April Update

April 25, 2020

Happy Saturday Everyone,

I just finished participating with ILCA Annual Meeting that was very informative. ¬†I have tried to take notes, and may not have captured all details, please see the ILCA meeting agenda for meeting notes ūüėČ ¬†Most importantly, we need everyone’s support by paying your dues. ¬†If you have not paid your ILCA dues, please take care of this asap.¬†¬†Especially since so many events have had to be cancelled, your support of the class is essential.

Even though we still can not be on the water, there is are a lot of great resources available to keep us all busy with videos, articles & information about sailing here are a few:

Upcoming Regattas


There will be an announcement on June 1 re: the WJM & NAs.

ILCA North American’s

If the NAs are held, the usual requirement of participation in the Districts Рsince most District events are being cancelled, there is talk of making an amendment to have the NA’s be an open event, with registration open to the first 100 boats.

ILCA Worlds

Everything is dependent on what happen on the North Americans, this will be the last piece to be decided. Please keep checking on the ILCA website for additional details on the status of all sanctioned events.  The World’s will not be an open regatta, so if we can not have the area championships/qualification regattas the World’s will be cancelled until next year.

Information & Resources

Lightning Zoom Meeting on 05/01, 5PM (EST)  (Invite to follow)

There will be a flash blast with information about the next Zoom Meeting that will happen on May 1, I will be sending the zoom invite out early next week.

Virtual Regatta (free platform)


Information & Videos

In case you were not aware, there is one place on the ILCA website that has Racing Articles, Dave Perry Tips, Racing Rules & Tactics as well as a YouTube Video Link (at the bottom right).

US Sailing has been doing daily Webinars

Facebook Live Events



and much more! View all videos on the ILCA YouTube Channel

Fleet 50 & PRSA

Fleet 50 Tuning Day

Since we will not be able to have a fleet tuning day, please check out the resources and find some time to get to the marina to get your boat tuned up so we will all be ready once the restrictions have been lifted.  As always, we have a wealth of resources with our members who would be happy to answer any tuning questions you may have, if you are not sure who to ask, please send me an email, text or call and I will help make a connection.

Upcoming Events

I have been working Joan Hurban, SSA Fleet 329 about organizing a Zoom Meeting with Dave Dellenbaugh of Speed & Smarts.  This would be an fee base event (tentatively this is expected to be around $15/person-TBD) for a 60 min presentation.  If this is something you are interested in/would like additional information, please let me know so I can give Joan an estimate of interest from our fleet. As more information is available I will let you know.

If you are not familiar with Speed & Smarts, this is a great newsletter, not Lightning specific, and you should check it out.

David Dellenbaugh



Take care & stay healthy, we will be back on the water soon!

-Lisa-Marie Lane

15126   As You Wish…

Fleet Captain, Lightning Fleet 50




Meeting Agenda & Reports Overall State of the Fleet (Commodore)

Lightning Fleet 50 (Alexandria, VA)

2020 AGM & Awards Banquet
8 February 2020, 2:00-5:00 PM

For everyone who attended the meeting last Sunday‚ĶThank You! It was wonderful having the opportunity to see everyone again last weekend and have the opportunity to share what has been happening in the Lightning Fleet from the National, District & Fleet levels. It was a good turnout, with 10 skippers, crew & family ‚Äúmaking the drive to the country‚ÄĚ for our meeting. Due to the great participation, we were able to discuss & adopt some very good changes for the fleet. We even had the opportunity to celebrate some milestone birthdays!

Fleet Overview

Established in 1943, Fleet 50 is proud to carry on the tradition of the Lightning as the longest enduring, most competitive and fun one-design racing class in the Washington DC metro area. We currently have about 21 active and semi-active boats. Our competitive racing schedule runs from early April through the first weekend of November each year.

Overall, we had great participation in 2019. Of the 21 boats on the roster, we would usually have between 5-10 boats out racing on any given day. Locally, Lightning Fleet 50 had a great racing season, with a total of 66 races completed as part of the scored racing season. This included an 8-week Sunday Spring Series (31 Races) and an 8-week Fall Series (17 Races) as well as two 2-day weekend regattas, (the PRSA Memorial Day Spring Regatta (7 Races), the PRSA President’s Cup (7 Races) in September) and our Fleet 50 Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup/2019 Dixie Districts Regatta in early May (4 Races).

