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PRSA Frostbite Day 11: Mar 11

It was a great day to be on the water.  The RC set up a trapezoid course for trying out before the Cap City.  The first two races the fleet pretty much ran themselves; the second race was a rabbit start.  The wind was south-southwest in the ten to fifteen range.  Fifteen boats came out to enjoy the day.  Len was able to clinch the day winning the last two races.  Robert Bennett had a nice day and Justin Pollack rounded out the top three.

By winning today Len has regained the top spot in the series.  The top ten in the series are:
Name – Avg
Geunther – 2.5
Hesse – 3.5
Alsalam – 3.6
Pollack – 5.3
Petersen -5.3
Yelland – 5.7
Will – 5.9
Miller – 6.8
Graham – 7
Klein – 7.2

It will come down to the final weekend to determine the winner of the 11-12 edition of the Frostbite Series.

Justin Pollack’s Third Place Write-Up is below:

What a perfect day to be out on the water.  I was especially happy with today being my first day on the water in several weekends that I did not break anything on my boat, so huge plus.  It was a great day for running a trapezoid course which I hadn’t sailed in a long time, made for some good planing and fast mark roundings.  While the wind was somewhat shifty heading to the windward mark I didn’t seam to favor one side of the course over the other, rather as long as I got off a good clean start I was set; then just watched out for the puffs and tried to keep the boat flat.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the remaining 2 weekends turn out this good.

Justin

PRSA
Frostbite 2011-2012
03/11/2012
Series #14
Series Summary
Pl Sail # Skipper Avg 76 77 78 79 80 81 82
1 0708 Len Guenther 1.8 (3) 3 1 2 3 1 1
2 049 Robert Bennett 2.2 1 2 2 4 2 (5) 2
3 272 Justin Pollack 3.8 6 6 3 1 1 (8) 6
4 ERICP Eric Petersen 4.7 2 4 7 3 (12) 7 5
5 618 Tim Zimmerman 5.2 7 5 (9) 8 5 3 3
6 151 Chris Bolton 5.5 (8) 1 6 7 7 4 8
7 719 Nabeel Alsalam 6.2 5 7 (17RAF) 11 8 2 4
8 215 Ken Davis 8 (14) 8 8 6 4 12 10
9 WILLS Will Summers 8.5 (16DNS) 15DNS 5 5 11 6 9
10 829 Jim Klein 9.2 9 10 4 (14) 10 11 11
11 171 Kevin Cowley 9.3 12 9 10 12 6 (14) 7
12 057 Farley Will 9.5 4 12 (14) 9 9 9 14
13 421 Jim Graham 11.3 11 11 11 10 (13) 13 12
14 892 Jacob Donkersloot 12.5 10 14DNF 13 (15) 15 10 13
15 628 Keith Barron 13.3 13 13 12 13 14 (15) 15DNF
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PRSA Frostbite Day 11: Mar 4

It was windy Sunday.  Fourteen people showed up but only 8 made it to the first race.  Steve and Kevin set up a windward-leeward on the DC side of the river, adjacent to the airport.  By 1pm the wind was 15 from the north gusting to 24 mph and by 2pm it was 22 gusting to 31 mph.  Congratulations to James Jacob, Len Guenther, Ken Davis and Justin Pollack who get the Ironman award for racing in all of the races.  James took the day with all bullets and Len/Nabeelhad a good day which will bring him up in the overall standings.  The day resulted in eleven stiches for one and boats full of water for others (myself included).

PRSA
Frostbite 2011-2012
03/04/2012
Series #13
Series Summary
Pl Sail # Skipper Av 70 71 72 73 74 75
1 881 James Jacob 1 1 1 1 (6) 1 1
2 0708 Len Guenther 2.2 2 (3) 3 1 3 2
3 719 Nabeel Alsalam 2.4 4 2 2 2 2 (6DNS)
4 215 Ken Davis 4.2 (6) 4 5 5 4 3
5 272 Justin Pollack 4.2 (5) 5 4 3 5 4
6 421 Jim Graham 5.8 (7DNF) 6 6 4 7DNS 6DNS
7 049 Robert Bennett 0# (3)
8 WILLS Will Summers 0# (7DNF)

PRSA Frostbite Day 11: Feb 26

The temperature was nice today and brought out 25 boats.  However, It did not start out with as much wind as promised.  The wind from Saturday blew alot of the water out of the river and the water was the lowest I’ve seen.  The first three races saw the wind from the ~west and it was filling in from the left and right in big shifts.  It was challenging in the first three races.  Justin Pollack took off from were he left off last week and drawing from his sailing experience on the Hudson river with a solid first three races.  The fourth race saw the wind switch to the south and that were it stayed for the rest of the day.  Team Guenther set up a windward leeward and ran one and two lappers.  They also provided complimentary beer.  Thanks guys.

For those of you that packed it in after the third race, in the fifth race Justin broke his upper mast (yes it got that windy).  If that did not happen he might have won a second consecutive week.  And since you packed it in you did not get to beat up on the series leader who proceeded to get a second to last and a last place finish in the fourth and fifth races.  But this week belonged to Steve Y.  Will Summers had a nice day after doing RC last week and had a first in race #4 and finished second overall.  Dan Miller had his best showing of the season with a third overall on the day and ended up tied with new PRSA member Ken Davis.

PRSA
Frostbite 2011-2012
02/26/2012
Series #12
Series Summary
Pl Sail # Skipper 64 65 66 67 68 69 Avg
1 098 Steve Yelland 2 2 3 (10) 6 4 3.4
2 WILLS Will Summers (15) 4 11 1 5 8 5.8
3 555 Dan Miller 4 (19) 7 2 8 10 6.2
4 215 Ken Davis (20) 15 6 4 3 3 6.2
5 057 Farley Will 11 (18) 10 3 1 7 6.4
6 719 Nabeel Alsalam (22) 9 17 6 2 1 7
7 644 Erich Hesse 8 7 1 (17) 17 2 7
8 272 Justin Pollack 1 1 2 15 18DNF (19DNS) 7.4
9 053 Jim Greenley 10 3 4 11 11 (13) 7.8
10 829 Jim Klein 6 12 12 5 9 (17) 8.8
11 ERICP Eric Petersen 12 11 (13) 8 7 6 8.8
12 171 Kevin Cowley (17) 8 5 7 14 12 9.2
13 831 Dario Soto (18) 16 16 12 4 5 10.6
14 892 Jacob Donkersloot 5 13 14 14 12 (16) 11.6
15 151 Chris Bolton 14 (20) 8 18 10 9 11.8
16 621 Mark Carre (24) 14 9 13 13 11 12
17 628 Keith Barron 9 (17) 15 9 15 15 12.6
18 049 Robert Bennett 3 5 18DNF (20DNS) 19DNS 19DNS 12.8
19 618 Tim Zimmerman 13 6 18DNF (20DNS) 19DNS 19DNS 15
20 WILLK William Kruse 7 (23) 18DNF 20DNS 19DNS 19DNS 16.6
21 610 Jen Snyder 16 10 19DNS (20DNS) 19DNS 19DNS 16.6
22 544 Brian Burk (25) 22 18DNF 16 16 14 17.2
23 647 Scott Snyder 19 (21) 18DNF 20DNS 19DNS 19DNS 19
24 658 Istvan Pely 21 (24) 18DNF 20DNS 19DNS 19DNS 19.4
25 990 Jeff Ward 23 (25) 18DNF 20DNS 19DNS 19DNS 19.8

PRSA Frostbite Day 11: Feb 19

In the cove today. Wind was shifting quite a bit, but finally settled down for the last 3 or so races. Six different people with 2nds and 7 different people with 4ths; fleet was mixing it up pretty good today. – Chris Bolton

