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

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

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



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!

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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