Meeting Agenda & Reports Overall State of the Fleet (Commodore)

Lightning Fleet 50 (Alexandria, VA)

2020 AGM & Awards Banquet
8 February 2020, 2:00-5:00 PM

For everyone who attended the meeting last Sunday…Thank You! It was wonderful having the opportunity to see everyone again last weekend and have the opportunity to share what has been happening in the Lightning Fleet from the National, District & Fleet levels. It was a good turnout, with 10 skippers, crew & family “making the drive to the country” for our meeting. Due to the great participation, we were able to discuss & adopt some very good changes for the fleet. We even had the opportunity to celebrate some milestone birthdays!

Fleet Overview

Established in 1943, Fleet 50 is proud to carry on the tradition of the Lightning as the longest enduring, most competitive and fun one-design racing class in the Washington DC metro area. We currently have about 21 active and semi-active boats. Our competitive racing schedule runs from early April through the first weekend of November each year.

Overall, we had great participation in 2019. Of the 21 boats on the roster, we would usually have between 5-10 boats out racing on any given day. Locally, Lightning Fleet 50 had a great racing season, with a total of 66 races completed as part of the scored racing season. This included an 8-week Sunday Spring Series (31 Races) and an 8-week Fall Series (17 Races) as well as two 2-day weekend regattas, (the PRSA Memorial Day Spring Regatta (7 Races), the PRSA President’s Cup (7 Races) in September) and our Fleet 50 Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup/2019 Dixie Districts Regatta in early May (4 Races).

For our annual 2019 Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup Regatta, we moved back to our tradition Mother’s Day Weekend as we hosted a 21 boat Regatta. We had an outstanding turnout with 9 Fleet 50 boats of the 21 boats registered.

Fleet 50 is still the strongest fleet in the Dixie District in terms of membership & races sailed. But, our Membership is not doing as well as it has been in the past, which is being experienced everywhere in the sport of sailing… We did have 9 boats travel to at least 1 away regatta in 2019, which is wonderful. If you haven’t travelled to an away regatta please add one to your calendar this year. Even if you can’t bring your own boat, offer to crew for another skipper to experience sailing with our District fleets!

Fleet 50 has 21 boats listed, but for the 2019 Racing Season…There are only 16 active Fleet Members (that sailed in at least one race) but more importantly only 6 boats qualified for the for the 2019 Championship Series.

Unfortunately, we lost 2 great skippers last year, Geoff Bishop (14187) and Geof Fuller (14395). Both boats are still local and we have reached out to the new owners, but no real interest yet! Hopefully we generate interest and invite new Lightning owners to attend one of our after racing BBQ gatherings. We will also be losing Team Humuhumu as the USCG has given them orders to relocate to Humbolt Bay, CA this summer. This is definitely bittersweet…good new for a great job opportunity, but I can speak for all when I say Mike, Angie & Josie will be greatly missed both on & off the water!

Treasurers Report

2019 Beginning Balance   $3,957.80 (Transferred from old account into new Fleet 50 Acct)
2019 Ending Balance       $4,918.50

*This does not include all expenses that were not submitted from the 2019 Doc Gilbert and nothing was purchased for RC PRO & Helpers (3 People) for Extra RC Boat fees.

Though there is a healthy balance on the books, I intend to keep the annual awards budget in-line with membership dues to ensure longevity of the club. Additional expenses this year will include placing a new order for Fleet 50 plaques for those members who have not received one to date.
Voted & Approved New Scoring Rules Will Be Adopted Before the Start of the 2020 Racing Season

Proposed, Voted & Approved to adopt new rules. After much discussion with Bob Astrove and a few folks at the District Level, this was brought to the AGM as the current scoring rules no longer work for our organization. They are incredibly complex and maybe 2-3 people are understand and are able to calculate the results at the end of the year.

Aaron Boesenecker offered to chair this committee, along with 2 additional volunteers to organize and prepare all new proposals with a deadline of March 8th, 2020. There will be an open comment period before the committee puts forth a list of proposed options to be voted on via email around the late March timeframe. A separate email will be sent to all skippers with additional details. If this is something you are interested in learning more about and you are not a skipper, please contact me directly.

