Frank Gallagher and team ran the races and, I hear (I wasn’t there), got them off without delay. How was the wind?
Pictures from Lindsay Bach
(Races 62 to 65 of the Spring and Fall Series)
Fall Series DRAFT Results (Races 35 to 65)
- To qualify you must sail 50 percent of the races in which one or more of the boats in your class sailed.
- Your score is the average of your best qualifying races or all your races if you did not sail enough races to qualify.
To PRO Bob Astrove’s surprise the wind started off from the SW and he set up the course that way. But after the I20s were off and as the Lightnings were to start the wind shifted to the west and it was a beat/reach for them to the windward mark and the chutes could not be carried downwind.
The RC reset the course for races 2 and raised the T2 flag — two triangles. The wind picked and everyone had enough after three races.
Thank you, Bob, for stepping in to fill the empty PRO slot.
A beautiful fall day to sail. The wind started off with a lot of east in it which the Pro Bob Bear and his team set up for Race 1. By the time of Race 2, it had veered to the SSW and the RC readjusted the course. By the end of the day, we were getting big shots from the SW and the wind was up. Fun.
(October 24, Race 55 to 58 of the Spring and Fall Series)
It was a very windy day and only 5 boats raced. They all started together and Barney showed that Albacores are faster than Lightnings in those winds. Well, to be fair Frank did not fly his spinnaker — wind was too gusty.
(October 17, race 51-54 in the PRSA Spring & Fall Series)
The Albacore had their North American Championships Saturday – Monday and PRSA raced on the same course on Sunday. Nelson Pemberton ran the races from the bridge of a large cabin cruiser. The wind was from the NE, so Nelson set up the start line fairly near the airport and the windward mark was almost in the Anacostia.
The finish line was an obstruction that could not be sailed through which created a strategic problem of which way to go around it. And occasionally someone simply forgot about it and was disqualified.
It was cloudy with a nice breeze.
(October 10th, races 47 to 50 of the Spring and Fall series.)
Will Phillipe & team ran RC.
It was a beautiful day to sail today with sunny skies mid 70s and wind to sail in. As PRO I was certainly challenged today with our NNW winds moving to WNW. I made use of the Postpone before Race 1 because we needed a few extra minutes to get setup (remember as PRO the postpone is your friend). The forecast of NW winds with a later shift to WNW came earlier than I expected so race 1 the windward mark was off. We moved it closer to Gravelly Point to be more NW but it continued to move WNW and the gusts putting it closer to West. I was torn about trying to adjust the course and to get races off but with it shifting back and forth I opted to leave and keep running races.
The winds were interesting.
On Saturday we started with no wind and an hour postponement on shore. Light north north easterlies were forecast and when they came in we launched and sailed. But then – surprise – the winds came up from the south. Despite the delay, Aaron Boesenecker and his RC team gave us three races on Olympic courses.
Steen Bryskov organized a great cookout for us. I can personally attest to how delicious the grilled portobello mushrooms were. They were topped with diced red onion and marinated in balsamic vinegar by Jim Graham. Plus Steen brought his espresso maker and treated groggy competitors to a great cup of coffee each morning.
On Sunday the winds did come in from the north northeast. The challenge was that they sometimes came down the Potomac on the left side of the course and sometimes down the Anacostia on the right side of the course. Whoever solved that puzzle won.
Kudos to the Albacore and Flying Scot fleets that each brought out 15 boats.
The Norman Schaller award went to Dave Beckett in the Flying Scot fleet who dominated his competitors in the Scot fleet just a bit more than Barney Harris dominated his in the Albacore fleet.
Hats off to Kaitlyn Lucey our regatta chair for a very successful 90th annual (?) President’s Cup.
The results are here.
A beautiful day for sailing. SSW breezes at about 10-12 with higher gusts to later in the day to challenge the sailors.
Farley Will and team took advantage of our southerly and gave us 4 LONG windward-leeward races. Thanks, Farley!
Those of you who have new sail numbers, I added it as an alternate sail number under your Spring Series registration. The results below will show your Spring Series sail number.