Summer Wednesday night sailing: gather around the crane/dock area around 5:30 each Wednesday for informal sailing/racing in the cove. If you’re new, don’t hesitate to introduce yourself to the PRSA sailors that you see there!
Our PRSA Fall Series racing will start on September 13.
Chris Bolton with the help of Lindsay Bach ran the line boat while Bill Kleysteuber & Frank Gallagher ran the mark boat. The water was so low in the river from the previous two days of strong northerly winds that Chris was forced to set us up in the cove. The wind was very patchy and could switch 180 degrees between the windward and leeward mark. The lead boat around the leeward mark often lossed that lead on the short beat to the finish as a result of big wind shifts that would lift the 2nd boat to the finish while leaving the lead boat stranded.
Len Guenther managed the conditions with patience and won the regatta.
We had two great sailing days. Saturday was the best with rock steady 10-15 mph winds from the south. We just had to take advantage of it and so we decided to do 5 races. A front came through on Saturday evening and left us with cooler weather and N to NE winds in the 5 to 12 mph range. We did another 2 to 4 races.
44 boats in 8 classes competed on two courses. People came from as far as Hampton, Lynchburg, and the Solomons. They sailed a lot — as many as 9 reasonably long races. They partied — the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society treated us on Saturday evening and PRSA on Sunday. They had fun.
This year the Norman C. Schallor award goes to Eric Peterson who was the winner in the Laser fleet which mustered 10 boats, the largest fleet this year.
If you see inaccuracies with the results below, email me at email@example.com.
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)
On Saturday, a solid southerly breeze blew all day long and built a bit toward the end of the day. The four fleets on the upper course (Haines point) got 4 nice longish windward-leeward races. The Laser and Penguin fleets on the lower course (cove) got 8 races.
Lee, Michelle, and Mike H. put together a very special BBQ featuring pulled pork and Yuengling on tap.
On Sunday, we had more of the same wind! Amazing. For the last two races, we (the RC) stretched the course out so that it took the lead boat just under an hour to finish.
Here are the results — preliminary in case people see mistakes that need correction:
Thanks to everyone for coming out to our first Sunday Spring Series this past Sunday. We had a good group of Albacores, Lightnings and Buccaneers on the race course. (I’ll link the results when they are available.) The wind was a little light when we started out, but it built all day. The Cats were on RC and got off 3 long Olympic course races. Afterward we had a big cookout at the marina. We’re off this Sunday due to the Easter holiday but will resume racing on Sunday the 15th. We have left over food and beer to eat & drink afterwards, so be sure to stick around after you put your boat away.
This Thursday the 5th is our 2nd Spring Training event. Laser Fleet Captain Erich Hesse will be leading a discussion on starting racing tactics. Erich is quite an accomplished sailor, and is sure to share some of his secrets and answer any questions you might have about starting tactics. Again, this event is open to anyone including non-PRSA members, so let your sailing friends, family and co-workers know. This Thursday April 5th, Indigo Landing restaurant, Washington Sailing Marina, Charleston Room, 7pm to 8pm.
Hope to see you there and on the water on the 15th.
March 4th, 2012 was a big wind day*. The Laser frostbite fleet went out onto the river to avoid the puffs and shifts in the cove. Here is some video the RC boat — Steve Yelland and Kevin Crowley — took of us flying downwind.
It turned out to be a beautiful sailing day despite all the rain we had leading up to it. The river was remarkably clean. Only the occassional log showed up — I saw maybe 4 all day long. The current was strong but the NW breeze was enough for the sailors to sail against it. Downwind & down current the sailors flew. There were enough shifts to keep the sailors thinking about strategy. We did 4 W2 races. Below are the preliminary and interim results:
If you missed Saturday you missed a great sailing day with a south breeze 10 mph and warm temps. We had sixteen boats with a few people who have not sailed in quite sometime. Steve Parsons sailed with us for the fist time in about a year and Cheryl Taylor has not sailed in over a year.
The day started out with a very solid breeze with very few wind shifts (unusual conditions for the river) but by the fourth race the river had found its wind shifty groove.
Cary Comer came out of the gate rounding all of the marks in the first race in first and finished fourth on the day. Len Guenther warmed up after the first three races and finished with a 3-1-3-4 and good enoguh for third place overall. Justin Pollack was very consistent and finish the day with a first in the last race and second in the overall standings. Erich Hesse loved the steady southerly and took the first place honors.
Thanks to Jim Graham for organizing the regatta. Big thanks to Rick Welch, Aaron Boesenecker (thanks for the pictures) and another Lightning crew member for great RC and crunching the numbers by hand afterwards. Thanks to Steve Parsons, Len, and Farley with helping flipping burgers and rolling hot dogs. I think a great time was had by all.