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
Mark your calendars!
This coming Sunday is the last day of racing for the fall series. The forecast is for partly cloudy skies with a high of 52 and moderate winds from the south. It it holds true, this should be a great day to end the season! Then next Saturday is the PRSA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet. Visit the PRSA website for details and to sign up!
Last weekend, team As You Wish…was in Hampton VA for the Fall Fling. It was a great event with 2 days of racing and one of the highest turnouts in many years. There were 7 Lightnings, and would have been 8, except 2 boats needed crew and had to combine boats. Sat we had 5 hard races, the wind was predominately steady from the north winds from 15-20. The steady breeze made the 5 races races very lively and tiring but never out of control or too much to handle. Saturday night the Hampton Yacht Club members hosted an awesome Pot Luck/Oyster Roast at one of the member’s homes a few blocks away from the club. By Sunday, the breeze was predicted to die all day following the front that came thru but it stayed in the 5-6 range and the RC was able to get in 2 additional races. This was the prefect way to end the regatta, the temps were in the 70’s, most of us were wearing shorts and although the winds were light, no paddling was required! Congrats again to the winners, Trevor Prior, Hans & Gary sailed well and placed 1st; Joe Bukowski, Ed Lane & Zack Bukowski came in 2nd and Team Hurban, Joan, Gary and Paulie Kaiser were a very close 3rd. (See the pics below).
Some winter thoughts…If you have not considered traveling to away regattas, please reconsider. When Jim and I first joined Fleet 50 and were trying to “get the basics” of this incredibly humbling boat down, the number one recommendation to getting more experience by traveling to away regattas. Although when we first considered traveling it was quite overwhelming, it has been the best thing we have done to gain experience. If you have questions, just ask! There are many folks who will help with recommendations and procedures on traveling, stepping your mast, setting up your boat and all around cheerleads for new teams. And most importantly, the host clubs are so excited to get more boats on the line! You will find new friendships, lots of great sailing stories and invaluable knowledge. Lightning sailors are a tight knit group that will go out of their way to support each other!
Hope to see everyone Sunday!
Fleet 518 will be holding the Poquosen Challenge & Crabkill, sponsored by Yuengling, on August 19 if there is enough interest. Please let Jim Dillard know if you can attend, along with the following information:
- I’ll be there with ____ others
- Would you like a bed? (bring sheets and towels, 1st come…)
- How many w/ eat crab? Need to know as they are the big cost
Registration is $5, dinner is $20/ person. Remember we usually sail w/ 2 but more are OK too.. So if you wo/ like to join us please let Jim know. We need at least 7 boats.
Notice of Regatta
The Poquoson Challenge is a one-day event sponsored by Fleet 518 and will be held on the beautiful Poquoson River just south of the York River on Saturday, July 29, 2017. This is strictly a fun regatta. You can sail with one person or as many as you like. There will be no on shore skippers meeting. Check in at 38 foot white sailboat. The first race will start at 1:00. There will be 4 or 5 short windward /leeward races finishing to windward. One line at committee boat for start and finish. These races will be governed by the “Racing Rules of Sailing.” No protests, please.
Racing will be followed by a crab and beer feast (barbecue will be available) at Jack & Lynn Shepherd’s — 218 Kings Grant Dr.. PLEASE LET JIM KNOW HOW MANY IN YOUR GROUP WOULD LIKE CRAB OR BARBQUE! Yuengling will be the beer!
The after race party will be Entrance fee: $5.00. Dinner $20.00/ person. Public launching is available on the Poquoson with a tow available if needed. Please see the NOR for directions and additional details.
The Dixie District Championship Regatta, hosted by Fleet 329 at SSA, is just around the corner. Let’s aim for a great Fleet 50 turnout! The NOR and registration links are posted to our Dixie District website. Make sure to sign up on the ILCA Who’s Coming List and then register by June 15 to receive the early registration discount!
What a great weekend! With 6 great races in breezy conditions, a fantastic BBQ, great camping, and good fun all around, the 2017 Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup is in the books. Congratulations to all the competitors and many, many thanks to all of the volunteers who helped make the regatta such a success. Complete results are posted here and more photos will be posted soon.
Our signature spring regatta is coming up! Head over to the Regatta Website for information and links to the registration website. Sign up now so that we know you’re coming and tell all of your friends!
The following note is from Lisa-Marie Lane, Lightning Fleet 50 Fleet Captain:
Greeting Fleet 50 Sailors!
