Fleet 50 AGM: February 24

Please mark your calendars for our 2018 AGM on Saturday 2/24/18 from 6pm-9pm at the Lane Residence in Ashburn, 42778 Explorer Drive, Brambleton VA.   The snow date will be March 3rd.

We are going to stick with the potluck format, so please click on this link to sign up: http://bit.ly/2Gkwpfc  Please sign up so we know how many people are coming and what delicious dishes you are bringing.  While you are at it, make sure to submit your nominations for our Fleet 50 awards if you’ve not already done so.  

Skippers can also fill out a membership form for dues renewal for 2018 (Bob will be taking money at the AGM!) so that you’re all set to sail once the weather warms up a bit!

We look forward to seeing you all on the 24th for some great food and drink in fantastic company!

And the winner is…

Thanks to all who joined us for the Fleet 50 Annual General Meeting & Awards Potluck last evening. I’m pleased to announce the winners of our skipper and crew awards as well as the 2017 Fleet 50 Board of Officers. The Fleet 50 Championship Series results are posted to the “Results” area of the website. Congratulations all around!

2016 Fleet Championship

  1. Nabeel Alsalam
  2. Aaron Boesenecker
  3. Bobby Astrove
  4. John Van Voorhis
  5. Bob Gotthardt

Crew Awards

Best New Crew: Christiam Camacho
Most Improved Crew: Ryan Huttar
High Impact Crew: Christy Chen

Skipper Awards

Team Sprit Skipper: Bob Gotthardt
Congeniality Award: Aaron Boesenecker
Skipper of the Year: Lisa-Marie Lane

Special Recognitions

Fleet Helper: Lindsay Bach

Performance Awards

Bloody Rudder: Lisa-Marie Lane
All Weather Sailor: Tom Hutton / Jim Lane (tie)
Iron Skipper: John Van Voorhis / Nabeel Alsalam (tie)
Most Improved Skipper: Aaron Boesenecker

You can read the details about the awards, some of the supporting statements for the nominees, and more in the 2017 AGM & Awards Banquet Agenda & Reports document.

2017 Board of Officers

Fleet Captain: Lisa-Marie Lane
Lieutenant for Racing: John Van Voorhis
Treasurer: Bob Gotthardt
Secretary: Geof Fuller
Webmaster: (pending–may merge website with PRSA site)
Potomac Cup Regatta Chair:

Looking forward to a great 2017 sailing season!

Spring Series #7

We had fantastic sailing for Spring Series #7.  PRO Chris Kozel and his crew set a nice windward-leeward course in a somewhat shifty S/SW breeze and did a good job getting us four races for the day.  The turnout was also impressive, with 11 Lightnings on the line!  The competition was tight, as Frank was back on the water after having spent some time in Florida, Nabeel (sailing with Scott & Tom) was in the mix, Rick (sailing with Lisbet and Aaron) were competitive as always, Bobby (sailing with Piercarlo and Jonathan on the woody) were also contenders, and Kirsten, Brian and Christie (on Bobby’s fiberglass boat) made a very strong showing.  It was also great to see Bob G (sailing with Lisa-Marie and new sailor Boo Fullwood), Will (sailing with Lydia), Lindsay (sailing with Todd), Jim Van Voorhis (sailing with new sailor Jim Fullwood), Peter Lallas (sailing with Kevin), Jim Lane (with Katherine and John) on the water as well.  We even saw Joe Warren come out for a bit, which was fantastic!

Scores will be posted soon.  Keep reading for some of the details on what I observed from Sinistra, and feel free to add in your own comments!

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2014 Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting Wrap-Up

We held the 2014 Fleet 50 Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting on Saturday, February 22.  Many thanks to Rose Gentile for once again hosting us in her home. Congratulations to Bobby Astrove and Team Pandora on their victory in the 2013 Fleet 50 Championship Series, and to Rick Welch and Team Sinistra for their runner-up position!

At the meeting we also considered several business items, approved a new slate of officers, and handed out awards from the 2013 season.  Here are a few additional details from the meeting:

2014 Fleet 50 Officers:

  • Fleet Captain: Aaron Boesenecker
  • Treasurer: Bob Gotthardt
  • Lieutenant for Racing: Chris Kozel
  • Scorer: Farley Will (PRSA Scorer)
  • Secretary: Will Phillippe
  • Webmaster: Lindsay Bach
  • Special Olympics Coordinator: Joe Warren
  • Training Coordinator: TBD
  • Potomac Cup Chair: TBD

Award Winners from the 2013 Racing Season:

  • High Impact Crew: Laura Lake
  • Best New Crew: Steve Nabors
  • Most Improved Crew: Lisa-Marie Lane
  • Team Spirit Skipper: Chris Kozel
  • Congeniality Award: Ron Buchanan
  • Skipper of the Year: Bob Gotthardt
  • Most Improved Skipper: Lindsay Bach
  • All Weather Sailor: Aaron Boesenecker
  • Iron Skipper Award: Nabeel Alsalam
  • Bloody Rudder: Ron Buchanan
  • Fleet 50 Helper: Rose Gentile
  • “Anti” Bungle-Bucket (for seamanship and sportsmanship: Nabeel Alsalam and Frank Gallagher.

Congratulations to all of our award winners!  Keep reading for all of the details, including the testimonials provided for our awards recipients and links to specific items from the business meeting.

