AGM Wrap Up & 2018 Season Announcements!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2017 Sailing Season and for everyone who who made the trip to Loudoun County for the AMG. It was a fantastic turnout and a great party. It was especially exciting to see so many of the new members and family at the AGM! Our fleet has some of the best members, if you have not had the change to share a beer and get to know some of our new boat owners, you definitely add that to your list this spring!


Upcoming Events: 

  1. Fleet Tune-Up Day: Saturday March 11:00-2:00pm
    Come down to the marina on Saturday to get your boat cleaned up, tuned up & ready for racing…Several of our local experts have offered to be at the marina and help get masts stepped & be available to help with tuning questions. Special thanks to Aaron, Nabeel, Bobby who have offered to assist our fleet members. I would strongly encourage everybody to print out the North Tuning Guide or have it available on a mobile device. Both the Fisher and the M5 systems are covered in that tuning guide, and it’d be good for folks to be familiar with the basic steps so that we can provide the best advice in the time that we will have. http://www.onedesign.com/Portals/106/docs/Tuning%20Guides/north-lightning-tuningguide.pdf. Since it is still early in the season, the marina may not have the water turned on by the 31st, so make sure to bring all of the supplies you need to work on your boat.
  2. First Away Regatta: Moonshine, Smith Mountain Lake, (April 14-15)
    Randy Beauchamp, who will be hosting the Moonshine Regatta this year has coordinated with the UVA Sailing Team and has up to 10 UVA college sailors who would like to sail on Lightnings at the event. If you are are interested in having one of the college sailors on your team, please let me know! This is a great “One More Regatta” to attend. Never traveled, need crew, would like to crew…If you have any questions or reservations, please let me know, there lots of resources available to help you get to this event!
  3. Lighting Fleet 50 will host Dixie Districts / Potomac Cup (Jun 16-17, 2018)
    Due to the limited resources with planning two large regattas within 3 weeks, we are hosting a combined Dixie District/Doc Gilbert Regatta at Leesylvania State Park this year only.

AGM Meeting Highlights
Lightning Fleet 50 had a great racing season, with a total of 61 races completed as part of the scored racing season. We had great participation in 2017. Of the 21 boats on the roster, we would usually have between 5-9 boats out racing on any given Sunday (a max of 11 boats during one Sunday!). We usually have more than 10+ participating in our 2-day regattas. For our annual Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup Regatta, we welcomed boats from around the Dixie District and even had one boat from Florida (Thanks Bill!) to sail at the beautiful Leesylvania State Park. This past year, our attendance was down by 5 boats, as we only had 16 participants compared to 21 boats in 2016. This season, we continued a regular practice of gathering around the BBQ grill after the racing to trade stories about starts, mark roundings, and other tall tales from the racing.

For the 2017 Racing Season…We had 14 boats participate, [14] were active and [10] qualified for the 2017 Championship Series. We had 10 boats travel to at least 1 away regatta in 2017!

The Mantra for 2018: One More Regatta!


And the winner is…Congratulations to the 2017 Fleet 50 Championship Series

Nabeel Alsalam on Shadowfax (15142) for winning the 2017 Fleet 50 Championship Series.
John Van Voorhis on Shamrock (15117) took 2nd place, moving up 2 spots from his 2016 finishing position.
Bobby Astrove (7603) once again held 3rd place overall in 2017.
Lindsay Bach on Lightning Bug (14221) finished 4th moving up 6 spots from 2016 and
Aaron Boesenecker on Beedobeat (14592) finished in fifth place.

Complete 2017 season results: https://tinyurl.com/ydcskyqj

Other Fleet Awards:
Best New Crew: Gigi & Quinton Bishop

Most Improved Crew: [No one was nominated]

High Impact Crew: Jess Harrington

Team Spirit Skipper: Frank Gallagher

Congeniality Award: Geoff Fuller

Most Improved Skipper: Lindsay Bach

Skipper of the Year: Aaron Boesenecker

Fleet 50 Helper Award: Red Fehrle & Suz Humphrey

Bungle Bucket: Tie, Will Summers & Jeff Whiten

Bloody Rudder Award: Lisa-Marie Lane

All Weather Sailor Award: Lisa-Marie Lane

Iron Skipper Award: Bobby Astrove


Fleet 50 welcomed 5 new members (to make 21 boats listed on the roster)

We were excited to see new boats on the water in 2017, and look forward to building on this momentum in 2018. This year we welcomed 5 new boats to our fleet:

#12416 Marcols Ilosa & Joe Ament
#14318 Jeff Witten
#14187 Geof Bishop, who bought Bobby’s old boat,
who sails with his kids Quinton & Gigi
#14532 Will Summers, Thanks to Frank Galagher the Lightning whisper
who is rescued Boonoonoonos in the Fall of 2016
#14566 Kevin Wagerson, who bought Frank’s old boat and co-skippers with his son Karl

Sadly, we will be losing a boat (not members)
#14100 Red & Suz Fehrle who are selling their boat.

“Just Launched…”
Fleet 50 is continuing the Lightning tradition of family sailors. We are so happy to welcome two of our newest members:

Will & Megan Summers welcomed Charlie Summers born on November 13th, 2017.

