This year the Sailing Squadron turns 45. It’s a milestone in our club’s history that reminds us that we are part of something that’s been in Venice for longer than most of us. The simple mission to build and foster the local sailing community sets the course and provides us with the direction we still sail today.

The VSS is mandated by it’s laws to organize sailing competitions. The month of January sees the VSS as the authority for two club races, one club regatta, and one regional SBYA race - the Windjammer Regatta. The Windjammer is a classic point to point race in the Gulf from Big Pass down Casey Key to Venice with a reception at the Venice Yacht Club. The next day, the race starts off from the Venice Jetty and heads back up to Big Pass. This is one of the best events in the SBYA calendar and is part of the Boat of the Year circuit, a favorite among the local racing community.

The VSS is also mandated to hold a Holiday Party for it’s members. This year’s party will be at the Hotel Venezia in Venice on Friday, January 5th at 7pm. It’s the first time the event has been held at the newly remodeled room there. Their management promised a dance floor and we’ve promised the music. The event details are on the VSS website. Please rsvp asap as our final head count will be communicated to the venue this Monday.

The VSS is an all volunteer organization. A special thanks to those members who have stepped forward to donate their time, experience and passion, to our collective goal of promoting sailing in Venice. Best wishes to everyone in the new year.

Into the New Year!!

Jonathan Phillips