 The 2020 Lighting Fleet 50 Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup (May 09-10, 2020)
Doc Gilbert Regatta at Leesylvania State Park & Entry Fee will be raised to $150.00 this year. The Virginia State Parks are hurting due to decrease budgeting and Leesylvania State Park has notified us of the increased our park entry fees from $13 per boat to $18 per boat. In addition, will now are obligated to pay the $18 fee for all RC boats. Also new this year, we must pay for all volunteer entry into the park, which we have never had to pay in the past. We have negotiated a special $10 rate for a weekend pass for volunteers and will also be available for purchase by visiting boats who have crew who drive separately.

Our goal is to have over 20 registered boats for our event in 2020!

Regatta Status

Nabeel once again volunteered to be our Regatta Chair for 2020.

Jim Dillard will continue work on beer/permits and the use of the Oyster boat.
PRO: Bruce Bingman (confirmed via email 10/06/19 to LML)
Lisa-Marie has already requested permission to PRSA for use of RC Boats

Park Cleanup Day: Possibly Sat 5/2/20, but will be announced once we have confirmed the date.

As always, we need lots of additional volunteers to help. Our job is to host and make sure others can sail! We need to make sure we get visitors, and put on a great regatta.

New Officers for 2020, Confirmed at the Meeting:

Fleet Captain:   Lisa-Marie Lane
Secretary:         Bob Astrove
Tresurer:           Jim Lane

Many thanks to the 2019 Officers who served (and continued service to) Fleet 50
Fleet Captain: Lisa-Marie Lane
Secretary: Bob Astrove
Treasurer: Christy Chen
Scorer: Will Summers –THANK YOU!!!
Potomac Cup Regatta Chair: Nabeel Alsalam

AMG Photos

Results & Awards
As we voted last year to reduce the leadership to 3 positions, Fleet Captain, Secretary & Treasurer and leave the number of awards to the board. We have decided to keep the award budget in line with the membership dues income.


6 Qualified for 2019 Fleet Series Scores Place Boat Name Skipper / Team
368 6 Resistance Is Futile Frank Gallagher
263 5 Lightning Bug Lindsay Bach
259 4 As You Wish… Lisa-Marie & Jim Lane
241 3 Beedobeat Aaron Boesenecker & Team
97 2 Humuhumu Mike Angie Darrah & Liz Williams
85 1 Shadowfax Nabeel Alsalam Tom Hutton & Jess Harrington


Perpetual Awards Days/ Events Recipient Notes
Iron Skipper 29 Lisa-Marie Lane Mike Darrah (28), Bob Astrove (23)
All Weather Crew 25 Angie Darrah Ed Lane (27), Liz Williams (22)
Bloody Rudder 7 Lisa-Marie Lane Bob Astrove (6), Mike Darrah (5)



Two Great Regattas Coming Up…What’s On Your Calendar?

Greeting Sailors,

It is hard to believe that we are already two weeks into the fall season. Please note: we have 2 regattas coming up at the end of September for back-to-back weekends. Attached is the registration information, please register if you are planning to attend.

Want to go but need a little help? Crew: If you would like to attend but are not sailing on a boat or Skippers: still looking crew for more information, please let me know and I will do whatever I can to help you get involved!

Frigid Digit, SSA Annapolis, September 28-29 (DEADLINE EXTENDED until Sept 23rd)
Message from Joe Friebele Regatta Chair: Dear Lightning Sailors, You’ve come to the Frigid Digit before, so you know what a great regatta it is with excellent fall sailing on the Chesapeake and a great party. To entertain and educate us, we will have drone footage playing before and during dinner so that we can re-live our moments on the water, both good and bad!

Due to scheduling conflicts at Severn Sailing Association, the date has moved up from the middle of October to the last weekend in September–only 2 weeks away! This is good news since we can avoid the extreme weather that we typically have on one day of the regatta, and we’re looking forward to 2 good days of racing.  I want to personally invite you to come to this year’s Frigid Digit. If there is anything that I or the members of Fleet 329 can do to help you come, please let me know. I’ve attached the NOR, and the registration link is Frigid Digit 2019 Registration. Also, please add your name to ILCA Who’s Coming Website.

