The Frigid Digit is coming the weekend September 25th and 26th at SSA and the PA Gov Cup is the following weekend October 2nd and 3rd at SYC. Tim O’Brien and Jeff Witten will each be going to the Frigid Digit. Registration for Frigid Digit will close this Friday September 24th, so please consider coming if you are on the fence! But as Bobby Astrove says, if you aren’t going to travel to Frigid Digit you can sail in the PRSA Fall Series race on Sunday.
The winds were interesting.
On Saturday we started with no wind and an hour postponement on shore. Light north north easterlies were forecast and when they came in we launched and sailed. But then – surprise – the winds came up from the south. Despite the delay, Aaron Boesenecker and his RC team gave us three races on Olympic courses.
Steen Bryskov organized a great cookout for us. I can personally attest to how delicious the grilled portobello mushrooms were. They were topped with diced red onion and marinated in balsamic vinegar by Jim Graham. Plus Steen brought his espresso maker and treated groggy competitors to a great cup of coffee each morning.
On Sunday the winds did come in from the north northeast. The challenge was that they sometimes came down the Potomac on the left side of the course and sometimes down the Anacostia on the right side of the course. Whoever solved that puzzle won.
Kudos to the Albacore and Flying Scot fleets that each brought out 15 boats.
The Norman Schaller award went to Dave Beckett in the Flying Scot fleet who dominated his competitors in the Scot fleet just a bit more than Barney Harris dominated his in the Albacore fleet.
Hats off to Kaitlyn Lucey our regatta chair for a very successful 90th annual (?) President’s Cup.
The results are here.
Below are the Championship Series scores through Fall Series 1. Quite a few people are below the 50 percent qualifying threshold. Come on out and climb above.
A beautiful day for sailing. SSW breezes at about 10-12 with higher gusts to later in the day to challenge the sailors.
Farley Will and team took advantage of our southerly and gave us 4 LONG windward-leeward races. Thanks, Farley!
Steen and Andres on the mark boat came in close to take pictures which will be posted on the PRSA Facebook page.
Those of you who have new sail numbers, I added it as an alternate sail number under your Spring Series registration. The results below will show your Spring Series sail number.
It’s memorial day weekend. And it only 50 degrees and raining. No fair.
The NE winds weren’t that bad, though there were some big shift and occasionally the winds would pick up. On the RC boat we could feel waves of warmer and calmer winds coming through. Also, the winds were stronger than predicted by the NWS.
7 of 34 registered boats went out to race: Two each of Albacores, Buccs, and Lasers, and a sole Lightning.
We setup the course with the leeward mark near the powerplant the windward mark pretty far up river next to the channel. We had 8 to 10 feet of water and no debris. All classes started together on a single line.
“The picnic occurred. Lee cooked bbq. MoMo brought beans. We hung out till after 1700. it was cold and rainy.” – Barney
Day 2 should be friendlier.
Thanks to my RC team of Jeff Witten, Ed Ryan, Bob Astrove, and Peter Pietra. We had to deal with motor problems (fuel line became detached and then took on air and moisture). Bob brought water proof paper that was really useful for recording the finishes.
We thought it was going to be a drifter, but NO! It was a great day for sailing with a steady southerly breeze. A westerly started mixing in toward the end of the day.
- Photos from Joe Ament: https://amentjoe.smugmug.com/Boats/PRSA-Spring-Series-6-16-MAY-2021/
- Video: Albacores & Bucs at the windward mark
- Video: Lightnings, Albacores, & Bucs at the windward mark
The wind built over the day to the point it was quite sporty. Nevertheless, a great day to be sailing.
Below are the day’s results and cumulative results for Spring Series 1 through 5. The cumulative results are scored by averaging the best 50% +1 races you sailed. If you sailed fewer than that number, you’re marked with a #.