Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Windjammer Regatta with the Venice Yacht Club. Yesterday’s race saw 15 boats participate in the race down Casey Key. All boats finished and returned safely for the reception at the yacht club. Congratulations John Lynch and the crew of Spray for being the firt monohul across the line, narrowly being edged out by the trimaran Triple Threat. Today’s races were cancelled and the standings are available here.
Our January meeting hosted Cathy Marine from Mote Marine Labrotories lecturing on Dolphins and Manatees. Our February meeting is "Soup Night". Everyone brings their favorite soup and or bread and butter to go with the soup. A "SOUPER TECHNIQUE" has been developed over the years to allow you to sample several different choices. Take a six part muffin pan and fill with disposable coffee cups and you are all set. Don't miss this fun evening
The monthly meeting of the VSS membership is on Wednesday January 8th at 6.30.
Our guest speaker is from Mote Marine, we’ve waited two years to get a speaker from MOTE Research for the member meeting We finally have it. Tomorrow’s talk will be on marine mammals.
Bring your friends to join us for an entertaining and informative evening with your sailing friends at the VSS.
It’s a regular VSS potluck, bring a dish to share, your beveradges of choice with a setting and utensils. Please note that the annual VSS soup night is planned for the Februay meeting.
Hope to see you there!
This Saturday is the second annual small boat day in with the Englewood Sailing Association. The event is a free sailing event for small boats. If you have a small boat this is a great opportunity for you to come out and sail with the group in Lemon Bay. Boats can launch at the county facility at Indian Mound Park and it’s accesible by the inland water way for boats with smaller drafts.
Sailing time is from 12.00 - 2pm.
The signup is on the event calendar page
Come out and visit the VSS at Sun Fiesta. We’ll be there all weekend. Join us near the toy boat area. The more the merrier!
Here is the schedule of events from the festival website
It is membership renewal season for VSS members. If you haven’t done so already please renew you VSS membership. The VSS renewal process can be done simply online with a dues payment done through PayPal. If you are new to the VSS and are interested in a new membership, the VSS new member signup page is available for your convenience.
As always the VSS post office box is available to reiceve dues payments by check.
Please make check’s payable to:
Venice Sailling Squadron
Box 1124 Venice, Fl 34284
Everyone must be aware of the Red Tide that has affected our shoreline. Accordingly, your committee has decided to shift the up coming Crab Fest to an event at Snook Haven. …
There are two more events planed for this Summer. The next event will be a kayak, small boat trip from Blackburn Point to Mid Night Pass on Saturday July 28. If you don't have a small craft, you can rent one onsight. The plan is to meet at Blackburn Point, launch by 9.30am as a group and head out towards the pass just up the ICW. Information about the event is located on the VSS Calendar. The group will return before 1 pm for lunch at the Casey Key Fish House. If you can't kayak, consider joining us for lunch at the CK Fish House. Please RSVP by July 23 to the VSS Summer Operations email your intention to join us for boating and or lunch.
This is the third time within a year that a VSS event scheduled for Lido Key was cancelled do to conditions. We will continue to plan events there in the hopes that we will eventually get a break. The consensus is this is a good day sailing destination with good picnic facilities and access for members with out boats. None the less we made the right call to cancel this time as there was a lightening strike fatality on Siesta Key yesterday afternoon. Great to see everyone that came out to the alternate "pool" party in Nokomis.
Sailors, the VSS event to be held on Lido Key has been changed. Instead, the plan is to gather at the commodore's house for a pool party BBQ. The house in Nokomis is on the water and guests are encouraged to bring boats if they have them. We will be kayaking around 3pm and will have the grills hot around 4.30 Please let us know asap if you can make it so we can buy food for the grill. We are asking for $5 to cover the cost of the food and bring a side.
The deadline to sign up for the Change of Watch is tomorrow Saturday May 12. Come join us in welcoming in the new watch. We'll be passing out trophies, swapping sailing stories and eating BBQ under the big pavilion at Maxine Barrett Park
We the nominating committee recommend the following candidates to the membership for consideration as qualified persons for the open VSS director and officer positions.
Commodore : Jonathan Phillips
Fleet Captain Racing : John Lynch
Fleet Captain Operations : Annette Dwyer
Fleet Captain Cruising : Gene Miller
Secretary : Janet Knudsen
Treasurer : Brian O'Neil
Events Director : Ed Johnson
Membership: Cheryl Crimu
Publicity: John Drury
Ship's Store: Gerry Cashion
We are currently looking for a member to fill the vacant vice commodore position.
Sincerely the Nominating Committee,
Our next VSS Membership meeting is on. . .VALENTINES DAY! When is Valentines Day you ask? Well, Valentines Day is on Wednesday, February 14th and here's an opportunity to dine your best girl without spending a fortune. Our pot luck/membership meeting will be at the Venice Community Center on Nokomis Ave at 6:30 pm. Please bring food to share, drink of choice, and lots of Chocolate!
Our special guest speaker will be Jim Martin, who will present a program and share stories about his recent sail to Cuba. Hope you all can make it.
We are getting excited about the upcoming VSS party at the Hotel Venezia. There is still room for more members to join in on the evenings festivities. If you would like to come out let us know
Please join the VSS for the annual Holiday Party. This year's event is at the Hotel Venezia on Friday, the 5th of January at 7pm for a special evening of food, music and dancing. The cost is $40 for members and $51..00 for VSS guests. This is an evening event cocktail attire requested.
The VSS sailing class is accepting students for the Nov. 7, 2017
class. The safe sailing classes are scheduled every Tues from 1:00
pm to 3:00 pm within the month. Space is limited so each month the
class will consist of 5 students .
is Saturday October 28 at 11AM at Trinity Presbyterian Church 4365 State Road 776 with lunch to follow at Jacaranda Country Club 1205 Jacaranda Blvd in Venice. Pre-service music starts at 10:40AM. The service will conclude about noon. I've guaranteed the Country Club 150 people for lunch so hope to have a big turnout. Music at Jim's service will include bagpipe (Amazing Grace), brass quintet and organ, concluding with "When the Saints Go Marching In".
Do to the current state of our community the membership meeting on Wednesday, 13 September is canceled. We hope for a quick clean up and the safety of our returning evacuees.
On Saturday, June 10th, we begin the VSS summer programming with the second annualpicnic on Casey Key.
Please bring drinks, an entrée(s) and a shared dish for you and your friends. There are grills available, shelters and new rest rooms at the pavillion. Water activities to start at 3.00 pm picnic to start at 4.30 pm.
This year's event will have the added componentof small boats. Small boat owners are encouraged to bring their sailing dinghies and prams in the afternoon . Boats can access the kayak launch at back end of the jnorth jetty. Trailered boats will want to consider launching at Higel or other local ramp and sail to the event. Anchoring/beaching is possible just inside the ICW chanel marker behind the north Jetty Kayak launch. Contact us with any questions.
If you would like to go out on the water please bring the appropriate attire which includes, aqua shoes. bathing suit, a hat and a pfd.
Please contact the summer operations committee
Sunday May 21, 2017
Please join us on Sunday, May 21st from 4-8 PM for
the annual Change of Watch being held at the pavilion at the North Jetty.
As with last year this will be a catered barbecue with chicken, ribs, salads and sides. Members are asked to bring appetizers to share. Please remember that glass containers are not permitted at the pavilion so all beverages must be in cans or plastic. Dessert will be provided.
The price is $15 per person for members and one guest per member. For non members the price is $20.