This is a one design regatta open to all boats of the A-Cat, Albacore, Chesapeake-20, Flying Scot, Laser/ILCA, and any other class who wants a start with 3+ boats able to attend.
6/3-6/4 Dave Irey Memorial Regatta Registration
5/27-5/28 PRSA Spring Regatta Registration
Join the Potomac River Sailing Association this Memorial Day weekend for our annual Spring Regatta! All one-design classes 20 feet or under are invited to race on the Potomac with views of the Capitol, Washington Monument, Reagan Airport, and Navy Yard. Bring family and friends to enjoy boat rentals and lawn games at the Washington Sailing Marina while racers are on the water. We will celebrate the regatta and the holiday with dinner Saturday night!
2023 Albacore Midwinters in Sarasota March 17-19
UPDATE: SSS has cancelled the event due to the Red Tide, but USAA is currently looking into where else to host the event. Hopefully we will still be able to hold the event.
Sarasota Sailing Squadron will be hosting the Albacores for Midwinters again in 2023. Start making your plans now.
Sadly camping at the club will not be allowed so book your hotels early to get a good price!
Sarasota Sailing Squadron will host the Annual One Design Midwinter Regatta March 17th through March 19th. Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the E-Scow Class, they will be joined on the bay by the Melges 14 and Albacores. Other One Design Fleets with 5 or more paid registrations are welcome to participate. Sarasota Sailing Squadron offers some of the best sailing on Florida’s West Coast and we are happy to offer a venue for one design racing.
Registration is now open and available online via Regatta Network.
See everyone there!
US Albacore Association
Racing…cruising…learning to sail…
Whatever your priority, the Albacore is the right choice for you!
With over 8,000 boats worldwide the Albacore is clearly one of the most popular dinghies available today. Loaded with features, the Albacore boasts quality workmanship and strong class association support. Few centerboard sailboats available today are as versatile as the Albacore.
Yacht clubs, sailing schools and community sailing clubs have long chosen the Albacore for their junior and adult training programs. In fact, many of the top sailors in North America learned to sail in an Albacore.
The United States Albacore Association supports Albacore Fleets and activities throughout the country. The largest fleets are found on the east coast. Sanctioned events run from March until October. The class association provides a lot of benefits including a regularly published newsletter, seminars, regattas (including regional, national, North American, and international championships), and support of local fleets. Another benefit of a strong class associations is a strong market for used boats. The United States Albacore Association is dedicated to keeping the Albacore sailing fun and affordable.
2022 PRSA President’s Cup Results
2022 93rd Annual Labor Day Regatta (Bill Heintz Regatta) Results
93rd Billy Heintz Regatta Hosted by West River Sailing Club
The 93rd Billy Heintz Regatta hosted by West River Sailing Club took place September 3rd and 4th 2022. Thirteen Albacores competed over two days of racing. Day one of racing had 5 windward leeward races in light breeze with a sunny blue sky. The breeze ranged from seven to ten knots in shifty conditions which was better than the predicted forecast. At times there were 30-degree shifts, which kept the fleet on their toes. Some boats lost while other boats gained in the shifty conditions. Downwind for the fourth and fifth race was tuff with the light breeze and the sun blasting competitors. The only controversy from day one racing was when AL 7492 fouled AL 7970 at the start of a third race in a port starboard incident at the start of the race. This caused a few boats to pile up at the pin of the start line and sailors to ponder why other boats do what they do at times.
Day two of racing brought five races and more breeze than day one. The breeze ranged from eight to fifteen knots with crews hiking upwind all day. Boat traffic was another added element during day two racing. At times it looked like rush hour with non-racing boats zipping through the race course to the dismay of racers.
Ten races total were raced for the event. In addition to the top three Albacores receiving awards another award was given out to an Albacore. The Billy Heintz Memorial perpetual trophy was awarded to first place finisher in the class with the largest number of registered competitors for the regatta. And a shoutout to Scott Titus for bringing his boat up from Ware River for the event. We look forward to seeing more Ware River boats traveling to events!
Top 3 and Billy Heintz Memorial Perpetual Trophy
1st AL 8162 – Barney Harris & Ernest Ayukawa
2nd AL 8122 – Farley Will & Celeste Karpow
3rd AL 7984 – Khin Thein & Thant Thein (best looking boat unofficial award)
Billy Heintz Memorial Perpetual Trophy – Barney Harris and Ernest Ayukawa
2022 VA Gov Cup Results
The Albacores had a great turnout at the VA Governor’s Cup this year at Ware River. It was great to see several of the Ware River members out sailing in the Albacores! We had 15 boats total registered and out and one point or another. Ware River is one of my favorite places to sail and this year did not disappoint. The weather was more pleasant then usual and it was not particularly sweltering or windless.
Saturday was a little light and shifty and at the end of the day the scores were very tight with a 5 point spread for the top 5 boats. When they called racing at 3PM, the wind was starting to come up. Celeste and I decided to stay out and convinced Eva, Tyler, Greg, and Lloyd to stay out with us. Not only did we get to do some tuning and practice, but the wind piped up further out in the bay to about 15 and provided some fun non racing conditions. This also let us avoid the backup that often happens at the ramp. Sunday’s sailing was also good. The wind velocity was still pretty up and down and very shifty. At times you could feel like you were in last and then some crazy lift that brought you back in the running.