For our annual 2019 Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup Regatta, we moved back to our tradition Mother’s Day Weekend as we hosted a 21 boat Regatta. We had an outstanding turnout with 9 Fleet 50 boats of the 21 boats registered.

Fleet 50 is still the strongest fleet in the Dixie District in terms of membership & races sailed. But, our Membership is not doing as well as it has been in the past, which is being experienced everywhere in the sport of sailing… We did have 9 boats travel to at least 1 away regatta in 2019, which is wonderful. If you haven’t travelled to an away regatta please add one to your calendar this year. Even if you can’t bring your own boat, offer to crew for another skipper to experience sailing with our District fleets!

Fleet 50 has 21 boats listed, but for the 2019 Racing Season…There are only 16 active Fleet Members (that sailed in at least one race) but more importantly only 6 boats qualified for the for the 2019 Championship Series.

Unfortunately, we lost 2 great skippers last year, Geoff Bishop (14187) and Geof Fuller (14395). Both boats are still local and we have reached out to the new owners, but no real interest yet! Hopefully we generate interest and invite new Lightning owners to attend one of our after racing BBQ gatherings. We will also be losing Team Humuhumu as the USCG has given them orders to relocate to Humbolt Bay, CA this summer. This is definitely bittersweet…good new for a great job opportunity, but I can speak for all when I say Mike, Angie & Josie will be greatly missed both on & off the water!

Treasurers Report

2019 Beginning Balance   $3,957.80 (Transferred from old account into new Fleet 50 Acct)
2019 Ending Balance       $4,918.50

*This does not include all expenses that were not submitted from the 2019 Doc Gilbert and nothing was purchased for RC PRO & Helpers (3 People) for Extra RC Boat fees.

Though there is a healthy balance on the books, I intend to keep the annual awards budget in-line with membership dues to ensure longevity of the club. Additional expenses this year will include placing a new order for Fleet 50 plaques for those members who have not received one to date.
Voted & Approved New Scoring Rules Will Be Adopted Before the Start of the 2020 Racing Season

Proposed, Voted & Approved to adopt new rules. After much discussion with Bob Astrove and a few folks at the District Level, this was brought to the AGM as the current scoring rules no longer work for our organization. They are incredibly complex and maybe 2-3 people are understand and are able to calculate the results at the end of the year.

Aaron Boesenecker offered to chair this committee, along with 2 additional volunteers to organize and prepare all new proposals with a deadline of March 8th, 2020. There will be an open comment period before the committee puts forth a list of proposed options to be voted on via email around the late March timeframe. A separate email will be sent to all skippers with additional details. If this is something you are interested in learning more about and you are not a skipper, please contact me directly.

 The 2020 Lighting Fleet 50 Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup (May 09-10, 2020)
Doc Gilbert Regatta at Leesylvania State Park & Entry Fee will be raised to $150.00 this year. The Virginia State Parks are hurting due to decrease budgeting and Leesylvania State Park has notified us of the increased our park entry fees from $13 per boat to $18 per boat. In addition, will now are obligated to pay the $18 fee for all RC boats. Also new this year, we must pay for all volunteer entry into the park, which we have never had to pay in the past. We have negotiated a special $10 rate for a weekend pass for volunteers and will also be available for purchase by visiting boats who have crew who drive separately.

Our goal is to have over 20 registered boats for our event in 2020!

Regatta Status

Nabeel once again volunteered to be our Regatta Chair for 2020.

Jim Dillard will continue work on beer/permits and the use of the Oyster boat.
PRO: Bruce Bingman (confirmed via email 10/06/19 to LML)
Lisa-Marie has already requested permission to PRSA for use of RC Boats

Park Cleanup Day: Possibly Sat 5/2/20, but will be announced once we have confirmed the date.

As always, we need lots of additional volunteers to help. Our job is to host and make sure others can sail! We need to make sure we get visitors, and put on a great regatta.