PA Governor’s Cup, Susquehanna Yacht Club, October 5-6
2019 PA Gov Cup Registration

PRSA President’s Cup/Cantina Cup – Results Are Posted
The PRSA President’s Cup, PRSA, last weekend was a huge success with almost 50 boats attending!  Congratulations to Bob Astrove & Team Pandora who won both the DC Sail Cantina Cup on Saturday and President’s Cup (included races for both days).  Complete results are found: 2019 PRSA President’s Cup Results
1st Place 2019 Cantina Cup & President's Cup

1st Place 2019 Cantina Cup & President’s Cup



PRSA Fall Series #1: We Had Wind!

Anybody who looked at the forecast prior to the first Sunday Fall Series of 2019 wouldn’t have been blamed for staying home.  Sailflow *literally* showed 0-2 kts max. But, an intrepid group showed up at the marina anyway and PRO Mike Darrah and his crew were ready to go.  There was, in fact, a nice northerly blowing as we held the skipper’s meeting, so we all launched and headed up the river.  The day turned out to be quite nice as we ended up getting 3 races in a light but mostly steady north/northeast breeze.  Just goes to show that it always pays to show up and be ready!

On board Beedobeat I was lucky enough to have my rock-star crew: Lisbet up front and Piercarlo in the middle.  I was also as giddy as a kid in a toy store as we had a nice day to take a look at the new main and new spinnaker.  In addition to our boat we had Jim & Lisa-Marie, Frank, Lindsay, and Will out on their Lightnings.  The RC wasted no time given that we had wind and sent us off on a nice O2 course.  Piercarlo and Lisbet are amazing crew and they got right to work looking for pressure and shifts.  We played the tips from Barney’s local knowledge session for these conditions and stuck to the left on the first beat.  It paid off, as we came out well ahead of boats who went right and had a nice lead around the top mark. I have to think that the new sails played a role as well, though, as I really concentrated on looking at the new main and keeping flow over it (finding it pretty easy to over-trim if you weren’t paying close attention).  Our new “supermax” spinnaker looked pretty nice going downwind, and we were able to not only hold our lead but also stay ahead of the Bucs and pass the I-20s for a win and overall line honors.

The wind moved a bit east for the 2nd and 3rd races and the tide/current was mostly slack so we started paying much more attention to finding pressure — connecting the dots between different bands of breeze — than to a side of the course.  In the light breeze finding a bit of pressure here and there was much more important than trying to stick to a favored side.  We also paid a *lot* of attention to boat balance and roll tacking, using gravity to help fill the sails and using our weight to squirt us out of tacks.   Downwind Lisbet and Piercarlo were flawless on sets, jibes, and douses–and that makes things very easy for a skipper.  Two more races and two more wins plus overall line honors in each!  It was a great way for us to start the fall, but it was also not an accident.  Lots of concentration and attention to detail by Lisbet and Piercarlo were critical, and it was a tricky day–one on which it was easy to lose focus or get frustrated.

Overall it was fantastic to see good friends and to have some great racing.  Lisa-Marie also sent in these observations from team As You Wish: “…we showed up not intending on sailing with almost nothing (without: crew, we told her to sleep in, food, enough water, sun glasses, life jackets, gloves, shoes, compass or sails!) But we have such an amazing fleet that will pretty much do whatever they can to help get another boat on the water!  And supplied any “necessary” missing items!  For not expecting to sail, we had a great day of racing! We were also excited to have new comer to PRSA Kaitlin Lucey for the first time on a Lightning who was a natural!”  If I recall correctly, team As You Wish also beat Frank in two races…using old sails borrowed from Frank! 🙂  All in all, a fantastic day on the water!


Hold on to your feathers, Fleet 50 flew to the Duck Challenge Regatta!

2019 Harve De Grave Duck Challenge

2019 Harve De Grave Duck Challenge

by Mike Darrah…

The Duck Challenge started out with a bang…but ended with fireworks! Last year, the Duck was rumored to be a bit tame, with one day cancelled completely for lack of wind.  Not so this year, with great breeze out of the north east, a solid turnout of 16 boats, and a first-class cookout Saturday night, complete with 4th of July fireworks… in August.

