Ware River Yacht Club did a wonderful job hosting the US Albacore Nationals! They showed true southern hospitality which included meals and a surprise tote bag made from sail material and filled with local goodies. The venue was beautiful and the race committee successfully ran 7 races and the wind was good, especially on Sunday. Although it felt a little odd heading down to Ware River Yacht Club this year in July for US Albacore Nationals this year since it was a month before the normal Gov Cup trip. WYRC was a new venue for our Nationals. Ware River is one of my favorite venues with the camping and breakfasting right along the river. It was really great to get down there Friday and have a nice dinner with everyone else that showed up a day early. The team did a great job with sponsorship and we were surprised with a tote bag made from sails material and filled with goodies.
It was great to have the event at WRYC and it helped to include the new WRYC Albacore fleet. We had a strong turnout with 20 boats sailing even without our Candian counterparts. There were 4 boats competing for the Bob Harwood Challenger Trophy which was great to see. It was also fun to see the variety of sailing teams, including several family teams, old friends, and new friends.
Saturday started off light and the wind died after the first race. We proceeded to drift around with zephyrs coming from all directions. After about 3 hours of drifting and swimming, the wind finally filled in and the Race Committee got 3 more races in. On shore, there was the delicious Gumbeaus Gloucester local food truck for dinner that was really good! Sunday also started light but the wind filled in during the second race and ended up being pretty breezy for the last couple races.
Thank you to WRYC and the volunteers who did an amazing job hosting the event and we are excited to go back in a couple weeks for Gov Cup. Special thanks to Barney for hosting a couple clinics at WRYC before the event.
2021 Albacore Nationals WRYC
We had a very nice weekend racing at Miles River Yacht Club. We had 8 boats and got in 10 races.
More to follow!
2021 Albacore and Friends Results
Greetings West River/Dave Irey participants,
I have finally journeyed back across the northern border, into a two week quarantine and an Ontario government that still has us locked down and unable to hold sailing regattas. (Even though the experts tell us two vaccines are safe and outdoor activities are good for physical and mental health). Oh well, we’ll see what the coming weeks bring us.
I’m pleased to provide you with a brief account of a very pleasurable regatta experience over the June 5/6 weekend. Unlike the weekend before – a blustery and cold Potomac sailing club regatta – the weather at West River was ideal. The forecast was for light winds, but uncommonly, the conditions were windier than expected, especially as the sea breeze came up as the days went on. Fortunately the Race Committee moved the course further out into the Chesapeake after a light and shifty race inshore to start off Saturday morning. This quick thinking by the RC, and the fresh breeze, meant that the Albacore fleet of a dozen or so boats got in 11 races over the two days. Well done Constantine and team! Farther out in the Bay the wind was steadier, though borrowed local knowledge led us to favour the right side as it swung right, around the point, as the day went on.
We were fortunate to lead the fleet, though our score didn’t reflect how close the racing really was. The fleet was pretty close together for most of the races and boat speed was remarkably similar. There were many finishes between boats that were within just a few boat lengths. Second place in the regatta went to Eva, in spite of being handicapped with an inexperienced crew (LOL Barney!).
As many of you know, West River is a picturesque location, with a very hospitable club. We had the additional adventure of sleeping in the V berth of Barney’s new megayacht – though facilities were underwhelming as the head wasn’t working and we were provided with a bucket for our nocturnal sojourns. Of course we were very grateful for the accommodations (and the libations).
I’ll end this report with the request I made at the prize giving – let’s make sure all our trophies and score sheets include the crews’ names and recognize their contribution along with the helms’. For me that means congratulating Mia Drake Brandt, who, in addition to crewing with me, agreed to marry me last July ( allowing me to cross the border in the first place and thus permit me to sail at West River this year). Thanks, Mia.
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