And the winner is…

Thanks to all who joined us for the Fleet 50 Annual General Meeting & Awards Potluck last evening. I’m pleased to announce the winners of our skipper and crew awards as well as the 2017 Fleet 50 Board of Officers. The Fleet 50 Championship Series results are posted to the “Results” area of the website. Congratulations all around!

2016 Fleet Championship

  1. Nabeel Alsalam
  2. Aaron Boesenecker
  3. Bobby Astrove
  4. John Van Voorhis
  5. Bob Gotthardt

Crew Awards

Best New Crew: Christiam Camacho
Most Improved Crew: Ryan Huttar
High Impact Crew: Christy Chen

Skipper Awards

Team Sprit Skipper: Bob Gotthardt
Congeniality Award: Aaron Boesenecker
Skipper of the Year: Lisa-Marie Lane

Special Recognitions

Fleet Helper: Lindsay Bach

Performance Awards

Bloody Rudder: Lisa-Marie Lane
All Weather Sailor: Tom Hutton / Jim Lane (tie)
Iron Skipper: John Van Voorhis / Nabeel Alsalam (tie)
Most Improved Skipper: Aaron Boesenecker

You can read the details about the awards, some of the supporting statements for the nominees, and more in the 2017 AGM & Awards Banquet Agenda & Reports document.

2017 Board of Officers

Fleet Captain: Lisa-Marie Lane
Lieutenant for Racing: John Van Voorhis
Treasurer: Bob Gotthardt
Secretary: Geof Fuller
Scorer:
Webmaster: (pending–may merge website with PRSA site)
Potomac Cup Regatta Chair:

Looking forward to a great 2017 sailing season!

Fleet 50 AGM and Awards Potluck: March 4, 6-9 pm, Marina Towers

The Fleet 50 Annual General Meeting and Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, March 4, 6-9pm in the Common Room at Marina Towers (same location as our PRSA AGM).  We are sticking with the potluck format this year, so please make sure to sign up for the Potluck!  Make sure to list the number in your party and the food/beverages you are bringing so that we have a nice mix of appetizers, main courses, salads, side dishes, desserts, and beverages.  Crock pots and slow cookers are encouraged, but Marina Towers does have a small kitchen with range top, oven, and microwave in case you need to warm a dish upon arrival.

After you have signed up for the potluck, make sure to submit nominations for our Fleet 50 Awards.  Nominations close on February 4, so be sure to submit your choices soon!  The award categories/descriptions are listed on the ballot linked above.

As we head into 2017 we are still looking for a Potomac Cup Regatta Chair, so please let Aaron know if you are interested in that role.  The Potomac Cup is scheduled for May 13-14 and we will discuss the regatta in more detail at the AGM.

Finally, skippers should remember to pay their Fleet 50 dues.  Now is the time to make sure that you are all paid for the 2016 sailing season.  Fleet 50 dues are $20 (skipper dues only).  Bring your checkbooks to the banquet, or pay online.  Take care of this before we start racing and you’re set for the whole season!  Finally, remember that skippers and crews alike should renew your ILCA memberships (or join if you’re not yet a member). Support our class because our class supports our racing and the value of our boats!

 

2016 Season Wrap-Up

It is hard to believe that our 2016 season has concluded already!  It was good to see a number of you at the 2016 PRSA Annual General Meeting and Awards Ceremony a few weekends ago.  The scores for the 2016 Spring Series and Fall Series have been posted and we are working on scoring the 2016 Fleet 50 Championship Series.  Pease join me in congratulating the winners of the 2016 PRSA Spring Series and Fall Series in the Lightning Class as well as the Fleet 50 members that were honored with PRSA Perpetual Awards: Aaron Boesenecker was awarded the PRSA Founder’s Trophy (for exceptional service to PRSA); Frank Gallagher was recognized by the PRSA Fleet Captains with the Fleet Captain’s Trophy (for outstanding Race Committee service, in this case for his work at the 2016 PRSA President’s Cup Regatta), and Will Phillippe was awarded the Yates Dowell III Award (for outstanding administrative service to PRSA).  Congratulations all around!