Fleet 50 had 2 boats representing this year. Mike, Angie, and Liz on Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, and Bobby Astrove, Lisa-Marie and Jim Lane (since As You Wish… was still waiting on some new uppers) sailing Pandora II, one of Bobby’s beloved “woodies”, against a fleet of fiberglass.  Ed Lane once again crewed for Joe Buczkowski and his son Zach aboard Irie.  The fourth member of the Lane Clan also made an appearance as Rowan joined Team Humuhumu in a critical support role for Saturday and Sunday: cub-sitter.
Mike, Angie, and Josie, better known as “the cub”, tried to bolt out of DC at noon, but didn’t actually escape until almost 2:30pm, turning the 2 hour drive into a 5 hour crawl through Friday traffic. They eventually arrived just a few minutes after Liz Williams who had battled the same slog, but were consoled by the fact that their rental house was just a block and a half from the marina. Joe and Zach had a delay of their own Friday night, spending a couple hours on the side of I-95 to change a trailer tire that blew out in spectacular fashion on the drive up from Hampton Yacht Club in VA.

Nonetheless, by Saturday morning all teams were rigging in the parking area and greeting old and new friends on a crisp 65 degree day.  Team Humuhumu immediately noticed two things about the boat next-door: the inside was very, very pink, and the skipper was wearing a Coast Guard Academy sailing fleece.  Turns out Kayla Neuman, like Mike is a CGA alumni. Kayla, however, graduated in 2016, whereas Mike graduated… earlier.  And, much to Jim’s chagrin, Lisa-Marie has now started scheming up plans for a pink boat to match her spinnaker!

Rowan and Josie waved goodbye and cheered on the Fleet 50 boats from the park at the end of the wharf as the fleet headed out, at which point Josie promptly forgot about being upset and had a blast playing with her new friend Rowan for the rest of the day.
It was a short sail to the racing area, and after a brief postponement to let the wind settle, the fleet was off in a gusty 10-13 knots.  Irie crossed the finish line (appropriately marked by a giant inflatable duck) in third after a good start, but it turned out to be a little too good of a start: OCS. Cue sad trumpet.  Humuhumu caught a couple of right shifts and held on to second for a good start to the weekend.  The second race saw big shifts followed by a big drop in wind, including some all-ahead-drift conditions that mixed the fleet and resulted in a lot of throw-outs, but Bobby, Lisa-Marie, and Jim managed to snake Pandora II through the chaos and grab a 4th.  After some significant delays, the wind filled again, building to 15+ at times, and allowed the race committee to squeeze in a third race before calling it for the day.


A great day of racing calls for a great cookout, and our hosts at Havre de Grace delivered.  Lead by friendly host Pat Phelan, the party included delicious BBQ chicken, pork tacos, salmon, all the cold beer you could drink, and eventually two gigantic tubs of ice cream. To counter the calories, sailors engaged in a strenuous cross training program including corn hole, ladder-ball, exaggerated sea-stories, and trying to see how many people can fit in Jim’s precariously perched hammock as it swings out over the edge of the dock (three!).

How many Lane's can one hammock hold????

How many Lane’s can one hammock hold????

The cub proceeded to instruct everyone in corn hole technique, repeatedly demonstrating that it was much easier to get the beanbag in the hole if you just walk over to the other board before throwing it in.
The Cub, teaching everyone the best way to win at Corn Hole!

The Cub, teaching everyone the best way to win at Corn Hole!

As promised, Pat and crew delivered quite a nightcap: the town’s Independence Day Fireworks show, rescheduled (4th time due to weather) from the 4th of July just for the Duck Challenge crew.
The breeze was up on Sunday, pushing 18+ at times, and easily accommodated three races before 1300. The wooden wonder Pandora II came alive in the tougher conditions, Bobby and crew grabbed a 2nd  place finish right off the bat and a 5th in the last race, ultimately moving them up into 7th place overall for the regatta.

Team Humu Humu

Angie, Liz & Mike

Humuhumu continued to catch the shifts and stayed toward the front of the fleet, including a 4th and 5th on the second day, and the consistency paid off with a 4th place overall, only 1 point (!) out of what would have been a three-way-tie for 2nd place. Oh what might have been. But Kayla and her crew, in the very-very-pink boat, put on a clinic in the strong steady breeze, scoring three straight bullets on Sunday to win the weekend with a whopping 13 point lead over any other boat.  Whatever they are teaching in New London these days, it works.  2019-0825 Duck Challenge Results
All-in-all it was a great weekend both on and off the water, and a perfect warm-up for the PRSA Fall Series, coming September 8th to a Potomac River near you!

