The 2018 PRSA President’s Cup Regatta will be held September 15 & 16 at Washington Sailing Marina, continuing the long tradition of competitive one-design racing started by the President’s Cup in 1934. The regatta will be sailed on the Potomac River on two courses. Visit the regatta website to view the NOR and register for the 2018 President’s Cup! Registration fees increase after September 10, so make sure to register and pay online before September 10 to benefit from the early registration discount. We will once again offer a spectator cruise aboard the historic schooner American Spirit (this year’s cruise will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16) so be sure to tell your friends and family!
Thanks to our regatta sponsor, Annapolis Performance Sailing, and to DC Sail for the partnership that allows us to offer a spectator cruise aboard the American Spirit!
The results are in! Head over to the PRSA Results Page to view the final standings for the 2018 PRSA Spring Series.
Congratulations to Craig Cobbum and his crew for winning, as well as all competitors who participated in the combined 34th Annual Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup & 2018 Dixie Districts! Bruce Bingman and his RC crew were able to get off two races – very noteworthy given the very light and shifty conditions. The turnout from both visiting boats and Fleet 50 sailors was fantastic!
In addition, congratulations to Trevor Pryor and his crew for winning the Dixie District Purnell Cup, and Nabeel Alsalam and his crew Tom Hutton and Jess Harrington for winning the Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup Trophy.
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!
#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
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!
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!
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
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 email@example.com.
If you have any additional questions, please let me know.
Captain, Lightning Fleet 50
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!
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!
Lisa-Marie LaneFleet Captain, Lightning Fleet 50