Brian & Megan Lawrence would like to introduce Theodore “Theo” Samuel Lawrence born on December 22nd, 2017

Rocking the Boat…Fleet 50 donated $175 to the Hadley Green Rock the Boat in 2018 ($100 contribution from Fleet 50 and $75 in member contributions)

Many thanks to the Officers who served Fleet 50 in 2017:
Fleet Captain: Lisa-Marie Lane
Lieutenant for Racing: John Van Voorhis
Treasurer: Bob Gotthardt
Secretary: Geof Fuller
Scorer: Will Summers
Webmaster: pending (may reorganize w/ PRSA website)
Potomac Cup Regatta Chair: Jon Van Voorhis
Special Olympics Coordinator: Vacant / handled by Lieutenant for Racing
Training & Development Coord: Vacant / handled by Lieutenant for Racing

2018 Fleet 50 Slate of Officers:
Fleet Captain: Lisa-Marie Lane
Lieutenant for Racing: Jon Van Voorhis
Treasurer: Bob Gotthardt
Secretary & Scorer: Geoff Bishop
Webmaster: Jim Lane
Potomac Cup Regatta Chair: Aaron Boesenecker
Special Olympics Coordinator: Vacant / handled by Lieutenant for Racing
Training & Development Coord: Vacant / handled by Lieutenant for Racing

I am looking forward to serving as your Fleet Captain in 2018 & seeing everyone on the water for the Spring Season!

Sail Fast!

Lisa-Marie Lane
Fleet Captain, Lightning Fleet 50

Upcoming Sailing

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)!

4th Annual Moonshine Regatta

 

It was a beautiful weekend to race the Lightning at the 4th Annual Moonshine Regatta hosted by Virginia Inland Sailing Association (VISA) at Smith Mountain Lake. Randy and Lauren Beauchamp, their families, and all of the folks at VISA worked hard to make this a regatta to remember and showed the hospitality that the area is known for. Four fleet 50 boat Lisa-Marie, Bob Gotthardt, Alex Thomson/ Will Phillippe, and Ron Buchanan made it to the regatta and Bruce Heida was sailing with the Kelly’s from SSA. Bianca and Karen were new crew who came for the regatta.

 

Fleet members Lisa-Marie and Jim Lane and Bob Gotthardt made it down early enough to sail and tune the boats on Friday. They made the local news that captured some great video that you can see here: http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/racers-practice-for-moonshine-regatta/32312840

My boat left DC Friday midafternoon and other than some occasional rain showers it was a largely uneventful trip out 66 and then down 81. I always enjoy the drive in the spring to see the mountains changing color with the yellows of the forsythias, the fushia of the red bud, and dog woods blooming. We made it early enough to stop for ice cream at the Homestead Creamery in Wirtz, before having dinner at Moosie’s, and then to drop the boat off at VISA.

I woke up early Saturday morning I guess from the anticipation of sausage gravy and biscuits for breakfast and had a chance to capture the sunrise over the lake.

2015 SML

Early Saturday Morning at Smith Mountain Lake

Fortunately, the winds filled in and by the time we were ready to race it was blowing 12 to 15 out of the northwest with some occasional puffs. The northwest winds allowed the PRO to set a course to race up and down the main body of the lake. We had 6 windward / leeward races between noon and 3:30 or so with a mix of single lap and twice around. The single lap races really emphasize the importance of a good start because everyone stays close together and there are limited opportunities to recover.

The party on Saturday night was a chance to recap the racing and enjoy Carolina style pork bbq along with all of the sides and fixins. As always, the entire Lightning / VISA crowd was so super friendly and hospitable. My family came for the day and we brought Alex’s wife and they had a great time during the day watching the racing from shore and chatting with people, and were warmly welcomed at the party by the sailing crowd as well.

There wasn’t much wind when we started trickling in to the club on Sunday for a 9:30 first warning signal.  The RC postponed ashore while we waited for the wind to fill in. After about 45 mins ashore, the RC headed out and we followed them in a light but building SW breeze.  The wind was roughly eight when we started and then dropped during the race several boats were unable to reach the finish before time expired as the wind died. Alex had his best start of the weekend coming up from the committee boat with speed after everyone else went down the line. This allowed us to get clear air and put us close to the layline. Charlie Wardwell skippering the Beauchamp’s Past Due and the Constance Brother’s managed to beat us to the windward mark and achieved some separation on the downwind but we managed to preserve our lead on the rest of the fleet. With little wind to race in the racing was called and we paddled to shore.Hill Billy crystal (mason jars on pedestals) was presented to the winners and we reluctantly hitched the boat up to head home after a relaxing weekend. PRO T.J. Witten in addition to doing a great job managing the racing took plenty of photos that are available here: http://tjwitten.zenfolio.com/p60241689

 

Moonshine Musings

Last week at this time I was sitting back on the porch at the Virginia Inland Sailing Association (VISA) in Smith Mountain Lake, VA, enjoying the last bit of my pulled-pork and smoked brisket dinner and sipping on a wonderful blackberry moonshine.  Given that we don’t have any sailing this weekend, I thought I’d take a minute to write up what I remember from the moonshine.  Four Fleet 50 boats — Lisa-Marie, Nabeel, Ron, and Will/Alex — were at the regatta.  In addition I was there sailing with Nabeel, Bruce sailed with the Kelly’s from Annapolis, and Lisbet sailed with Charlie Wardwell.

VISA has a ton of great pics up on their facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaInlandSailing) and the regatta also received coverage on the local news channel.  The TV news clip even features Lisa-Marie and Jim Lane’s son, Ed, who sailed with Greg Kelly and Bruce Heida on Sunday!  Full results have been posted to the ILCA Results page and you can keep reading for more details from the regatta.  If you were there, feel free to add your own observations and recollections as comments to this post!

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