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May 28-29 – PRSA Spring Regatta – Register Now!

Register now for the PRSA Spring Regatta in Washington, DC.

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 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!

Registration is now open and available online via Regatta Network. 

2022 Regatta Schedule Announced

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March
3/25-3/27:  Albacore Midwinters, Saint Petersburg Yacht Club, St Petersburg, FL
May
4/30-5/1:  Spring Invitational, Tred Avon Yacht Club, Oxford, MD
5/28-5/29:  Spring Regatta, Potomac River Sailing Association, Alexandria, VA
June
6/4-6/5:  Dave Irey, West River Sailing Club, Galesville, MD
6/10-6/12: North American Championships, Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Toronto, Canada
6/11-6/12:  Albacore and Friends Regatta, Miles River Yacht Club, St Michaels, MD
6/26:  Heritage Distance Race, West River Sailing Club, Galesville, MD
July
7/90-7/10: Ontarios Championship, Outer Harbour Centreboard Club, Toronto, Canada
7/23-7/24:  Corsica Annual Regatta, Corsica River Yacht Club, Centerville, MD
August
8/6-8/7:  Governor’s Cup, Ware River Yacht Club, Glouchester, VA
8/12-8/14: Canadian Championship, CORK, Kingston, Canada
8/13-8/14: Oxford Annual One Design, Tred Avon Yacht Club, Oxford, MD
September 
9/2:  Long Distance Race (SSA to WRSC), West River Sailing Club, Galesville, MD
9/3-9/4:  Bill Heintz Memorial Regatta, West River Sailing Club, Galesville, MD
TBD:  President’s / Cantina Cup, Potomac River Sailing Association, Alexandria, VA
9/18:  Tuna Bowl, Monmouth Boat Club, Red Bank, NJ
October
10/8-10/10:  US National Championships, Location TBD

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.

2021 North American Championship Results

2021 Albacore North Americans took place at PRSA on Potomac River with a view of Washington D.C. landmarks and next to an airport. Contrary to legends, planes at the airport did not appear to affect wind pattern. Still, sailing on Potomac measured up to its reputation of shifty, gusty, and unpredictable winds with uneven current added to the mix. Even local sailors said that “it never blows like this here.” As a result, sailing strategy proved to be more than an adequate challenge for a championship regatta.

On the first two days of the regatta, North easterly winds prevailed with some significant shifts which caused the race committee to unsuccessfully attempt to change the location of the windward mark, just to see the wind return to its original direction after a few minutes.

The course was set between the airport and the mouth of Anacostia River. The starts tended to be pin favoured and very competitive as the fleet was good and quite evenly matched. Still, because of shifty, difficult to predict winds, starts themselves counted much less than finding good shifts and not ending
up in significant wind holes. The winds ranged between four and fifteen knots (mostly above ten knots), with an occasional drop to a dead calm.

On the last day of the regatta, the wind shifted to a more northerly direction, but became lighter, with few gusts over ten knots and long periods of no more than five knot wind speed. The course was set along the western, airport shore with the windward mark up the Potomac. That day was particularly challenging for me, as I could not devise a successful upwind strategy. Wherever I went, boats on the other side of the course got to the windward mark before me.

In three days we had thirteen races with most boats having mixed results, a sign of an evenly matched fleet. The race committee did a very good job with little delay between races despite challenging conditions. Despite these challenging conditions, the fleet often converged on the marks and a small mistake could cost several boat, as I found out the hard way. Altogether it was a very well organized, challenging event with a good wind range to test a variety of sailing skills. Heavier conditions which are apparently unusual on Potomac, were particularly welcome.

2021 Albacore NAs Results

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2021 President’s Cup Regatta Results

This year’s President’s Cup had 15 Albacores registered for 2 beautiful days of sailing on the Potomac River.  That’s not to say that the winds cooperated.  Saturday started with an hour delay from shore due to light winds.  The wind speed was up and down throughout the day, but the direction remained surprisingly steady.  The race committee managed to get 3 Olympic courses off with the last race being shortened.  That worked out well since just kept heading south to WSM for the on-shore after-party.  Whoo-hoo!  Dan Miller and crew Kaitlyn had a lot to celebrate since they got a bullet in the 3rd race!

 

Sunday’s winds were slightly higher (though still up and down), and were shifty… painfully shifty.  The RC got 4 windward/leewards off.  Farley and Celeste Will had a fantastic first in the 6th race, while Jordan Minot and crew Janice blew through the finish in 2nd.  Let’s not mention who got 3rd, but it was his throw out.

 

Speaking of Barney Harris, he and Lee took away the victory beverage holders for first place in the President’s Cup.  Lloyd Leonard got a well-deserved 2nd.  Greg Jordan got 3rd in a remarkable boat.  And special mention is in order for Daphne Byron and crew Jill who fought hard and won 4th, beating out former crew Lars Rathjen by 3 points.  If there was an award for the best-looking boat, that would go to Dave Huber, who sailed his work-of-art Woodwind with sons John (on Saturday) and Mark (on Sunday).  Congrats to all!

 

2021 92nd Billy Heinz Regatta & Albacore Mid Atlantics Championship Results

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.

Top 3
1st Place – 8258 –  Barney Harris & Ernest Ayukawa
2nd Place – 8123 – Bob Bear & Michael Tellep
3rd – 7984 – Khin Thein & Thant Thein

2021 Billy Heinz Results

2021 WRYC 57TH GOVERNOR’S CUP REGATTA RESULTS

Ware River was another fun regatta this year.  We had a nice weekend with low temps and decent breeze.  Sadly due to rain and thunderstorms Sunday morning we were only able to race one day.  The breeze was shifty with a lot of velocity changes.  What seemed to pay off was to go left on the course whenever you could during the shifts.  Often the boats that went left would look poorly positioned and then would beat you to the mark out of no where.  Sadly the Albacore Fleet was not able to take home the Governor’s Cup this year.  With only 8 boats, the cup went to the Hampton Fleet who had 15 boats participate.  Hopefully we can get it next year!  All in all it was a great event!

2021 Governor’s Cup Final