Scooty Puff Becomes Artemis

“We invoke the ancient Gods of the wind and sea to favor us with their blessing…”

Prag holds aloft the consecrating dram…

The incantation was read from notes with all the gravity that one might expect on the occasion of a boat re-plating.  This was serious business for Prag Katta, a new I20 skipper who beat out a horde of buyers vying for the rights to a 1987 Johnson I20 that has been chewing up the competition under the steady hand of outgoing skipper Jack Sheehan. Continue reading Scooty Puff Becomes Artemis

Home of Johnson Boatworks Demolished

Down she went. The building that housed the century-old Johnson Boat Works was flattened with hydraulic shovels in 2013 to make room for senior living on the shores of White Bear Lake Minnesota.  This might seem obscure to the casual reader, but here on the Potomac, it hits home.

The fleet of the Potomac includes six scows from Johnson Boat Works, in White Bear Lake Minnesota.  

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Sheehan, Harris take PRSA honors

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Stew and Jack with Nabeel Alsalem Award

Scow Fleet Captain Jack Sheehan won the 2019 PRSA fall scow racing series and Scow Race Director Stew Harris won the spring series.  The two scow sailors got their names on a plaque at the annual Potomac River Sailing Association soiree, Nov. 15 at the Heavy Seas in Arlington.

The PRSA also awarded Sheehan and Harris with the Nabeel Alsalem Award for fleet development. The scow  fleet has grown to six I20s, one M scow and one MC Scow.