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2023 Fall Series – Nov 5

Dane Pederson and team ran four races for us on a beautiful late fall day, which was the last of our fall series.

The wind was absent until about noon when it filled in gently from the north and by the third race there were stronger shots from the NW.

21 boats were on the water — racing and running them.

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(races 18-21, but mis-numbered the races for Albacores and Lightnings which are numbered 18, 20-22)

2023 Fall Series – Cumulative Scores thru 10-29

November 5th will be the last of the fall series.

The cumulative scores below are intended to motivate you to come out.  Please do!

A few notes about the scores:

The race dates and race number are out of order:

Sep 17    races 8-11
Oct 1  races 1-3 & 17
Oct 8  races 4-7
Oct 15 races 12-13
Oct 29 races 14-16

To be counted as a race for your class, there must have been 1 or more finishers

Half, rounded-down, of your worst scores are thrown out

If you were on RC when there was a race in your class, you will get RDG but that has not been calculated yet.  Plus, I often did not know who (sail numbers) were on RC.

I20-thru 10-29 three TOs no RDG for RC

Laser-thru 10-29 4 TOs no RDG for RC

Bucs-thru 10-29 4 TOs no RDG for RC

Lightnings-thru-10-29 seven TOs no RDG for RC

Albacore-thru 10-29 seven TOs no RDG for RC

2023 Fall Series – October 8

Stew Harris and team ran the races.  He reports:

A blustery day of racing. Results and sign-in attached.
Frank Gallagher capsized but got himself up and went in immediately.

I need some tips on best location for reaching mark with Olympic courses. At first, I was trying to imagine best location for symmetrical spinnaker but when they didnt open chutes I had trouble finding the right location so they could reach well. Less room for error when the winds are up.  It took a couple races before I got close.

Also very interesting. I got reports the windward mark was seeing massive 60 degree shifts. Upon reflection, this may have been due to proximity to the airboat hanger on the shore of the airport. In the future, faced with  westerlies, I will set the windward mark farther north or south of the hangar.

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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: https://www.lightningclass.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=93488&module_id=552596

PRSA President’s Cup: Ophelia wins both days

Tropical system Ophelia confounded our attempts at racing on both days of the 2023 President’s Cup Regatta.  We had too much wind, high surf, and flooding on Saturday.  Then, on Sunday, we had one of the calmest days on the Potomac in recent memory (absolutely no wind!).  None of this stopped the competitors from having a good time socializing over the food and drinks on Sunday afternoon, though.  Many thanks to all who attended, and especially to those who traveled for the regatta.  At least we were treated to a nice double rainbow over the cove as we wrapped things up on Sunday.

Debris line on Sunday after some launch area flooding.
Double rainbow over the cove at WSM
Full rainbow over the cove at WSM.

Combined PRSA, DISC, and SCOW Team Wins OBDC Foundations Regatta!

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!

2023 Fall Series Sept 17

Cloudy conditions threatened rain all day, but we managed to escape with only a drizzle on the sail out.

A shifty southwesterly settled into a nice southerly after the second race allowing the racecourse to be stretched out for some longer races in the slightly stronger breeze.

In total, four races were sailed. A huge thank you to the rest of the race committee helping out this week:  Bob, John, and Piercarlo, and thanks to all the sailors for coming out and making it a fun day off and on the water. See you all next week!

– Stephen

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