Midwinters 2014 Announcement

2014 Midwinters Championship – Cherry Blossom Regatta (CBR) DSC_2496

Notice of Race:  click here

Where:  Dangerfield Island Sailing Club – Alexandria, VA
DISC is part of the Washington Sailing Marina.  Hosted by Fleet 39

1 Marina Drive,
Alexandria, Virginia 22033

When:  April 12th & 13th

Entry Fee:  Regatta registration is free.  However there could be a minimal daily use fee imposed by the marina, but Fleet 39 is working to reduce or eliminate this cost.

Details:  Well we had a very successful 2012 CBR in Washington DC.  Martin Howell and Fleet 39 hosted a very successful event.   We had 18 boats participate in 2012 and we are looking to increase participation further in 2014.  Sailing in the nation’s capital was certainly an experience I will not soon forget.  The CBR is a one day keel boat event and our event is two days.

Registration will take place on the morning on Saturday April 12th and will close at 10am.  More details about race management are in the Notice of Race.  Competitor boats will be permitted to monitor VHF communication from the Race Committee, so please plan accordingly.

It is highly recommended that out of town competitors travel and arrive Friday April 11th.  I know several competitors plan to setup their boats on Friday and take a practice sail.  Fleet 39 leadership may ask you to park you boat onshore in a designated area.  Ideally we want to park close to one another to improve communication and camaraderie.  Before traveling please check your trailer and rig to ensure everything is in working order.  You might also check to make sure you have your rudder, tiller and other equipment that tends to walk away during winter storage.

We have reserved 15 rooms at the Crowne Plaza @ Old Town Alexandria.  This hotel is located 2 miles south of the marina at : 901 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314.  All rooms are non-smoking and have two double beds.  The rate is $130 + tax per night.  Included in the rate is a $20/day parking fee.  There is a $20/day up charge per person for rooms with more than two occupants.  The group code is “A1F”.  The group name is “Interlake”.  The reservation number is 800.227.6993 and you simply have to supply the group code and group name.  Additionally here is a website link for those wanting to reserve a room online.  This block of rooms will be released on March 21st, so act fast.

Sailing Instructions will be passed out on April 12th at registration.

Tentative Schedule:

  • Opportunity to setup and practice sail on April 11th
  • Registration from 8-10am on April 12th
  • Skipper / Competitors meeting @ 10.00am on the deck outside the Afterdeck Cafe at the Washington Sailing Marina.
  • 1st start on April 12th is 11am.
  • No starts after 4pm.
  • After racing weather dependent there will be free beverages and snacks in dry sail.
  • Dinner plans are in the works.  We want to get everyone together for a dinner at a local restaurant in Alexandria on Saturday night (April 12th).
  • 1st Start on April 13th 8am.
  • No starts after 11am on April 13th.

2012 Midwinter Champions:  Skip and Paul