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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.
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West River Sailing Club hosted the 92 nd Billy Heinz Regatta September 4th and 5th 2021. The Albacore Mid Atlantics was held in conjunction with the Billy Heinz Regatta. Eight albacores registered for the event and raced.
As competitors rigged boats Saturday morning light winds slowly diminished to lighter winds. The AP flag was hoisted. After postponing for three hours racing was canceled for the day. During AP some competitors did boat work, chatted with other competitors, and relaxed on the lawn overlooking West River. The low-pressure system that was supposed to bring better wind Sunday never materialized. The first race had a wind range of 4 to 7 knots. The first race had the beautiful wooden boat 7984 first to the windward mark after getting to the right side of the course. Shifts ranged from 5 to 10 degrees which saw the top boats tacking often while looking for better pressure. Downwind 8258 was able to pass 7984 to leeward finding better wind pressure on the left side of the race course. 8258 was able to hold on to the lead winning the only race of the regatta. A second race was attempted. Due to lack of wind competitors were unable to finish the race in time and it did not count. Congrats to the winners, Barney Harris and Ernest Ayukawa.
1st Place – 8258 – Barney Harris & Ernest Ayukawa
2nd Place – 8123 – Bob Bear & Michael Tellep
3rd – 7984 – Khin Thein & Thant Thein
We had a very nice weekend racing at Miles River Yacht Club. We had 8 boats and got in 10 races.
More to follow!
Greetings West River/Dave Irey participants,
The 2021 PRSA Spring Regatta was held May 29 and 30 from the Washington Sailing Marina. Eleven Albacores registered for the event. With Covid 19 restrictions easing competitors were eager to race the first Albacore regatta of the year. The weather unfortunately deterred some teams from racing Saturday.
Day one sailing conditions were chilly for the time of year and rainy. Teams were in full foul weather gear. Wind ranged from 12 -20 mph NE with gusts in the upper 20s. Two Albacores raced. Race Committee (RC) decided to combine all fleets racing on day one. At the start line was two Albacores, two Buccaneers, two Lasers, and a Lightning. RC held three races. In all three races the RC boat was the favored end of the start line. Having multiple classes on the start line that rate differently made finding a lane off the start important to maintain clear air. The shifts on the racecourse ranged from 10 – 15 degrees throughout the day. Playing the shifts was more important than getting current relief out of the channel. The Olympic course with the wind speed helped the Albacores stretch out leads on other boats on the reach legs. The two Albacores had a dominating performance against the other classes of sailboats.
In the last race, 8122 and 8258 switched the lead several times. On the last downwind leg, 8122 had a two-boat length lead on 8258. At the mark, 8122 went wide. 8258 capitalized on this, and went inside. Both boats raced on port tack to the pin end of the finish line. 8258 tacked four boat lengths early of the lay line and 8122 by going further was able to close to gap and almost overtake 8258 for the win.
Day two sailing conditions were chilly without rain. Wind ranged from 8 – 16 mph from the NW. Five races were sailed with nine Albacores. The left side of the racecourse seemed to be the favored side of the course most of the day with 10-degree shifts. The pin end of the start line was favored most of the day. Boats tacking on to port immediately after the start due to the racecourse bias were able to make early gains on boats that stayed on starboard tack.
Top Three Boats
8258 -7 pts
8122 -14 pts
8259- 41 pts
Albacore Nationals this year was certainly different than in years past. Due to COVID 19, the normal contingent of Canadians were not able to cross the border for the trip which yielded some lower participation. But despite that we still were able to get 8 boats down to race at Norfolk Yacht & Country Club this year. It was very cool to get to race at a new venue! I have not sailed there since college and it was definitely a little different than I expected.
We had lighter breeze for three days of racing which was quite tough with the currents that were ripping through the racing area. One the last day, we were able to make it to the race course by sailing/drifting to the race course. Then while waiting for the wind to fill in, the RC dropped a mark for people to tie up to so that we did not get sucked out into the Cheasapeake Bay. The race committee did a great job getting races in for us despite the light wind. We even had 1 protest which I thought the judges handled really well and did a great job running it.
All in all, I really liked the new venue. with two ramps to launch from, there was basically no hold up and they were able to make room for us to store the boats right next to the ramps! While COVID made the socializing a littler harder, some of us still ate at the Yacht Club restaurant and it felt pretty safe and was good food. I definitely could see the fleet returning to this venue! And I was totally jealous of the people who booked rooms at the yacht club and were able to just wake up to a view of the river and roll right over to their boat so easily!
