Lightning Hampton Fall Fling, 11/3-11/4

We attended the last Lightning Dixie District regatta of 2018, Thanks so much to Joe Buczkowski and the Hampton Yacht club for hosting another great event with the largest Lightning attendance with 11 boats!

Check out the results and nice write up by Joe at ILCA:

Lighting Women Rule! (we missed you Kelly!)

Lighting Women Rule! (we missed you Kelly!)

Hampton Fall Fling with 11 Lighting Teams!

Hampton Fall Fling with 11 Lighting Teams!

There were 2 days of great wind, awesome sailing and an incredible oyster roast by the amazing folks at the Hampton Yacht Club for hosting this event at their neighborhood home.   As the only fleet 50 boat, we would like to express special thanks to Emily Patton who joined us and did some awesome spinnaker flying in some tough conditions! And as always it is to hang our with our son Ed Lane at these Regattas, even though he is starting to build a nice crewing resume and his boat clearly kicks out butt on the race course! #nicefollowingyouaroundthecourseJoe!

Looking forward to seeing everyone in 2019!

Got Wind? YES!

Got Wind? YES!

Fleet 50 Members

Fleet 50 Members, Emily Patton, and Jim, LM & Ed Lane

PRSA President’s Cup Regatta Results

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!

Lightning Fall Racing…PRSA President’s Cup & What is Your “One More Regatta”

Greeting Sailors,

Happy Labor Day! It is hard to believe that the summer is over…although I am very much looking forward to the cooler (…okay, I would settle for anything less than 90!) fall weather  We are just around the corner from the beginning of Fall Racing!  Make sure your boat repairs are finished and your crew lists are distributed…the Fall Sunday Series starts on Sunday, 9/9.  The Fleet 50 calendar should be current, if you know of an event that is not posted on our calendar, please let me know.
PRSA President’s Cup Regatta 9/15-9/16
Please take advantage of the early registration fee and sign-up now!  You can register at:
This is also the one time where you can share with your friends what we do all day most Sunday’s…Send an email or post on social media the following information regarding the Spectator Cruise with your family, friends, co-workers.  There are 40 spaces available on a first come first serve basis.
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:

DC Sail American Spirit Schooner

DC Sail American Spirit Schooner

One More Regatta
As 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, PA
10/13-10/14   Frigid Digit, Annapolis, MD
11/3-11/4        Fall Fling, Hampton, VA
If you have any questions about these events, please let me know!   All information can be found on the ILCA racing event calendar:
-Lisa-Marie Lane
Fleet Captain, Lightning Fleet 50

New Fleet 50 Flag & Summer Sailing! Are you Ready for Racing!?!


Greetings Sailors,
I hope you have been enjoying your summer with friends and family!
The first thing I want to share with you is our new Fleet 50 Flag!!!!
New Fleet 50 Flag

New Fleet 50 Flag

When I first joined Fleet 50, I asked if we had a Fleet Flag…I was told the fleets do not have flags as they just use the yacht club burgee. While this is nice and we have the PRSA burgee, I really thought it would be nice to have a Fleet 50 Flag…so, one of my agenda items over the summer was to create a Fleet 50 Flag that we can fly while traveling to away regattas.
Since everyone in our club worked so hard volunteering for our Dixie Districts, we had a great turn-out and actually did well financially.  In light of everyone’s hard work, I have discussed it with the officers and we will be selling the new Fleet 50 Flag, at cost, for $35.  Fleet 50 will cover the one time art set-up and shipping charges.  If you are interested in buying a flag, please let me know, I have 23 available and will bring them with me to the 1st Fall Sunday Series 9/9/18.  Please bring a check payable to “Fleet 50.”
Summer Sailing
It has been a very busy summer and I wanted to share  some regatta highlights…There have been a lot of great opportunities to sail in Lightning Regatta’s this summer and as you can see below, Fleet 50 Members have been active at several events!  If you have attended a regatta, please make sure to send a write up and photos!  We love to show posts of our Fleet 50 members!!!
July 6-July 8 Lightning 80th Anniversary, Skaneateles, NY
This was a wonderful regatta.  We had 5 Fleet 50 Skippers competing on 3 different boats! And really enjoyed hanging out with our sister fleet at SSA
#15126 Jim Lane sailed with Will Summers and Paul Kresge in the Silver Fleet!
#7603 Bob Astrove, Geoff Fuller & Molly Levy in the Bronze (Wooden Boat Division)
#9507 Bill Cabrall, Raeyane Farrell & Lisa-Marie Lane  (Wooden Boat Division)
Make sure to congratulate Jim Lane and Will Summer for an awesome job finishing 6th place (out of 24 boats!)


80th Anniversary, Skaneateles, NY

80th Anniversary, Skaneateles, NY


Skaneateles Yacht Club

Skaneateles Yacht Club

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Jul 24-Jul 28 Lightning North American’s, Mission Bay Yacht Club, San Diego, CA

Ed Lane represented Fleet 50 by crewing for Bill Cabrall & Raeyane Farrell (SSA)

San Diego, CA Bill Cabrall, Raeyane Farrell & Ed Lane

San Diego, CA
Bill Cabrall, Raeyane Farrell & Ed Lane

Aug 2-Aug 5 Lightning Women’s Junior’s & Master’s, Pontiac Yacht Club, , Keego Harbor, MI
Fleet 50 had 2 boats registered:
Women’s Team: As You Wish…Lisa-Marie Lane, Kyra Tallon & Jess Harrington
Men’s Team: Pandora, Bob Astrove, Jim Lane & Ed Lane
But by due to some unexpected health issues 2 weeks before the event, Bob Astrove was not able to head to MI!  This started a chain of events that once again proved:
 (a) Success is 90% Showing Up… and
 (b) Sometimes all it takes is being in the right place at the right time…
Tom Allen found out that he needed crew for the WJM’s in MI and Ed found out that he no longer had a boat in MI so he was offered the opportunity of the year to crew for Tom Allen and earn his 1st NA Championship as Tom Allen and crew finished in 1st place!  Unfortunately, this was the “one” regatta that someone did not need last minute crew so Jim was shore crew extraordinaire & helped on RC with Brain Hayes.  Well done Ed!!!  Good things are now expected of you!!!!

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Aug 25-Aug 26 Fleet 192-Duck Challenge, Harve De Grace, MD
USCG Auxiliary checking in on the Harve de Grace Duck Mascot!
USCG Auxiliary checking in on the Harve de Grace Duck Mascot!
This last regatta of the summer had 18 competitors and 3 fleet 50 boats & 10 Fleet 50 members competing!  The fall, team Bishop will be a boat to watch out for…they sailed well even finished 2nd in race 5 on Sunday!  Congratulations Geoff, Quinton & Gigi!!!!!  
Saturday ended up being a relaxing day on the water as the wind never did fill in, so the RC brought us in mid-day, but Sunday was perfect 10-12kt from the SW for all 5 races!
#15084 Ed Lane crewed for Joe Buczkowski, Barb Hill (4th…bumped out of 3rd place by Team Hurban!)
#76113 Geoff Bishop, Quinton & Gigi Bishop (9th)
#15603 Bob Astrove, Jared McLenore &  Jonathan Karpethin (Bobby’s original crew is back!!!!) (10th)
#15126 Jim Lane, Emily Patton (our newest Fleet 50 Member!!!) & Lisa-Marie Lane (16th)

Team As You Wish...Waiting for the wind..

PRSA & Fleet 50 Flag proudly flying

PRSA & Fleet 50 Flag proudly flying

Sail Fast!!!

Register for the 2018 PRSA President’s Cup!

President's Cup Logo

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!

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

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!