The 2013 PRSA Spring Regatta will be held May 25-26 at the Washington Sailing Marina, Alexandria, VA. Register in advance using an on-line registration form. Just bring a check to the regatta or pay online with PayPal. This saves you and us time getting the scoring computer loaded. See Who is Coming. Marina Entry: Participants bringing boats from outside the marina on Saturday morning simply need to tell the guard at the gate that they are sailing in the regatta, and fill in a sign-in sheet. Payment of Marina entrance/launch/storage fees at the gate is not required. If you only intend to sail on Saturday, be sure to indicate on the sign-in sheet that you will be there for only one day. More information is here.
The Kickoff Party for the 2013 Leukemia Cup will be held on Saturday, May 18, 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Capital Yacht Club. Come on out to enjoy some fine food and drink in support of a great cause, and start your fundraising for the 2013 Leukemia Cup Regatta! RSVP to Brianna Walsh at email@example.com / 703-399-2930.
I know some of you have been anxiously waiting for some results this spring. I finally got just enough of the information I need to complete them. So, here they are:
First, Week 1; What a blow out. A day that shall live in infamy… For me at least. A day my boat will never forget. It was a blow out with winds gusting over 30. Only the Lightnings, Albacores, and one lone Bucc braved it and came out. Here are the scores:
More scores after the break.
Sunday, April 14, the day before taxes are due, was sunny, warm and windy, which was a great excuse for all who procrastinate on their taxes to get on the water. We had 6 cats, 5 Albacores and 4 Lightings out on the water – not bad considering that RC was a couple Albacores and Buccaneers and the Lightings were off drinking moonshine. It’s been a while since six Hobies showed up on the water, so kudos to the Hobie fleet for getting the boats out!
We got off a total of 4 races by about 2:30PM, which was a big difference from last weekend when we got blown off the water after one race by gusts approaching 30 knots. And we competed with the barbeque record set last week, with last sailors leaving almost at 7pm. However, no charcoal was in site, so we munched on cupcakes from Georgetown cupcake brought by a potential crew and some tasty jalapeno, cheese and bacon bites made by one of the Hobie sailors.
Breeze was mainly out of the north, coming from the direction of the National Cathedral, and was anywhere from 0 to just under 15 knots. The races were a mix of triangles and windward-leeward courses, all twice around except for the last Lightning race, which was just once around. And what a hard fought race that turned into. Chris and Rick were battling to get the windward mark just as the breeze died. Combine the lack of breeze with a current that was not in their favor and it became a painful slog to the windwark mark. Just as they got the windward mark, the breeze filled in, and it was a quick run down to the leeward mark, where the race committee was about to head with an “S” flag and a whistle, so they could finish and head on home. But alas, it was not their day.
The Carolina 19 had been tied up to the Bayliner for most of the day, as it was much more fun to hang out on the Bayliner, which was functioning as a doggy day care facility and had shade. Enthusiastic RC members cast the 19 off the Bayliner, before starting the engine. This turned into a slight issue as the engine refused to start – it turned out that it just needed a couple pumps of the bulb, but of course this happened while we were finishing one race and the boat was drifting away. It also meant that the Lightnings were able to round the mark and started heading up to the finish line.
But it wasn’t meant to be. The wind completely died, the current was strong, and the sailors ended up losing their patience after about half an hour and one by one gave up and started paddling home.
Greetings Sailors, its hard to believe that the season is already over
(or just starting for the Lasers)… Fast approaching is our Annual
General Meeting which is being held Nov 17th at Marina Towers. We will
be passing out awards for the Spring/Fall series, Spring/President’s Cup
Regatta and our perpetual awards at the meeting. We also have some new
perpetual awards I’m told. We will also be electing our Executive
Board. There is an opening on the Executive Board for a Rear
Commodore. We need all the help we can get running this organization
and this is a great opportunity for you to have a say in PRSA’s future.
The Rear Commodore is responsible for our racing activities. If you are
interested or would like to nominate someone please let me know. Also
we are planning on doing something different for food this year, more to
come later. If your planning on coming please goto the link below and
let us know so we can plan food and drinks accordingly. Hope to see you
Ok I know the scores from #6 are late, but its not my fault this time. I swear! It was another typical westie that day – shifty winds, up and down and all around. The sailing was fun until the fourth race that got a little confusing for the Lightnings. Two weeks, one long Redress hearing, and one hurricane later we finally have the results. The Protest Committee decided to throw out the last race for the Lightnings due to the confusion – a wise decision in my humble opinion, so only three races for them. Everyone else got four that day. Here are the scores:
Two weeks later, after the hurricane came and went, we gathered for the final day of racing for 2012 (Except for the Lasers that is). I can’t comment on the day since I was not able to attend. The Hobies handled the RC work and got three races in before calling it a season. Here are the scores:
Sorry for the hold up folks. I have been swamped at work these past two weeks.
Today I have scores for the last two weeks racing. Two weeks ago most of PRSA stayed home fearing the rain that was falling when they got up in the morning. The three Lightnings that braved the weather to come out and race had the last laugh though. The rain stopped and we got them three races down by the power plant before the breeze faded and we called it a day. Here are those scores:
This past Sunday we had a great day of racing. The winds were from the south west and built from 12-13 when we left the dock to 18-30 when the RC wisely called it a day and sent us home. Scores and more after the break:
It was another beautiful day on Sunday. Winds were from the west… Well mostly… They started out WNW with some sharp right shifts, then went the other way and ended up WSW. In other words, a typical Westie day (I hate westies!) with the wind up and down and back and forth. It started off light 5-10 but as it clocked left it strengthened to 10+ with gusts in the upper teens. Sheesh! It was all about crew work and shifting gears on the short across the river courses. Kyra Tallon, heading up the all Buccaneer RC who did a terrific job all day, set up an Olympic course with a Loooong reach. As the wind went left, the Lightnings were unable to carry their kites on the first reach and had to resort to Jib only. We got four races in on the day and would have had another but for the need to reset the course southward after the second race. Attendance was light this week with only five Lightnings, four Albacores, and two Cats out to enjoy the day. It was nice to see Bill Kleystuber out on his Albacore for the first time in a long while. Scores after the break: