This past Saturday night saw a great evening for the annual boat parade. A clear evening and a full moon over the water made for a spectacular sight on our local waters. The VSS’s Fleet Captain of Racing, John Lynch, kindly lent Spray for the Venice Youth Boating Association entry. With nearly twenty VYBA youth sailors and coaches on deck and two 420’s in tow, John donned his Santa suit and ho-ho-hoed from Blackburn Point down the the ICW to the judges near the Circus Bridge. The kids in return showed great spirit and were excited to be on a sailboat, albeit a motoring one. Fruition was also on the water that night to as the Venice Yacht Club’s entry. Bill Gately and his crew did a great job decorating Fruition which featured, among other things, a Santa Lou Salhany.

Bill also is working diligently along with John Lynch and the other members of the Windjammer Regatta Committee to organize this year’s race up and down Casey Key into a successful regional sailing event. I am impressed with the committee’s work, the intra-organizational cooperation, and dedication to the common goal of this race.

This year’s Holiday Party is at the Hotel Venezia on Friday, January 5. We are excited about the new venue and are working with the hotel to make the event a very special evening for VSS members and guests. For more information, including times, menu and ticket fees please visit the VSS website.