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PRSA Spring Regatta

Posted by George Stevens on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 07:30 PM

PRSA Spring Regatta

Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend
Potomac River Sailing Association
Washington Sailing Marina, Alexandria VA

The 2015 PRSA Spring Regatta will be held on May 23-24, 2015.  We will be updating this page continually as the regatta approaches.

Questions? Contact Regatta Chair Lisa-Marie Lane!

See the Who’s Coming List
Add your name to the Who’s Coming List

Please add your name to the Who’s Coming form to let us know that you are thinking of coming and to help us generate momentum for the regatta.  About one month before the regatta, we will open up the on-line pre-registration and pre-payment form to save you time and money on the day of the event.

Past Results


1.1 These races will be governed by the “rules” as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing.

2.1 All boats in one-design classes 20’ or under are invited to participate.  Classes of 5 or more boats will be started separately.  Classes of fewer than 5 boats may be combined with another class.
2.2 All competitors must complete an entry form and pay an entry fee to the Potomac River Sailing Association at registration on May 26.

Lower course classes (1 day of racing)
All (e.g. Laser and Penguin) $25

Upper course classes (2 days of racing)
1-person boat (e.g. Isotop) $30
2-person boat (e.g. Hobie 16, Buccaneer, Albacore) $35
3-person boat (e.g. Lightning) $45

These fees include a BBQ on Saturday and light appetizers after racing on Sunday that are provided by the Potomac River Sailing Association.

Lower course classes — as many races as conditions and time allow
1030-1100 Registration
1100 Skipper’s meeting
1200 First warning signal on the lower course; consecutive races follow
BBQ as soon as possible after the races

Upper course classes — as many races as conditions and time allow
0915-1000 Registration
1000 Skipper’s meeting
1130 First warning signal on the upper course; consecutive races follow
BBQ as soon as possible after the races

1130 First warning signal; consecutive races follow.
1500 No race is to be started after this time.
Immediately following: Awards and light appetizers

Sailing instructions will be posted online prior to the regatta and will be available at the registration table on Saturday.

2014 Sailing Instructions (for reference; 2015 SIs will be posted prior to the regatta):
Upper Course Sailing Instructions
Upper Course Course Flags
Lower Course Sailing Instructions

6.1 The Washington Sailing Marina is located just off of the George Washington Parkway about 1.5 miles south of Reagan National Airport and a similar distance north of Old Town Alexandria.  The street address for Internet directions is 1 Marina Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.

6.2 Marina Entry: Participants bringing boats from outside the marina on Saturday morning simply need to tell the guard at the gate that they are sailing in the regatta, and fill in a sign-in sheet. Payment of marina entrance/launch/storage fees at the gate is not required. PRSA will cover the cost of these fees for visiting boats for two launches (Saturday and Sunday) and up to two overnight stays (e.g. Fri-Sat and Sat-Sun).  Be sure to indicate on the sign-in sheet the days that you will be sailing and the nights that you will be leaving your boat at the marina.

6.3 Courses
6.3.1 Upper Course: Classes scheduled to sail for 2 days (e.g. Catamarans, Lightnings, Buccaneers, Albacores) will sail off of Haines Point (with the Capitol and monuments as a backdrop).

6.3.2 Lower course: Classes scheduled to sail for 1 day (e.g. Lasers, Penguins, El Toros) will either sail in the cove or off of the power plant south of the cove and only a short distance from the docks.

7.1 One race is required to be completed to constitute a regatta.
7.2 If 5 or fewer races are completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores. This changes RRS A2. If 6 races or more are completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

8.1 Awards will be given to each member of the winning crews.  The depth of awards will be based on the expected number of participants in each class: the first whole number less than half the number of the estimated number of participants up to a maximum of five. The estimate is based on participation in the previous year or as provided by a fleet representative to the regatta chair in time for the awards to be ordered.
8.2 The Len Penso award will be conferred on the skipper age 50 and over who beats the most boats in his or her class.
8.3 The Katherine Hearst award will be conferred on the woman who beats the most boats in her class.

Regatta Chair – Lisa-Marie Lane (