WJM North American’s Buffalo Canoe Club, Aug 6-10th 2019


The Buffalo Canoe Club…Wow.  Not only is it one of the most beautiful places to sail, but I now understand why most of the best sailors are from here!  We were fortunate to had have 3 boats from Fleet 50 racing and were able to rent a perfect place on the property that comfortable slept 9!  It was a great 5 days!  

Special thank you to Nautical Photography who took the incredible photos.  Photos can be seen here .  Results from the WJM’s:

2019-08 Masters_NAC_382048389 / 2019-08 Womens_NAC_1083084948

Day 1 Tuesday | Check-In; Measurements 

Most of us arrived to the club around the same time, so it was nice to have the familiar faces in the parking lot as all of the boats were unpacked and waiting to be weighed & measured.  Since we were right on the property, the location made coordination between part of the team getting registered and the other half helping to  unload, get provisions & settle in for the week.

2019-0806 The House

Jim & Ed checking in as boats were set up

Jim & Ed checking in as boats were set up

Day 2 Wednesday | Picking Mooring Balls, Practice Sail & Social

Since all boats are “wet-sailed” once we were able to get measured in, we needed to find a mooring ball to mark as our own for the week.  We were shuttled out to the mooring field and we picked our spot.  Once we had our mooring ball, we launched our boats in the water & practiced catching the mooring ball…

Claiming our mooring slips!

Ready to claim our mooring slips!

Unique ways to mark a moorning ball!

Unique ways to mark a mooring ball!

Mooring Fields

Mooring Fields

Then off to the practice race before heading back & meeting folks for the social.

2019-0808 Social

Women's Wine Spa

At theWomen’s “Wine Spa” Mixer  we found a replica of the Olympic Torch.  Yeah Dixie District Girls!

Day 3 Thursday | All Races Abandoned

Due to a huge front moving through, all racing was cancelled, so we all had a a down day enjoying some sightseeing & relaxation.

2019-0809 The Bike Ride

Sightseeing Niagara Falls

Sightseeing Niagara Falls


The statue of Nikola Tesla near the Table Rock area at Niagara Falls.

The statue of Nikola Tesla near the Table Rock area at Niagara Falls.

Day 4, Friday | First Day of Racing (2 Races)

Thu Aug 8th Weather Forecast

Thu Aug 8th Weather Forecast

The weather was very good, but there were some big waves.  This was the BCC weather so many folks talk about. Here is the post from ILCA:

Breeze On! First day of racing for Women’s, Juniors and Masters North American Championships at BCC yesterday (Fri Aug 9th). 2 Races for each fleet before the breeze and waves piped up enough to end racing for the day. Team Moloney and Probsts took line honors in the Women’s Div, Team Wake took 2 bullets in the Juniors and Team Proctor and Team Gonzalez won the Master’s Races. Photos from action on the water were taken by Art Petrosemolo Nautical Photography:…/2019-Lightning-WJM

2019-0809 As You Wish2019-0809 Big Waves 2 2019-0809 Big Waves 3 2019-0809 Big Waves 4 2019-0809 Big Waves


Beautiful Yacht Club & Incredible Hospitality!

Beautiful Yacht Club & Incredible Hospitality!  Aaron & Jim share a well deserved drink after a hard day of racing!


Day 5, Saturday | Second Day of Racing ( 2 Races), Pulled from Water, Pack Boats & Drive Home

We had another 2 solid races on Saturday to complete the event.

Men's Team Start

Men’s Team Start

Women's Team Start

Women’s Team Start

Then it was sailing your boat to the ramp and wait in line until the ATV had your trailer and pulled you from the water.  Dropping the mast, packing up and hitting the road to drive home.

ATV pulling a (larger) boat of the water.

ATV pulling a (larger) boat of the water.




ILCA Atlantic Coast Championship, July 13-14, 2019

ILCA Atlantic Coast Championship, Susquehanna Yacht Club

This year our sister fleet 253 in Susquehanna Yacht Club hosted the Atlantic Coast Championship. It was a beautiful venue and great turn out with 29 boats! Since there were several folks getting ready for the North American’s (being hosted at Buffalo Canoe Club, Canada in early August), there was some great competition from over 12 different clubs! Be sure to check out the results 2019-0714 Atlantic_Coast_Championship_795197327 to see all of the different teams.

