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Regatta results last updated: Saturday, September 17, 2016 6:13:25 PM CDT
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The Potomac River Sailing Association held its annual Presidentís Cup Regatta on September 17 and 18, 2016.† Five Penguins competed and sailed on the lower course with a fleet of 6 Lasers.† Jim Graham and Jacob Donkersloot served on race committee and ran 7 one lap windward leeward courses for us in the 4-8 knot southerly.† The big story this year, and apparently about every 15 years, is the return of the hydrilla.† Like one of the plagues, the hydrilla has literally made portions of the river impassable, both with the free floating masses of seagrass, as well as that firmly rooted in the river muck.†† An outgoing tide and a full moon made for a substantial ebbing current, especially for the first several races.† The bigger issue was frequent checking and clearing of the centerboard and rudder to free it from the acquired weeds, as there was a precipitous drop in oneís forward progress when dragging along a small or large clump of hydrilla .† After moving the course south after realizing the initial location was still in the hydrilla impacted region, the weather mark managed to drift even farther south, sending us well past the old town Alexandria waterfront, making for some interesting maneuvering as the errant mark was close to where the cruise ship Dandy was trying to dock.† The committee retrieved the mark and we got in a couple more races.
Bill Lawson sailing with Colette Preis started off with a string of bullets (an Internationals repeat?) but eventually slowed a bit so others could catch him.† Martin Krafft, back in the Penguin after a hiatus, sailed with Violet Albritton and had a string of thirds, with a 2nd in race 7.† Hank Krafft sailing with Violetís mom, MaryBeth, appreciated having crew, as clearing the board and rudder really goes better with a second person on the boat.† John Majane sailed solo and had to fend for himself.†