Thanks to Chris Bolton and Will Summers for doing RC today.  To add a few more things…as Chris said the fleet was mixed up very good today.  I think everyone was in last place today at one time or another.  I know I was in last place more than I wanted to be.  I thought for sure I would be out of top three but some how snuck in there.  I saw alot of Jim K and Jim G today and they finished in 10th and 11th, respectively.  It was not that they sailed bad it was just a day were the whole fleet was finishing within a minute or each other.  And there were boats lost and won every second of every race.  Justin Pollack, in his second year with the fleet, was head and shoulders about the rest of the fleet today.  His worst score was a five and had half the amount of points as the second place finisher.  Everyone below third place finished with a ten or greater in a race.  I was a fun day.

We go at it again next Sunday and Len and his wife Barb will be providing the RC. – Eric Hesse

PRSA
Frostbite 2011-2012
02/19/2012
Series #11
Series Summary
Pl Sail # Skipper 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 Avg
1 272 Justin Pollack 3 1 5 1 1 2 4 2.4
2 644 Erich Hesse 7 8 1 6 6 1 3 4.6
3 719 Nabeel Alsalam 2 3 9 10 3 7 1 5
4 098 Steve Yelland 1 2 10 4 5 3 10 5
5 ERICP Eric Petersen 9 7 3 3 2 10 9 6.1
6 831 Dario Soto 6 6 11 5 4 6 7 6.4
7 555 Dan Miller 8 5 6 11 10 4 2 6.6
8 628 Keith Barron 5 10 4 8 7 8 5 6.7
9 829 Jim Klein 10 9 2 2 8 9 11 7.3
10 421 Jim Graham 11 4 7 7 11 5 6 7.3
11 647 Scott Snyder 4 12 8 9 9 13DNS 8 9
12 621 Mark Carre 12 11 12 12 12 11 12 11.7

PRSA Frostbite Day 10: Feb 5

Lasers near the Regan Aiport with the Washington Monument in the background by Eric Petersen

 Lasers near the Regan Aiport with the Washington Monument in the background by Eric Petersen

The day started out cloudy but by the last race the sun was out. The wind was from the north as predicted but the velocity was more than predicted. The was some hiking involved and surfing of waves downwind due to the current. Tim Zimmerman and Eric Petersen set up a triangle and ran all different races like last week. The course was set towards the Virginia side of the river with the jibe mark set inline with the end of the runway. Only thirteen boats came out to sail, our lowest turnout of the season.

The little bro dominated the day throwing out a second place on the day. That makes me the first loser for the second straight week and Len was in third for a second straight week. See scores below.

Thanks to Eric Petersen for blowing the whistles, I forgot the ollie at home.

We sail again this Sunday. See you then.

Eric Petersen has posted some photos here.

PRO Tim Zimmerman has posted a playlist of start videos.

PRSA
Frostbite 2011-2012
02/05/2012
Series #10
Series Summary
Pl Sail # Skipper 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 Avg
1 DANH Dan Hesse 1 1 1 (2) 2 1 2 1.3
2 644 Erich Hesse (3) 3 2 1 3 2 1 2
3 0708 Len Guenther 4 6 5 (10) 1 3 4 3.8
4 057 Farley Will 2 4 (7) 3 4 7 7 4.5
5 272 Justin Pollack (9) 2 9 6RDG 5 5 6 5.5
6 555 Dan Miller 6 8 6 7 7 (9) 5 6.5
7 829 Jim Klein 8 5 4 5 9 (11) 9 6.7
8 171 Kevin Cowley 5 7 10 6 6 6 (11) 6.7
9 151 Chris Bolton 11 10 (12) 4 11OCS 4 3 7.2
10 628 Keith Barron 7 (12) 3 12DNF 8 10 10 8.3
11 421 Jim Graham (10) 9 8 8 10 8 8 8.5
12 837 Adam Dolezal 12 11 11 12DNF 12DNS (13DNS) 13DNS 11.8
13 658 Istvan Pely (14DNS) 13 13DNF 9 12DNS 13DNS 13DNS 12.2

