RACE REMINDER

RACE REMINDER

This is a reminder that the next VSS Buoy Race day is this Saturday.  The Skippers’ Meeting will be at Higel Park at 1100 and the first race is scheduled to start at 1300 about 0.5 nm west of the Inlet. Don’t forget that the skippers’ meeting is a good place to find a crew or a crew position.

 

VSS has installed five (more-or-less) permanent buoys, so the Sailing Instructions (SI) and course diagrams have been modified to reflect this. We now have 5 buoys out that provide more course choices, soplease download and understand the attached “Courses” PDF .  The courses described are either 3 or 5 nm in length.  Of course, we can construct other courses of other lengths, but for the time being we’ll just stick with these two distances.  As a consequence, I have constructed a PDF that has start times for 3 and 5 nm.  Make sure you use the correct one for the race I announce.  I’m also attaching a course diagram that depicts the presently available courses.

 

Keep up with what’s going on with the VSS races by checking http://www.greenflashsailing.com/VSS Races/VSS Racing.html on a regular basis.  There is lots of useful information there.

 

As of now, Monday evening, the weather forecast is for a 13-17 knt easterly with bright sunlight, but who believes any forecast that far out?

 

I hope to see you out there.

 

VSS RACE REMINDER 12 NOV - SATURDAY

VSS RACE REMINDER 12 NOV - SATURDAY

Sailors,

This is a reminder that the next VSS Buoy Race day is this Saturday.  The Skippers’ Meeting will be at Higel Park at 1100 and the first race is scheduled to start at 1300 about 0.5 nm west of the Inlet. Don’t forget that the skippers’ meeting is a good place to find a crew or a crew position.

VSS has installed (more-or-less) permanent buoys, so the Sailing Instructions (SI) and course diagrams have been modified to reflect this.  The length of the baseline short course remains 5 nm, so that the start time table is unchanged.  All three buoys shown on the diagram are now installed, and we will only have to put out one inflatable to mark to be the other end of the start-finish line.  The new sailing instructions, chart of the courses and pursuit race start times are attached.

1 Oct VSS Race

1 Oct VSS Race

In a way today was a momentous day for both the Venice Sailing Squadron and Green Flash Sailing as it was the beginning of a partnership in which Green Flash will be running the on-water aspects of the VSS Racing Program. In another way, the partnership started with a whimper, as only three boats came out on a pretty nice day. I do know why some boats didn't make it out, and maybe the current red tide event also played a role. The sight of thousands of dead fish wasn't very appealing.

VSS Race Season Starts October 1st

VSS Race Season Starts October 1st

A new VSS Sailing Season will be starting next Saturday.

This year, at least in the beginning, the race management of the VSS races will be provided by Green Flash Sailing (GF).  GF will design the courses, run the skippers' meetings, provide the Sailing Instructions (SI), run the races and record the results.  We will attempt to do these things in accordance with what we understand the Squadron's racers preferences are. 

For the first few races, we will be running pursuit races very much like those that were used for the GF races, with the exception that we may have Ken Nolan's Committee Boat on the course helping us out.   Most races will be scheduled to start at 1300 (1 PM) about 0.5 nm WSW of the Venice Inlet. 

Racing Captain's Report

Racing Captain's Report

The month of April was a very busy sailing month for our racers.  It seemed every weekend there was a race with perfect sailing conditions. There is  one more Sailing Regatta in the month of May 7 & 8. This is a 2 day Regatta - Saturday 5/7 will be a two Buoy races and Sunday 5/8, will be a distance race. As standard procedures we will meet at Higel park at 11:00 am for captains' informational meetings and crew assignments. 

The VSS race season is moving to a close as we enter the summer break.  Green Flash races will be held every Tuesday evening.
 
This year our committees are putting together a very active calendar of events that unfortunately our snowbirds will miss.

16 April Distance Race

16 April Distance Race

Today's distance race was a 9.1 nm pursuit counter clock triangle race.  It seemed that the first mark Tom had moved somewhat to the NE .5 nm from the given course.  This was corrected by the 1st boat to round Tom , was Opalina Lou Salhhany which helped the rest of the fleet to adjust to Toms .5 correction. The winds were 15 to 18 knots out of the east south east with some clouds and sun with a light chop.  The final results were: 

2016 Shark's Tooth Cup Results

2016 Shark's Tooth Cup Results

Race Results for the 2016 VSS VYC Shark's Tooth Cup 

Non-Spinnaker

  1.    Zepher
  2.    Spars and Stripes
  3.    Qunnessential

 
Spinnaker

  1.    Flash

 
Cruising

  1.    Fruition
  2.    Bella Mer
  3.    Joy
  4.    Cool Betty

  
Pocket Cruiser

  1.    Irish Wake
  2.    Opalina
  3.    Random Walk

Race Summary

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Race Summary

To All Hands

 Saturday March 5, 2016, VSS Buoy Race.
 The first race was a pursuit start at 1300 hours, with a 6nm triangle windward leeward course.

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To All VSS members:

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To All VSS members:

 Please look at the final official results for the fall and winter racing season.  Listed below is the A racing fleet and B cruiser fleets results.
 Norm Sooy
 Fleet Racing Captain

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       Today's distance race was a perfect day in paradise.  We had 6 boats out 3 racers and 3 cruisers  Racers:   1st Reagan e finish time 15:27:52,   2nd Flash finish time 15:34:45,   3rd Fruition finish time 15:35:20.   Cruisers:   1st Opalina finish time 16:11:04,   2nd Irish Wake finish time 16:12:14,  3rd Joy finish time 16:17:00.   This was a 9 Nm triangle course and in a counter clock direction at 13:00 hours.  It was sunny all day, with light easterly winds for the start.  The winds shifted from SE to SW by the time all boats finished at 16:12:14. Norm Sooy  VSS, Fleet Captain Racing  

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 Today's distance race was a perfect day in paradise.
 We had 6 boats out 3 racers and 3 cruisers
 Racers: 

 1st Reagan e finish time 15:27:52,

 2nd Flash finish time 15:34:45,

 3rd Fruition finish time 15:35:20.

 Cruisers:

 1st Opalina finish time 16:11:04,

 2nd Irish Wake finish time 16:12:14,

3rd Joy finish time 16:17:00.

 This was a 9 Nm triangle course and in a counter clock direction at 13:00 hours.  It was sunny all day, with light easterly winds for the start.  The winds shifted from SE to
SW by the time all boats finished at 16:12:14.
Norm Sooy
 VSS, Fleet Captain Racing

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VSS Buoy Races 6 Feb

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VSS Buoy Races 6 Feb

 To All VSS members

 The buoy pursuit race for 2/6/16, started on schedule at 1:00, with Opalina being the first boat to start with Bella Mer, being second followed by Fruition, Flash then Reagan-e.  The finish times are :  1st Fruition 2:13:32, 2nd Reagan-e 2:14:27, 3rd Bella Mer 2:20:47, 4th Flash 2:20:48, 5th Opalina 2:25:46.

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