Get Ready for the 2014 Sailing Season!

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We might still be in the grip of winter, but it is not too soon to think about our upcoming sailing season!  The 2014 PRSA racing calendar has been posted, and now is the perfect time to take care of your PRSA dues and sign up for RC duty for the year so you are all set to go once the season starts.  You can sign up for RC duty and renew your PRSA skipper and associate memberships on the right on the Dues & RC Duty page.  Skippers who have not signed up for RC duty by March 15 will be contacted by their respective fleet captains to help fill first our remaining PRO slots, and then the other slots on the RC schedule.  Skippers, please remember to remind your crews to pay associate dues as well…or, better yet, gift them an associate membership for the year at only $25 as an advance “thank you” for all of the hard work they’ll do on your boat this year!  Pay your dues now and you’re set for the season!

Also, don’t forget to “like” PRSA’s group page if you are on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/345661598808307/).  We’ll be using that facebook group to post announcements and photos throughout the year along with the PRSA webpage and Yahoo! listserv.  Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming season!

Spring Series #2 – April 13, 2014

Sunday turned out to be a very nice day of sailing.  Winds were from 15 to 20 out of the south with a high around 80.  Thanks to Mike Heinsdorf for running RC and missing out on the awesome day of sailing.  We had 2 Lasers, 3 Albacores, and 4 Lightnings make it out.  The RC ran windward leewards for the lightnings and triangles for the albacores and lasers.  Lightnings got in 3 races before calling it due to high winds.  The albacores and lightnings stayed out for a 4th race before heading in.  Sorry to all that missed out and we look forward to seeing you out next weekend (4/27).  – Farley (your scorer)

Laser Spring#2   Lightnings Spring#2   Albacore Spring#2

Season Kickoff!

We’re just one week away from the start of our spring racing season!  Join us on April 6 for the start of our spring series and for a chili-fest provided by PRSA after the racing.  We’ll kick off the season on April 6 with our regular racing program: 10:00 am skipper’s meeting by the cranes and 11:25 first warning signal on the upper course.  The Sailing Instructions for our Sunday Series racing can be found on the PRSA Website at http://potomacriversailing.org/nors-sis/

Make sure to stick around for the post-race festivities on April 6 as well.  PRSA will provide chili (both meat and vegetarian variants), side dishes, and beverages.  No need to bring anything for this first week–just come hungry and enjoy some food, drink, and good cheer after the racing!

As you get organized for the start of racing, please remember to pay your PRSA dues and sign up for Race Committee duty if you haven’t already done so.  Timely dues payments are essential for the maintenance of our equipment, and we all need to take our turn on RC so that we all can also have fun racing on the water.  You can find all the relevant forms and links on our PRSA Dues & RC Duty webpage: http://potomacriversailing.org/dues-rc-duty/

Finally, we have organized a series of training events for the spring season.  Please mark the following dates on your calendar.  We will send additional information along as each training event approaches.

  • April 5: Skiff Management Training hosted by Nabeel Alsalam (time TBA, at WSM)
  • May 15: Racing Rules Seminar hosted by Jeff Neurater and Aaron Boesenecker (7-9 pm, Charleston Room inside of Indigo Landing restaurant)
  • Date TBA: Local Knowledge Seminar hosted by Barney Harris

I look forward to seeing everybody out on the water soon!

PRSA AGM Highlights

We enjoyed a fantastic pasta dinner at the 2013 PRSA Annual General Meeting (thanks Michelle and Lee) as we handed out awards for the 2013 racing season and discussed several business items.  I’ve provided a summary of the award winners and key discussion points below.  Congratulations to the 2013 award winners and to our new slate of officers!