New Officers for 2020, Confirmed at the Meeting:

Fleet Captain:   Lisa-Marie Lane
Secretary:         Bob Astrove
Tresurer:           Jim Lane

Many thanks to the 2019 Officers who served (and continued service to) Fleet 50
Fleet Captain: Lisa-Marie Lane
Secretary: Bob Astrove
Treasurer: Christy Chen
Scorer: Will Summers ‚ÄďTHANK YOU!!!
Potomac Cup Regatta Chair: Nabeel Alsalam

AMG Photos

Results & Awards
As we voted last year to reduce the leadership to 3 positions, Fleet Captain, Secretary & Treasurer and leave the number of awards to the board. We have decided to keep the award budget in line with the membership dues income.


6 Qualified for 2019 Fleet Series Scores Place Boat Name Skipper / Team
368 6 Resistance Is Futile Frank Gallagher
263 5 Lightning Bug Lindsay Bach
259 4 As You Wish… Lisa-Marie & Jim Lane
241 3 Beedobeat Aaron Boesenecker & Team
97 2 Humuhumu Mike Angie Darrah & Liz Williams
85 1 Shadowfax Nabeel Alsalam Tom Hutton & Jess Harrington


Perpetual Awards Days/ Events Recipient Notes
Iron Skipper 29 Lisa-Marie Lane Mike Darrah (28), Bob Astrove (23)
All Weather Crew 25 Angie Darrah Ed Lane (27), Liz Williams (22)
Bloody Rudder 7 Lisa-Marie Lane Bob Astrove (6), Mike Darrah (5)



Two Great Regattas Coming Up…What’s On Your Calendar?

Greeting Sailors,

It is hard to believe that we are already two weeks into the fall season. Please note: we have 2 regattas coming up at the end of September for back-to-back weekends. Attached is the registration information, please register if you are planning to attend.

Want to go but need a little help? Crew: If you would like to attend but are not sailing on a boat or Skippers: still looking crew for more information, please let me know and I will do whatever I can to help you get involved!

Frigid Digit, SSA Annapolis, September 28-29 (DEADLINE EXTENDED until Sept 23rd)
Message from Joe Friebele Regatta Chair:¬†Dear Lightning Sailors,¬†You’ve come to the Frigid Digit before, so you know what a great regatta it is with excellent fall sailing on the Chesapeake and a great party. To entertain and educate us, we will have drone footage playing before and during dinner so that we can re-live our moments on the water, both good and bad!

Due to scheduling conflicts at Severn Sailing Association, the date has moved up from the middle of October to the last weekend in September–only 2 weeks away! This is good news since we can avoid the extreme weather that we typically have on one day of the regatta, and we’re looking forward to 2 good days of racing.¬† I want to personally invite you to come to this year’s Frigid Digit. If there is anything that I or the members of Fleet 329 can do to help you come, please let me know. I’ve attached the NOR, and the registration link is Frigid Digit 2019 Registration. Also, please add your name to¬†ILCA Who’s Coming Website.

PA Governor’s Cup, Susquehanna Yacht Club, October 5-6
2019 PA Gov Cup Registration

PRSA President’s Cup/Cantina Cup РResults Are Posted
The PRSA President‚Äôs Cup, PRSA, last weekend was a huge success with almost 50 boats attending!¬† Congratulations to Bob Astrove & Team Pandora who won both the DC Sail Cantina Cup on Saturday and President‚Äôs Cup (included races for both days).¬† Complete results are found:¬†2019 PRSA President’s Cup Results
1st Place 2019 Cantina Cup & President's Cup

1st Place 2019 Cantina Cup & President’s Cup



Hold on to your feathers, Fleet 50 flew to the Duck Challenge Regatta!

2019 Harve De Grave Duck Challenge

2019 Harve De Grave Duck Challenge

by Mike Darrah…

The Duck Challenge started out with a bang…but ended with fireworks! Last year, the Duck was rumored to be¬†a bit tame, with one day cancelled completely for lack of wind. ¬†Not so this year, with great breeze out of the¬†north east, a solid turnout of 16 boats, and a first-class cookout Saturday night, complete with 4th of July¬†fireworks‚Ķ in August.

