The day started off with no wind, but at 1100 it started to build and built quickly. By the time of the first start at 1130, it was in the upper teens and gusting into the upper 20s.
Jim and Susan Graham were on the signal boat and Dan Miller and Kailyn Lucey were on the mark boat. They gave us one T-2 race and we all decided that was enough and sailed home.
Only four boat made it to the start area. I was on a Lightning and we had the vang, cunningham, and backstay on very hard to flatten the sails and the traveller down (like easing he main without letting the boom rise). The jib lead was back to open up the top of the sail and keep the bottom flat. And we still had to ease both sails to keep the boat flat.
On the reaches when a puff hit, we’d plane and the bow sprayed water like we were on a Laser and Farley on an Albacore did the same but more often. Our GPS’s recorded a top speed of 12.6 mph. Exciting.
Afterwards, we had a nice cookout. Aaron Boesenecker had the grill fired up and Melissa Morgan/Phillippe brought down delicious marinated chicken, homemade humus, and leftover goodies from her birthday party.
(Photo by Kaitlyn Lucey)
Changes for the Spring Series:
We are using RRS Appendix U or the 3-minute sound-based starting system. Flags are optional, but I’m guessing RC will put up class flags so people know which fleets are starting and maybe postponement, OCS ,and General Recall flags if necessary.
So you don’t need to set your watch but don’t stray too far from the starting area.
Earlier this month the Safety Review Committee complete their review and report on Safety and Standard Operating Procedures at PRSA. They took a deep dive into what we do for safety, and what we need to look at to increase safety and reduce risk going forward. There are new safety rules that will be going into effect in the Spring Series.
- All members of the RC are required to wear PFDs or buoyancy aids at all times.
- All competitors are required to wear PFDs or buoyancy aids while racing.
- If water temperatures are below 50 degrees Fahrenheit full wetsuits or drysuits are required for all competitors and for all RC volunteers.
- Competitors leaving the racing area must notify the RC (verbally or via VHF).
There are also a number of recommendations that we’ll be looking to implement going forward.
The report itself is a very good read and a compact 12 pages so I’d suggest
Safety Review and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Committee Report
Thank you to Aaron and the rest of the committee for your many hours of work and dedication to the safety of your fellow sailors.
Mark your calendars! Plan to sail. It as the end of winter and the start of spring. The pandemic and winter have kept you cooped up for too long. So plan to get out on the water.
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Regatta chair: Kaitlyn Lucey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It’s that time of year, one last chance to get together and share a meal with friends while we celebrate victories on the water and show our appreciation for our fellow club members’ service over the past year. Please join us Saturday, November 20th in the grove at Washington Sailing Marina. We’ll be firing up the grill around 12:30. As is custom with our Sunday cookouts, please bring something for the grill and whatever you wish to drink. A few folks have suggested they would like to do a bit more and bring something to share, so if that’s you, or that inspires you, please let us know what you will be bringing and sign up here
The business part of the meeting will begin at 2:00 or 2:30.
In addition to awards, this year we will also be holding elections for the Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, Secretary, and Treasurer. Each of these positions is open for a two year term, responsibilities are outlined in the bylaws
. If you’ve been thinking about getting more involved, volunteering for one of these offices is a great way to do that.
At this point, the long range forecast is calling for sun and crispy fall temperatures. If that changes, please monitor the google group for any updates.
Thanks, hope to see you next weekend!
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.)