While the 2016 racing season is still fresh on your mind, I would invite Fleet 50 skippers and crews to send in nominations for our annual Fleet 50 Awards.  The awards themselves are described on the nomination ballot.  This is always a fun part of our annual meeting, so give some thought now to the past year and send in your nominations!  I will also send along information on our own Fleet 50 AGM & Awards Banquet in the near future.

Finally, a reminder that PRSA Dues are now due for 2017.  You have until January 15, 2017 to pay your PRSA Dues.  Please use the online form on the PRSA Website to complete/update your membership information and submit payment (via PayPal or by mailing a check as per the instructions on the application form).  Pay now and you’re all set for 2017!

 

Fall Series #7: Wet, Wild, and Windy! (in which Aaron goes for a swim)

Fall Series #7 was another windy and wild affair, with sustained winds in the high teensscreen-shot-2016-11-07-at-11-42-05-am and low twenties and then gusts into the high twenties.  Four Lightnings (Aaron, Bobby, Geoff, and John) braved the conditions along with a couple of Albacores and a Buc.  The RC set a nice long O course and sent us off on a series of O2 races.  Keeping the boat flat was paramount and this was no easy task in the puffy and very shifty conditions.

I was sailing with Piercarlo and Sara on Beedobeat and they both did a fantastic job of hiking like crazy and keeping the boat balanced upwind and downwind.  There seemed to be a favorable shift on the left side of the course as one headed towards the airport shore, so it often became a battle to get over there, tack, and then fight up to the windward mark.  We traded places with Bobby (sailing with Brian and Kirsten) all day, and it really was a blast.  The puffs and shifts never settled down enough for us to fly the spinnaker (though we contemplated it) so it was lots of jib reaching and wing-on-wing sailing when we were off the wind.  Even so, some of the puffs were enough to get us near to planing speeds going wing-and-wing!

We ended up coming in a bit early after, in the third race, I kicked the mainsheet out of the cleat to ease in a massive puff and then missed the hiking strap as I went to hook my foot back under the strap.  My other foot wasn’t all that secure under the strap, so my kick move resulted in me doing a complete backflip right off the boat!  I went over and in so fast that I never lost my hat (I was wearing a life jacket), and I still had the mainsheet in my hand as I popped back up to see my boat heeled over and sailing away from me!  Piercarlo sprang to action and grabbed the helm, and I gave up on the mainsheet since dragging me was also sheeting in the main and heeling the boat (you never want to see your bailer and centerboard from the outside of the boat when you’re in the water!!!).  Sara and Piercarlo did a great job saving the boat and preventing a capsize, but by the time they got the sheets eased and the boat level they were a ways away, and drifting away just as fast as I could swim.  The RC sprang to action right away and the 16′ skiff was alongside me nearly instantaneously.  They hauled me aboard the 16 and then drove me over to my boat where I hopped back aboard.  Sara had already pulled out a beer for me as we retired from that race and headed towards the marina, and Piercarlo drove us home as I drip-dried a bit (thankfully it was nice and warm out, and the water wasn’t all that cold just yet).  It turns out that the 3rd race was also the last of the day so it wasn’t long before I was dried off and we were all gathered around the grill telling stories and enjoying a sunny afternoon.  Once again, though, a huge thanks to Piercarlo and Sara for their quick reactions once I, quite literally, departed the ship!

Fall Series #6: Beautiful Fall Sailing!

We had absolutely fantastic weather for Fall Series #6: light to moderate southerly breezes, temps in the 70s, and a nice clear sky.  This all worked out well for me on Beedobeat as I ended up sailing with Bill Parker, a college sailing friend of Connor Burke’s, who had plenty of sailing experience but was on a Lightning for the 1st time.  Bill was up front, and then we had in the middle another new sailor, Debra, sailing for first time ever on a sailboat!  The RC did a great job of getting us a number of races including some O2 courses that were quite nice given the wind velocity and angles.  We generally found that the left (channel) side of the course was favorable given wind and current, and that getting out there meant a bit of an advantage and fewer tacks to get to the windward mark.  Downwind a quick jibe towards the airport (on the run) was also favorable as it got you out of the current.  I just have to say that Debra did a stellar job flying the spinnaker all day (again, first time on a sailboat ever!!!) and Bill was a rockstar up front — we were able to do all of this in our first time ever sailing together, and I thought that this was amazing!  Scores are posted on the PRSA website.

