(As of Thursday, November 5) Skippers Meeting at Noon; first warning at 12:40 PM; no races start after 3:40 PM. Here are the SIs. Frank Gallagher is PRO, with RC provided by the Lightnings. This is our traditional last blast, with racing in the cove or in front of the power plant. Bring hot chili to share after racing. Today’s AccuWeather forecast (always subject to change) for Saturday on the Potomac calls for partly sunny skies, winds from the SW at 6 – 7 MPH, and a high of 58 degrees. The river flow is still well above normal, at 5,080 CFS (gage height 3.4 ft) and the water temperature is 53 degrees. Come on down!
Check out “Blue Skies”, a 7 1/2 minute video of footage shot on September 20, 2009. We had 2 video cameras out that day, I had one on the chase boat and Keith Strasser the other on the start line, and shot some good footage of Albacores and Lightnings racing. Be sure to click the full screen button on the lower right corner of the player. Enjoy:
Oh yes, Why is it on Youtube and not Zest Factor? This is HD video, and Zest Factor can’t handle that yet. Soon though.
(As of Sunday, Nov 1) Eric Johnson is PRO, with RC provided by the Albacores and others (Driver and Helper slots are still available). We got an extra hour of sleep last night, as we switched from Daylight Savings time back to Standard time, so we should be rested and ready to compete. Today’s AccuWeather forecast (always subject to change) calls for a partly sunny afternoon (with rain ending in the morning), a high of 53 degrees, and winds from the NNE at 10 – 9 MPH. High tide will be at 6:48 AM; low tide at 1:05 PM (and high again at 6:59 PM) Sunset will be at 5:08 PM. The river flow is currently above normal for this time of year, at 7,710 CFS (gage height 3.7 ft). The water temperature is a seasonal 57 degrees. Round up crew and come on down!
For the last several weeks I have been trying out/building/creating a new way for PRSA to host images and videos. It is called Zest Factor (http://www.zestfactor.com) and is still very much a work in progress. However, its at a stage I need to start seeing if it all works. I have uploaded and set up 3 play lists of images to share, including the pics Erich Hesse took on 09/20 FS#1. Also pics of Nabeels boat after the T-bone, and Pats boat after the capsize. Enjoy.
Links and pics after the break:
Well it looked promising as we left the dock with northerly breezes in the low teens. By the time we got up to the race course however, it had started to fade. We sailed the first race in 6-8 with big shifts from right to left and back again. The race committee set up a nice long course, triangles for some and WL’s for others. The second race started in 1-4 and faded to near zero by the time I crossed the finish line. Very painful and frustrating race. Anyway, it was a beautiful day to be on the water, and the beers were cold so a good time was had on Ariel. In all 3 Cats, 4 Albacores and 6 Lightnings came out to play. Where is everybody?
Scores are up after the break:
(As of October 27) Eric Johnson is PRO, with RC provided by the Albacores and others (Driver and Helper slots are still available). You will get an extra hour of sleep on Saturday night, as we switch from Daylight Savings time back to Standard time, so you’ll be rested and ready to compete. Today’s AccuWeather Long-range forecast (always subject to change) for Sunday calls for a sunny day, a high of 64 degrees, and winds from the WNW at 10 MPH. High tide will be at 6:48 AM; low tide at 1:05 PM (and high again at 6:59 PM) Sunset will be at 5:08 PM. The river flow is currently well above normal for this time of year, at 5,930 CFS (gage height 3.5 ft), and should remain up through the weekend if we get the rains forecasted for today and tomorrow. The water temperature is a seasonal 56 degrees. Round up crew and come on down!
Eric Johnson was PRO, with RC provided by the Albacores and others. The AccuWeather forecast for Sunday called for mostly sunny skies, a high of 65 degrees, and northerly winds at 10 MPH. The river flow was above normal, at 5,360 CFS (gage height 3.4 ft). The water temperature was a seasonal 58 degrees. Low tide was at 8:42 AM and high tide at 2:25 PM. Winds were lighter than predicted, and it only made it to 61 degrees, but it was still an improvement over the previous weekend’s weather. The Marine Corps Marathon was Sunday morning, so there were street closures in downtown DC, and a view of the runners on the road in East Potomac Park during the first race. Here is Eric’s report: “It looked like it was going to be a great day was we were motoring up to the course, with a cool, steady 10-12kt northerly breeze, but the wind started to drop out right around 11:30. We were seeing pretty dramatic changes in direction, oscillating from NE to NW on about a 10-minute cycle, as well as steadily decreasing wind speeds, so we called it a day after two races. We wound up towing several of the boats in, as the wind dropped to zero after (and during) the last race. There were six Lightnings, three Cats, and four Albacores in attendance.” Results to be posted soon.
(As of Sunday,10/25) Eric Johnson is PRO, with RC provided by the Albacores and others (Helper slots are still available). The weather will be much better than it was last weekend. Today’s AccuWeather forecast (always subject to change) .calls for mostly sunny skies, a high of 65 degrees, and . winds from the NNW at 12 – 8 MPH. The river flow is above normal, after yesterday’s rains, at 5,360 CFS (gage height 3.4 ft). The water temperature is a seasonal 57 degrees. Low tide will be at 8:42 AM and high tide at 2:25 PM. Round up crew and come on down! NOTE: The Marine Corps Marathon is on Sunday morning — look for street closures in downtown DC and plan your trip to the marina accordingly!
The RC (PRO Bill Kleysteuber; drivers Scott Snyder and Robert Bennett; and Helpers Jason Desjardins and Dan Miller) nearly outnumbered the skippers at the Skippers Meeting (4 Lightning skippers and one Albacore skipper). The AccuWeather forecast (always subject to change) called for cloudy and breezy conditions with rain possible, a high of 43 degrees, and northerly winds at 21 – 22 MPH, with higher gusts. High tide was at 8:51 AM and low tide at 3:23 PM. The river flow was above normal for this time of year, at 4,290 CFS (gage height 3.3 ft), and was headed higher. The river temperature was on a downward trend, at 48 degrees. The skippers voted to stay ashore, so there was no racing. It turned out that actual winds were somewhat lighter than predicted, and the rain stopped by noon, making for some sailable conditions.