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


St. George Island Day Sail

Scott Bradford and I took Shadowfax for a great day sail last Saturday. On Linsday Bach’s recommendation from some years ago, we decided to check out St. George Island way down the Maryland side of the Potomac not too far from St. Mary’s College. Click here to see the route to St. George Island from the Marina

The public ramp is just off the north end of the island on the St. George Creek (east) side. The other (west) side is the Potomac. We got there before noon and the wind was light, so we decided to break out our “picnic”, i.e. beer, peanuts, cheese, and crackers. Then we explored the island a bit and found the funky campground called Camp Merrylanders. There is a hotel and restaurant on the north end of the island that looks quite nice.

Around 1:30, the wind picked up and so we took the covers and stepped the mast. We were off a little after 2:00 and the wind was a great 10-12 mph from the northwest. We sailed up the creek a bit, down to the end of the island and then up the St. Mary’s river all the way to the college and back. This is a beautiful part of the Bay. There is little powerboat traffic, beautiful homes on the shore to ogle, and it is just plain idyllic. The Route Shadowfax sailed

While we were derigging a cyclist recognized the classic shape of our lightning and stopped by to chat. His name is Mark and he used to crew for Dick Halligan. It is a small world. On the way, home we stopped at Bert’s 50s dinner for a 12 oz cheeseburger and Bert’s Fish Special.

See we racers do occassionally use our Lightnings for pure sailing fun.

Dixie District Championships

Day 1 of the Dixie Districts introduced the intrepid competitors to river sailing with cross river (westerly) breezes, enormous shifts, and wind speeds that go from nothing to 18 mph in a space of 10 minutes. Day 2 started off with nothing, but a nice rock solid southerly filled and got stronger as the day went on.

Gary and Joan Hurban with Justin won the Championship convincingly with 4 bullets and a 3rd. The Constants brothers were second and showed how to play catch-up in several races. Jamie Brickel finished the regatta with two good races and jumped many places to end in 3rd.  Here are the full results.

We have some video from race 1 posted to the video archive as well as some *amazing* photos of the racing taken by Doug Dixon and by Bruce Heida (thanks to both of you!).  We also have some great pictures from the OCF Fundraising Celebration after the racing on Saturday.

Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup 2012

On Saturday, we had one “practice start” because the wind made a big left shift and the RC abandoned the race soon after the start. They reset marks and we were off again. The wind was NE and the current was ebbing but by the end of the race it was almost slack. Attempts to get a second race off were thwarted by light winds, threatening clouds, and thunderstorms.

On Sunday, the RC got us off in a light breeze and strong ebbing current. Then the breeze got even lighter and some racers were caught out in the current and could not get across the line within the time limits. The second race was also started in a very light breeze and even though it was 3 short legs only 6 racers managed to get across the line before the wind completely shut down.

Regattas are fun regardless of the frustrations created by the weather. The Saturday night dinner was great. A bunch of racers camped overnight — the Ewing family tent could be an airplane hanger. I heard breakfast was very British. The hot dogs on Sunday hit the spot.

Results: 2012 Potomac Cup
Photos and Video Clips (from our new Fleet GoPro Cam!): 2012 Potomac Cup

Moonshine Regatta, April 14-15

This is why we own Lightnings. Hook up the boat to the car, drive a few hours to an idylic lake, meet the crew that was set up for you, put your sailing skills to the test, eat a great dinner from the grill, keep your throat wet while listening to stories from your fellow sailors, sample the local moonshine, go for a moonlight sail, sleep in a keelboat overnight, wake up just as the sun is rising over the lake, relax with coffee and buttered raisin toast, put your sailing skills to the test some more, say goodbye to your new friends, and drive a few hours to home. All for $90 plus gas. What a great weekend.

9 boats came to the First Annual Moonshine Regatta hosted by the Virginia Inland Sailing Association on Smith Mountain Lake. Charlie Wardwell and Randy Beauchamp and families worked hard to make this a regatta to remember and were as hospitable as anyone can be. The racing featured 7 races on Saturday and 5 on Sunday. Each was one pretty long “sausage” with start/finish in the middle. This gave us plenty of opportunity to try to fix the mistake of the last race.

Trevor Prior with Justin Copeland and Nicole Prior were dominant and walked away with the win. Pat Phelan was more consistent than the rest of us and took second. Charlie capsized and finished last in the 2nd race and missed the 3rd when he went back to check on his 10-year-old nephew, but he roared back to finish 3rd in the regatta (there were no throwouts!). I was in the hunt for 4th and was first to the windward mark in the last and deciding race, but really screwed up the approach to and rounding of the leeward mark and dropped back to 5th which netted me 6th in the regatta. No matter, it was fun trying. Mark Buchanan, who drove in from Tennessee and Charlie’s brother in law, Mark, crewed for me and were great. Everybody got a trophy which was a mason jar on top of a glass pedestal with a sample of moonshine to make it authentic.

Two other boats from Fleet 50 were there: Will Phillippe who grew up sailing on Smith Mountain Lake with Brian Ganjei and Jessica and Ron Buchanan with Jeff and his new wife who had never sailed in a race before.

Here are lots and lots of photos to give you a sense of the regatta.

Moonshine Regatta April 14-15, 2012 Photos

More Moonshine Regatta April 14-15, 2012 Photos

Charleston Wild Oyster Regatta – A Day in the Limelight

Charleston is a cool city. I had never been. Immediately, I start listening for the southern accent, but few of the locals have one. What gives? The Carolina Yacht Club is right at the bottom of the Peninsula and faces SE out over Charleston Harbor. The Ashley river comes down from the NW and the Cooper from the NE. Russ Roberts and I drove down on Friday and met Marc DeLoach, a high school student sailor who is a cousin of some sort to Russ. It was a beautiful day and Greg Fisher and Brian Hayes ran some starting drills and short races out on the water. We used the opportunity to get Marc used to the Lightning.

That evening we went on Eric Hakanson’s recommendation to “the Wreck” off of Shem creek. It is the classic fish shack. No investment in fancy surroundings, but right outside is a warf with large shrimp boats and a beautiful view of the sunset. The grilled (or fried) oysters, shrimp, and scallops were fresh, delicious, and reasonably priced. I love it.

The next morning we go to the skipper’s meeting and get a little lecture on current in Charleston harbor. They have more than we do on the Potomac. The ebb tide current can be over 2.5 knots. It’s less on the flood tide and luckily the regatta will be sailed mostly on the flood tide.

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