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!

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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!

PRSA Rookie Regatta Results

We had a good turnout for the PRSA Rookie Regatta this past Sunday, with 6 I-20s, 6 Lightnings, 3 Albacores, and 2 Buccaneers coming out for the fun.  Several boats had a true rookie on board, and those that didn’t had crews driving and drivers crewing.  Congrats to David Keto (15117) and Tom Hutton (15142) on tying for first place in the Lightning fleet.  Joe and Marco on 12416 also had a great showing, finishing 2nd overall.

Results are posted below.  I’ve also included a few of my observations from the course on Lightning #14592 (from the middle position while Piercarlo drove his first races in a long while!).  You should feel free to add your observations in the comments section!

The weather looked much more promising than the forecast as we arrived at the marina on Sunday.   We sailed up to the course in a nice northerly breeze…only to see it become soft and spotty as the first starts got going.  PRO Allen Griffen and his RC crew did a great job in adjusting the course but also getting us as many races as possible in a very shifty and variable N/NE/NW wind.  With short T1 courses the start was important, and we found that getting a good start and staying in the pressure (generally up the left side of the course along the airport, though this was not the case in the first race) was paramount.  Making sure to keep the boat moving forward fast, even when headed, was also important in all of the shifts and swirls.  Over the 3 races we saw conditions ranging from nearly no wind to full on hiking conditions (for a few moments at least).  Overall, though, the racing was fun and clean, and it was great to see new faces on boats and familiar people in new positions.  The sun even came out enough for us to enjoy a nice post-race BBQ and awards ceremony!

PRSA Rookie Regatta Results 2018

The Spring Series Has (Finally!) Begun!

We had a great turnout this past Sunday with 9 Lightnings on the line and 3 more represented on the RC — that is 12 boats for a Spring Series race!  We were especially thrilled to welcome Mike and Angela Darrah on #15259 to the Fleet for their first PRSA races.  Watch out folks — they are fast!  It was also good to see Karl and Kevin Wagerson out on 14566 and to have Jim Dillard join us on 15311 for some of his first PRSA Sunday Series racing in a while.  I was PRO for the day (with Bob Gotthardt and Lisa-Marie Lane rounding out the RC).  All I can say is that it was a very goofy day, with “east” winds varying wildly in velocity and direction all day long.  We saw the breeze swing from 35 degrees to 115 degrees and back in just a minute or two, and there was more than one instance of a breeze directly out of the south settling over the course for a few minutes, before reverting back to an easterly.  Given the wind direction the O2 courses were short, but they were surely challenging for the sailors given the shifty and puffy conditions.  We were able to get 5 races in (!) before sending the boats back to shore to enjoy the PRSA season-opening BBQ.  Results will be posted to the PRSA website soon!

2018 Dues Are Due!

Please remember to pay your 2018 Fleet 50 Dues if you haven’t already done so!  Head over to the “Members & Membership” segment on the website to fill out a member form and then send that form and your payment to our Fleet 50 Treasurer, Bob Gotthardt, as per the instructions on the form.

Sad News: Eight Bells for Hadley Greene

A message from Lisa-Marie:

In case you had not heard, it is with great sadness that I am sharing the news that Hadley Green, a longtime friend of Fleet 50 and member of the CAD district, passed away on January 22, 2018.  We extend our deepest condolences to Hadley’s family and all those who knew her or sailed with her.

I know that I did not have a long opportunity to get to know Hadley well, as she was getting ready to move out of the area just as Jim and I starting getting involved with the fleet.  What I do remember, Hadley was always smiling and full of positive energy. I particularly remember that Hadley was one of the first Fleet 50 members we met.  She was there hanging out on the picnic tables after sailing when Jim and I pulled our Lightning into the marina the for the very first time.  She was one of the reasons that we felt so welcome and wanted to part of this amazing group of sailors.  I know she will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.  

Lightning Fleet 50 will will making a donation to “Rocking The Boat” in Hadley’s memory.  Please let me know if you would like to contribute to the Fleet 50 Donation.