Photo Credit to Ben Schill of NYCC
The VA Governor’s Cup Regatta at Ware River Yacht Club is one of my favorite regattas of the year. I have been heading down there since 2013 and really enjoy camping at the club and hanging out with friends at the club. Despite worries about COVID-19 this year, Celeste and I decided to head down there after getting negative COVID test results and after a summer of cancelled events we were excited for the chance to attend a regatta. While attendance this year was much lower than before and almost no one camped, it was still a fun event. With the addition of the Ware River Fleet members, the Albacores were the largest fleet at 10 boats and won the Governor’s Cup.
The breeze was nice on both days and was even verging in what I would call high wind. We got off a lot of races and most boats were finishing all over the place.
All in all it was a good time as always at Ware River. And while most people left the club by sunset, it did not disappoint. There was a rain storm that passed just south of the river which gave some beautiful views!
Photo Credit to M Grant at USSCMC
This year’s 2020 Midwinters was beautiful, with weather in the 70s, and wind conditions in the mid-range – around 10 kts a day – and consistent shifts. 2020 is a notable year for Midwinters because it marks a venue change from the Sarasota Sailing Squadron to the US Sailing Center at Martin County in Jensen Beach, FL. The new venue offered many perks, including a race committee, marks, RC boats, and breakfast. Also notable are the expansive beach and lawn for launching boats and hanging out, and the deck at the club, which offered a nice space with lots of tables at which to mingle and enjoy a meal (see photo from deck below). They even have an option for a catered dinner should we go back next year! The race committee itself did a phenomenal job running about 5, hour long races a day in a course area with depths over 5 ft. The 2020 Midwinters also marked my first ever Midwinters as a skipper, as I crewed at the 2019 Midwinters. There were some notable accomplishments surrounding this milestone:
I successfully towed a boat down to Florida!
We did not place last in every race!
I was the highest placing female skipper (even though I placed last overall)!
Since this was the first major regatta in my new boat, I spent the weekend breaking it in. The shifty conditions of the venue highlighted my lack of a compass and my crew and I were forced to make educated guesses regarding when to tack and when to hold. A compass was quickly added to my list of things to add/replace on the boat, along with a cleat I managed to break. (It’s not a good sail if something doesn’t break, right? No? Just me? Okay.) We arrived in time to participate in the second tuning day, and had the rake measured. Then, throughout the tuning-day sail and the ensuing racing days, my crew and I continued to adjust the rake, the vang and the jib sheet cars, to see which settings worked best for my sails. With help from passing sailors yelling tuning suggestions, we were able to keep good point and speed most of the time. I learned a lot from everyone about the boat itself, as well as about general boat-handling. Goal for 2021 Midwinters: boat-handling AND course tactics.
Overall, the 2020 Midwinters was a success. The venue was fantastic, the sailing was even better, and of course, it was wonderful to get out in the warm Florida sunshine to spend time with a great group of people.
2019 Results posted!
Oct 12-14 2019 US Albacore Nationals at West River Sailing Club, MD
Sept 14-15 President’s Cup Regatta, Potomac River Sailing Association, VA
Aug 25-30 2019 Albacore Internationals at Shelburne Harbor Yacht Club, Nova Scotia Canada
Aug 10-11 Oxford Regatta One Design at Tred Avon Yacht Club, MD
Aug 3-4 Governor’s Cup at Ware River Yacht Club, VA
July 27-28 CRYC 78th Annual Regatta at Corsica River Yacht Club, MD
June 22-23 Albacore and Friends One-Design Regatta at Miles River Yacht Club, MD
June 1-2 Dave Irey Regatta at West River Sailing Club, MD
May 25-26 Spring Regatta at Potomac River Sailing Association, VA
March 15-17 Albacore Midwinters at Sarasota Sailing Squadron, FL
After a 3 day drive for Americans towing boats, the 2019 Albacore Internationals, held in Nova Scotia, Canada, hosted by Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club in late August, brought a week of fantastic racing. Local Chesapeake Bay sailors Barney Harris and Ernest Ayukawa were the top placing American boat in second out of the 47 boat fleet. Chris Gorton and David Byron rounded out the top five as the other top finishing American boat. The championship was decided on the last race of the event with three boats potentially able to win. Ten local Chesapeake Albacore boats made it to the remote town of Shelburne in Canada to compete in the weeklong event, which saw great sailing conditions with nine to 18 knots.