VSS RACES SAT NOV 10

VSS RACES SAT NOV 10

This is to remind you that our nex race day is Saturday, tomorrow, November 10th.

The format will be the same as it was last season and in October.  We only have one buoy left after the recent storms (Maria disappeared after Michael) so I hope to be able to replace Maria with an inflatable before Saturday’s races.  Rolf Hahn checked the position of Irma and found it to be within a couple of boat lengths of its posted position.   I Have attached the details of the course, start times for the boats I know of and other information that you may need. 

SYC INVITATIONAL

SYC INVITATIONAL

VSS crews returning to Venice with a north wind behind them. Congradulations to Lou Salhany and the crew of Opalina for participating in this year’s SYS Invitational regatta in Sarasota Bay. Winds were steady from the north around 12-18 kts. all day. John Lynch and his crew on Spray sailed the course but found themselves on a sandbar off Bird Key at their start time, and took a DNS for the race. A beautiful day to sail in Florida.

      Yesterday  was the first day of the VSS 2018-19 racing season, and it was a  beautiful day for sailing.  I take that as a harbinger of good things to  come!  The  weather was mostly clear and sunny with a nice easterly breeze of  around 8 to 12 knots with some gusts in the lower and mid teens.  Definitely JAPSDIP!    Here’s what was recorded at the NOAA instruments on the Venice Pier       We  only had 5 boats come out, which I guess wasn’t much of a surprise  considering how miserable it’s been on the water recently with the red  tide and frequent thunderstorms. On the other hand we didn’t have our  first race until 10/21 last season because winds of around 20 knots  drove the four boat fleet in before we started. Spray actually did sail  around the course and we had some fun. In any case, this year was an  improvement on last year.  I  picked going around the nearly equilateral 5.22 nm triangle clockwise.  With the east wind it’s sometimes a bit hard to choose a direction that  will produce a decent windward leg, but the nice weather made the  sailing fun anyway. Caribe Time started first followed by Stinger , Seas  The Day, Spray (That’s us) and Raegan-e. We were the only boat to fly a  spinnaker, though I’m surprised the Reagan-e and Seas The Day didn’t.  In our case the spinnaker caused us some problems, especially on the  second leg where some tangles had us sailing down wind trying to get it  down, which was not getting us closer to the next mark, for several  minutes and then once we were headed in the right direction a tangled  line prevented getting the Genoa unfurled. To top it off, we broke the  Genoa sheets twice! It’s a wonder that we made it around at all!  Raegan-e started in the back and had passed us all by the time she  reached the final leg, and sailed off to a commanding win.      VSS FALL SERIES RACE 1    After  the race we turned the Genoa sheets around and tied on the better ends  that had been inboard previously. No more breaks that day. Seas The Day  and Caribe Time decided to head in after the first race, leaving us with  a fleet of just three boats. I called for the same course, which was  probably a mistake, because the final leg was not a good windward leg,  but a port tack fetch. We decided (actually my crew mutinied and  decided) not to fly the spinnaker for the second race but,  unfortunately, I forgot to take advantage of a 1 min. head-start that I  could have claimed. That might have been useful, because we passed  Stinger and held off Raegan-e until we got to the second mark, when  Raegan-e snuck in front just as we were rounding. If we had a one minute  lead at that point, it’s possible that we could have covered them to  the finish, especially sense it was a one-tack beat. On the other hand,  they beat us by a whopping 4 min., so we were probably going to lose  anyway.      VSS FALL SERIES RACE 2    I  was exhausted by the time we back to the slip, and ended up sitting on  the boat well after everyone else had left. I had some pretty serious  health problems during the summer and had thought I was pretty much OK,  but it’s clear that I have a way to go before regaining my strength, if I  can ever do that.  One  interesting feature of the day was the strong ebb tide that was running  out of the inlet all afternoon. The current between the jetties was  predicted to be ebbing at 1.2 kt at 14:21, just as we were finishing the  first race. That current appeared to run straight out to our  start-finish line and made tacking into it a slow and frustrating  process.      Venice Inlet Current Information    If  a boat which could in no current sail at 6 kt while going up wind and  would normally tack through a 90 deg. angle is actually bucking a 1 kt  adverse current it would then tack through 102 deg and only make 3.42 kt  good to windward. To the sailors it looks as if they are not making  much progress toward the marks and they will constantly be tacking too  soon and failing to make the marks. We all saw that happen Saturday.  Our next VSS Race day is Saturday, 10/20 and the Sarasota Yacht club regatta is Saturday, 11/3.

