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!
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
PRSA Fall Series Awards
Rick Welch / Aaron Boesenecker
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
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.
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:
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 NWWSW . Well you get the picture. Here are those scores:
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:
What a fantastic weekend! We were pleasantly surprised with great breeze on both Saturday and Sunday, we had tight racing on both the upper and the lower courses, and we had great celebrations after the racing on both Saturday and Sunday. The folks on the lower course got 6 races on Saturday, and on the upper course we had 4 races on Saturday and 3 more on Sunday. All told there were 61 boats on our PRSA one design courses (14 Lightnings, 12 Albacores, 10 Cats/Scows, 7 Bucs, 7 El Toros, 4 Flying Scots, 4 Lasers, and 3 Penguins). You can’t ask for anything more in a regatta!
Many PRSA sailors also supported the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through fundraising efforts and through their own contributions. As we went into the regatta weekend the fundraising total was trending towards $160,000+ and many sailors made generous donations at registration over the weekend. I’ll be sure to send along the final totals on the fundraising efforts once those figures are available from the LLS. In the meanwhile, a huge “thank you” on behalf of the LLS to all of you who contributed to the fundraising effort.
Keep reading for links to scores as well as for some of my observations from the upper course. Be sure to add in your own comments and recollections as well!
On August 24-25 the Olivia Constants Foundation (OCF) will be holding a Team Race Regatta & Fundraiser up at the Severn Sailing Association (SSA) in Annapolis. Many of us in PRSA (especially the Lightning Fleet) know the Constants family and the tragic story of Olivia’s death two years ago. This event is a great opportunity to try your hand at team racing (a clinic is included!), raise some funds for a great cause, and celebrate the spirit of Olivia through sailing and camaraderie.
Those of us in the Lightning fleet have a District regatta up in Havre de Grace, MD, on the 24th and 25th, so most of us won’t be able to make the team race event. But don’t let that deter you — boats and training are provided, the racing will be great and the celebrations after the racing will be even better! The folks up at SSA are an awesome bunch, and the weekend will surely be a fun time. All you need to do is bring a skipper/crew pair and a great attitude!
I’ve posted the regatta announcement and the NOR below, as well as a link to the OCF itself in case you would like more information about Olivia’s story and the work of the Foundation. You can also find the NOR and registration information on the SSA website.
Registration is now open for the 2013 President’s/Leukemia Cup Regatta. You can register for the regatta and sign up to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (optional, but encouraged!) using the registration form on the PRSA President’s/Leukemia Cup Regatta Webpage. The NOR as well as information on prizes and fundraising incentives from the LLS, has also been posted to the regatta webpage.
Early registration is a huge help for the regatta planners, so sign up now! Any boat that raises $100 before the regatta will be eligible for LLS racing awards based on your Saturday finishes as well as additional prizes and incentives from the LLS. Raise more than $100 and you’ll receive additional prizes and goodies from the LLS. You can request a fundraising webpage from the LLS right on the PRSA registration form, or you can bring cash/check donations to the regatta and turn them in at on-site registration.
Please contact your PRSA Liaison to the LLS, Aaron Boesenecker, with any questions (email@example.com).