We had a good turnout for the 2018 PRSA President’s Cup Regatta, fantastic racing weather all weekend, and a packed spectator boat on Sunday. What a great regatta! Congratulations to Aaron, Andrew, Piercarlo, and Tom for taking the win on Beedobeat. John Van Voorhis, Rachel, David gave them a run for their money though! Many thanks to PRO Jim Graham (upper course) and PRO Will Phillppe (lower course) and their RC crews for all of the work that they did to get us lots of racing. Results are posted here. Stay tuned for links to photos and more!
Potomac River Sailing Association President’s Cup Regatta Spectator Cruise Information Sheet Sunday, September 16, 2017 Passengers will meet at the entrance of The Anchor Store, located at 709 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024. Thanks to the generosity of DC Sail and the National Maritime Heritage Foundation we are able to offer a PRSA President’s Cup Regatta spectator cruise aboard the schooner American Spirit on Sunday, September 16. The American Spirit will depart from the SW Waterfront at 11:30 am and will offer spectators views of the racing on the PRSA upper course (between Gravelly Point and Hains Point) as part of a 3.5-hour Potomac River cruise. This is a fantastic opportunity for friends and family to view the racing from a one-of-a-kind vantage point and to enjoy a cruise with views of monuments, landmarks, and other sights.
To register, please see the attached link:https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_storefront.php?regatta_id=17353&clear_session=1One More RegattaAs I mentioned at the Annual Meeting in February, we should all be looking to add “one more regatta” to your calendar. Not only will you get to sail in new venues, explorer new places & make new friends, but it will expand your sailing experience!As you are looking ahead to the Fall Racing Season, please consider attending one of the following Dixie District Away Regattas:10/6-10/7 PA Gov Cup, Susquehanna, PA10/13-10/14 Frigid Digit, Annapolis, MD11/3-11/4 Fall Fling, Hampton, VAIf you have any questions about these events, please let me know! All information can be found on the ILCA racing event calendar: https://www.lightningclass.org/content.aspx?page_id=4001&club_id=93488-Lisa-Marie LaneFleet Captain, Lightning Fleet 50
Ed Lane represented Fleet 50 by crewing for Bill Cabrall & Raeyane Farrell (SSA)
The 2018 PRSA President’s Cup Regatta will be held September 15 & 16 at Washington Sailing Marina, continuing the long tradition of competitive one-design racing started by the President’s Cup in 1934. The regatta will be sailed on the Potomac River on two courses. Visit the regatta website to view the NOR and register for the 2018 President’s Cup! Registration fees increase after September 10, so make sure to register and pay online before September 10 to benefit from the early registration discount. We will once again offer a spectator cruise aboard the historic schooner American Spirit (this year’s cruise will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16) so be sure to tell your friends and family!
Thanks to our regatta sponsor, Annapolis Performance Sailing, and to DC Sail for the partnership that allows us to offer a spectator cruise aboard the American Spirit!
The results are in! Head over to the PRSA Results Page to view the final standings for the 2018 PRSA Spring Series.
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.
For full results, see: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/16910#_newsroom+results
For awards and group pictures, see: https://photos.app.goo.gl/gxgYQcfLmCk3CtPv9
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!
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!
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!
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!