- Click here for NOR (Notice of Race)
- If you intend to sail please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
- 4/20 7pm dinner at Tex-Mex restaurant
- 4/21 10am entry form due
- 4/21 10am skippers meeting
- 4/21 11am racing to start
- 4/21 post race party at marina
- 4/22 9am racing to start
Well, ISCA President Mike McClinchie called us this winter and asked if Fleet 39 would be interested in hosting an early-spring regatta……and we couldn’t say ‘NO.’ So we’d like to invite all of you to participate in the 2012 Cherry Blossom Regatta hosted by Daingerfield Island Sailing Club and Interlake Fleet #39 in Alexandria, Virginia. The regatta will be held April 21-22, 2012 out of Washington Sailing Marina and is a part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Racing on the Potomac River will include Interlake racing on Saturday and Sunday, and keelboat racing on Saturday only. We will offer you something a little different than what you are accustomed to by using race courses set around fixed government navigation marks. You’ll also get to test your abilities of dealing with tide and river current (not to worry…the locals haven’t figured it out yet either). After the racing on Saturday, a post-race party will take place at the marina. On Sunday we’ll get an early start so we can get a few races in, and get done early for those travelling back home. This is a great way to get you and your boat tuned up for the 2012 Interlake sailing season! And best of all, there is no entry fee so all you have to do is show up, sail and enjoy yourself.
Besides the sailing there is plenty to do off the water. Leave early to come to the regatta or stay a few extra days and enjoy the many attractions the Washington, DC metropolitan area has to offer. 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the city of Tokyo’s gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees to the United States as a symbol of friendship. The centennial festivities offer many family friendly activities throughout late March and most of April. Many museums and attractions abound in the area, and offer something of interest to everyone. Below are several links to some of the more popular area attractions.
If you have any questions, need suggestions on things to do besides sailing, or just want to let us know you are planning to attend, please contact Martin Howell at email@example.com or (703) 862-1459. We’re working on a few other shoreside activities and will let you know more information as those details develop. We look forward to welcoming you to our quirky little river.
www.si.edu (museums, National Zoo, etc.)
www.nps.gov/foth/index.htm Ford’s Theater
www.nps.gov/grfa/index.htm Great Falls Park
www.nps.gov/keaq/index.htm Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
www.nps.gov/mall/index.htm National Mall
www.nps.gov/rocr/index.htm Rock Creek Park
www.nps.gov/this/index.htm Theodore Roosevelt Island
www.nps.gov/wamo/index.htm Washington Monument (temporarily closed)
www.nps.gov/whho/index.htm The White House
www.arlingtoncemetery.mil Arlington Cemetery
www.aoc.gov US Capitol
http://visitalexandriava.com/ Alexandria, VA visitor information
http://washington.org/ Washington, DC visitor information
www.metroforward.com Washington, DC area Metro system
For those of you using a GPS for driving directions, Washington Sailing Marina is located just off the George Washington Memorial Parkway at “1 Marina Drive, Alexandria, VA 22314.” Disclaimer: I’ve never tried this myself, but I thought it would be helpful to provide you with the exact address.
Below are a few suggested hotels. You can use your favorite website or frequent flyer program to find best prices. We suggest booking ASAP as hotels fill up fast during the Cherry Blossom Festival.
By proximity to marina
- Best Western Old Colony Inn, (703) 739-2222
- Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites – Alexandria Historic District (703) 548-6300
- Crowne Plaza Old Town (703) 683-6000
- Sheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria (703) 836-4700
- Residence Inn – Old Town (703) 548-5474
- Hampton Inn Alexandria – Old Town/King Street Metro (703) 299-9900
By proximity with consideration towards price
- Courtyard – Alexandria Tech Center (703) 329-2323
- Holiday Inn – Eisenhower Avenue (703) 960-3400