Six scows vied for top honors at the Rookie Regatta May 6 with some teams comprised entirely of rookies, while others had old salts helping things along.
The Scooty Puff team (169) of rookie skipper Kody Lieberman and Jack Sheehan eeked out the win with two bullets and two seconds.
“This was my first time ever driving in a race,” Kody shared after receiving his prize, a beautiful water bottle festooned with the famous “Black Swan” of the Potomac Rivers Sailing Association.
Surviving the day could also be considered a bonus for some rookies.
The Stas Burgeil Team had not raced together previously on its recently converted 1983 Johnson Boat Works (626). “Kids had fun but it makes for a long day!” Stas emailed later.
Other teams included Trip Hook and John Chacko about Alrighty Then! (806), Chris Stinson and Heather aboard Youbetcha Buddy (642), Casey Firth and Tim Dickson aboard the 1996 OSP (FD0).
But the greenest crew was Ed Ryan and his crew Pete, aboard the M16 Chalupa. Neither had raced a PRSA event going into the day, but both agreed it was “A Blast”.
For more about the race, see this nice writeup from vice commodore Aaron Boesenecker: http://potomacriversailing.org/2018/05/07/prsa-rookie-regatta-results/