The weekend overall was quite good. The dinner was tasty and it was fun hanging out as a fleet past dark when the bugs finally came out. There were a few on shore boat work and tuning recommendations made for older boats.
Thanks to all the Ware River boats participating, the Albacores solidly won the Gov cup this year. Big thank you to everyone for showing up.
2022 Corsica River Annual Regatta Results
While camping with a low of 76 degrees overnight is not my favorite thing to do, the Corsica River Regatta did not disappoint. We had 7 Albacores show up including Elvin with his boat looking like it came fresh off the assembly line (at least from how shining the white gel coat looked). There was actually a fair bit of breeze too which was unexpected with the highs of 98 the weekend promised.
CRYC had us race just before the mouth of the Corisca River into the Chester river which gave us some pretty nice wind coming off the Chester River that did not appear to actually be in the Chester River. At the end of the first day racing was quite tight with a tie for first place. The second day began with an on shore postponement but the wind filled in around noon around 5-10 knots but was a bit more shifty coming off the land. With the high temperatures, the Race Committee was watching out for all the sailors and had us do 3 races each day.
As usual, the Corisca party was a lot of fun. A blue grass band was playing when we got back on shore and played through dinner. The dinner was very tasty and the libations were flowing. Hanging out at their club area under the ceiling fans was quite nice. Camping was better than it could have been with a little bit of breeze most of the night. Other than being a little warm (except Barney who claims he froze himself since he could not figure out how to turn off the AC in Spot) for the camping the regatta was a great time!
2022 North American Championship Results
For Tyler and I, Albacore North Americans in Toronto was a lot of firsts. It was the first time visiting Toronto for both of us and Tyler’s first Canadian passport stamp. It was our first time racing an Albacore together, actually our first time sailing one together – and if I’m being honest- it was my first-time seeing one in person, so everything was new!
After a 10-hour overnight drive, we quickly rigged, set some goals for the weekend (have some fun and don’t come in last!) and tried to get a practice sail in. The wind had other plans and we just bobbed about for 30 minutes so Friday’s race was truly my first Albacore sail: first time with the layout of the lines, first time figuring out the whisker pole, first time using a tactical compass, first start and first finish in this class. It didn’t take too long to settle in to the basics but even as our comfort grew as skipper and crew, we pushed ourselves, trying for more aggressive starts.
The result was a couple nice line positions on general recalls and one unbeknownst OCS that prompted our first hand-held radio purchase (nothing like returning home to some freshly delivered online orders!). We had some light wind frustrations on Saturday during a major wind shift and a raised rudder on Sunday which was kindly pointed out to us near the windward mark and explained our confusion over our lack of speed and inability to point, but otherwise we felt good. We had a couple mid-fleet finishes and even managed to beat some boats overall! While we still have plenty to work on and practice, we achieved our goal: had fun and didn’t come in last!
From never having heard of Albacores two months ago to now, North Americans has sold it to me, hard not to with a fun boat, a good group of sailors, and the excitement of a spectacular racing venue. Tyler and I have a long ways to go but this weekend was a lot of firsts, not the finish-gun kind unfortunately, but the this-seems-like-the-beginning-
-Eliza Pearce (& Tyler Phillips)
2022 Dave Irey Regatta Results
Last weekend, Farley and I sailed Albacore 8122 in the annual Dave Irey regatta at West River Sailing Club (WRSC). There were 8 Albacores registered and it was great to have a new team with a new boat on the water racing. WRSC is one of the prettiest venues to sail at on the Chesapeake Bay and it’s convenient coming from Washington DC because you don’t have to cross the Bay Bridge.
Saturday started off light and the Race Committee postponed on land which gave me the opportunity to catch up with some other sailors and play Wordle overlooking the view. After one quick course location change, we sailed 4 great races Saturday afternoon. The Race Committee balanced getting races off after our postponed start which I enjoyed. We forgot our compass so we were reading the shifts based off feel on starboard tack and the shoreline on port tack. The sea breeze filled in throughout the afternoon which led to hiking and waves. Given the short races, strong starts seemed to be important. Also, Saturday afternoon brought motor boat traffic and with the breeze, I was conservative with our centerboard going downwind.
The race committee postponed on land again Sunday but for the opposite reason, there were gusts of 25-30 knots. As forecasted, the breeze subsided as the day went on and we raced later in the afternoon. We sailed 3 races Sunday. We found the course was skewed to favor port tack so we tried to start at the pin end allowing us to tack to port soon after the gun. There were other larger sailboats on the race course which impacted our tactical decisions to avoid or minimize the wind shadow as we approached the windward mark. Our downwind legs seemed to go well sailing wing to wing. After sailing and derigging, I took the opportunity to swim twice before heading back to the city.
WRSC put on a great regatta, we had made dinner reservations but the catered dinner looked great. Race committee by Constantine was excellent and I always appreciate the friendly faces from the WRSC members and volunteers. We look forward to sailing at WRSC again!