Potomac River Sailing Association
Location & Hours
The Race Program
PRSA’s racing program includes a Frostbite Regatta in March, a Spring Regatta on Memorial Day weekend, and the Leukemia Cup/President’s Cup weekend regatta in the fall. In addition to these events, PRSA conducts two seven-week series that provide Sunday racing competition in the spring (April to June) and Fall (September to November). PRSA and its constituent fleets conduct additional special events throughout the year. Finally, PRSA also supports a winter Laser frostbite series from December to March (when the river isn’t frozen).
At the present time PRSA has eight active racing fleets of one-design sailboats participating in Potomac racing. These are: Albacores, Catamarans, Hamptons, Interlakes, Lasers, Lightnings, Mobjacks, and Penguins. Additional one-design classes can be recognized as fleets when they have at least five boats as members. Boat owners not in a fleet can participate by starting with a similar class. However, PRSA does not do handicap scoring of races.
You and PRSA
PRSA is a local organization whose members own many types of sailboats and provide competition on all levels from absolute novice to national champion. Membership in PRSA is required for participation in the Spring and Fall Series races on the Potomac. In addition, PRSA offers the opportunity to compete in regional competition through the CBYRA high-point trophy series (CBYRA membership is required).
Running sailboat races, whether it be an America’s Cup or a Sunday race on the Potomac, takes money, effort, organization, and manpower. Your membership in PRSA is a vital contribution towards keeping sailing alive as a viable sport in Washington.
Each year at the end of March, PRSA publishes a membership handbook and directory called the Yellowbook. This includes the racing schedule, the sailing instructions, and all PRSA members organized alphabetically and by fleet.
PRSA also has an email list for it members. This email list is used by the officers to keep you informed of upcoming club events, reports on past events, and so on.
PRSA acts as representative of the Washington sailing community in negotiations with the Park Service and the facilities contractor on all issues, including parking and launch fees, which affect use of the marina facility. The owners of the boats of a given one-design class are organized into a fleet. While PRSA itself runs most of the races on the Potomac River, its constituent fleets conduct the training activities for new and intermediate sailors and have additional social and racing functions. In addition, PRSA’s insurance covers local fleet races under the PRSA umbrella.
To find out about discounts to PRSA members click here.
While PRSA social activities mainly focus on post-race tailgate parties after the Sunday races, there is also an annual business meeting/awards ceremony/party in November. PRSA also puts together picnics, introduction to sailing seminars, rules seminars, and other events throughout the year.
PRSA dues are used primarily to fund operation and maintenance of three powerboats needed to conduct safe and efficient racing. Other major expenditures cover insurance, the newsletter, trophies, and food and drinks for the regatta weekends. So join today!