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…Thank 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 “making the drive to the country” 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 –THANK 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)



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