Fleet 50 had 2 boats representing this year. Mike, Angie, and Liz on¬†Humuhumunukunukuapua‚Äôa,¬†and Bobby Astrove, Lisa-Marie and Jim Lane (since¬†As You Wish…¬†was still¬†waiting on some new uppers) sailing¬†Pandora II,¬†one of Bobby’s beloved ‚Äúwoodies‚ÄĚ, against a fleet of¬†fiberglass. ¬†Ed Lane once again crewed for Joe Buczkowski and his son Zach aboard¬†Irie.¬† The fourth member¬†of the Lane Clan also made an appearance as Rowan joined Team¬†Humuhumu¬†in a critical support role for¬†Saturday and Sunday: cub-sitter.
Mike, Angie, and Josie, better known as ‚Äúthe cub‚ÄĚ, tried to bolt out of DC at noon, but didn‚Äôt actually escape until almost 2:30pm, turning the 2 hour drive into¬†a 5 hour crawl through Friday traffic. They eventually arrived just¬†a few minutes after Liz Williams who had battled the same slog, but were consoled by the fact that their rental house was just a block and a¬†half from the marina. Joe and Zach had a delay of their own Friday night, spending a couple¬†hours on the side of I-95 to change a trailer tire that blew out in spectacular fashion on the drive up from¬†Hampton Yacht Club in VA.

Nonetheless, by Saturday morning all teams were rigging in the parking area and greeting old and new¬†friends on a crisp 65 degree day. ¬†Team Humuhumu immediately noticed two things about the boat next-door: the inside was very, very¬†pink, and the skipper was wearing a Coast Guard Academy sailing fleece. ¬†Turns out Kayla Neuman, like Mike¬†is a CGA alumni. Kayla, however, graduated in 2016, whereas Mike graduated‚Ķ earlier. ¬†And, much to Jim’s¬†chagrin, Lisa-Marie has now started scheming up plans for a pink boat to match her spinnaker!

Rowan and Josie waved goodbye and cheered on the Fleet 50 boats from the park at the end of the wharf as the fleet headed out, at which point Josie promptly forgot about being upset and had a blast playing with her new friend Rowan for the rest of the day.
It was a short sail to the racing area, and after a brief postponement to let the wind settle, the fleet was off in a gusty 10-13 knots.  Irie crossed the finish line (appropriately marked by a giant inflatable duck) in third after a good start, but it turned out to be a little too good of a start: OCS. Cue sad trumpet.  Humuhumu caught a couple of right shifts and held on to second for a good start to the weekend.  The second race saw big shifts followed by a big drop in wind, including some all-ahead-drift conditions that mixed the fleet and resulted in a lot of throw-outs, but Bobby, Lisa-Marie, and Jim managed to snake Pandora II through the chaos and grab a 4th.  After some significant delays, the wind filled again, building to 15+ at times, and allowed the race committee to squeeze in a third race before calling it for the day.


A great day of racing calls for a great cookout, and our hosts at Havre de Grace delivered. ¬†Lead by friendly¬†host Pat Phelan, the party included delicious BBQ chicken, pork tacos, salmon, all the cold beer you could¬†drink, and eventually two gigantic tubs of ice cream. To counter the calories, sailors engaged in a strenuous¬†cross training program including corn hole, ladder-ball, exaggerated sea-stories, and trying to see how many¬†people can fit in Jim’s precariously perched hammock as it swings out over the edge of the dock (three!).

How many Lane's can one hammock hold????

How many Lane’s can one hammock hold????

The cub proceeded to instruct everyone in corn hole technique, repeatedly demonstrating that it was much easier to get the beanbag in the hole if you just walk over to the other board before throwing it in.
The Cub, teaching everyone the best way to win at Corn Hole!

The Cub, teaching everyone the best way to win at Corn Hole!

As promised, Pat and crew delivered quite a nightcap: the town’s Independence Day Fireworks show, rescheduled (4th time due to weather) from the 4th of July just for the Duck Challenge crew.
The breeze was up on Sunday, pushing 18+ at times, and easily accommodated three races before 1300. The wooden wonder Pandora II came alive in the tougher conditions, Bobby and crew grabbed a 2nd  place finish right off the bat and a 5th in the last race, ultimately moving them up into 7th place overall for the regatta.