From the ILCA website

Eight Bells…. Hadley Forster Greene, CAD District

Hadley Forster Greene, 30, of New York, NY, passed away at home on Monday, January 22, 2018 after a sudden illness.  Hadley was a passionate, accomplished young woman who was doing what she loved. She loved sailboat racing and traveling the world. She was a loving daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend.

A Memorial Service at Congregation Beth Ha-Tephila in Asheville, NC with Rabbi Batsheva H. Meiri officiating is being planned.  Hadley is survived by her parents, Jamie and Fritzie Greene of Beaufort, NC; twin brother, Mike Greene and his partner, Sam McHaney of Seattle, WA; maternal grandmother, Libby Forster of Beaufort, NC; uncle, Lenny (Lainie) Greene; aunt, Patti (Keith) Taboada; aunt, Sandy Grotheer (Ron Grotheer); as well as several cousins and numerous friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rocking The Boat: online at http://give.classy.org/hadley

Or by mail: Rocking the Boat, 812 Edgewater Road, Bronx, NY 10474

Condolences and life tributes may be sent to the family at http://www.noefs.org/notices/Hadley-Greene

Arrangements by Noe Funeral Service, Inc. of Beaufort, NC.

Fleet 50 AGM: February 24

Please mark your calendars for our 2018 AGM on Saturday 2/24/18 from 6pm-9pm at the Lane Residence in Ashburn, 42778 Explorer Drive, Brambleton VA.   The snow date will be March 3rd.

We are going to stick with the potluck format, so please click on this link to sign up: http://bit.ly/2Gkwpfc  Please sign up so we know how many people are coming and what delicious dishes you are bringing.  While you are at it, make sure to submit your nominations for our Fleet 50 awards if you’ve not already done so.  

Skippers can also fill out a membership form for dues renewal for 2018 (Bob will be taking money at the AGM!) so that you’re all set to sail once the weather warms up a bit!

We look forward to seeing you all on the 24th for some great food and drink in fantastic company!

AGM Date and Fleet 50 Awards!

Although we are still starting to defrost, we are trying to finalize the details for our upcoming AGM.  In order to have the greatest participation, please take a moment to vote for your preferred date (and location).  Please complete your preferences no later than Jan 25th, so we can start organizing the meeting.  

If you haven’t taken the time to complete the Fleet 50 Awards Nominations, please take a moment to nomination your fellow sailors for our Fleet 50 Awards as well.     

The AMG also starts the new membership year, so Skippers please fill out a membership form for dues renewal ($20.00) for 2018.  You can either mail them directly to Bob Gotthardt or bring the completed form & dues to the AGM. 

Finally, don’t forget that your PRSA Dues need to be paid by January 15 in order to avoid a late fee!

Nominate Sailors for Fleet 50 Awards!

Before the 2017 sailing season fades from memory altogether, take a moment to nominate skippers and crews for our Fleet 50 Awards.  These awards are a great way to recognize our own sailors, and this is always a fun part of the Fleet 50 Annual General Meeting & Awards Banquet (Spring 2018, date TBA).  Use this link to access the nomination form: https://goo.gl/forms/RSkJkqJeToYcPBQD2

The criteria for each award are spelled out on the nomination form.  You may submit as many nominations as you would like — the more the better!

Race Committee Training Opportunity

West River Sailing Club in Galesville, MD, is hosting a 2-day Race Management Seminar on Feb. 17-18, 2018.  This class is for people who want to learn more about how to run sailboat races. No prerequisites are required other than a basic understanding of sail boat racing and some previous race management experience.  Follow this link for information and registration details (scroll down the page to the date of Feb. 17-18): 

http://www.ussailing.org/race-officials/find-a-seminar/race-officer-seminar-calendar/

Attendees must be members of US Sailing. The course fee is $80 which covers the class, materials, continental breakfast & coffee, plus lunch.  The two day class will begin each day at 0830 and run through 1630. There is an on-line quiz after the course if attendees are interested in becoming certified. 

This is a great opportunity, especially according to this endorsement from Nabeel: “I endorse this class.  Bill Kleysteuber and I travelled up to Newport, RI about a decade ago to take the class.   We learned a lot.  It is primarily based on the RRS but not completely.  You get a nice certificate at the end and become certified as a club race officer.”