The day after the Hangover Regatta in which 33 boats competed, only 6 boats showed up for the regular Sunday Frostbite series. We were treated to 6 races in light air.
What a day! We had our biggest Laser regatta ever today, 33 boats. Thanks to all that traveled to join us to help us push over the 30 boats mark. The weather could not have been better with temps in the 50’s and a south breeze 7-12 mph. We sailed in the river with the current coming in throughout the racing. There were 5 races.
Tim Zimmerman was untouchable with four firsts in five races and won the regatta handily.
Special thanks to our RC for the day Nabeel Alsalam, Rob Young, Collette Bolton, Mike Heinsdorf & Tom Berlin. Thanks also to Adam Dolezal who provided hot dogs for those who stuck around after racing.
— Erich (Laser Fleet Captain)
Thanks go to Dave Dalbec for sharing this with us. Check out some cool big wind video from the Bay. I particularly like the Death Roll…
Updated 4/26/10 — Seven Lightnings came out along with 4 Hobies, 3 Albacores, and a Laser on a day with a NOAA forecast of heavy weather arriving sometime after 2 PM (which it did, but north and west of DC). Before 2 PM, the winds were predicted to be from the south at 8 – 9 MPH under cloudy skies, with a high temperature of 75 degrees, and that’s exactly what we got, except that the clouds dissipated by the end of the first race. PRO David Thompson and RC set up a windward-leeward course and got off three races in quick succession, finishing the 3rd race at exactly 2:00 PM, then sending boats home to ensure a safe ride and retrieval at the cranes before the heavy weather hit (which never did here, except that winds increased to 20 MPH after 3 PM). Results to be posted soon.
We got off to a slow start on day two of the regatta, there was no wind
in the morning. We waited an hour or so, and the breeze filled in, so
we set sail hoping to get a few races in. RC set up a course in the
cove and we preceded to get off four races. The wind built through out
and we got a steadier breeze then yesterday.
Sam Dobbs took first place, with Ray Wulff taking second place and Calab Dorfman taking third. Thanks to everyone for coming out, we had another great regatta on the river. Links to results and pictures are below.
We had a great Sunday sailing last week. Near perfect frostbite conditions… Temps were in the 30F’s, sun was shining and the wind was blowing (a little light though…). Fourteen people came out and we had seven races in the cove.
Robert took these videos from the RC boat.
Sorry for the delay in getting this video footage put together. I got kind of slammed this week. I managed to get starts on races 2-4, and the leeward roundings on races 1 – 4 before running out of tape, not to mention feeling a little like a popsicle. Caught two racers hitting the leeward mark, one of whom took his turn, the other did not. In defence of the racer who did not, it is also clear in the video that he had no idea he had hit the mark, so I guess he gets a pass on that one. We report, you decide! Enjoy:
**Don’t forget to hit the “Full Screen” button, second one from the lower right in the player. Its HD!
We had a fabulous day of racing New Years Day! Temps were in the 40F’s and winds were around 8 to 12MPH. We had a total of 22 boats participate. Winds were coming out of the north so the RC set up a course in the cove with the start line just north of the docks. There were 6 races on an Olympic course. Erich Hesse won the day with Dave Teale taking second and Robert Bennett taking third place. Big thanks to our great RC, Mike Heinsdorf, Tom Berlin, Barney Harris, Lee Sayasithsena and Latte. They did a great job and kept the course square all day. Jeff got some pretty cool video, check it out below. Results and pictures are on the Laser site here:
Scores and reports will be coming, but I thought I’d put up some video I shot from land yesterday first. I managed to get a couple of starts and a few leeward mark roundings before my batteries gave out. Hmmm… I thought I’d recharged those! Anyway there’s a couple of good shots. Don’t miss Frank trying to jam it at the leeward mark… “Trying to jam it” he says, he did jam it and got away with it. A bit of yelling. We report, you decide… 🙂 Enjoy:
Be sure to click the full screen button – second from the lower right in the player. Its HD.
Today’s AccuWeather forecast (always subject to change) calls for mostly cloudy skies, a high of 44 degrees, and winds from the NNW at 10 – 12 MPH. Not bad! There’s no better way to nurse a hangover, or recover from yet another challenging year, than by celebrating with the PRSA Laser fleet and racing with us on the Potomac River. Skippers meeting will be at 12:00 Noon, first races at 12:45 PM. NOR, pre-registration and directions are located here:
Hangover Regatta Information and Pre-Registration Mike Heinsdorf and Tom Berlin are heading up the Race Committee — two more RC volunteers are needed. There is no registration fee. There is a $3 launching fee if your boat is not stored at Washington Sailing Marina. If you are planning on sailing, please use the online registration form to pre-register. This is always a fun event and we are expecting a great turn out. See you on the water.