Team Humu Humu

Angie, Liz & Mike

Humuhumu continued to catch the shifts and stayed toward the front of the fleet, including a 4th and 5th on the second day, and the consistency paid off with a 4th place overall, only 1 point (!) out of what would have been a three-way-tie for 2nd place. Oh what might have been. But Kayla and her crew, in the very-very-pink boat, put on a clinic in the strong steady breeze, scoring three straight bullets on Sunday to win the weekend with a whopping 13 point lead over any other boat.  Whatever they are teaching in New London these days, it works.  2019-0825 Duck Challenge Results
All-in-all it was a great weekend both on and off the water, and a perfect warm-up for the PRSA Fall Series, coming September 8th to a Potomac River near you!

WJM North American’s Buffalo Canoe Club, Aug 6-10th 2019


The Buffalo Canoe Club…Wow.¬† Not only is it one of the most beautiful places to sail, but I now understand why most of the best sailors are from here!¬†¬†We were fortunate to had have 3 boats from Fleet 50 racing and were able to rent a perfect place on the property that comfortable slept 9!¬† It was a great 5 days!¬†¬†

Special thank you to Nautical¬†Photography¬†who took the incredible photos.¬† Photos can be seen here¬†.¬† Results from the WJM’s:

2019-08 Masters_NAC_382048389 / 2019-08 Womens_NAC_1083084948

Day 1 Tuesday | Check-In; Measurements 

Most of us arrived to the club around the same time, so it was nice to have the familiar faces in the parking lot as all of the boats were unpacked and waiting to be weighed & measured.  Since we were right on the property, the location made coordination between part of the team getting registered and the other half helping to  unload, get provisions & settle in for the week.

2019-0806 The House

Jim & Ed checking in as boats were set up

Jim & Ed checking in as boats were set up

Day 2 Wednesday | Picking Mooring Balls, Practice Sail & Social

Since all boats are “wet-sailed” once we were able to get measured in, we needed to find a mooring ball to mark as our own for the week.¬† We were shuttled out to the mooring field and we picked our spot.¬† Once we had our mooring ball, we launched our boats in the water & practiced catching the mooring ball…

Claiming our mooring slips!

Ready to claim our mooring slips!

Unique ways to mark a moorning ball!

Unique ways to mark a mooring ball!

Mooring Fields

Mooring Fields

Then off to the practice race before heading back & meeting folks for the social.

2019-0808 Social

Women's Wine Spa

At theWomen’s “Wine Spa” Mixer¬† we found a replica of the Olympic Torch.¬† Yeah Dixie District Girls!

Day 3 Thursday | All Races Abandoned

Due to a huge front moving through, all racing was cancelled, so we all had a a down day enjoying some sightseeing & relaxation.

2019-0809 The Bike Ride

Sightseeing Niagara Falls

Sightseeing Niagara Falls


The statue of Nikola Tesla near the Table Rock area at Niagara Falls.

The statue of Nikola Tesla near the Table Rock area at Niagara Falls.

Day 4, Friday | First Day of Racing (2 Races)

Thu Aug 8th Weather Forecast

Thu Aug 8th Weather Forecast

The weather was very good, but there were some big waves.  This was the BCC weather so many folks talk about. Here is the post from ILCA:

Breeze On! First day of racing for Women’s, Juniors and Masters North American Championships at BCC yesterday (Fri Aug 9th). 2 Races for each fleet before the breeze and waves piped up enough to end racing for the day. Team Moloney and Probsts took line honors in the Women’s Div, Team Wake took 2 bullets in the Juniors and Team Proctor and Team Gonzalez won the Master’s Races. Photos from action on the water were taken by Art Petrosemolo Nautical Photography:https://nauticalphotography.smugmug.com/‚Ķ/2019-Lightning-WJM

2019-0809 As You Wish2019-0809 Big Waves 2 2019-0809 Big Waves 3 2019-0809 Big Waves 4 2019-0809 Big Waves


Beautiful Yacht Club & Incredible Hospitality!

Beautiful Yacht Club & Incredible Hospitality!  Aaron & Jim share a well deserved drink after a hard day of racing!