2019-0715 SYC 2019-0715 SYC SailboatsThe first day, we had very light shifty wind conditions but were able to get 4 races. On Sunday, the wind started to fill in nicely, but due to the Sis there was a limit on 5 races, so unfortunately, there was only one race Sunday.

Congratulations to Don Brush, Emma Hawko & Darcy Lavalie (Malletts Bay) who came in first place, Parker Colantuono Jackie Morrison & Samantha Kappaz (Niantic Bay YC) 2nd Place & Mark, Adam & Cindi Schneider (Riverton YC) who came in 3rd. Special Kudos to Bill Cabrall, Brian Hayes & Stephanie Detwiler who was the highest placing Dixie District Boat in 5th Place!

Photos can be viewed:


The complete results of the result can be found here: 2019-0714 Atlantic_Coast_Championship_795197327

2019-0715 Fleet 50 Teams

Fleet 50  had a great showing with 4 boats:

15603  Bob Astrove, Brian & Kirsten Burk

15259  Mike & Angie Darrah, and Liz Williams

15126  John Van Voorhis, Jennifer Pike & Greg Carlsen

15126  Lisa-Marie Lane, Kyra Tallon & Christy Dillard Chen

Champagne Regatta / Classic “Woody” Lightning Get Together, Hammondsport NY

-Bob Astrove

Put this event on your list for next year!

Our annual trip to the annual Classic Lightning Get Together (aka Woody Regatta) continues to be one of the highlights of my sailing season.   The last weekend in June New York’s Finger Lakes are always spectacular.   I encourage everyone to try this regatta at least once.   We share a course but have separate starts for a fleet of modern lightnings (this year 14), and a fleet of old classic lightnings (also 14 boats this year).   This event has grown  into one the larger Lightning events on the circuit (28 boats), but with a split fleet still has a smaller regatta feel.  The combination of the two fleets works great on land and at the party.

The weekend always begins Friday evening with a reception at the Finger Lakes Boating Museum.  We get a hands on (yes, they let us touch) the collection of restored boats.  Their rule is that they only display boats built in the Finger Lakes region.  That includes Pen Yan’s, Moorhouse, Skaneateles, and many more.  They also are home to the original Lightning mold from Skaneateles and they have # 167 parked right next to it so you can really see how the mold really worked, and how Skaneateles Boat Company could build a hull in just one day. We also get to visit their workshops, the antique motor room, etc..  And by the way, the museum is located in the old Taylor Winery buildings which were donated to the museum.

Saturday we enjoyed a near perfect 8 to 10 mph breeze and sailed 3 races.  At the end of the day we were tied with Gerry Paoli (lifelong lightning sailor from St. Louis, sailing what was his father’s wooden Carl Eichenlaub built boat).

This year we also welcomed the freshly restored boat of Tom Tomlinson, who some of you may know Tom from the Southern Circuit, often crewing for Jack Jones.  Also this year we had the maiden launch of a brand new woody from Mike Seibert of Vermont.  Mike spent 8 years building this drop dead beautiful boat.

A newer tradition (3 years now), on Saturday evening we are entertained by a band including Criag Thayer (many of your own one of Craig’s Fabricraft Covers).

Sunday was a little rough for us on Pandora.  My plan was a crew change to take my crew from Saturday, a friend from New Jersey, and our two wives for our Long Distance Race.  We were greated by a stiff breeze (about 15 to 18).  We sailed around for a while, but I opted to come in.   They did get a great race in without us.

So I encourage all of my fellow fleet 50 friends to make the drive to Hammondsport NY for this event.  And you should plan to spend an extra day or two.  This is in the heart of the NY wine country, Watkins Glen is nearby, the Corning Glass Museum is first class, and so much more.


2019-0630 Champagne Regatta at Keuka Yacht Club 2019

Annapolis Summer Series, Jun 22, Jun 29-30th

Jun 22, 29-30th    Annapolis Summer Series, Severn Sailing

(2019-0630 SSA Lightning Summer Series Results)

From Bill Cabrall…As I get ready to write up the Fleet 329 Summer Series for the Flash Blast and SSA newsletter, I thought you all would like a hint at the plot line, which will feature, amongst other things, a repudiation of the idea that there is never any wind in Annapolis in the Summer.

