Frigid Digit and Fall Fling

We’ve got a lot of great sailing coming up to round out the fall season.  Next up is the Frigid Digit in Annapolis this coming weekend (Oct. 15.-16).  Who’s in?  To register for the Frigid Digit Regatta at SSA please complete the online registration: https://severnsa.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=549086&item_id=492189  Included with your registration and entry fee, following racing on Saturday, all sailors are invited to dinner and a de-brief of the days racing by Allan Terhune and Geoff Becker. Because of the logistics hosting dinner for the fleet, we need all boats intending to participate to register ASAP so we can have an accurate head count. Also, there is a $20 late fee if your registration isn’t processed by Friday afternoon, October 14th. 

After that we have the Hampton Fall Fling on Nov. 5-6. Click here to read the NOR and please sign up on the ILCA Who’s Coming?” list: http://www.lightningclass.org/racing/calendar/eventDetail.asp?ID=1125.  Note that there is a late fee for registrations after Oct 28. This historically has been a fun regatta sailing on the historic waters of the Hampton Flats and of course there will be the traditional Oyster Roast hosted at a member’s house on Sat night. Joe B down in Hampton says that If there is anything that they can do to help someone make it down just let them know! 

I hope to see you on the water at one or the other of these events!

Frigid Digit Lives Up To Its Name!

Wow!  True to form and tradition, it blew at the Frigid Digit and it was brisk, if not exactly chilly.  We saw winds in the high teens and 20s on Saturday, with 10 boats going over in a particularly nasty blast in the last race.  There were plenty of other capsizes, round-ups, and near wipe-outs throughout the rest of the day a well.  Fleet 50 was well represented with 4 boats in the regatta (Chris, Bob G., Nabeel, Rick), and we were all honored to receive “swim club awards” (along with about 10 other teams) for our capsizes!  The wind piped up even more on day 2 and racing was abandoned for day 2, which was probably a good thing given the chilly temps and gusts in the 20s.

John Butler took some photos from Red Rover (thanks John!) and we also got a great group shot at the Saturday night party.  It was windy, but we all survived and it was fantastic to see such great Fleet 50 participation in the regatta.

Fleet 50 2014 Frigid Digit

 

Sign up now for the PA Gov Cup and Frigid Digit!

We have two great District Regattas coming up: the PA Gov Cup (complete with Oktoberfest Celebration!) on Oct. 11-12 and the 63rd Annual Frigid Digit on Oct. 18-19!  These are both fantastic regattas in great sailing venues.  At last count at least 15 boasts are signed up for the PA Gov Cup and 28 are signed up for the Frigid Digit.  Sign up now using the links below so you don’t miss these great District Regattas!

PA Gov Cup Who’s Coming & Regatta Info

63rd Annual Frigid Digit Who’s Coming & Regatta Info — make sure your registration is postmarked by this coming Saturday (Oct. 11) to get the early registration discount (see NOR).

A Frigid Digit That Wasn’t Frigid!

For the first time in recent memory, the Frigid Digit wasn’t all that Frigid!  What’s more, we had a fantastic turnout (38 boats!), great breeze on both days, and some incredible competition.  If you weren’t there, you missed an amazing regatta! In addition to the details that I’ve posted below, I’d also recommend reading Geoff Becker’s excellent summary of the racing.  Geoff finished 2nd in the regatta, and I’ve included a link to his write-up in the post on the Fleet 50 website.  A huge thanks to our friends up at SSA in Fleet 329 for hosting a great regatta and a great party!

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Frigid Digit This Weekend!

Who’s headed up to the Frigid Digit this weekend?  This is a fantastic regatta just up the way in Annapolis.  There are already 34 boats signed up, so we’re guaranteed to have some great racing.  Let’s see if we can help our friends up in Fleet 329 break 40 boats for the regatta.  Here’s the link to the regatta info page and sign up form: http://www.lightningclass.org/racing/calendar/eventDetail.asp?ID=629

Remember to post to the listserv if you are looking for crew, or if you are available to crew.  Skippers, remember that you can also check the PRSA Crew Connection listings if you need crew (http://potomacriversailing.org/crew-connection-2/).

I look forward to seeing you out on the water up in Annapolis this weekend!

Upcoming Regattas

We’re off and running in the fall racing season!  In addition to the weekly PRSA Sunday Series races, I want to emphasize that we have a number of great Dixie District regattas coming up this fall.  Mark your calendars, organize your crew, check your trailer bearings, and get ready to travel for some great racing!

  • SMSA Small Boat Invitational: 28-29 September, Solomons, MD.  The folks down at SMSA are working hard to put together a Lightning division for this regatta, so let’s all head down to support them and then to enjoy some fun at the Tiki Bar after the racing!
  • Frigid Digit: 19-20 October, Annapolis Maryland (SSA).  A fall classic just up the road in Annapolis!
  • Hampton Fall Fling: 16-17 November, Hampton VA.  A great way to wrap up the fall sailing season!

Traveling to one or more of these regattas is a great way to get some more great racing under your belt against some top-notch competition.  It’s also a fantastic way to staying touch with all of the great sailors we have in the District.  Let’s try to get a great Fleet 50 showing at each of these regattas this fall!

Fleet Championship Standings As Of 10/16/2011

Things are tightening up a bit in the top 3. Team Resistance, although on RC this week gained a little on Team Shadowfax who were away at the Frigid digit. Team Sinistra still leads the pack and is looking good. I am sure Shadowfax will be back this week and will give them a run for the money. Team Ariel, sailing without yours truly (Who was on Kid duty this weekend while Denise was gallivanting around Cannes supposedly on business. Aah the joys of married life!) cemented their hold on fourth. Team Pandora had better start showing up or they will find themselves on the outside looking in as Team Ferris Beuller and Team String Theory duke it out for that fifth spot. Honorable mention goes to the so called College Boys who had a great day on Sunday and pulled themselves to within striking distance. Here are the standings:

Fleet Standings As Of 10/16/2011