Day 5, Saturday | Second Day of Racing ( 2 Races), Pulled from Water, Pack Boats & Drive Home

We had another 2 solid races on Saturday to complete the event.

Men's Team Start

Men’s Team Start

Women's Team Start

Women’s Team Start

Then it was sailing your boat to the ramp and wait in line until the ATV had your trailer and pulled you from the water.  Dropping the mast, packing up and hitting the road to drive home.

ATV pulling a (larger) boat of the water.

ATV pulling a (larger) boat of the water.




ILCA Atlantic Coast Championship, July 13-14, 2019

ILCA Atlantic Coast Championship, Susquehanna Yacht Club

This year our sister fleet 253 in Susquehanna Yacht Club hosted the Atlantic Coast Championship. It was a beautiful venue and great turn out with 29 boats! Since there were several folks getting ready for the North American’s (being hosted at Buffalo Canoe Club, Canada in early August), there was some great competition from over 12 different clubs! Be sure to check out the results 2019-0714 Atlantic_Coast_Championship_795197327 to see all of the different teams.

2019-0715 SYC 2019-0715 SYC SailboatsThe first day, we had very light shifty wind conditions but were able to get 4 races. On Sunday, the wind started to fill in nicely, but due to the Sis there was a limit on 5 races, so unfortunately, there was only one race Sunday.

Congratulations to Don Brush, Emma Hawko & Darcy Lavalie (Malletts Bay) who came in first place, Parker Colantuono Jackie Morrison & Samantha Kappaz (Niantic Bay YC) 2nd Place & Mark, Adam & Cindi Schneider (Riverton YC) who came in 3rd. Special Kudos to Bill Cabrall, Brian Hayes & Stephanie Detwiler who was the highest placing Dixie District Boat in 5th Place!

Photos can be viewed: https://nauticalphotography.smugmug.com/Sailing-Regattas/Lightning-Class/2019-Atlantic-Coast-Championship


The complete results of the result can be found here: 2019-0714 Atlantic_Coast_Championship_795197327

2019-0715 Fleet 50 Teams

Fleet 50  had a great showing with 4 boats:

15603  Bob Astrove, Brian & Kirsten Burk

15259  Mike & Angie Darrah, and Liz Williams

15126  John Van Voorhis, Jennifer Pike & Greg Carlsen

15126  Lisa-Marie Lane, Kyra Tallon & Christy Dillard Chen

Champagne Regatta / Classic “Woody” Lightning Get Together, Hammondsport NY

-Bob Astrove

Put this event on your list for next year!

Our annual trip to the annual Classic Lightning Get Together (aka Woody Regatta) continues to be one of the highlights of my sailing season.   The last weekend in June New York’s Finger Lakes are always spectacular.   I encourage everyone to try this regatta at least once.   We share a course but have separate starts for a fleet of modern lightnings (this year 14), and a fleet of old classic lightnings (also 14 boats this year).   This event has grown  into one the larger Lightning events on the circuit (28 boats), but with a split fleet still has a smaller regatta feel.  The combination of the two fleets works great on land and at the party.

The weekend always begins Friday evening with a reception at the Finger Lakes Boating Museum.  We get a hands on (yes, they let us touch) the collection of restored boats.  Their rule is that they only display boats built in the Finger Lakes region.  That includes Pen Yan’s, Moorhouse, Skaneateles, and many more.  They also are home to the original Lightning mold from Skaneateles and they have # 167 parked right next to it so you can really see how the mold really worked, and how Skaneateles Boat Company could build a hull in just one day. We also get to visit their workshops, the antique motor room, etc..  And by the way, the museum is located in the old Taylor Winery buildings which were donated to the museum.

Saturday we enjoyed a near perfect 8 to 10 mph breeze and sailed 3 races.  At the end of the day we were tied with Gerry Paoli (lifelong lightning sailor from St. Louis, sailing what was his father’s wooden Carl Eichenlaub built boat).

This year we also welcomed the freshly restored boat of Tom Tomlinson, who some of you may know Tom from the Southern Circuit, often crewing for Jack Jones.  Also this year we had the maiden launch of a brand new woody from Mike Seibert of Vermont.  Mike spent 8 years building this drop dead beautiful boat.

