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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
Desserts: TBD

If you are planning on coming please sign up here:

You can see who is signed up here:

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.

2013 PRSA Spring Regatta!!

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.

Laser Frostbite Day #2, 11/25

Seventeen boats came out for Day #2.  The wind started out lighter than forecast and then picked up to forecast about 10-12 mph.  It started out west-southwest and shifted south-southwest half way through the day.  Len and Barb Guenther set a windward-leeward course out in the river.  The current was the opposite of last week (coming in all day) and I believe played a big factor in the racing today more on that later.  There was some big debris/speed bumps (tree trunks) out in the river causing some to fall out of their boats and other to stop for a minute.  If you have not made it out yet this season it has been near perfect sailing conditions and just in luck for you we sail again next Sunday same time same place.  Keith Barron and William Kruse will be providing the RC.
Full scores are posted on the website here:

Click here for week #2 Scores


Laser Frostbite Day #1, 11/18

It was a beautiful day to be on the water.  If you could order up breeze like this every day that would be great.  The wind turned out to be more than forecast from the low teens with some gust in the high teens from the north-northeast and east.  The current was going out all day.  It was a shifty day but Justin Pollack and Jim Klein set a windward-leeward course which they did not have to adjust much during the day.  Twenty-two boats came out with three boats being the first day sailing with us.  Bob Gotthardt took the day for the newbies to the fleet with an eleventh overall.  Making it to the top ten was an accomplishment as a lot of the top guns came out to sail today.
Results posted on the website (Thanks Farley and Scott).
We sail again next Sunday with the Guenthers providing the RC.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

2012 PRSA Annual General Meeting

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
there. Thanks

Sign Up

Who’s Coming:

Racing Rules of Sailing, This Wed 28th 7pm @ Indigo Landing

Hello sailors, this Wednesday is our first in a series of on land training events. Nathan Marsh Albacore Fleet Captain will be leading a discussion on the Racing Rules of Sailing (specifically ISAF 2009-2012 rules for fleet racing). This will be held at Indigo Landing restaurant at the Washington Sailing Marina from 7-8pm in the Charleston Room. When you walk into the restaurant make an immediate right turn and walk into the big room. This is a free event open to both members and non-members so let you friends, family and co-workers know. Thanks see you there.


Spring Is Almost Here!

Hello PRSA Members, the 2012 Spring sailing season is almost upon us. Our first day sailing is Sunday April 1st, I hope to see you all out on the water. We are planning on having a kick off party after sailing in the picnic area of the marina starting probably around 3-3:30. Please stop by after you put your boat away and join us for some food and drinks, PRSA will be supplying both. If your a new member this is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with all the sailors.

Also upcoming are a number of training events, click on the Calendar link to see the complete listing

1) Rear Commodore and United States Albacore Association Vice President Mike Heinsdorf will be leading a session on “How To Be A PRO”.
2) Albacore Fleet Captain Nathan Marsh will be giving a talk on “Racing Rules of Sailing”.
3) Laser Fleet Captain Erich Hesse will be presenting a “Starting Tactics” discussion.
4) Vice Commodore Nabeel Alsalam and Ben Ackerman will be putting on a 2-part (on and off the water) series on “Power Boat Handling”.

These events are free and open to non-members also, so invite your friends and co-workers.

You might have noticed, we recently revamped our web site, and are working on a new Facebook presence and new crew connection feature on the web site. We formed a committee at the beginning of the year to figure out how to improve our presence on the web and also to expand our social activities. Michelle Greenhalgh and Lee Sayasithsena are co-chairing the committee and have been doing a great job of bring in new ideas. Michelle is going to send out an email next week to give you some more details about the crew connection part of the web site and the new Facebook presence. Lee is helping organize the kick off party, next time you see them give them a big thanks for all the effort that have put forth.

Again, looking forward to seeing you all on the water in a few weeks.

Scott Snyder

Laser Frostbite Day #5, 12/18/2011

It was a beautiful day on the Potomac River with the wind from the northwest 7-15, which was more than the forecast that I saw. The sun was behind the clouds making it feel like a frostbite race but the wind was enough to keep you working. It was another great turnout with 23 boats making it on the last sailing day in 2011. Will Summers and Istvan Pely set up a windward leeward out in the river. The current was coming in/slack at the beginning of the day and was going out pretty aggressively by the last race keeping the fleet off the line.
Getting a good start was essential and the mark roundings were crowded which put an emphasis on making the right decision in a short amount of time. The firsts were well spread out in six races with six different people winning a race (Erich, Frank, , Len & Robert). The wind was very shifty which caused many lead changes. Results are posted here.
I have been excited by all the new faces this year and the turnouts thus far. I hope that we can keep it up in 2012.
The next Sunday is the Hangover Regatta January 1. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year and hope to see you on the water on the 1st.


PRSA Annual Banquet

PRSA Members, we’re getting to about the half way point of our Fall Sunday Series and coming up in about a month is our Annual Banquet and General Meeting. It will be held Saturday November 19th at Marina Towers. Details are below. Hope you and you crew can make it, please mark your calendars. If you planning on coming please add your name to the “Who’s Coming” list so we can arrange enough food. Click here to see who’s coming.

Also, we have a couple openings on the Executive Board. We are looking for a few good people who are interested in helping lead PRSA into the future. If you are interested or would like to nominate someone, please let me know. Thanks.

PRSA Awards Banquet and Annual General Meeting 2011
Saturday November 19
Party Room of the Marina Towers Apartments
$25 per person(same as usual), pay at the door

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Directions: From the Washington Sailing Marina, go south on GW parkway towards Alexandria. Stay to the right and take the Slaters Lane exit. (It is the first exit you come to). Turn left onto Slaters Lane from the ramp. This will take you across the parkway. Go through the intersection and past the first buildings and look for the high rise on the left. That is the building. It is only five minutes from the marina.

Go to the Front desk, sign in and ask where the PRSA Party is. They will direct you to the party room.