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Of interest to Lightning Fleet50 members

2024 Lightning Dixie District Championship

And the 38th Annual Doc Gilbert Memorial Potomac Cup Regatta is being held on June 29 and 30 at Leesylvania State Park about 20 miles south of the Washington Sailing Marina on the Potomac River.  There the Potomac is 2.5 miles wide.

Before 9 am the park had reached capacity and State Police were preventing more people from entering.  Fortunately, our sailors and volunteers had special status and were being admitted.

Nelson Pemberton (PRO) and Barney Harris (course setter) are running the races with help of Albacore sailors and spouses of Lightning sailors.

Day 1 was warm though the beautiful southerly breeze disguised that warmth.

Day 1 results below:


Upcoming Lightning Regattas

Lightning Dixie District Championship and 43rd Annual Doc Gilbert Memorial Potomac Cup  on June 29 and 30 at Leesylvania State Park.    Skippers register here, or volunteer to crew, and volunteer for a shore task.  Thank you.

Only 2 PRSA spring series Sundays left before the SSA No Gas Regatta or the PRSA Spring Regatta, both on MAY 25-26.

It looks like several PRSA skippers will be going to the SSA No-Gas Regatta, To go to this regatta, Go to
To see regatta details and links to the Regatta sign-up pages.

If you’re not going to SSA, you can still sign up for the PRSA Spring Regatta at…
Or sign up to help on race committee for this regatta.

Still time to get in some good practice before these regattas so plan to do one or two Sunday races on the Potomac!

The Lightning Dixie District Championship and the Doc-Gilbert Potomac Cup will be combined and run simultaneously on June 29–30, at Leesylvania State Park.  This combo Regatta satisfies Fleet 50’s requirement to run the Dixie District championship every five years or so.  Plan to be there.!!!!  Go to 
to see regatta details and links to the Regatta sign-up pages.

Call or text me if you have any questions or need help getting to one of these regattas.


Frank Gallagher
Captain – Lightning Fleet 50 

Memorial Day Weekend

Whoever is not going to the 50th Anniversary of the No Gas Regatta at SSA on memorial day weekend, should help out with race committee for the PRSA Spring Regatta.

No Gas Registration is OPEN!!!

Please Register here for the 50th Annual No Gas Regatta 05/25 – 05/26

Also, please sign Up here for ILCA Who’s Coming List.

-Lisa-Marie Lane
Mobile 703.209.3653
#15126 As You Wish…Fleet Captain, Lightning Fleet 329
#186551 Buttercup, Laser District 10

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.—Mark Twain

PRSA/Lightning Fleet 50 Sailors Represent at SSA Frigid Digit Regatta

Several PRSA / Lightning Fleet 50 sailors took part in the Severn Sailing Association’s Frigid Digit Regatta this past weekend!

Aaron Boesenecker, Piercarlo Brunino, Jeff Witten, Tim O’Brien, and Ed Stacey were all on the water. It was tough competition, with former NA Champs, the USA Team for the PanAm games, and other top-notch racers on the water. Congrats to Team Beedobeat (USA 14592) on taking 7th in a tough fleet after 5 days of great (and very choppy!) racing in Annapolis! (Photo Credit: Bertie Werley, Pymatuning Yacht Club).  View the scores and read the full regatta report here: