Potomac River Sailing Association
Sept. 19, 2015
is provisional and subject to modification
Regatta results last updated: Saturday, September 19, 2015 7:23:59 PM CDT
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The Potomac River Sailing Association hosted the Presidentís Cup regatta on the 19th and 20th of September, a week later than its traditional date, and this year as a separate event from the Leukemia Cup.† Penguins and Lasers sailed on the lower course as a one day event.† Five Penguins showed up, although Hank Krafft was suffering from a bad cold and decided that sailing on the river, as opposed to in the cove, was a bit to much and opted to stay ashore.† Chris Conway and daughter Campbell sailed in their first regatta in their newly acquired Penguin and made a strong showing.† Scott Allan made sure his son Stewart got plenty of tiller time.† Great to see this two parent child teams on the water with the children at the helm.† Amy Krafft was sailing with Wan-Ting Liao who was in a sailboat for the first time.† They made it around the weather mark first in race one.
Sailing on the river is always interesting.† Even though the tide was high at noon, we managed to run aground on the channel side of the river.† Apparently there is a significant berm between the channel and the area of the river where the race course was set, causing the boats on the left side of the course to run aground.† After race 1, it became apparent that the preferred course was to tack fairly quickly onto port and then tack back when you reached the starboard tack layline.† As the day progressed, this became a shorter tack on port, as the outgoing tide gave one a significant boost to windward, which was especially noticeable on starboard tack.† The committee was extremely efficient at running the races and we sailed 8 one lap windward leeward courses, and save the final race, managed to stay largely clear of the Laser fleet that we shared the course with.