Well, the wind certainly didn’t cooperate for Spring Series #7. The Sunday morning forecast was for breezes around 8 kts along with steady showers. We were lucky enough that the rain held off…but so did the breeze. Seven Lightnings (along with some Albacores, Cats, a Buc, and two I-Scows) drifted up or were towed up to the racecourse. The RC did as well as they could with the light to nonexistent breeze, resetting the course to take advantage of the only breeze of the day and send us off on a race at about 12:30. When it did fill, the breeze seemed to come from the East or Southeast, though it was very patchy (more like bands that would come up the river from the S/SE) and it was key to be the first boat to the pressure wherever and whenever it appeared. We did a good job of holding off the pack (and rounding some marks twice…more on this below) to take a bullet on Sinistra, followed by Chris, Liz & Palmer on String Theory (they very nearly got us, but we got one last puff as we drifted down to the shortened-course finish at the leeward mark). Kudos to the RC for their work on a challenging day. As it turned out, it was a beautiful afternoon for an extended after-race BBQ!
Keep reading for some more details of the racing from my vantage point on Sinistra, and add your own comments in if you have them!
The wind was a bit too gusty for most folks on Sunday, though a few boats sailed around the cove, and a couple of Albacores braved the river to blast around. Here’s a quick summary of the day from Laura Lake:
On the river, five Lightings showed, four Lightnings splashed, but I believe only one (Chessie) left the dock to sail around in the lagoon for a bit. I am not sure, but it looked like they might have had a technical issue that forced them to stay in. One Buc and one Catamaran also left the dock, though they opted not to come up to Haines point to race. One of the Albacores was still going out but was short crew, I switched over and sailed with Nick in in three races against Barney. Barney was providing Nick with tips and tricks of the trade, rather than truly racing, it was a lot of fun. The wind was probably 15-20, with the occasional gust higher than that. Many thanks to race committee (there were more people on race committee than sailing)-it was a fun day to get to be out on the river.
The PRSA Spring Regatta will be held May 25-26 at Washington Sailing Marina. Complete details, including the NOR as well as links to the registration form and “who’s coming?” list are on the PRSA Spring Regatta webpage. Don’t miss this PRSA Spring tradition!
I only sailed the first day of the No Gas Regatta (with Rick & Lisbet) and Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day — about 8-10 kts of consistent breeze for most of the day with flat water. We did fairly well on Team Sinistra, with a couple of top-10 finishes in the 18 boat fleet (a fleet filled with some rock stars, no less). A brief spell of rain and a calm spot came through the race course during the third race, but it quickly passed and overall we had a sunny day and a great afternoon and evening for celebrating after the racing and for the Olivia Constants Foundation Fundraiser & Celebration.
It sounds like day 2 of the regatta was a much different matter. Text message reports from Lisbet, who stayed to sail with Gary Hurban (along with Jess Harrington) keep using the words “carnage” and “mayhem.” Apparently Gary, Jess, & Lisbet capsized on the way to the racecourse amidst very breezy and puffy conditions, and opted not to race (as did a number of other boats). I hear reports that Steve Constants turtled and broke his mast, and that one crew member from a different boat was taken to the hospital with hypothermia concerns, but is OK. I hope everybody is safe, sound, warm, and dry now!
We are about half way through the Spring Series, so I thought everyone would like a peek at the standings as they sit right now. Some new names in the top five so far: Bobby Astrove and Team Pandora are leading the pack with a 1.8 average. Nabeel and Team Shadowfax are in 2nd with a 3.5. Chris Kozel and team String Theory are 3rd with a 4.5 – and they managed that with a hole in their boat! 4th are the so called College Boys; Brian Ganjei and Will Phillipe with a 4.6 (Chris had better watch out!). Rounding out the top 5 is Lindsey Bach and Team Lightnin’ Bug with a 5.1 average score. See the rest of the standings here:
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What a great weekend! Two straight days of good breeze (10-15 from the E/NE throughout the weekend) gave us some tight racing on the course and some hungry and thirsty sailors for the legendary steak & salmon BBQ on Saturday. Those of us that camped at the park enjoyed two beautiful nights out in nature along with our annual pilgrimage to Tim’s for some extra libations on Saturday evening.
Congratulations to Team Constants (Steve, Mike, & Dave) for a strong performance and the overall regatta win. Team Shadowfax (Nabeel, Laura, & Jess) took 5th overall after a great 3rd-place finish in the final race, and thus earned the honor of top Fleet 50 finisher. Full results here: 2013 Potomac Cup Results
Overall we had 24 Lightnings and 2 Flying Scot’s compete, making for a great turnout! We’ve posted a couple of photos below (with links to more) to whet your appetite, and a full writeup will also be posted soon, so keep checking the website! Finally, and perhaps most importantly, many thanks to our sponsors — Yuengling and Annapolis Performance Sailing — and to all of the volunteers that made this regatta such a success — we really could not have done it without you!
Photos from both days of racing from Bruce Heida (thanks Bruce!): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sjz5bf93g9m3i2j/LigKjtzCRB
Photos from day two from Lindsay Bach (thanks Lindsay!):
Our friends down in Hampton will be hosting the 2013 Dixie District Championship Regatta. Visit the Dixie District Homepage and follow the links there for more information on the 2013 regatta. The NOR has been posted, and more info will be coming soon.
Our friends up at SSA in Fleet 329 will be hosting the No Gas regatta on May 11-12. Mark your calendar and make plans to attend now — it would be great to have a strong Fleet 50 showing at this regatta! The full NOR with links is posted below. You can download registration form from and fill out one copy at http://severnsailing.org/racemanagement/entryform.pdf
Please note that the No Gas is being held in conjunction with the 1st Annual Olivia Constants Foundation Fundraiser. Competitors are invited to attend the Fundraiser for dinner on Saturday evening. Advanced tickets are recommended and can be purchased at http://www.oliviaconstants.org
Here are the links for the 2013 No Gas NOR and for information on the 1st Annual OCF Fundraiser.
A long overdue post to recognize Fleet 50’s own Bob Astrove as the 2013 Karl Smither Award winner. This award is given annually by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club to the Lightning sailor best representing Corinthian spirit, support of the Lightning class, and Class membership.
It was a beautiful weekend on Smith Mountain Lake.15 boats came from as far as upstate New York to race at Virginia Inland Sailing Association with Nabeel, Frank, and myself representing Fleet 50.