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!
Twenty-one boats turned out for the 2016 Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup. We had fantastic weather on the first day – moderate and consistent10-12 kt S/SW breeze with flat water — and the RC did a great job of getting us 3 good races and also then getting us back to shore before the first storm front blew through. The wind and rain passed in time for us all to enjoy another fantastic dinner prepared by Fleet 50 Master Chef Lindsay Bach (steak, chicken, fish, homemade sides, and more!). The weather Saturday night was a bit chilly and windy for the campers, but nothing too extreme. Unfortunately the forecasts for very high winds on Sunday were correct and racing was cancelled as a second front with gusts of 30+ swept through the racing area as we started to head out to the race course. Several boats did head out to the race course and experienced some amazing wet and wild planing reaches in the wind and waves (myself included, along with hardy crew Lizzie and Lisbet) before the RC called things off for the day. All made it back to shore and we enjoyed a great awards ceremony recognizing regatta winners (results link below), the youngest sailor of the regatta (Zach Buczkowski), and a young boat grant team that sailed in the regatta.
A huge thank you to Regatta Chair Lisa-Marie Lane for organizing the entire regatta crew for another fun and successful Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup!
- Full Results (click the “Newsroom & Results” link at the top)
- Awards Ceremony Photos (photo credit: Jim Lane)
A note from Lisa-Marie: special thanks to Jim Dillard, for once again coordinating with the wonderful staff at Leesylvania State Park. We had a nice turn out of volunteers to help paint the outside of the park store. The work party consisted of Jim, Christy, Tim (and family dog, Juneau) of the Dillard Clan, Geoff Fuller, Bob Gotthardt, John Hart, Tom Hutton, Laura Lake (and new puppy) and myself. Unfortunately we got the “after” picture “after” Laura had to leave 😉
The staff was extremely appreciative of all of our help and enjoyed chatting with us while we painted. It was quite funny, as I was told by Christy that I think the last time the building was painted was the last time Fleet 50 painted it! I enjoyed hearing recollections of the many volunteer projects our fleet has helped with at the park since I was one of the “relative” newbies at the event (this was only my 3rd year).
The Leesylvania Park Cleanup is this Saturday, 9:00-12:00! Let Lisa-Marie know if you can help. This is a great way to give back and to make sure that we can keep using the park for the Doc Gilbert Memorial Potomac Cup Regatta!
Our Dixie District Sailing Season kicks off this coming weekend with the Moonshine Regatta on Smith Mountain Lake (April 9-10). We will also have PRSA Spring Series #2 on the river. Both PRSA Spring Series #1 and the PRSA Spring Kickoff BBQ were cancelled due to cold temps, high winds, and very low water, so we will hold the PRSA Spring Kickoff BBQ after Spring Series #2 on April 10. PRSA will be providing food and beverages, so come ready to race and come hungry for some great festivities after the racing!
Looking ahead, don’t forget to sign up for the Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup (May 14-15)!
Lightning Fleet Lightning Fleet 50 Invites you to the 32nd Annual Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup Regatta, May 14-15, 2016, on the famous Potomac River at Leesylvania State Park, just outside of Washington DC, where the Potomac is 3 miles wide!
Fleet 50 Members: we need volunteers to help with a number of important tasks so that we can host our signature regatta in Leesylvania! Please email Regatta Chair Lisa-Marie Lane if you can help with any of the following:
- Park Cleanup at Leesylvania State Park on April 30
- Race Committee (1 day or both)
- Shore Crew to help set up Saturday BBQ in the afternoon (getting food prepped and appetizers ready while racers are still on the water)
- Making invitation calls
- T-shirt design
- Registration table on Saturday morning
Congratulations to Frank Gallagher (sailing with Will Summers and Brian Lawrence) for winning the 31st Annual Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup Regatta! This is the first time that both the Potomac Cup (for the overall regatta winner) and the Doc Gilbert Memorial Trophy (for top Fleet 50 finisher) have come back to Fleet 50 for some time! It was a challenging weekend, with very light and variable breezes. We did manage to complete three races, though, thanks to the diligent and persistent work of PRO Bruce Bingman and a very busy RC crew. Beyond the RC, it was a true team effort to organize the regatta, as always, so make sure to thank a Fleet 50 member when you see them for the work that they did in organizing supplies, cooking, transporting things, or other behind-the-scenes work. We couldn’t have done it without you, so many, many thanks!
Now, to the results and the racing details! We were thrilled to have 20 boats at the regatta this year! Thanks to the generous sponsorship from APS we were able to recognize a few individuals and teams beyond the racing awards for top 5 finishes. Those special awards were as follows:
- Most Improved (vis-a-vis 2014): Jim Dillard, beating 8 more boats this year than he did last year. Great job!
- Youngest Sailor: Ed Lane. I understand Ed will be attending Christopher Newport University in the fall, so hopefully his APS gift certificate will help him upgrade some gear as he joins the team there!
- Farthest Distance Traveled: Bill Mauk & crew (coming from FL and NJ, among other places) — it was great to have you join us for the regatta!
- Top Female Skipper: Lisa-Marie Lane. Way to go!!!
- The “just out of the money” award (for 6th place): Jamie Brickell