PRSA will hold the 3rd Annual PRSA Rookie Regatta on Sunday, May 1! 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 (results do not count towards your Spring Series scores) and there will be bonuses involved for bringing new people. All of the relevant information is posted to the PRSA Rookie Regatta page: http://potomacriversailing.org/nors-sis/prsa-rookie-regatta/
Michael Heinsdorf will be PRO for the day. It would be helpful if you could you let us know whether you will be sailing on May 1 and, importantly, whether you are bringing more than a few “rookies” for the day. We can accommodate a few 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 Michael (firstname.lastname@example.org) once you’ve thought about your lineup for the Rookie Regatta. Let’s get some new sailors on the water!
The first annual PRSA “Rookie Regatta” was a fantastic success! Eight Albacores, 3 Bucs, 9 Lightnings, and 2 I-Scows came out to play. PRO Mike Heinsdorf and his crew did an excellent job in setting a nice W-L course and getting us four fantastic races. Moreover, Mike & Michelle took a couple of rookies out on the RC boats so that we could rotate people on and off boats on the water.
Great fun was had by all and the breeze made for some exciting and competitive racing. In the spirit of the event (fun as well as competition), somebody remarked that we should start a list of the “Top 10 Reasons You Know You’re At a Rookie Regatta.” The following are some actual examples from the day:
- A majority of the fleet starts the race on the finish line instead of the start line
- Someone thinks the colored umbrella on the committee boat represents some type of signal flag
- You hear screaming (actually, squeals of pure joy!) for the first 20 minutes of a race…from Barney’s boat no less!
- You overhear the following between two boats: “Uey, do you have the right of way or do I?” Response, “I have no idea.”
A huge thanks to Peter Duncan and Barney Harris for continually rotating their crew so that all of the folks who showed up got to sail. Scores are posted here, and more photos from Mike are on the way!
PRSA Rookie Regatta Final Results