We didn’t have much breeze for the 2017 PRSA President’s Cup, but that didn’t stop us from having fun! With 9 Lightnings registered we were anxious to get racing. It was fantastic to see Geoff Bishop (sailing with his daughter Gigi and with Molly Doyle) at his first regatta in his new boat on Sunday! It was also great to welcome Bill Mauk back to sail with us. Despite our enthusiasm, Mother Nature had other ideas, at least for Saturday. The river was so calm that you could see a picture-perfect reflection of the buildings on MD shore from the WSM docks. PRO Jim Graham postponed from ashore twice before (wisely) cancelling racing for the day. There were no complaints from the sailors as we all cracked cold beverages, engaged in some bocce ball competitions, tossed a frisbee or two, and enjoyed a beautiful fall afternoon that was rounded out by a tasty regatta dinner from Lebanese Taverna.
There was not much wind on Sunday morning, but we were determined to go racing. The RC towed boats up to the course in a gentle northerly breeze. The wind held long enough for the Lightnings to get two races — far better than none! — as we tested our light-air sailing skills against each other. The competition on Sunday was tight, with lots of position changes in the tricky conditions. Congratulations to Bill Mauk (sailing with Kevin and Ricardo) for showing us how it is done! You can keep reading for some of my observations from aboard Lightning #14592 and, by all means, please add your own observations as comments on this post! Links to scores and photos will be posted soon.
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!
We had an amazing day for Spring Series #7! Steady breeze at 10-15 from the South, four great races, and 8 Lightnings on the line! Read Nabeel’s great summary of the day’s racing on the PRSA website and add your own comments. Heather on the RC also took some great photos, including the ones below!
Congratulations to Team As You Wish for their fantastic win at the PRSA Spring Regatta! Lisa-Marie sailed with Jim Lane and Christy Chen, and I have to say that they did an extraordinary day in some challenging conditions to beat out 6 other Lightnings and earn their first regatta win. Great job all around — I know that the entire Fleet is thrilled for you!
As I mentioned, the conditions on Sunday were very challenging (after no racing on Saturday due to a total lack of wind). The breeze was generally easterly in direction (!) and ranged from 5-10 knots, with some pretty big swings to the south with puffs and then lots of soft spots, and dead spots, throughout the course. The RC sent us off on 4 O2 races (the only real choice given wind direction and river constraints), which put a premium on boathandling around the relatively short course as well as attention to finding clear air as one navigated around and through 4 other classes on the course.
Watching As You Wish throughout the day (from behind them for most of it!) I noticed how well they did in doing a couple of things: (a) not pinching, and (b) keeping their air clear, especially on the reach legs where boats tended to cluster a bit and it was very easy to get rolled. It was a day that demanded persistence and patience, for sure. On Beedobeat (sailing with Geoff and Quentin Bishop) we found ourselves able to get off the start line and up to the windward mark ahead in several races, especially once we figured out the advantage that came with going left early to get up current and get into better pressure. But As You Wish and the rest of the pack were tenacious, and we did get rolled on a couple of the reach/run legs.
Overall the results were very tight, with As You Wish beating out Alex, Will, and Ed Lane on No Call, No Show in a tiebreaker for 1st, followed in 3rd by John Van Voorhis and David Keto on Shamrock just one point behind! Congratulations once again to Lisa-Marie, Jim, and Christy for a great job and for a well-earned 1st regatta win!
Sixteen boats turned out for the SSA No Gas Regatta in Annapolis for two days of great racing in Annapolis. We had great Fleet 50 participation, with Nabeel (sailing with Chandler Owen, Russ Roberts, and Jeff Witten), Lisa-Marie Lane (sailing with Jim and Molly-Lynn Westrate), Aaron crewing for Rick Welch (along with Kin Ellot), and Bruce Heida (crewing for Greg Kelly)
The breeze was up a bit early on Saturday morning as we all rigged, but things settled down to a pretty steady 12-14 by the time we were racing. We had some good runs in the first race with plenty of hiking and then things stabilized out a bit for 3 more great races, with the breeze tailing off towards the end of the 4th race such that we were stripping off foul weather gear as we headed back to the marina (see the fantastic photo from Ted Morgan, below, and more regatta photos here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm18qtfY).
Sailing with Rick and Kin we made a concerted effort to have a plan for the first leg off the start (direction to go, when/whether to tack) and we did a fairly good job of executing that plan in most races. Competition was tight in a very talented fleet, though, and an OCS in race 1 didn’t help our overall position after day 1. Nonetheless, we had a blast, went fast, and enjoyed some great bbq & beer at SSA after the racing.
The breeze was forecast to be lighter on Sunday and that forecast held true, with winds in the 8-10 range for most of the day. We again really focused on a plan, and on looking up the course for shifts and pressure. We managed to get a few things right for some decent finishes (a 4 and a 6 among them) on Day 2. After three races we were back on shore toasting the leaders and celebrating another No Gas (one with 7 races and very little power boat chop!) in the books. Full results are posted here: http://www.lightningclass.org/racing/results/2017/noGas.asp. A great regatta all around, and great to have good Fleet 50 participation!
The NOR for the PRSA Spring Regatta (May 27-28) has been posted and registration is open. Visit the regatta website and register by May 21 to take advantage of the early registration discount! Once you’ve registered, help us spread the word about the regatta!
We have partnered with DC Sail once again to organize a spectator cruise aboard the American Spirit on Saturday of the Spring Regatta. Spectator cruise tickets are $20/person (or $25 for a combined cruise and Saturday dinner ticket). Tickets can be purchased via the regatta website. We have also posted complete details on the cruise in the “race documents” area on the regatta website.
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!