2019 AGM, Saturday Feb 23rd 6:00-9:00pm

Greetings Sailors,

Mark your calendars! We will hold the Fleet 50 Annual General Meeting and Awards Banquet on:

Saturday, February 23rd, 6:00-9:00 pm
Special Thanks to Jim & Joyce Dillard
who have offered to host this year at their home in Fairfax VA
(address listed on Potluck Signup Sheet)

We are going to stick with the potluck format, sign up so we know how many people are coming and what delicious dishes you are bringing. So please sign up by heading over to the Fleet 50 website to or click the link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Oh1WQr_Q2vGPEFTFSVlwtr3D_WzyNZmG8Hfynpjpg-c/edit#gid=1779538370

2018 Fleet Awards
While you are there, make sure to submit your nominations for our Fleet 50 awards if you’ve not already done so.  https://goo.gl/forms/MvDrjJouRsz8OVFx1

2019 Fleet 50 Dues
Skippers please fill out a membership form for dues renewal for the 2019 sailing year. Christy Chen has volunteered to be our new Treasurer and will be available at the meeting to collect your dues. (Please pay your PRSA dues before Jan 31st to avoid the late registration fee).

I look forward to seeing you all on the 23rd for some great food and drink in fantastic company!


Lisa-Marie Lane
Fleet Captain, Lightning Fleet 50

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: https://tinyurl.com/HamptonFallFling

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

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: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/16733
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: https://www.lightningclass.org/content.aspx?page_id=4001&club_id=93488
-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!!!

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 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



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.
If you have any questions, please let me know, I will be at the marina by 8:30 AM on Saturday!

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