Duck Challenge: August 27-28!

The Duck Challenge is this coming weekend!  I see that Bobby and Nabeel are already on the list.  Who else is going?  

Regatta details are posted to the ICLA website (  Pat and the folks up in Havre de Grace ask that you please add your name to the “Who’s Coming?” list so they have a good headcount for food/beverages and the like.

2015 Duck Challenge Regatta

The 2015 Duck Challenge will be held in Havre de Grace, MD, on August 29-30.  Our friends up in Fleet 192 are planning a great regatta for the 15th annual running of this regatta.  There are already 12 boats on the list, so don’t miss out on the fun!  Sign up on the ILCA “Who’s Coming?” list, view the NOR, and make your crew and travel plans now!

Upcoming Sailing Opportunities

We’ve got some great sailing opportunities coming up — take a look at the links below and sign up!

  • DC Sail Cantina Cup: Saturday, August 15.  A great regatta, a fun party, and a fundraiser for a fantastic cause.
  • Olivia Constants Team Race: August 22-23.  Try your hand at something new, and support a great cause.  You just need to have a skipper/crew; boats are provided and teams arranged on site via random pairing for 2 vs. 2 racing on Saturday, and more traditional 3 vs. 3 teams racing on Sunday.
  • PRSA Fall Tune Up Regatta: Saturday, August 29 or Sunday, August 39 (date will be finalized soon).  This will be a one day regatta for practice and on-the-water coaching.  Scores will not count towards any series.  This will be a great chance to tune up before the fall series, and perhaps to get some new crew out on the water.  Check back for more info soon!
  • Duck Challenge Regatta: August 29-30.  A great regatta up in Havre de Grace, and our first Dixie District Purnell Cup Regatta of the fall!
  • PRSA President’s Cup: September 19-20.  This is the signature fall event for PRSA.  Let’s make sure to get a great turnout in the Lightning Class!  Register and pay online before September 12 to save with the early registration discount!

Duck Challenge Wrap-Up: Great Racing in Havre de Grace!

What a fantastic weekend!  After 7 great races only 4 points separated 1st place from 5th place in the regatta.  Who could ask for more than that?  Three Fleet 50 boats made the trip up, and we all had a great regatta.  I sailed with Nabeel and Barb Hill on Shadowfax; Bobby Astrove sailed with Brian and Kirsten Burk; and David Fehrle drove Two Little Birds with Red and a Havre de Grace local as crew.  For us on Shadowfax holding on to 2nd place came down to the last leg of the last race, and it turned out a bullet by Bobby in that last race (along with a great 2nd day overall for Bobby) helped both Fleet 50 boats to trophy positions for the regatta!

The folks up in Havre de Grace did a great job in putting on a top-notch regatta, as they always do.  Moreover, the weather cooperated with wind on both days, even if we did get a bit of drizzle and some very challenging light air and chop on Sunday.  Links to the results and a ton of amazing photos are posted here, and you can keep reading here for some of my observations from the regatta.  As always, please feel free to add your own comments to this post!

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Duck Challenge Regatta: August 23-24

Our friends up in Havre de Grace are hosting the annual Duck Challenge Regatta on August 23-24.  This is always a fantastic venue for sailing with a great party as well.  The folks in Fleet 192 have asked me to remind you of all of these fun reasons to attend the Duck Challenge:

a) It’ll be fun.
b) It’s close (1-1.5 hr away)
c) There is often crew available (and extra fleet 50 crew are welcome to contact me for a ride)
d) There has always been wind and plenty of races
e) There is some great steak and salmon hot off the grill
f) Cold refreshments (need I say more?)
g) oh yea, lest you forgot….It will be fun !

Read the 2014 Duck Challenge NOR and sign up on the ILCA “Who’s Coming?” list now!

Upcoming Fleet Events and Racing Opportunities

We’ve got some great sailing opportunities in the month of August!  Take a look below, sign up on the regatta websites, and get ready to race!

First, don’t forget about our Fleet Tuning Day on Saturday, August 3 (1:00 p.m. at WSM).  This is a great chance to tune your boat, meet some new faces in the fleet, and hear from some of our experienced fleet sailors.  If the weather is good, we’ll go for a sail as well!  Visit the Tuning Day website to sign up so we know who’s coming and to read all the additional details.

Once you have your boat tuned, you’re all set for the late summer and fall racing season!  Here’s the rundown of our upcoming Dixie District regattas and other sailing opportunities:

  • Fishing Bay Yacht Club One Design Regatta, August 10-11.  Ron Buchanan can get a start for the Lightnings if at least 7 commit, so let Ron know if you’re interested and sign up on the ILCA “who’s coming” list (using the link above).
  • Poquoson Challenge and Crab Feast, August 17.  A great regatta and a fun party!  Let Jim Dillard ( know if you’re coming!
  • DC Sail Cantina Cup, August 17.  We hope you can make it down to Poquoson to support Jim and his regatta, but if you’re stuck in DC on the 17th then you might consider the Cantina Cup — DC Sail’s annual fundraiser, which combines some fun racing with a great party.
  • Duck Challenge (Havre de Grace), August 24-25.  The folks up in Fleet 192 always put on a great regatta and throw a great party, so sign up now on the ILCA “who’s coming” list (using the link above)!
  • PRSA President’s/Leukemia Cup, September 7-8.  This is PRSA’s flagship fall regatta, and also a chance to raise some funds for a great cause.  Sign up now on the PRSA regatta webpage (use the link above) so we know that you’re coming.  If you are interested in raising funds, you can indicate that when you register and the LLS will send you additional information.

We hope to see you out on the water soon!

2011 Duck Challenge

Hello Lightning Fleet 50! Are you getting ready for some fall sailing?  Here is a quick write-up from last weekends Duck Challenge Regatta in Havre de Grace, MD, to help get you excited about the upcoming season!  

Nabeel was kind enough to ask me to sail with him and Lisbet for the Duck Challenge, and I jumped at the chance.  I’ve heard that the folks in Fleet 192 always put on a great regatta for this event, and I had certainly enjoyed sailing up there for the Dixie District Regatta.  Leaving the DC area right around 7 a.m. on Saturday gave us plenty of time to get the boat set up and in the water well in advance

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