The plot below is for Saturday, June 29.

2019-0609 Wind GraphWe were racing between 12 and 2:30 or so, with wind in the mid-high teens, and a lot of chop. You can see that the decision to suspend racing sufficiently before the thunderstorms hit was a sound one, as I doubt any of us wants to be out on the water when it is blowing 40+. Thank you Race Committee!


 On Sunday, the weather was even more interesting, as shown by the plot below:

2019-0629 Wind Graph


We were racing from 11 am until a little after 1 pm, in wind with a base ranging from 15-20 and puffs into the mid 20’s.

A couple of things stand out. First, although for some strange reason I wasn’t checking my watch when it happened, I think I can easily see the moment, just about noon, when Lisa-Marie’s boat went airborne and Joe’s mast surrendered to his steely eye’d resolve and determination to compete.  I can also see that the decision to stop at 2 races was a sound one, as the wind did clearly get above the Lightning Class upper racing limit of 26 mph for a significant part of the afternoon. So much for light and fluky!–Bill

P.S. As I could not make the first day of the summer series, I would appreciate any information anyone wishes to forward about that day of racing. Also, I would like to get the ‘official’ story of what happened to Joe’s mast, as all I actually saw was the look on Jessica’s face as she watched it happen from the bow of our boat. I did get a quick (and quite impressive) glance of Lisa-Marie’s boat broadside to the wind, mast horizontal, and her entire team rock climbing the cockpit in a desperately successful attempt to reach the weather rail, but that was all.

 Notes from Lisa-Marie…Had a great 3 days of sailing over the last 2 weekends at Severn Sailing Association with Angie Angela Boyer Darrah Aifd (thank you Michael Darrah) and Kyra Tallon and Jim Lane. We were hoping to get some heavy air and wave sailing practice in for the Women’s North Americans in Buffalo Canoe Club this August and we were not disappointed! As always the hospitality of our sister fleet at SSA is first class! Special thanks to Joan & Gary Hurban for loaner batten and Bill Cabrall for the tools and great suggestions for our small boat improvements!

2nd Place goes to Team As You Wish...

2nd Place goes to Team As You Wish…

Team As You Wish…had fun and learned a lot (well mostly the Skipper learned a lot…) this weekend 1) like there are better ways to see who made the offset mark other than dragging it with you for a few minutes and if the wind shifts going downwind under the Spinnaker and 2) you don’t change direction with the shift you can also see how clean your center board is! Or as Jim so elegantly phrased it: “Prefer to rule it an intentional effort to simply slow life down and contemplate the centerboard from the vantage point of starboard side!”

Most importantly we drank a lot of Dark & Stormy, no that was not it…I mean we sailed well as a team! The icing on the cake was we placed 2nd in the Summer Series, which was the 1st time we have won anything in Annapolis! Thank you again Angie, Kyra and most importantly my boyfriend and biggest supporter Jim Lane!!!!!

June 8th-9th, Dixie Districts, Hampton, VA


From Joe Buczkowski…Great weekend for the Dixie Districts.

Well despite the forecast Mother Nature had for the weekend we got in 6 fun but challenging races for the District championships. 13 Teams made the trek to Hampton VA – most in the pouring rain…

2019-0608 Wind Graph

Saturday racing started with strong easterly wind pushing close to 20 with some higher gusts.
After two races and an attempt for a third the RC abandoned race 3 and sent in the fleet. We enjoyed good fun over dinner and even celebrated Bill Cabrall’s birthday with
cake a round of “Happy Birthday!”

Side Note from LM: After race two, I decided that even with the amazing crew of Aaron & Jim, I was not going to be able to sail for another hour plus with the strength I needed. We decided to retire and radioed to RC that we were going in, as I passed Joe’s boat with my son Ed, he made sure to give me a hard time about going in and why can’t we stay out and finish the last race…As we were turning into the calm of the marina we saw the fleet close behind. As the other boats came ashore we found out that as race 3 was abandoned. The determining factor…after the start of race 3, instead of beating up the course, Joe’s boat was suddenly falling off fast. Like any good forward, Ed started yelling back “Hey Joe, you’re off the wind…” and when no one answered, he turned around and saw Joe and most of the main sheet were no longer on the boat. With excellent reaction skills Joe’s son Zach and Ed were able to get the boat under control, without a main sheet, and turned into the wind so it wouldn’t capsize. RC picked up Joe and was able to tow “Irie” and crew safely back to shore. At which point my son quickly pointed out how smart we were to come in when we did…LOL

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Sunday was a pleasant surprise as the forecast was for storms and high winds but we got a great easterly breeze in sun in the 12-15 range and got 4 awesome races in.

