What a fantastic day for some fall sailing! It was a bit blustery when we headed out, but weird westerly that dominated the first race faded and the breeze then settled in for another couple of races in a 8-10 kt southerly. In addition to the usual Lightnings, Buccaneers, and Albacores it was great to see 6 Lasers come out to race as well as 4 I-20 scows! We even had a number of people dressed to celebrate Halloween! Congrats to Will Summers for winning our impromptu costume contest.
PRO Jim Antonivich and his crew did a good job in getting us some nice long races on the south course near the power plant (something new!) and we were back on shore in time to enjoy a nice BBQ after the racing as the sunlight faded. Since I was double-handing with John I didn’t have a ton of time to look around. The first race was a bit funky, with all sorts of shifts and swirls as the W/SW breeze that was there in the morning tried to figure out what it was going to do. The RC sent us on an O3 (!) and we managed to lead two of those three laps, only to be passed by Nabeel on the last full upwind leg. Once we got ourselves sorted out, though, we were able to hold with the rest of the pack, even downwind (John did a great job flying the spinnaker and working us through some perfect jibes as I drove). The 2nd and 3rd races – both O2 courses – saw some ups and downs in pressure but not too many shifts. The line was a bit boat favored in both of those races, and I managed to put us over early in each one of them so we were playing catch up quite a bit. The left (east) side of the course seemed to have more pressure as it was away from the shadow of the Alexandria shoreline, and that generally paid even as the current and tidal outflow became more of a factor later in the day. In the Lightning class Nabeel won two races, Frank won the last one, and on 14592 we were consistently in 2nd all day long. I’d welcome any additional thoughts and observations from other boats!
2015 Fall Series 6 – Albacores
2015 Fall Series 6 – Buccaneers
2015 Fall Series 6 – I20s
2015 Fall Series 6 – Lasers
2015 Fall Series 6 – Lightnings
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!
2015 Fall Series 5 – Albacores
2015 Fall Series 5 – Buccaneers
2015 Fall Series 5 – Lightnings
2015 Fall Series 5 – Multihulls
The PRSA Fall Series starts this Sunday! Now is the time to make sure that you have your crew organized, that you have paid your PRSA dues, and that you have signed up for (or already fulfilled) your PRSA race committee obligations. Remember to review the Sunday Series NOR and Sailing Instructions as well. I look forward to seeing you on the water on Sunday!
I’m writing with a couple of important announcements about our fall racing schedule:
- We need to staff our Race Committee for the fall! Please Sign up now if you have not already done so.
- We have decided to move the President’s Cup to Sept. 19-20 (a weekend different than the LLS Fundraiser). More details are provided below.
- The PRSA Dinghy Open is back by popular demand, and will be held on October 4.
I’ve posted more details on these important changes below. Please don’t hesitate to contact your Executive Board if you have any questions.
Continue reading Important Fall Schedule Information
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.
2014 Fall Series 8 – Albacores
2014 Fall Series 8 – Catamarans
2014 Fall Series 8 – Lightnings
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.
2014 Fall Series – Albacore
2014 Fall Series – Buccaneer
2014 Fall Series – Catamarans
2014 Fall Series – Lightnings