lightning fleet.  Joe and Marco on 12416 also had a great showing, finishing 2nd overall.

Results are posted below.  I’ve also included a few of my observations from the course on Lightning #14592 (from the middle position while Piercarlo drove his first races in a long while!).  You should feel free to add your observations in the comments section!

The weather looked much more promising than the forecast as we arrived at the marina on Sunday.   We sailed up to the course in a nice northerly breeze…only to see it become soft and spotty as the first starts got going.  PRO Allen Griffen and his RC crew did a great job in adjusting the course but also getting us as many races as possible in a very shifty and variable N/NE/NW wind.  With short T1 courses the start was important, and we found that getting a good start and staying in the pressure (generally up the left side of the course along the airport, though this was not the case in the first race) was paramount.  Making sure to keep the boat moving forward fast, even when headed, was also important in all of the shifts and swirls.  Over the 3 races we saw conditions ranging from nearly no wind to full on hiking conditions (for a few moments at least).  Overall, though, the racing was fun and clean, and it was great to see new faces on boats and familiar people in new positions.  The sun even came out enough for us to enjoy a nice post-race BBQ and awards ceremony!

PRSA Rookie Regatta Results 2018

Leesylvania State Park Clean-up Day for the 34th Annual Potomac Cup/Dixie Districts

This is a call for all volunteers…The wonderful people at the Leesylvania State Park have once again allowed Fleet 50 to host our signature event “Doc Gilbert (Potomac Cup) | 2018 Dixie Districts” at the Park Pavilion for free in exchange for a half-day of volunteer service to help clean-up the park.

If you are available, please consider giving a few hours of your time Saturday morning, May 12th, to support this event. Please see the attached flyer for details.

We are not sure which project(s) will will be working on for the park, the coordinator will be meeting us that morning with our assignment. In the past we have helped with anything from beach clean-up to repainting the visitor center. All materials for the project will be provided by the park. Dress in old clothes and bring water & snacks (work gloves are always helpful).

Many thanks to Jim Dillard, who has once again organized this event with Leesylvania State Park. Jim will be the contact for the day & can be reached at dillardmail@yahoo.com.

If you have any additional questions, please let me know.

Lisa-Marie Lane
Captain, Lightning Fleet 50

 

2018-0512 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Spring Series Has (Finally!) Begun!

We had a great turnout this past Sunday with 9 Lightnings on the line and 3 more represented on the RC — that is 12 boats for a Spring Series race!  We were especially thrilled to welcome Mike and Angela Darrah on #15259 to the Fleet for their first PRSA races.  Watch out folks — they are fast!  It was also good to see Karl and Kevin Wagerson out on 14566 and to have Jim Dillard join us on 15311 for some of his first PRSA Sunday Series racing in a while.  I was PRO for the day (with Bob Gotthardt and Lisa-Marie Lane rounding out the RC).  All I can say is that it was a very goofy day, with “east” winds varying wildly in velocity and direction all day long.  We saw the breeze swing from 35 degrees to 115 degrees and back in just a minute or two, and there was more than one instance of a breeze directly out of the south settling over the course for a few minutes, before reverting back to an easterly.  Given the wind direction the O2 courses were short, but they were surely challenging for the sailors given the shifty and puffy conditions.  We were able to get 5 races in (!) before sending the boats back to shore to enjoy the PRSA season-opening BBQ.  Results will be posted to the PRSA website soon!

Tuning Day Success!

Special Thanks to everyone who came to the marina on Saturday to participate in the Tuning Day. It was great to see everyone helping each other stepping masts and setting up their boats, it is always nice to be at the marina with friends!  I would like to especially thank Aaron & Bobby who showed up early, worked hard to help everyone with tuning specifics and stayed until the last boat was finished.  I counted nine boats participating Saturday morning and I believe there were a few other folks at the marina working on their boats.  All in all a great success!

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the water next Sunday!
Happy Easter~
Lisa-Marie LaneFleet Captain, Lightning Fleet 50
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Lightning Fleet 50 Tune-Up Day: Saturday March 31st 9:00-12:00pm

 

Greetings Sailors!

The Spring Season starts one week from this Sunday…To help get everyone ready for the new season, Fleet 50 will be hosting a Lightning Tune-Up Day this Saturday.

Come down to the marina on Saturday to get your boat cleaned up, tuned up & ready for racing (the marina office confirmed the water will be turned on!)…

Several of our local experts have offered to be at the marina and help get masts stepped & be available to help with any tuning questions. Special thanks to Aaron, Bobby, Frank & Nabeel, who have offered to assist our fleet members between 10-11am.
What you need to do:

1> RSVP to this email, so we can plan on how many boats are interested in participating.

2> Please arrive early and be prepared!
> Bring your boat to the area by the Cranes, toward the left side, so we can all gather in one area.
> Have the boat uncovered and be ready to step the mast, as there should be several folks at the marina to help each other step masts
> Make sure to bring all of the supplies you need to work on your boat.

3> I would strongly encourage everybody to print out the North Tuning Guide. (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.
http://www.onedesign.com/Portals/106/docs/Tuning%20Guides/north-lightning-tuningguide.pdf.
If you have any questions, please let me know, I will be at the marina by 8:30 AM on Saturday!
Cheers,

Lisa-Marie
Fleet Captain, Lightning Fleet 50

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. http://www.onedesign.com/Portals/106/docs/Tuning%20Guides/north-lightning-tuningguide.pdf. 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: https://tinyurl.com/ydcskyqj

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