We finished just in time as the wind did gust up as we finished the last race and headed in.

Congrats to Steve, Chloe and Dave Constants for winning the championship! Jim Allman, Trevor Prior, Joan Hurban and Joe Buczkowski rounded out the top 5. Zach
Buczkowski was the top placing junior and Jose Darrah was named youngest sailor (although in a crib she let Mom and Dad sail. Just as important!)

At the start the forecast was bleak to get in one race let alone the 6 we ended up with!

Congrats to Steve Constants and team in showing us how it’s done! Thanks to Zack and Ed for working hard in challenging conditions and getting us to 5th overall.

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RESULTS from the 35th Annual Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup – May 11-12, 2019

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We had an amazing show of 21 boats for our 35th Annual Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup Regatta, with 9 Fleet 50 boats boats and 12 teams traveling from out of town (from Florida to Connecticut). For everyone who participated – Thank You for taking the time to make our Regatta part of your 2019 sailing schedule!

Congratulations to Steve Constants and his team on “Brown Eyed Girl”, who finished in 1st Place, John Bauman and team sailing “CHED!!!” who finished second and our own Nabeel Alsalam and team on “Shadowfax” for finishing in third.  Full results can be found on Regatta Network: 

The forecast indicated a cool cloudy day on Saturday with wind from 8-15, and then rain on Sunday. With that in mind, the well organized RC set up for 4 races on Saturday and 2 on Sunday, and we were off and running on time for a noon start.


Once again we had Captain Dave and his historic Oyster Boat for our main RC boat, along with our 17′ & 19′ PRSA boats staffed by our fellow PRSA volunteers from the I-20 and Albacore fleet.  This event truly “Takes A Village” to host!

Saturdays 4 races showcased the joys of regional racing with a good race committee, here ably led by Bruce Bingman, Taran Teague & Dan Trammel. Just after the first start, the wind went  40 degrees right and the RC was able to quickly abandon that race, bring us back, reset the course and restart us in little more time than a general recall would take. For the rest of the day they ably adjusted the course as the wind oscillated, and gave us clean beats and runs every time.

I would like to recognize Jim Dillard who helped organize our relationship with Leesylvania State Park and Yuengling Distributors which allow us to host our Regatta at the park, Bob Astrove who organized the breakfast & lunch station, Angie Darrah who organized the Appetizers, and Frank & Maryann Gallagher housing & making sure everything was ready to be served.  We were fortunate to have Lindsay Bach at the helm again this year, who has volunteered to cook for the last umpteen years & Nabeel Alsalam, (our Regatta Chair), who did a wonderful job grilling the steak, salmon and providing the delicious side dishes for the 65-70 sailors Saturday evening.

Unfortunately, Sunday morning the weather did not cooperate and continued to be cool and rained steadily . As most of the fleet congregated under the dry pavilion,  discussing the forecast that was going to continue all day.  RC announced that they would be keeping a close eye on the weather and mentioned a line of severe weather predicted to arrive shortly after the estimated finish of race #5. The fleet was polled, and a decision made to cancel racing for Sunday to allow folks to step masts and pack up their boats before any severe weather arrived.  

I would like to make a special Shout-Out to Joe Buczkowski who jumped in and was our Grill-Master for the Sunday hotdogs & grilled chicken lunch before everyone headed home.   

We could not have hosted this event without the various Fleet 50 Members who moved RC boats to and from the park (in Friday 95S traffic!), arrived early to set up, stay late to clean up were part of  “the Village” that  part it truly made this event possible.  Special thanks to Jim & Ed Lane, who by default were also on-duty and jumped in to do whatever was needed all weekend~ “Happy Mothers Day!”

Hope to see you next year!

Lisa-Marie Lane
#15126   As You Wish
Fleet Captain, Lightning Fleet 50


Photos by Carl Schaefer