Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup Regatta

33rd Annual Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup Regatta, May 13-14, 2017

Lightning Fleet 50 invites you to join us for the Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup Regatta on the famous Potomac River at Leesylvania State Park, just outside of Washington DC!

SPONSORED BY: Yuengling and Annapolis Performance Sailing

Visit the Potomac Cup Regatta Network website for the NOR, registration, and additional information.  Save yourself some time and money on Saturday by registering and paying your regatta fee in advance.  Registrations completed prior to May 5 pay a discounted early registration fee.

Have questions? Contact Regatta Chair John Van Voorhis Voorhis at

Fun for the whole family!
Leesylvania State Park has hiking trails, playground equipment, picnic facilities, showers, indoor restrooms, and sandy beaches for sunning.   Tent camping near the pavilion is allowed.  Of course there are all the sights of Washington, DC just up I-95 as well.  Come back to the Fleet 50 website after the regatta for links to pictures and results.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 12
You may arrive Friday, setup, and go sailing.  To avoid I-95 rush hour, try to get there before 3:30 or after 7:00.  You may drop off your Lightning anytime before park closing at dusk.  Please park/leave your boat in the parking area near the launch cranes.  All on shore regatta activities will take place in the pavilion at the end of the parking area near the cranes.  Camping from Friday night to Saturday is permitted.

Saturday, May 13
Registration from 8:30 to 10:00 am.  The entry fee covers park entry and launch fees; dinner for skipper and crew; bagels & orange juice; DYI peanut butter & jelly fixings, and 3 regatta T-shirts.  Your regatta entry fee also covers park entry for one car; each additional car is $5.00, payable to the State Park.

Skipper’s meeting on Saturday at 10:30 am with first warning gun at 12:00 noon on Saturday.

Following the races on Saturday we will host a happy hour with appetizers and Yuengling followed by our signature steak/salmon dinner (with sides and desserts) under the park pavilion.  Extra tickets for Saturday’s dinner are available for $15.

Sunday, May 14
First warning gun at 10:00 am.  No warning signal after 1400.  An awards ceremony with hot dogs and Yuengling will be held following the racing.

DIRECTIONS:  For Google maps or a GPS use 2001 Daniel K Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22191.  Take Exit 156 off of I-95 (approx. 14 miles south of the I-95/495/395 interchange aka the mixing bowl) and follow Route 784 East.  Once on the exit service road, look for small brown signs for Leesylvania State Park.  You’ll merge onto Rt 784E/Dale Blvd; go about a mile; turn right (south) onto Rt. 1; go 1 mile; take left onto Neabasco Creek Road; go 1.5 miles; turn right into park.  Once in the park and after passing under the railroad bridge, look for the second parking lot with the cranes and just north of the park store.

ACCOMMODATIONS:  On-site tent camping at Leesylvania State Park next to the regatta pavilion is available with restrooms and showers nearby.  Overnight RV parking near the pavilion is allowed.  In addition, Fleet 50 members cordially offer space and breakfast at some nearby homes.  For details on staying with a Fleet 50 member please contact Frank Gallagher at 703-599-0144 or  Inexpensive motels in the area include the Super8 – Dumfries (703-221-8838) and the Sleep Inn – Dumfries (703-445-0900).

SUSTAINABILITY:  This regatta has been certified as a “green regatta” via the Sailors for the Sea regatta certification and sustainability program.  Please be mindful of your use of resources and of waste disposal and recycling while at the regatta.  Please bring refillable water bottles to the regatta.  In an effort to reduce waste, we will have large water coolers that you can use to refill your reusable water bottles. Click here for the Doc Gilbert Sailors for The Sea Notice.

NEED CREW?  Every year we have been successful in helping to line up crew for skippers who are short of crew.  We have a long list of people interested in crewing.  So if you’d like to come to the regatta but possibly are short of crew, contact our Fleet Captain, Lisa-Marie Lane, at or 703.209.3653.  Please let us know early so that we can lock these crew for you!