The NOR for the PRSA Spring Regatta (May 27-28) has been posted and registration is now open. Visit the regatta website and register by May 21 to take advantage of the early registration discount. Once you’ve registered, help us spread the word about the regatta!
We have partnered with DC Sail once again to organize a spectator cruise aboard the American Spirit on Saturday of the Spring Regatta. Spectator cruise tickets are $20/person (or $25 for a combined cruise and Saturday dinner ticket). Tickets can be purchased via the regatta website. We have also posted complete details on the cruise in the “race documents” area on the regatta website.
The RC (Jim Antonovich, Leigh Boyle and Yates Dowell) ran three races in the cove today with winds typically about 12 out of the NNW with frequent higher gusts. The wind oscillated between W and N every few minutes all day. We got off the course early before the really hard gusts came in. A beautiful sunny day.
The Lightnings were at Leesylvania for their 33rd Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup Regatta
2017 Doc Gilbert Results – Lightnings
PRSA sailors, this is the weekend to bring your friends out sailing and show them how much fun racing can be. Our regular spring racing series is suspended this week in order to hold our rookie regatta. Bring new friends out or let your crew take the helm. As always there will be an apres-sail pot-luck picnic at the grill. See you Sunday!
SIs are here
Results: Unfortunately, the wind was gusty. Only two or three boats wanted to try racing in those conditions and one of them capsized. So PRO Kyra Tallon cancelled the racing.
Aaron Boesenecker ran the RC. It started off light and then died completely. Many of us rafted up and waited for the RC to cancel racing for the day. But, no…. The wind filled in beautifully from the south.
We got more practice in light air sailing which seems to require 1) patience and 2) and zen with the wind and current. The wind was loosely speaking from the northeast and after dying it usually, but not always, came back from the east. In the Lightning class, Bob Astrove showed off how good he is in these light conditions.
Bob Astrove ran the RC. He commented: “As you can see we did not have a lot of boats, but a beautiful day. 5 to 10 from the south.”
Please join us this Wednesday evening, April 5th, to hear NOAA meteorologist Bryan Jackson discuss how NOAA develops marine weather forecasts, and how you can best access this information.
We will be meeting at Heavy Seas Alehouse in Arlington, 1501 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA. Come straight back to the party room.
Socializing starts at 6:00 pm, Seminar begins at 7:00 pm.
We hope to see you there!!
Sunday March 19, 2017. Good weather for the last day of frostbiting. It was sunny but cool with winds in the 10-15 mph range from the northwest. We got in 5 races, all olympic course, and I did well in all but the last one.
My general start tactic on a heavier wind day is what I think of as a drift start. I hang out past the committee boat on the right side of the course. With about 30 second to go I power up and head for somewhere on the line. When a bunch of boats bunch up at the committee boat there is enough wind to get to leeward of them and make it to the line on time. If the boat end folks are early they will head down the line and leave a nice window. This worked well today on most races and I was competitive to the windward mark.
On the course I used my normal heavy wind tactics namely, tight vang, medium outhaul and Cunningham, then lots of hiking. I ease my outhaul 100% at the windward mark to give more power downwind and I ease the vang to about 50%. The eased vang I find (and have heard) helps to bear away. The triangle legs of the olympic were great and I think I reached a plane on most downwind legs. This is super fun and I was able to make up some ground if I caught a puff.
I did have issues keeping my mainsheet running clean. I had a few issues on the course because of this. Twice I had the sheet wrapped around a foot causing me to tack rather than duck a starboard boat. I also had a serious knot at one of the windward roundings that I had to undo before I could bear away. Mainsheet discipline will be something for me to work on for windier days. Still a fun last day, I’m looking forward to Cap City next week!
2016_2017 PRSA Laser Frostbite Series #16
Sunday turned out to be one of the first actual frostbite days this season. The breeze was predicted to be from the west at 10-16 with a high of 42. It was pretty close to that. The breeze was super shifty and puffy. Rarely do you see it on the river come from every direction. During the races the breeze was mostly swinging between the north and south. Big thanks to race committee for running the races, especially to James Jacob for bringing is own boat down and giving us a mark boat to try and fix the course each race.
As far as the racing, I was surprised that I got third. The scores were all over the place. Winning the start did not guarantee a good race with how shifty it was. We ran 3 W1, 1 W2 and 2 olympics. We had some nice breeze and some lulls. After a lull, typically one of the sides would pay off. During the nice breeze on the olympics, we got to do some fun planing as well as between races. We were able to see a few capsizes as well (including my own haha).
A quick summary on the season this far. We currently have 16 people qualifying. There are a couple of battles going on in the scores. Will Summers and I are duking it out for 2nd place. Jim Klein and Claus are battling for 6th. And Kat and Francisco are tied with Kat winning the tie breaker. We have just one more weekend to mix it up a little more. Hope to see everyone out next weekend!
2016_2017 PRSA Laser Frostbite Series #15