Getting involved with PRSA is easy! Just click the “About Us” link on the upper right menu bar to learn about our activities, sign up for our email list, see our schedule of events and more! Over the summer we hold a very informal sailing series off of the docks at Washington Sailing Marina (near the launch cranes), starting at about 5:30 pm on Wednesday evenings. Please feel free to drop by and introduce yourself!
We have rescheduled the PRSA Rookie Regatta for June 26 after our first attempt earlier this spring was foiled by inclement weather. This is a special stand-alone one day regatta with the purpose of encouraging you all to bring new crew out to sail, to turn the helm over to your crew, or to do other creative things that might help involve new people in sailing. The scoring system will be a bit different for this one day as there will be bonuses involved for bringing new people. All of the relevant information, including the NOR and the Sailing Instructions, has been posted to the PRSA Rookie Regatta page: http://potomacriversailing.org/nors-sis/prsa-rookie-regatta/ Please note that in accordance with our PRSA Sustainability initiative we will not be providing hard copies of the SIs on Sunday.
Aaron will be PRO for the day. It would be helpful if you could you let us know whether you will be sailing on June 26 and, importantly, whether you are bringing more than a few “rookies” for the day. We can accommodate extra folks on the RC boats to switch in and out of various boats if we know how many people to expect. So please email Aaron (firstname.lastname@example.org) once you’ve thought about your lineup for the Rookie Regatta. Let’s get some new sailors on the water!
On June 12 we have a special event: the resurrection of the PRSA Distance Race! This one-day, one-race regatta will pit all boats in all classes against one another in a distance race around government marks on the Potomac. Portsmouth Yard Stick scoring will be used to determine the fastest PRSA boat on the course. The NOR iand SIs with course options are posted below. Organize your crew and get ready for the fun!
What a fantastic weekend! The weather cooperated, and our excellent race committees (headed by Rolf on the upper course and Stephanie on the lower course) did a fantastic job of getting us a lot of great racing. The lower course boats completed 7 races on Saturday and the upper course boats completed 8 races over two days. We had 47 boats and nearly 100 sailors competing overall, which is a fantastic turnout!
Final results have been posted to the Regatta Website and you can see some great photos from Day 2 taken by Lindsay Bach here. I also want to extent a huge thank you to Heather, Melissa, and Lisa-Marie for all of the time and effort that they spent organizing food and beverages (the BBQ was amazing and the drink selection was phenomenal!) and for managing our PRSA merchandise. A lot of folks now have fantastic PRSA bling to sport on the water! Overall I’m very thankful to all of the dozens of people who volunteered to help make this such a fantastic regatta.
The NOR for the PRSA Spring Regatta (May 28-29) has been posted and registration is now open. Visit the regatta website and register by May 20 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 PRSA Spring Series starts with Spring Series #1 on April 3. Are you ready to go sailing? Here are a few things to remember as you get ready for the racing season:
- Post to the PRSA Crew Connection or peruse the listings there if you are looking for a ride or looking for crew.
- Make sure to sign up for your RC Duty slots. Sign up now so that you know when you’re serving and so that you make sure to do your part for PRSA in helping us run safe and fun races.
Spring Series #1 will be followed by BBQ with all food and drink provided by PRSA, so make sure to bring your appetites for food as well as for racing on April 3!
We had over 50 people attend the 2015 PRSA Annual General Meeting and Awards Ceremony, making it one of the best attended in recent years! I want to extend a very special thank you to Melissa Morgan and Heather Howard for all of their work in planning the AGM, organizing the food and drink, decorating the room, and generally ensuring good cheer such that a great time was had by all.
The PRSA Executive Committee was pleased to highlight our growth over the year, including a 4th consecutive year of membership growth, the best attendance at the PRSA President’s Cup Regatta and Spring Regatta in the last 5 years, and more. We were also pleased to recognize Lee Sayasithsensa, Rolf & Sue Zeisler, Lisa-Marie Lane, Stew Harris, and Lindsay Bach with PRSA awards. You can keep reading for additional details and links to the relevant documents, including the AGM Agenda, the list of PRSA Spring and Fall Series winners, details on the perpetual award winners, and your 2016 PRSA Executive Committee.
The 2015 PRSA Annual General Meeting and Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, November 21, 6-9 pm, in the party room at Marina Towers in Alexandria, VA. Dinner & drinks will cost $25 per person (pay at the door with check or cash). This is always a great chance to see everybody and reminisce about another year of great sailing, so I hope to see you there! Please sign up here as soon as possible so that our volunteers can plan for the appropriate amount of food and drink. Please submit your nominations for PRSA awards (see below) via email to email@example.com no later than the end of the day on Monday, November 16.
A full agenda and details on the PRSA business meeting will be posted soon. In the meanwhile, here is the basic schedule of events:
- 6:00 Appetizers & Drinks
- 6:30 Dinner
- 7:30 Business Meeting & Awards
- 7:30-7:45 Officer Reports
- 7:45-8:15 Discussion of PRSA Dues Proposal (see docs below)
- 8:15-8:20 Vote on PRSA Dues Proposal
- 8:20-8:30 Discussion on 2016 PRSA Goals
- 8:30-8:45 PRSA Spring & Fall Series Awards
- 8:45-8:55 PRSA Perpetual Awards
- 8:55-9:00 Discussion & approval of 2016 PRSA Executive Committee
- 9:00 Adjourn & Cleanup
Award Nominations: we have several perpetual awards that are bestowed upon Association members at the AGM to recognize service to PRSA. The list of these awards is below. Please email me if you would like to nominate an Association member for one of these awards:
- Founder’s Trophy (for the general promotion of PRSA; highest recognition for service and dedication to PRSA)
- Fleet Captain’s Award (for exemplary service on Race Committee Duty)
- Nabeel Alsalam Award (for exceptional service coordinating the many activities of PRSA)
- Yates Dowell III Award (for exceptional administrative service to PRSA)
PRSA Dues Proposal
Last year at the AGM the PRSA Executive Board raised the question of our dues structure, which has been unchanged since 2001. Over time we have lost approximately 25% of the purchasing power of our dues intake. We are also starting to consider the prospect of major equipment purchase/upgrades as PRSA continues to grow. After the discussion last year the Exec Board was tasked with reviewing the dues structure and bringing a proposal to the 2015 AGM. The documents below provide you with the proposal that we, the PRSA Executive Board, have developed.
Pursuant to Article XI of the PRSA Constitution (Amendments) we are providing this proposal to the membership 15 days in advance of the Annual General Meeting. The proposal and supplementary documents attached to this message are also available on the PRSA website. We will discuss the attached proposal at the AGM and a vote will be taken. The voting procedure, described in Article IV of the PRSA Constitution, is also detailed on the attached proposal.
The following documents are attached (click on each document to access):
Comments and questions about the proposal prior to the meeting should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Dues Proposal” in the subject line. We will try to respond to emailed comments/questions as appropriate. However, only the comments presented and the votes cast at the AGM will constitute the official record on this matter. I would strongly encourage you to attend the AGM to discuss the proposal there and to cast your vote. Proxy votes may be cast according to the procedure described in the attachments.
UPDATE 5:15 PM 3 OCT: THE PRSA DINGHY OPEN WILL BE HELD AS SCHEDULED. SEE YOU AT THE MARINA!
Back by popular demand we will once again the PRSA Dinghy Open this year! This one-day stand-alone regatta on Sunday, October 4, is your chance to race boat-on-boat against other classes. The regatta is open to any boat under 20′ in length. Races will be scored using the Portsmouth Yardstick system. Start organizing your crew now! Click here to view the NOR and click here to view the Sailing Instructions.
PRSA is once again partnering with CalendarLink (http://www.calendarlink.org/prsa/home.html) to produce a 2016 tide calendar. These calendars show the actual tides predicted for the Potomac River at Washington National Airport on the Potomac River!
This year we are having a photo contest to select photos to include in the calendar. All PRSA members are encouraged to enter their very best photo. Each PRSA member may submit one photo for consideration. The winning photo will become the cover photo for the calendar and the winner will receive a FREE 2016 PRSA Calendar.
Here are the requirements for calendar photo submissions:
- Photos must be horizontal images from digital cameras.
- Photos must be a minimum of 300 DPI width of 10.3 inches, height 8 inches or 3100 x 2400 pixels or a 1.3 to 1 ratio.
- Photos may be submitted in JPEG, GIF, or PNG format.
- Photos need not be from the current calendar year.
So get out there and start taking pictures! Then, figure out which one is your best picture and enter it into the contest. Email your photo to Jeff Neurauter (email@example.com) no later than November 1, 2015.