Fall Series #8 and PRSA Annual General Meeting

Greetings Sailors,

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!

Racing Highlights…

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!

Frigid Digit and Fall Fling

We’ve got a lot of great sailing coming up to round out the fall season.  Next up is the Frigid Digit in Annapolis this coming weekend (Oct. 15.-16).  Who’s in?  To register for the Frigid Digit Regatta at SSA please complete the online registration: https://severnsa.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=549086&item_id=492189  Included with your registration and entry fee, following racing on Saturday, all sailors are invited to dinner and a de-brief of the days racing by Allan Terhune and Geoff Becker. Because of the logistics hosting dinner for the fleet, we need all boats intending to participate to register ASAP so we can have an accurate head count. Also, there is a $20 late fee if your registration isn’t processed by Friday afternoon, October 14th. 

After that we have the Hampton Fall Fling on 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.  Note that there is a late fee for registrations after Oct 28. This historically has been 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! 

I hope to see you on the water at one or the other of these events!

Hampton Fall Fling November 10-11

The Hampton Fall Fling is coming up on November 10-11.  This is a fantastic regatta at a great venue, and there is the added bonus of the traditional Oyster Roast after the racing.  Moreover, Districts will be held down at Hampton next year, so this is a great chance to get a feel for the waters.

I know that at least a couple of Fleet 50 boats are headed down.  If you’re going, make sure to add your name to the “Who’s Coming” list to help out the Regatta Committtee and to generate some more excitement for the regatta: http://www.lightningclass.org/racing/calendar/eventDetail.asp?ID=561

Here is the link to the full NOR: Fall_FLING_NOR_(revised)_2012.doc