A newer tradition (3 years now), on Saturday evening we are entertained by a band including Criag Thayer (many of your own one of Craig’s Fabricraft Covers).

Sunday was a little rough for us on Pandora.  My plan was a crew change to take my crew from Saturday, a friend from New Jersey, and our two wives for our Long Distance Race.  We were greated by a stiff breeze (about 15 to 18).  We sailed around for a while, but I opted to come in.   They did get a great race in without us.

So I encourage all of my fellow fleet 50 friends to make the drive to Hammondsport NY for this event.  And you should plan to spend an extra day or two.  This is in the heart of the NY wine country, Watkins Glen is nearby, the Corning Glass Museum is first class, and so much more.


2019-0630 Champagne Regatta at Keuka Yacht Club 2019

Annapolis Summer Series, Jun 22, Jun 29-30th

Jun 22, 29-30th    Annapolis Summer Series, Severn Sailing

(2019-0630 SSA Lightning Summer Series Results)

From Bill Cabrall…As I get ready to write up the Fleet 329 Summer Series for the Flash Blast and SSA newsletter, I thought you all would like a hint at the plot line, which will feature, amongst other things, a repudiation of the idea that there is never any wind in Annapolis in the Summer.

The plot below is for Saturday, June 29.

2019-0609 Wind GraphWe were racing between 12 and 2:30 or so, with wind in the mid-high teens, and a lot of chop. You can see that the decision to suspend racing sufficiently before the thunderstorms hit was a sound one, as I doubt any of us wants to be out on the water when it is blowing 40+. Thank you Race Committee!


 On Sunday, the weather was even more interesting, as shown by the plot below:

2019-0629 Wind Graph


We were racing from 11 am until a little after 1 pm, in wind with a base ranging from 15-20 and puffs into the mid 20’s.

A couple of things stand out. First, although for some strange reason I wasn‚Äôt checking my watch when it happened, I think I can easily see the moment, just about noon, when Lisa-Marie’s boat went airborne and Joe‚Äôs mast surrendered to his steely eye‚Äôd resolve and determination to compete.¬†¬†I can also see that the decision to stop at 2 races was a sound one, as the wind did clearly get above the Lightning Class upper racing limit of 26 mph for a significant part of the afternoon. So much for light and fluky!–Bill

P.S. As I could not make the first day of the summer series, I would appreciate any information anyone wishes to forward about that day of racing. Also, I would like to get the ‚Äėofficial‚Äô story of what happened to Joe‚Äôs mast, as all I actually saw was the look on Jessica‚Äôs face as she watched it happen from the bow of our boat. I did get a quick (and quite impressive) glance of Lisa-Marie‚Äôs boat broadside to the wind, mast horizontal, and her entire team rock climbing the cockpit in a desperately successful attempt to reach the weather rail, but that was all.

¬†Notes from Lisa-Marie…Had a great 3 days of sailing over the last 2 weekends at Severn Sailing Association with Angie¬†Angela Boyer Darrah Aifd¬†(thank you¬†Michael Darrah) and¬†Kyra Tallon¬†and Jim Lane. We were hoping to get some heavy air and wave sailing practice in for the Women‚Äôs North Americans in Buffalo Canoe Club this August and we were not disappointed! As always the hospitality of our sister fleet at SSA is first class! Special thanks to Joan & Gary Hurban for loaner batten and Bill Cabrall for the tools and great suggestions for our small boat improvements!

2nd Place goes to Team As You Wish...

2nd Place goes to Team As You Wish…

Team As You Wish…had fun and learned a lot (well mostly the Skipper learned a lot…) this weekend 1) like there are better ways to see who made the offset mark other than dragging it with you for a few minutes and if the wind shifts going downwind under the Spinnaker and 2) you don‚Äôt change direction with the shift you can also see how clean your center board is! Or as Jim so elegantly phrased it: ‚ÄúPrefer to rule it an intentional effort to simply slow life down and contemplate the centerboard from the vantage point of starboard side!‚ÄĚ

Most importantly we drank a lot of Dark & Stormy, no that was not it…I mean we sailed well as a team! The icing on the cake was we placed 2nd in the Summer Series, which was the 1st time we have won anything in Annapolis! Thank you again Angie, Kyra and most importantly my boyfriend and biggest supporter Jim Lane!!!!!

