t was great to see so many people in attendance at this year’s blustery Steak and Sail. The venue was most welcoming in reserving the the water taxis for us and providing such a great menu for our group. In return, we filled their panoramic dinning room with gregarious sailors, a win-win for everybody. We were not alone in our campaign to fill the restaurant, we were joined by representatives from the Englewood Sailing Association, with whom we are picnicking this Saturday. It was a fantastic day out on the key and a great day for the Venice area sailing community.

The potluck/picnic is this Saturday, the 4th of November at Indian Mound Park in Englewood. The county park on the shores of Lemon Bay has grills, and a boat ramp for trailered boats. Kayaks and other small craft can be launched from the beach. A course will be set on the water and we will attempt to run informal races with the ESA youth sailors who will have just completed a sail training course. VSS keel boaters are encouraged to venture down the ICW and join us. Small boats to be rigged and ready for launch between 11.30-12.15, picnic from 12.15 – 1.00, launch boats and sail 1.00-230.


This year’s VSS Holiday Party is on Friday 5 January at the Hotel Venezia in Venice. This event will be an evening affair with music, dinner, and dancing. Planning with the hotel is ongoing with an attempt to provide a varied menu that accommodates the complexities of our members' diets and to create a special atmosphere for the party. I am creating a Holiday Party Committee to assist with making this evening a special occasion. If you are interested in lending a hand with the committee, please contact me.

And finally, last year’s VSS memberships have since expired. The daily operations of the club are supported by members' dues. Please renew your membership online today if you have not already done so.

Jonathan Phillips
VSS Commodore