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Fleet Championship Preliminary Scores

With only two weeks of racing left before we put the 2013 series to bed, I thought it was time for an update on where we all stand. Remember that these scores are preliminary. There may be corrections and I have yet to adjust for proper RC redress. Having said that, here we go: Bobby and Team Pandora are still leading the pack as they have all season with a 2.4 average score. Frank and Team Resistance, however, are breathing down their neck with a 2.8. Lindsey and Team Lightnin’ Bug are hanging on to third with a 5.0 average score. But, they need to watch out for Chris and Team String Theory who are right on their heels with a 5.1. Nabeel and team Shadowfax round out the top five with a 5.6 average score. Here are the complete scores:

2013 Fleet 50 Championship Series Preliminary Scores 10-30-13

Fleet Championship Preliminary Scores As Of 06/12/13

This Spring see’s some new names at the top of the standings. Bobby and Team Pandora lead the pack with a 1.9 average. Way to go you guys. In second place with a 3.6 average is Chris Kozel and Team String Theory. Third place belongs so far to Lindsey Bach and Team Lightnin’ Bug – 4.3 average. Fourth place is in the hands of Brian Ganjei/Will Philippe – 4.5 average. Rounding out the top five is Frank Gallagher and Team Resistance, who have been charging of late, with a 4.7. Congratulations to the current leaders, now you need to start looking over your shoulders ’cause the rest of us are gunning for you, and remember come fall Team Ariel will be back in action looking for blood.

Fleet Championship Preliminary Scores As Of 06/12/13

These scores are provisional. They do not include proper redress for race committee work as that cannot be calculated until the season is over. Also, please note that these are for the Championship Series, not the Spring Series. The Spring Series does not included the races from the Doc Gilbert, or the Spring Regatta which are both included here.

Fleet Championship Scores as of 05/09/13

We are about half way through the Spring Series, so I thought everyone would like a peek at the standings as they sit right now. Some new names in the top five so far: Bobby Astrove and Team Pandora are leading the pack with a 1.8 average. Nabeel and Team Shadowfax are in 2nd with a 3.5. Chris Kozel and team String Theory are 3rd with a 4.5 – and they managed that with a hole in their boat! 4th are the so called College Boys; Brian Ganjei and Will Phillipe with a 4.6 (Chris had better watch out!). Rounding out the top 5 is Lindsey Bach and Team Lightnin’ Bug with a 5.1 average score. See the rest of the standings here:

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Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet Wrap-Up

Our Fleet 50 Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet was this past Saturday, February 9, 2012. A very special thanks to Rose Gentile for hosting all of us in her home for another fantastic potluck dinner.  We enjoyed some great food, good cheer, and a nice celebration of the 2012 racing season.

2012 Fleet Championship
We had an excellent season, with a total of 62 races run. On any given Sunday there were different winners with several skippers earning that elusive first bullet over the course of the season.  As is usual, racing on the Potomac was always exciting, with hard fought starts, crazy shifts, boats in covering duels, and fights for that crucial inside overlap.  This year we were pleased to capture a good deal of the action in photos and in GoPro footage, so make sure to check out our photo & video archive.

Congratulations to Rick Welch, Aaron Boesenecker, Piercarolo Brunino and Lisbet Kugler of Team Sinistra! They were the model of consistency putting Sinistra on the line for the vast majority of our 62 races and finishing with an impressive 1.4 average! Team Ariel (Jeff Storck, Bruce Heida, Rose Gentile) finished second with an average of 3.1. Team Resistance is Futile of Frank Gallagher, Bob Gotthard, Mladen Karcic, and some other assorted crew over the season (including Maryann Gallagher!) placed third with a 3.9 average.  Team String Theory (Chris Kozell, Liz Williams, Nicole Didyk) were forth with an average of 5, and Team Shadowfax (Nabeel Alsalam & assorted crew over the season) placed fifth with a 6.7 average.

Fleet Awards
For each of the crew and skipper awards, I have included the award description here as well as the great things that the nominating individual(s) wrote about our winners.  Take a moment to read through these nomination statements, and make sure to congratulate our 2012 award winners when you next see them!  Keep reading for a detailed breakdown of the awards and winners:

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Final Scores for 2012

Well, its a wrap. We finished our season in style on Sunday, getting in three races on a  beautiful November Sunday. It was a great season this year, especially with all the new blood that joined the fleet. As the season wore on, it became obvious that there is some new competition in town, and next year is going to be even tougher.

We had Eleven boats qualify for the PRSA Spring Series. Congratulations go to Spring Series Champs Rick, Aaron and Team Synistra. Spring Series Runner up are Jeff, Bruce, and Team Ariel. Rounding out the top four are Bob Astrove and team Pandora in third, and Chris Kozel and Team String Theory in fourth.

The Fall Series was a little lighter in participation, but not in competition. Seven boats qualified for the Series which was lead by a boat on fire. Frank and Team Resistance are our Fall Series Champs beating out Rick, Aaron, and Team Synistra in a tie breaker, which leave  Jeff, Bruce and Team Ariel to round out the top three.

The Championship Series, which encompasses all the Spring and Fall series races along with the three regatta’s (Potomac Cup, Spring Regatta, President Cup), had 63 races in all. 20 boats raced at least one weekend, which made the competition both deep and tough. Once again it was Rick Welch, Aaron Boesenecker, and Team Synistra who are far and away the fastest and most consistent  of us. So please congratulate our Fleet Champs when you get a chance. This years Fleet Runner up, I am pleased to announce, is Jeff Storck, Bruce Heida, and Team Ariel. My goodness, I really like the sound of that! 🙂 Rounding out the top five are Frank Gallagher and Team Resistance in Third, Chris Kozel and Team String Theory in Fourth, and Nabeel Alsalam and Team Shadowfax in Fifth.

Here are the scores:

2012 Spring Series Final

2012 Fall Series Final

2012 Fleet Championship Final