PRSA AGM & Awards Banquet: November 19

The 2016 PRSA Annual General Meeting and Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, November 19, 6-9 pm, in the community room at Marina Towers in Alexandria, VA.  Dinner & drinks will cost $25/person / $10/person for those under 21 (pay at the door with check or cash).   This is always a great chance to see everybody and reminisce about another year of great sailing, so I hope to see you there!  Please sign up here as soon as possible so that our volunteers can plan for the appropriate amount of food and drink.

A full agenda and details on the PRSA business meeting will be posted soon.  In the meanwhile, here is the basic schedule of events:

  • 6:00  Appetizers & Drinks
  • 6:30  Dinner
  • 7:30  Business Meeting & Awards
    • 7:30-8:00  Officer Reports
    • 8:00-8:30  Open discussion
    • 8:30-8:45  PRSA Spring & Fall Series Awards
    • 8:45-8:55  PRSA Perpetual Awards
    • 8:55-9:00  Discussion & approval of 2017 PRSA Executive Committee
  • 9:00  Adjourn & Cleanup

Hampton Fall Fling Nov. 5-6

Fleet 50 Sailors — we have the Hampton Fall Fling coming up this weekend (Nov. 5-6). Click here to read the NOR and please sign up on the ILCA Who’s Coming?” list: http://www.lightningclass.org/racing/calendar/eventDetail.asp?ID=1125.  This is always a fun regatta sailing on the historic waters of the Hampton Flats and of course there will be the traditional Oyster Roast hosted at a member’s house on Sat night. Joe B down in Hampton says that If there is anything that they can do to help someone make it down just let them know! 

Breezy Fun at PRSA Fall Series #5

We had a great day for racing this past Sunday!  Six Lightnings, two Bucs, two Albacores, and an I-20 came out to play on a sunny day that featured some great, albeit shifty, breeze.  PRO Farley Will and his crew did a great job managing a “wacky west wind” in setting a course that gave us a mix of O2, T2, T3, and O3 courses.  The wind reports from National Airport show a breeze of 12-15 throughout the afternoon with the occasional gust in the 20s.

Scores will be posted soon, and I think we will also have some great photos taken from the RC boats to post as well.  Stay tuned for that information, and keep reading for some of my observations from aboard Beedobeat with Piercarlo.  In many ways, it was a great day to be double-handing!

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Frigid Digit and Fall Fling

We’ve got a lot of great sailing coming up to round out the fall season.  Next up is the Frigid Digit in Annapolis this coming weekend (Oct. 15.-16).  Who’s in?  To register for the Frigid Digit Regatta at SSA please complete the online registration: https://severnsa.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=549086&item_id=492189  Included with your registration and entry fee, following racing on Saturday, all sailors are invited to dinner and a de-brief of the days racing by Allan Terhune and Geoff Becker. Because of the logistics hosting dinner for the fleet, we need all boats intending to participate to register ASAP so we can have an accurate head count. Also, there is a $20 late fee if your registration isn’t processed by Friday afternoon, October 14th. 

After that we have the Hampton Fall Fling on Nov. 5-6. Click here to read the NOR and please sign up on the ILCA Who’s Coming?” list: http://www.lightningclass.org/racing/calendar/eventDetail.asp?ID=1125.  Note that there is a late fee for registrations after Oct 28. This historically has been a fun regatta sailing on the historic waters of the Hampton Flats and of course there will be the traditional Oyster Roast hosted at a member’s house on Sat night. Joe B down in Hampton says that If there is anything that they can do to help someone make it down just let them know! 

I hope to see you on the water at one or the other of these events!