A cross-club and multi-team effort led to a win in the Spinnaker Division of the Old Dominion Boat Club Foundations Regatta (August 26). PRSA Sailors Aaron Boesenecker (helm and main trim), Bob Gotthardt (jib/spin trim), and John Van Voorhis (helm and main trim) combined with DISC Sailor Tara Brannigan (pit) and SCOW Sailor Marco Ovando (bow) for a great day of racing on the S2 7.9 Too Many Cooks (with thanks to PRSA members Nelson Pemberton and Tim Dickson for letting us sail their boat!) in support of local and national charities. We had fun, we went fast, and we helped raise funds for some great causes!
Bobby Astrove stepped up to run the races. Dan Miller and Josh Sealy assisted.
SS9 – Albacore
SS9 – Buccaneer
SS9 – I20
SS9 – Lightning
Stephen Duncan ran the races with the help of Kyra Tallon. Nic Bogren took some great photos out on the course in the two light air (and shifty!) races that were held: https://www.flickr.com/photos/85922789@N04/albums/72177720308891342
Down at the marina, the wind was easterly and shifted left and started to die.
SS8 – I20
SS8 – Laser
SS8 – Lightning
John Van Voorhis, Bob Bear, and Steen Byskov and son ran the races – four of them.
SS7 – Albacore
SS7 – I20
SS7 – Lightning
Jim Graham ran the races with Barney Harris running the mark boat. Natalie Rehberger, Mike Heinsdorf, and Eva Hogan assisted.
The Lightnings were finishing day 2 of the Doc Gilbert Memorial Potomac Cup.
The winds were from the NE with shots from the ENE. During the 3rd race, the winds died completely leaving the sailors helpless against the current pushing them up river. The wind finally came back in to allow them to finish.
SS6 – Albacore
SS6 – I20
Lightning Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup Results
Dana Howe, John Van Voorhis, David Roberts, Austin Bradham, and Walter Truluck ran the races.
Winds were very light and a number of boats were still working their way up to the starting area at 1125 prompting a postponement. About 25 or so minutes later the Southerly filled in enough that we could manage two starts but we sent them on a W1 for Race One. The breeze filled in a little more allowing us to post W2 courses for races two and three.
At best I’d say we saw 8 kts with moderate current all day. The wind was mostly from the south (strait upriver) and would drift easterly once in a while.
— Dana Howe
Here are the results:
SS5 – Albacore
SS5 – Buccaneer
SS5 – I20
SS5 – Lightning
(Race 9-11 in the series)
PRSA Sailors: I’m excited to share that PRSA has been invited to participate in the Annapolis Spring boat show, April 28-30, and the First Annual Washington DC Boat show May 5-7. Both shows are showcasing local sailing / boating clubs, which gives us a great opportunity to promote our club and fleets. Many thanks to our PRSA Secretary, Kyra, and to Melissa for all of the organizing work here! Please take a moment to read the details below and then let us know if you might have some time to volunteer to staff the booths at one or both shows. If you plan on stopping by just to visit the shows, let us know as well (and be sure to wear some PRSA gear!).
- The Annapolis Boat show — April 28-30 — is providing our members a discount code, “PRS23”. This will get you admission to the show for $12. Spinsheet has coordinated the club showcase, and will be taking photographs through the event, so wear your PRSA gear, especially if you are willing to volunteer at our PRSA booth.
- The DC Boat show (May 5-7) will be held at National Harbor. We will be there with other local clubs to promote sailing on the river and collaboration among our area clubs.
What a crazy wind day! It started from the NW. Died. Came back from the east. Went west. Filled in from the south. To their credit, the RC led by Justin Harler and Stas Burgiel of the I-20 fleet held their noses and started races.
Below are the scores. Some sailors are falling through the cracks because they have not registered their intension to sail the series. The only skippers I have in the scoring program are those that have registered. So please register here.
SS3 – Albacore
SS3 – Buccaneer
SS3 – I20
SS3 – Lightning
Stew Harris and I-20 team ran the races. The southerly was steady and the wind was easy to handle.
The scoring has changed this season. (And we are still figuring out the edge cases.)
1) boats must register their intension to sail in the series, Use this link to register: https://forms.gle/9riR85toVRbdvZ976.
2) all registered boats are scored in each race,
3) race committee is given a provisional score of number of finishers but eventually will get their average among non-DNC (doing RC will help your series score), and
4) showing up at the marina gives you a DNS ( = number of finishers + 2) which is better than DNC ( = number registered) even if you don’t splash your boat.
SS2 – Albacore
SS2 – Buccaneer
SS2 – I20
SS2 – Laser
SS2 – Lightning
Somehow an out-of-practice clown show landed 3rd place on Sunday’s score sheet. My day was more about recalling than performing. Here are some recollections. The current was flooding, the wind was southerly, and the starting line was a comfortable length, so getting off the line with a good lane was relatively easy. I typically found myself below the boat at 1 minute, danced a bit up to the line with others, then cranked on the vang at ~10 seconds and bore off into my hole for speed. I likely started too far off the line because I never remembered getting a good line sight. There were gains to be made by being in phase with the wind, in retrospect. Clearing the mainsheet so it will run out at the windward mark; yeah, do that. Getting into proper position in the boat and looking over your shoulder for wind on the downwind leg, probably ought to do that too. Ensuring clear overlap communications and being practiced at pulling in the mainsheet with both hands at the leeward mark jibe, ditto. Overall, well-run races on a nice windy day, thank you Tyler and Jim. It was fun cranking the vang and working that ease, hike, sheet cycle to keep the boat flat. Now, where did I put the ibuprofen?
2022/2023 Frostbite Series #10
2022 Frostbite Series all as of 01/29/23
2022 Frostbite Series all as of 01/29/23 totals only