The day ended up being a great day of sailing. On shore we decided that we would have all boats start together as we had no more than 4 boats in any of the fleets. After a slow sail to the race course while the wind died before shifting to the south, we all got up to the course around 12:15. The Grahams and Griffins were able to set a course and get the first race off. The first race had the wind starting out of the southeast and swinging more south during the race. As the afternoon progressed, the wind continued to swing to the south. We ended up have different levels of breeze with it varying between 5 and 15 knots. Race committee was able to get off 4 races and I thoroughly enjoyed having everyone starting together as it allowed for a larger fleet to race against and added more competition,
After sailing, Melissa and Heather held the BBQ and everyone stuck around and had plenty of food, drink, and fun!
Today was an interesting day on the water. The first race was light air out of the west and the breeze ended up doing a 180 in the last bit of the race providing an additional windward rounding for us. After drifting for a bit, the wind finally filled in with 5-10 from the north. We were able to get 2/3 more races off for the classes. These were quite nice. And the wind picked up even more to about 15 on the sail home providing some fun planing conditions!
A brief thought on the sailing today was that the races were about 30 minutes long and in my opinion that makes having a good start worth about 30% of the race (which leads to being able to do what you want on the first upwind leg). The starts today all had a pin favor that I believe proved to provide a good head start in all my races.
Kudos goes out to Frank and his team on RC for getting off races with the tricky conditions at the beginning of the day!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
Thanks to the generosity of DC Sail and the National Maritime Heritage Foundation we are able to offer a 3-hour spectator cruise (11:30-2:30 pm) aboard the schooner American Spirit on the Sunday of the President’s Cup Regatta for just $20/person. Click here for complete details on the cruise and click here to purchase tickets via the President’s Cup regatta website.
Also, remember that it is not too late to register for the 2015 PRSA President’s Cup Regatta!
It was great to see so many fleet members at the 2014 PRSA Annual General Meeting and Awards Banquet! A very special thanks to Lee for all of the work that she did in preparing our amazing feast, and to Dave for allowing us to use the Potomac Room at Marina Towers for the event.
The Executive Board report indicated that the state of the Association is good, with membership higher in all categories than in 2013. At the same time, we need to do more work in getting our members out on the water (sailing participation in the fall series was down a bit, in particular) and we need to start thinking about the powerboats and engines as we approach 10 years of usage on our skiffs and outboards. The PRSA Executive Board will consider these questions as part of their regular meetings in 2015 and report back to the Association at the 2015 AGM and Awards Banquet.
Please join me in congratulating the recipients of our PRSA Perpetual Awards as well as the volunteers who will serve on the PRSA Executive Board in 2015. I’ve listed these individuals below, and included links farther down to the AGM agenda and the summary of race highlights for each fleet in our major sailing events.
2015 PRSA Perpetual Award Winners
- Founder’s Trophy: Jeff Neurauter
- Fleet Captain’s Award: Michael Heinsdorf
- Yates Dowell III Award: Nabeel Alsalam
- Nabeel Alsalam Award: Lee Sayasithsena
2015 PRSA Executive Board
- Commodore: Aaron Boesenecker
- Vice Commodore: Nabeel Alsalam
- Rear Commodore: Farley Will
- Treasurer: Yates Dowell
- Secretary: Nich Allen
- Social Activities & Outreach (co-chair): Lee Sayasithsena
- Social Activities & Outreach (co-chair): Lisa-Marie Lane
- Member at Large: Stew Harris
Today provided some nice weather and we were able to get in a few races. 2 Albacores, 3 multihulls and 2 Lightnings showed up. The breeze began to build by 10:30 and stayed until about 12:30. The last race was cut short due to lack of wind. Many thanks go to Yates Dowell and his RC for stepping up and volunteering this week. Scores are below.
Final Fall Series scores are below.
Yet again we were given another windy day. This time with cold temperatures. Two brave Albacores came down to the marina but the decision was made to attempt a practice day instead of running races. Also as it turns out, the water level of the river was too shallow to launch the crash boats from the ramp. After launching the 16 and 1 Albacore, the decision was shortly made to cancel the “practice” and call it a day.
The last series of the fall is next weekend. In order to sail, we need to have someone sign up for RC! Also there are several boats that need 1 more day to qualify for the fall. Check your Series scores and make the decision to come out next week.
We had two great sailing days. Saturday was the best with rock steady 10-15 mph winds from the south. We just had to take advantage of it and so we decided to do 5 races. A front came through on Saturday evening and left us with cooler weather and N to NE winds in the 5 to 12 mph range. We did another 2 to 4 races.
44 boats in 8 classes competed on two courses. People came from as far as Hampton, Lynchburg, and the Solomons. They sailed a lot — as many as 9 reasonably long races. They partied — the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society treated us on Saturday evening and PRSA on Sunday. They had fun.
This year the Norman C. Schallor award goes to Eric Peterson who was the winner in the Laser fleet which mustered 10 boats, the largest fleet this year.
If you see inaccuracies with the results below, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Spratt sailing a JY-15 sailed with the Lasers but was not scored against them.</>
Spring Series #2 is coming up this weekend, but we still need RC volunteers in order to run races. Mike Heinsdorf is your PRO. Sign up on the RC Duty sheet and let Mike know if you are available.