Spring is here and sailing season is right around the corner. Our 1st Spring Series starts on April 2 so it is time to start thinking finding your sailing gear & getting ready for racing.
Fleet Tuning Day–Sat April1st we will host a Fleet Tuning Day from 9-Noon (Please reply to Lisa-Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending)
Our first Spring Series Race is Sunday 4/2. In order to help get you get your boats ready for the racing season, several of our members will be at the marina and we will help get masts stepped & be available to take a look at your tuning. Special thanks to Aaron, Nabeel & Bob Astrove who offered to be available to ask questions and assist anyone who may need help tuning their boats.
33rd Annual Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup, May 13-14th, Leesylvania State Park—Volunteers Needed
We still need some key volunteers, including Regatta Chair and someone to organize the menu/meals. In addition, we can use as much help as possible on Saturday, May 6th from 9am-Noon for the Leesylvania Park Clean-Up. Please look at your calendar and let me know if you can help out. More details will follow.
Challenge from the Dixie District Annual Meeting—One More Regatta!
We had a great meeting this past February in Annapolis followed by a Social, with a very informative overview of the “significant changes for the 2017-2020 Racing Rules of Sailing by Geof Becker. I am very excited to share that Fleet 50 has added a few boats to come out with a small gain in membership! We have been one of the most active fleets in our district and currently has 18 active skippers and last year scored 54 races over the season in 2016!
Now is the time to start getting your sailing calendars organized & crew set. All of the Dixie District Racing Calendar dates have been set and you can find the 2017 calendar at: http://lightningfleet50.org/?page_id=535
My challenge to each of you is to commit to participate in one more away regatta this season. If there is anything I can do to help make that happen, please let me know!
The 6th Annual Moonshine Regatta is the first Dixie District Regatta on April 8-9th. So far, we will have 3 boats from Fleet 50 attending (Lisa-Marie & Jim Lane, Alex Thomson & Will Phillippe & Frank Gallagher). This a great regatta to start the season. If you are coming, please be sure to sign up on the “Who’s Coming” list http://www.lightningclass.org/racing/calendar/eventDetail.asp?ID=1200) to help with event planning!
Make sure to visit the ILCA racing calendar for details on all upcoming events: http://www.lightningclass.org/racing/calendar/eventSelect.asp
Make Note…the WJMs & North American’s are split this year & limited space for the NAs:
● 2017 – WJM‟s Metedeconk River YC (Aug 1-4)
Lightning North Americans—If you are planning to attend, sign up early; Due to the size of the facility in NC this year, there will only be 70 slots available–registration opens June 15th.
● 2017 – CYC, Wrightsville Beach (Sept 21-24)
● 2017 – CYC, Wrightsville Beach (Sept 21-24)
On a personal note…Tales from the Dark & Stormy Side
I just returned from my first experience at the 70th Annual Winter Championship in St. Petersburg/Southern Circuit. Due to a last minute cancellation, I had the opportunity to crew for a SSA skipper & it was an amazing experience! For me, the most interesting part of the event was the Lightning Mentor Program. This including being assigned a “coach” for the event. Pre-race meetings to discuss the weather forecast/local knowledge reports & racing game plan. The de-briefings after racing, including comments from the coach boat for feedback of what happened during the event and video of the racing. This was extremely helpful, as the coach would point out something that was an issue, then go to your boat to identify the problem & help you correct it! Our boat had a problem with the “Cunningham Trim” which he pointed out on the de-briefing video. After the meeting, our coach stopped by the boat & helped make some tuning & sail adjustments correct the problem. This was a great learning experience both on & off the water! Unfortunately, I was only able to participate in the first half of the Southern Circuit this year, but this event is definitely on my bucket list of regattas to attend!
Fleet 50 Sailors — we have the Hampton Fall Fling coming up this weekend (Nov. 5-6). Click here to read the NOR and please sign up on the ILCA Who’s Coming?” list: http://www.lightningclass.org/racing/calendar/eventDetail.asp?ID=1125. This is always a fun regatta sailing on the historic waters of the Hampton Flats and of course there will be the traditional Oyster Roast hosted at a member’s house on Sat night. Joe B down in Hampton says that If there is anything that they can do to help someone make it down just let them know!
The Duck Challenge is this coming weekend! I see that Bobby and Nabeel are already on the list. Who else is going?
Regatta details are posted to the ICLA website (http://www.lightningclass.org/racing/calendar/eventDetail.asp?ID=1103). Pat and the folks up in Havre de Grace ask that you please add your name to the “Who’s Coming?” list so they have a good headcount for food/beverages and the like.