Sunday, January 13, 2019

February 2019 Seminars

This is all in the Mainsheet for December, but I just want to put it out here as this may be easier for folks to get to.

February 2 – A30 Specific Topics

  • Long Range Planning Committee report and discussion
  • Cruising Schedule
  • Specific A30 Maintenance topics
  • A30 Bones – Salvage/Inventory plan for A30 parts
  • Kids’ Network

February 9 – Racing

  • 2019 A30 Schedule
  • Panel discussion of rules, tactics and sail trim

February 16 – Some Bay History

  • History of the Emma Giles Steamboat (popular side-wheel passenger steamer)
  • Environmental Topics

February 23 – Maintenance

  • Marine Technology Course in AA County School System (CAT – South)
  • A marine surveyor’s perspective
All of these are at PSA.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

2019 Racing Scheduling Meeting
at PSA on 2018-11-11 at 2PM.
Note: Date was incorrect, read "2019-11-11".  Date corrected to "2018-11-11" on 2019-02-07.

  1. NOOD -- race as before -- no changes suggested. 
  2. Annapolis to Miles River
    • Suggested options:
      1. Combine with the Memorial Day Cruise as a JAM (Jib and Main) with the expectation that the cruisers will join. Still a sanctioned, highpoint event. JAM and Spin would race together as the A 30 Fleet and each Fleet awarded separately.  
      2. OR Delete from the schedule.
  3. Moonlight -- race as before -- no changes suggested. 
  4. Ted Osius -- race as before -- no changes suggested. 
  5. Boomerang -- 48NM at night is a long and painful race. 
    • Suggested options:
      1. Delete from the schedule. Replace with the MRSA July Race to Baltimore and the Rock Creek Racing Assoc Francis Scott Key Regatta. Good party on Saturday night.
      2. OR Have EYC shorten the race to 25NM.
  6. NASS Oxford -- race as before -- no changes suggested. 
  7. Hammond Regatta -- race as before -- no changes suggested. 
  8. Rankin Regatta -- increase the number of highpoint races that are widely attended
    • Suggested change:
      • Make each race (if possible) 4NM to meet the CBYRA Highpoint requirement.
  9. Rock Hall
    • Suggested change:
      • Make the race a cruiser/racer event by being JAM to get “everyone” out for a great party at the end.
  10. Fall Cruise Regatta -- Fall Cruise and Race Meet Up
    • Suggested change:
      • A sanctioned event where the race is to the 1st rendezvous point for the Fall Cruise. The “PRO/Signal Boat” anchors/hovers near a government mark to start the race and then joins the race with a one (1) minute “handicap”.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

2018 Rankin Regatta

The Canandians are coming! The Canandians are coming! 

The Alberg 30 Association is happy to announce this year's edition of the Bruce Rankin Regatta.
  • When: the weekend of 21st through the 23rd of September
  • Where (on water): Sillery Bay on the Magothy River
  • Where (on land): Potapskut Sailing Association (PSA), 283 Cove Road, Pasadena MD

Essential Documents:
We look forward to racing with you there!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Boomerang Race

The thing about these night races is that it is not clear why we have fun doing them. However, in polling the crew, everyone had a good time.

At SSA Prior to departure while waiting for the rest of the team to show up.
This was a tough race.

The course is 48+ miles long, and half of it is up wind, and the wind was blowing a fairly constant 20 knots. We sailed a total of 60 miles. From Annapolis to the point we headed back took us from 7:20pm to 3:00am – almost 8 hours. From the turn back to the finish line took us four hours – we finished a few minutes before 7:00am. The eight hours up wind was a pretty rough ride in the scheme of things. Not rough in that the waves were big, but rough in the sense that the waves are precisely the wrong shape for a boat with a 21 foot waterline.

Three of us crossed the starting line.  We crossed the start line on port tack with Woodie (Latika) and Mike (Skybird) both on Starboard. We did not have a particularly good start, with Skybird ahead, but the way the line was set, the move on port tack heading towards Back Creek put us upwind of everyone when we tacked over, and we managed to get ahead at that time. Skybird had some technical issues and dropped out before the first mark off Tolly Point (Bay Ridge), and Latika and us went off to the mark off Hacket Point, and then from there essentially down to the mouth of the Choptank by Sharp Island where we turned right (2:00 am) and crossed the bay close hauled to another mark (3:00) and then back to Annapolis (7:00). Apparently we were fairly close at times as Latika was able to see us when we used the flashlight to check the sails. When the sun came up, we had headed to the wrong #1 mark on the way back so we took a detour too far to the west and Latika made up some ground on us. We crossed the finish at 7:00 and Latika about 30 minutes behind. 

So we went up wind in 20 knots of wind for 8 hours, and then downwind for 4 hours with the last three with the spinnaker up. The RaceQ tracks are below.

The track of laughing Gull - Start to Midnight

 Midnight to Finish

These take a little while to load. The funny thing is that the phone was upside down, so the boat shows as being capsized the whole time, and right at the finish you can tell when we get tied up as the phone is put right side up, and the boat rights itself!

Last year was a gorgeous easy race. This year gorgeous, but a bit of a ride. You take em as they come; wind no wind, shooting stars or clouds. While we do not do it for the stories we could tell. These are the stories we tell (Apologies to Jimmy Buffet).

Friday, April 20, 2018

2018 Annapolis NOOD Regatta

The racing season is about to begin!

Six boats are registered for the 2018 Annapolis NOOD Regatta: Argo, Constance, Latika, Laughing Gull, Second-2-None, and Windswept.  The field is a bit smaller this year due to one skipper having to attend his daughter's graduation from college, another skipper delayed in boat prep due to the unseasonably cold months of March and April, and another boat in the midst of a repair.  

Nonetheless, the Albergs will race in this the 30th edition of Annapolis NOOD Regatta.  Due to fewer boats registered, six this year vs nine last year, they competition may be fierce.  Committed racers have been making sure that they have ride.  Each skipper will be bringing their A team.  Might be needed.  Last year, winds blew quite strongly, making the skipper forego the use of spinnakers on some of the downwind legs.  Given the unusual weather patterns so far this year, its anyone's guess as the weather we will encounter.

Less than 14 days to go!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2017 February Seminars

The schedule and locations for the 2017 February Seminars has been set:

  • 04 Feb 2017: Racing Seminar at Riviera Beach Library
  • 11 Feb 2017: Cruising Seminar at Eastport Library
  • 18 Feb 2017: Maintenance Seminar at Riviera Beach Library
  • 25 Feb 2017: Potpourri Seminar at Riviera Beach Library
All seminars will begin at 1:00PM.
Speakers and topics to be announced.

Riviera Beach Library is located at 1130 Duvall Hwy Pasadena MD, (410) 222-6285
Eastport Library is located at 269 Hillsmere Dr Annapolis MD, (410 222-1770