June 8th-9th, Dixie Districts, Hampton, VA


From Joe Buczkowski…Great weekend for the Dixie Districts.

Well despite the forecast Mother Nature had for the weekend we got in 6 fun but challenging races for the District championships. 13 Teams made the trek to Hampton VA Рmost in the pouring rain…

2019-0608 Wind Graph

Saturday racing started with strong easterly wind pushing close to 20 with some higher gusts.
After two races and an attempt for a third the RC abandoned race 3 and sent in the fleet. We enjoyed good fun over dinner and even celebrated Bill Cabrall’s birthday with
cake a round of ‚ÄúHappy Birthday!‚ÄĚ

Side Note from LM: After race two, I decided that even with the amazing crew of Aaron & Jim, I was not going to be able to sail for another hour plus with the strength I needed. We decided to retire and radioed to RC that we were going in, as I passed Joe‚Äôs boat with my son Ed, he made sure to give me a hard time about going in and why can‚Äôt we stay out and finish the last race‚ĶAs we were turning into the calm of the marina we saw the fleet close behind. As the other boats came ashore we found out that as race 3 was abandoned. The determining factor‚Ķafter the start of race 3, instead of beating up the course, Joe‚Äôs boat was suddenly falling off fast. Like any good forward, Ed started yelling back ‚ÄúHey Joe, you‚Äôre off the wind‚Ķ‚ÄĚ and when no one answered, he turned around and saw Joe and most of the main sheet were no longer on the boat. With excellent reaction skills Joe‚Äôs son Zach and Ed were able to get the boat under control, without a main sheet, and turned into the wind so it wouldn‚Äôt capsize. RC picked up Joe and was able to tow ‚ÄúIrie‚ÄĚ and crew safely back to shore. At which point my son quickly pointed out how smart we were to come in when we did‚ĶLOL

2019-0609 Wind Graph

Sunday was a pleasant surprise as the forecast was for storms and high winds but we got a great easterly breeze in sun in the 12-15 range and got 4 awesome races in.

We finished just in time as the wind did gust up as we finished the last race and headed in.

Congrats to Steve, Chloe and Dave Constants for winning the championship! Jim Allman, Trevor Prior, Joan Hurban and Joe Buczkowski rounded out the top 5. Zach
Buczkowski was the top placing junior and Jose Darrah was named youngest sailor (although in a crib she let Mom and Dad sail. Just as important!)

At the start the forecast was bleak to get in one race let alone the 6 we ended up with!

Congrats to Steve Constants and team in showing us how it’s done! Thanks to Zack and Ed for working hard in challenging conditions and getting us to 5th overall.

2019-0608 Dixie_District_Championship_Results

Lightning Fleet 50 Members Clean-Up Leesylvania Park

Special thanks the 14.5 Fleet 50 members who took time out of their Saturday morning to spend a few hours cleaning up the shore line and pavilion areas of the park.   Our volunteer time giving back to the park enables our group to have the opportunity to host our Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup Regatta here each year.

Jim Dillard, Christy Chen, Nabeel Alsalam, Astrove, Lisa-Marie & Jim Lane, Tom Hutton, Bob Gotthardt, John Hart, Red Fehrle & Suz Humphrey, Mike & Josie Darrah, Geoff Fuller and Lindsay Bach (not pictured).

Jim Dillard, Christy Chen, Nabeel Alsalam, Astrove, Lisa-Marie & Jim Lane, Tom Hutton, Bob Gotthardt, John Hart, Red Fehrle & Suz Humphrey, Mike & Josie Darrah, Geoff Fuller and Lindsay Bach (not pictured).

We are all ready for our 35th Annual Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup Regatta next weekend.¬† If you haven’t signed up yet, please sign-up on Regatta Network: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/18807¬†.¬† ¬†If you are looking for crew or you are available to crew, please get in touch with Frank Gallagher¬†who is our Crew Connection.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone & having another great regatta!

-Lisa-Marie Lane
Fleet Captain, Lightning Fleet 50