We had a great turnout this past Sunday with 9 Lightnings on the line and 3 more represented on the RC — that is 12 boats for a Spring Series race! We were especially thrilled to welcome Mike and Angela Darrah on #15259 to the Fleet for their first PRSA races. Watch out folks — they are fast! It was also good to see Karl and Kevin Wagerson out on 14566 and to have Jim Dillard join us on 15311 for some of his first PRSA Sunday Series racing in a while. I was PRO for the day (with Bob Gotthardt and Lisa-Marie Lane rounding out the RC). All I can say is that it was a very goofy day, with “east” winds varying wildly in velocity and direction all day long. We saw the breeze swing from 35 degrees to 115 degrees and back in just a minute or two, and there was more than one instance of a breeze directly out of the south settling over the course for a few minutes, before reverting back to an easterly. Given the wind direction the O2 courses were short, but they were surely challenging for the sailors given the shifty and puffy conditions. We were able to get 5 races in (!) before sending the boats back to shore to enjoy the PRSA season-opening BBQ. Results will be posted to the PRSA website soon!
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!
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.
Congratulations to Nabeel, Jess, and Scott on Team Shadowfax for taking 1st place in the Lightning class at the 2016 Spring Regatta! Aaron (sailing with Lisbet and Evan) took second in the first full regatta he’d sailed in his new boat. Bobby Astrove (sailing with Sara, Brian, and John in various combinations over the weekend) took 3rd. Overall, we had 6 Lightnings on the course (and a few more represented on RC over the weekend). Aboard #14592 we did a good job with boatspeed and tactics on day 1 such that we led Nabeel by a point. Nabeel, Jess, and Scott really brought their game on day 2, though, such that we couldn’t stay ahead of them. A well earned victory for them!
We had 47 boats, nearly 100 sailors, and 2 days of great racing for the 2016 PRSA Spring Regatta! A huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the regatta a success — especially our RC volunteers on both courses and Heather and Melissa for fantastic food and beverages. A lot of people pitched in to help, though, and we’re thankful for everybody’s efforts. Links to results and other information are posted to the PRSA website.
The NOR for the PRSA Spring Regatta (May 28-29) has been posted and registration is now open. Visit the regatta website and register by May 25 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 “documents” area on the regatta website.
I have to echo the well-deserved praise for everyone who contributed to making it such a successful PRSA Spring Regatta and a great Memorial Day Weekend. The post race BBQ on Saturday by Lee, Lisa-Marie, and Jim was fantastic. PRO Nabeel Alsalam and his RC crew did an exceptional job in getting races off for so many boats and classes especially with the light air on Saturday.
I’ve written some reflections from day 1, below, and Aaron has a post on the PRSA Website summarizing the regatta as well. Keep reading for all of the details from a very fun Spring Regatta!
For Final Scores, follow this link and then click on “Newsroom & Results” at the top and then “Race Results” if the scores don’t display at first (thanks to Upper Course PRO Nabeel Alsalam for doing the scoring).
Register now for the PRSA Spring Regatta! This is PRSA’s signature spring event, and it promises to be lots of fun. If you register and pay your registration fee by the end of the day on Saturday, May 16, your registration feel will be $10 less than if you register and pay after May 16. Register now and save some cash! Plus, knowing who is coming will help us plan for food and beverages.
The NOR and additional regatta information are all posted on the Regatta Website. Please register now so that we know you’re coming and so that we can generate some momentum for the event!
It was great to have 30 boats at the PRSA Spring Regatta, including 17 Albacores! With 5 Lightnings competing (Aaron, Chris, Lindsay, Will, and John) and one more (Bob Gotthardt) on RC, our own fleet’s turnout was a bit light, but we still had some great racing. Congratulations to Team Sinistra (Aaron, sailing with Rick, Piercarlo, and Lisbet over the weekend) on their victory with straight bullets for the regatta. It was also great to see David Fehrle driving the “College Kids” boat (hey…David is almost a college kid now!) and very nearly taking his first bullet in the class on the second day of racing. If it weren’t for the vagaries of the river, and a lucky puff that carried Team Sinistra around the mark while David was stalled, they would have had it!
The RC under Bob’s leadership did a great job in getting us 4 races and a variety of courses in a shifty N/NW breeze on Saturday, and two more on Sunday when it looked like we wouldn’t have any breeze at all for a time. A huge thank you to all of the competitors and to all the volunteers who made the event possible. Scores for each class are posted on the PRSA website, and some GoPro footage from day 1 (aboard Sinistra) has been posted to the “Photos and Videos” area of the Fleet 50 website.
Keep reading for some more details on the racing, and feel free to add in your own comments and observations!
The PRSA Spring Regatta is coming up on May 24-25. Visit the regatta webpage to sign up on the “Who’s Coming” list and view the NOR. Let’s make sure to get a great Lightning turnout for this regatta!
We certainly had more than enough breeze for the 2013 PRSA Spring Regatta! Despite some blustery conditions on Saturday (peak gusts of 35 mph were recorded at National Airport!) we had great racing on both days and a good overall turnout. Keep reading for the details from each day and for links to photos and video (scores coming soon!).