PRSA Spring Series Awards

Albacores

  1. Barney Harris
  2. Nich Allen

Buccaneers

  1. Jeff Neurater

Catamarans

  1. Ben Arthur
  2. Jim Antonovich

Lightnings

  1. Bobby Astrove
  2. Chris Kozel
  3. Lindsay Bach

PRSA Fall Series Awards

Albacores

  1. Nich Allen
  2. Barney Harris

Buccaneers

  1. Jeff Neurater

Catamarans

  1. Ben Arthur
  2. Jim Antonovich

Lightnings

  1. Rick Welch / Aaron Boesenecker
  2. Nabeel Alsalam
  3. Bob Gotthardt

Founders Award: Aaron Boesenecker

Fleet Captain’s Award: Keith Barron, Steve Parsons, Bruce Heida

Key Business Items

  • Membership is dangerously low, now less than 100 people.
  • The Bayliner has been sold, and we made a small profit!  Thanks to Jeff Neurauter for arranging the sale!
  • The Executive Board  needs to make a decision on if we can afford or need another RC boat.  If you have an opinion or thoughts please contact your Fleet Captain or an Executive Board member.

2014 PRSA Executive Board

  • Commodore: Aaron Boesenecker
  • Vice Commodore: Nabeel Alsalam
  • Rear Commodore: Farley Will
  • Treasurer: Yates Dowell
  • Member At Large: Jim Graham
  • Secretary: Nich Allen
  • Social/Membership Chairs: Lee Saysithsena/Michelle Greenhalgh

2013 Annaul Party and AGM

Saturday Nov 16th, same time, same location. Drinks start at 6:30pm,
dinner at 7pm and the AGM starts at 8pm. Price is $25, the menu will be:

Appetizers: Shrimp cocktail, bruschetta or hummus
Entree: Chicken Tetrazzini, Vegetable Marinara Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic
Bread
Desserts: TBD

If you are planning on coming please sign up here:
http://potomacriversailing.org/annual_party/annual_party_form.html

You can see who is signed up here:
http://potomacriversailing.org/annual_party/BanquetWhoIsComing.html

Also, the Executive Board has decided to retire the Bayliner. Its
served us well for many years, and it should have died years ago if it
was not for the constant work put into it by a number of dedicated
members. We will talk in more detail at the meeting.

Hope to see you there.

Fall Series #8 Results

It started out very breezy Sunday, out of the north at 15-18 knots as reported by our RC Yates. The breeze slowly slacked off to 12 or so by the end of the day. Participation was light, however, probably because it was just a bit chilly out there. It was a good time for the brave few who showed up though. Here are the scores:

Albacore Fall Series #8

Buccaneer Fall Series #8

Lightning Fall Series #8

Only one more week to go!

Fall Series #6 & #7 Results

Well after the government upchuck shutdown we came back for the second half of our messed up truncated fall series. Fall Series #6 brought some stiff and shifty winds out of the NW W SW . Well you get the picture. Here are those scores:

Albacore Fall Series #6

Buccaneer Fall Series #6

Open Cat Fall Series #6

Lightning Fall Series #6

Fall Series #7 brought much less wind from sometimes no discernible direction at all. Here are those scores:

Open Cat Fall Series #7

Lightning Fall Series #7

Scow Fall Series #7

Only two more weeks to go folks, so you’re running out of time to go out and have some fun!

Fall Series #2 & #3 Results

Fall Series #2 was a beautiful day on the river. We had nice breezes out of the NW (Mostly) and the RC headed by Jason Ipe got us four races in. Here are the scores:

Buccaneer Fall Series #2

Open Cat Fall Series #2

Lightning Fall Series #2

Scow Fall Series #2

Fall Series #3 was a drifter with PRO Nabeel getting in two races by sheer force of will. Here are the scores for the intrepid few who made it up to the course:

Albacore Fall Series #3

Open Cat Fall Series #3

Lightning Fall Series #3

 

 

Fall Series #1 Results 09/15/13

Sunday was absolutely beautiful with nice southerly breezes. RC, Dan Miller set up a WL course and got 4 races in for the few smart sailors who showed up. Nice to see more than one Scow coming out. Hope that’s a trend.  Here are the scores:

Albacore Fall Series #1 091513

Buccaneer Fall Series #1 091513

Open Cat Fall Series #1 091513

Lightning Fall Series #1 091513

Scow Fall Series #1 091513