PRSA Frostbite Day 9: January 29

It was another great day for racing on the river. The turnout was the biggest for a Sunday Series race this year, 26 boats. The wind was from the southwest, shifty and 5-15 mph. The current was favorable all day which lead to many general recalls. The one minute rule had to be utilized on all of the starts. Jason Ipe and Nich Allen set up a triangle and ran most of the courses that you could run with the marks (olympic, windward-leeward once around and twice around). If you were in the top ten today you were doing well. The only “new” face this week was Cary Comer, finishing a respectable 8th.

The day was owned by James Jacob with a third being his highest score. I was the runner up and Len Guenther finished third on the day. There was twelve different people who finished in the top five. It was a really tough day to be consistent.

We sail again next Sunday before the Superbowl. Tim Zimmerman and Eric Petersen will be providing the RC. See you then.

PRSA
Frostbite 2011-2012
01/29/2012
Series #9
Series Summary
Pl Sail # Skipper 45 46 47 48 49 Avg
1 881 James Jacob 1 1 3 3 1 1.8
2 644 Erich Hesse 2 6 1 5 3 3.4
3 0708 Len Guenther 8 9 4 2 6 5.8
4 618 Tim Zimmerman 5 2 2 4 18DNF 6.2
5 098 Steve Yelland 7 7 6 1 13 6.8
6 272 Justin Pollack 3 4 10 17 10 8.8
7 610 Jen Snyder 10 3 8 12 12 9
8 329 Cary Comer 4 5 18 10 19DNS 11.2
9 053 Jim Greenley 9 8 9 16 14 11.2
10 ERICP Eric Petersen 12 18 16 8 5 11.8
11 215 Ken Davis 11 19 5 20 8 12.6
12 421 Jim Graham 18 24 12 6 4 12.8
13 719 Nabeel Alsalam 15 11 22 19 2 13.8
14 647 Scott Snyder 21 13 11 18 7 14
15 628 Keith Barron 16 20 14 9 11 14
16 837 Adam Dolezal 19 14 19 11 15 15.6
17 057 Farley Will 23 10 15 13 18DNF 15.8
18 831 Dario Soto 14 23 20 7 18DNF 16.4
19 585 Bob Wilbur 13 22 17 14 19DNS 17
20 WILLS Will Summers 6 12 25RDG 25DNS 19DNS 17.4
21 555 Dan Miller 22 15 7 24DNF 19DNS 17.4
22 151 Chris Bolton 17 16 13 22 19DNS 17.4
23 171 Kevin Cowley 20 17 21 21 9 17.6
24 621 Mark Carre 25 21 23 15 16 20
25 WILLK William Kruse 24 26 24 23 17 22.8
26 990 Jeff Ward 26 25 27DNS 25DNS 19DNS 24.4

PRSA Frostbite Day 8: January 22

It was nice day of sailing with a north-northeast wind 5-10 mph.  The current was a big factor as the trapezoid course was set on the DC shore.  Robert Bennett and Jim Greenly ran trapezoids and trapezoids windward-leewards.  Thanks to Robert for taking my spot and allowing me to sail.

It was a day of many firsts.  All five races had a different winner but the first race was the most special.  Since I wanted to try out the trapezoid I had to get together a fourth mark and I was planning on going out on RC so I missed the first race.  But as I was sailing out I saw the finish.  I saw two boats very close crossing the finish line.  I recognized the orange hull (its hard not to) as Ian’s but I could not recognize the other boat.  He was wear green shorts and a sail number I did not recognize and I know almost everyone’s sail number since I was the scorer at one time.  What I was watching was the first bullet for a person who has sailed with us for five years.  So the big congratulations go to Kevin Cowley his first first.  Eric Petersen finally finished out of third with a solid second on the day and Ian Connors took the day.  The last race was won by another person who got there first first this season Jim Klein.

3rd Place Writeup:

Yesterday was a cold day with a nice breeze. The wind was from a north-northeast direction and we were sailing on the DC shore almost in the channel. The current was definitely a factor in the first half of the day. The right side of the course was nearly in the channel which made for more current. The wind would shift but they were small shifts. The starting line was set shorter than most days which put a premium on just getting off the line. We sailed trapezoids.

There were two things that stuck out most for me during the day. The first was the short reaches and the downwind leg of the trapezoid. In the second race I rounded the top mark in fourth. Nabeel, Eric P and Will S were in front of me. On the first reach there was not an opportunity to make a move so I did not move up. Everyone pretty much sailed the rhumbline from the windward mark to the first offset. As the leaders rounded the first offset they all jibed. I instead rounded the mark and just bore off to a downwind course pointing at the third mark in the trapezoid. By the leaders jibing and me just staying on the opposite jibe I created the opportunity to make up some ground. As the downwind progressed the leaders sailed a little too high and then had to sail lower at the end to get to the third mark. With this I was able to move up to third. The next leg was a relatively short one to the leeward mark of the trapezoid.

Nabeel and Eric P started to sail high again on the little reach. I believe Nabeel was trying to protect the inside. I was sailing the rhumbline and the leaders sailed high enough that I was able to get underneath them. This is one of the situations where rounding on the outside is ok. I was trying to convert a third to a first. I had gotten underneath and just far enough ahead of Nabeel that as the three boats rounded I was on the outside but ahead. I had converted to first at the first leeward mark. However, on the last windward Eric P picked me off to win the race. The point here is even on the short reach legs moves can be made to move up.

The second thing was the last start of the day. I had started near the boat end all day and the last start was no exception. I had positioned myself to be right at the boat but one person had positioned himself even better due to the current going slack. That person was Keith Barron. At thirty seconds we were both luffing slowly approaching the starboard end of the line. At this point I knew if Keith did not fall off I was not going to be able to start. As twenty seconds came and went Keith was hold his position like a champ. At ten seconds I was nearly bailing out as I was going to hit the committee boat. At less than ten seconds Keith finally started to bear off. At that point I was just about to tack and go around but since I was not head to wind luffing I pulled my boom to windward and the boat sailed sideways putting me right at the boat. I was a second or two late but was right at the boat. I salvaged a decent start. The point

here though is, I always sail better and make decisions better when I am not being controlled. If at thirty seconds instead of waiting for Keith to fall off I should have realized that Keith had the boat and I had to re-position myself. Either by falling behind him and moving down the line or tacking away and circling around. On the line it is always better to be proactive versus passive. So Keith I will not even try to barge on you anymore.

Congrats to Ian on the win for the day and congrats to Kevin on his first bullet. And thanks to Robert for letting me sail. We go at again this Sunday.

 

PRSA
Frostbite 2011-2012
01/22/2012
Series #8
Series Summary
Pl Sail # Skipper 40 41 42 43 44 Avg
1 776 Ian Connors 2 10 4 2 4 4.4
2 ERICP Eric Petersen 12 1 3 4 5 5
3 644 Erich Hesse 16DNS 2 2 7 3 6
4 719 Nabeel Alsalam 6 6 1 6 12 6.2
5 057 Farley Will 8 8 6 3 9 6.8
6 628 Keith Barron 5 12 7 5 6 7
7 WILLS Will Summers 4 3 10 12 7 7.2
8 829 Jim Klein 13 4 12 11 1 8.2
9 171 Kevin Cowley 1 9 13 9 10 8.4
10 647 Scott Snyder 10 7 5 13 8 8.6
11 421 Jim Graham 9 14 11 1 11 9.2
12 537 Jason Ipe 3 5 9 16DNS 15DNS 9.6
13 555 Dan Miller 7 11 8 8 15DNS 9.8
14 831 Dario Soto 11 13 14 10 2 10
15 WILLK William Kruse 14 15 15 14 13 14.2