Yesterday was the first day of the VSS 2018-19 racing season, and it was a beautiful day for sailing.  I take that as a harbinger of good things to come!

The weather was mostly clear and sunny with a nice easterly breeze of around 8 to 12 knots with some gusts in the lower and mid teens. Definitely JAPSDIP!

From the Race Captain

From the Race Captain

Sailors,

Next weekend is the end of the VSS 2017-18 racing season.  The format for both days will be the same as we have been using for the past three months, starting nominally at 1:00 PM about 1/ 4 NM  SW of the Venice Jetties.  The courses offered will be around our nominally 5 NM equilateral triangle, clockwise or counterclockwise either once or twice.  I’ll try to check out the positions of marks “Irma” and “Maria” later in the week and provide new Start Time matrices and Course descriptions if necessary.  As of last race day the marks were in the positions as described by the attachments, but perhaps you shouldn’t print them out until I’ve checked them.

This regatta will do double duty as a stand alone regatta to determine the City Championship for the 2017-18 season and the races will also count in the VSS Spring Series, just like all the races in February through April.

VSS Race Report for December

VSS Race Report for December

November was a good sailing month but a lousy one for Spray getting good starts!

The first racing event of November was on Saturday the 4th, the annual Sarasota Yacht Club Invitational Regatta, one of the SBYA BOTY events. I had left that day blank on the VSS racing calendar to accommodate the regatta but VSS scheduled a picnic and sail on Lemon Bay with the Englewood Sailing Association that day, so we had a conflict. I was planning on doing the SYC regatta, but several of my regular crew was committed to the Englewood event so we gave the SYC event a pass. Two Venice boats did go though, Bill Gately’s Fruition and Rolf Hahn’s Raegan-e, both sailing in the six boat Spinnaker Class. Raegan-e was 5th and Fruition 6th. The reults can be seen at http://www.sarasotabayyachting.org/BOTY_Current_Standings/BOTY_Current_Standings.html.

VSS Race SAT 11 Nov

VSS Race SAT 11 Nov

VSS October 2017 Racing Report

This month marked the beginning of the Venice Sailing Squadron’s 2017-18 racing season. There was a SBYA Boat of the year at Bradenton YC on September 30th and October 1st, but no boat from Venice participated so I’ll just refer you to the results at the SBYA web site, http://www.sarasotabayyachting.org/.

Our first scheduled race day was Saturday, October 7th. It wasn’t a very auspicious start to the season but we had some fun anyway. There had been forecasts of strong winds and possible rain, but the rain did not materialize and it turned out to be a nice, but bumpy, sailing day with a SSW breeze around 20 knots. I think that at least some of this wind was associated with hurricane Nate, which had recently entered the mouth of the Mississippi. Only four boats were represented at the skippers’ meeting, Opalina, Raegan-e, Stinger and Spray. That wasn’t much of a surprise to me as we have been having a very low turnout recently because so many people have been away or, in some cases, ill. Lou Salhany of Opalina was there, which was nice because he’s been away since late July and it’s good to have him back. Steve Broadstock and Mark Stewart, normally members of my crew on Spray, had planned to race Stinger, which belongs to the absent Gene Miller, but decided to join us on Spray, which we welcomed as we only had a crew of three. I was a bit late getting the course ready and by the time we were supposed to start the race Opalina had gone back in and, shortly after 1 PM, Raegan-e announced that they also felt that it was too lumpy and so they went in, leaving us alone. We sailed a round a bit and found it pretty pleasant, so we decided to sail the course. From our perspective it was a good sail. We didn’t cross the starting line correctly, so there was no race.

 

On October 21st we made our second attempt at getting the VSS racing season under way and this time we succeeded. The 21st was also fairly windy but the breeze was from the east making the water much smoother than on the 7th. Initially it looked as if we might have five boats but Lou Salhany didn’t have any crew so he sailed on Fruition (with the enemy!). Stinger was also short on crew with just Steve Broadstock and Mark Stewart on board, but they toughed it out and seemed to enjoy the day. I called for sailing once around the triangle counterclockwise (leaving marks to port) and suggested that we might have a second race. All the boats elected to sail without spinnakers, which may have been a good thing given the conditions. We (Spray) started behind Stinger and in front of Fruition and Raegan-e. We were carrying a full mainsail and a #3 jib while Fruition had a reef in the main and what I think was a #2 Genoa. On the way down the first leg, which was a very broad reach from “Jose” to “Irma”, we passed Stinger and held our lead on Fruition pretty well, though she also passed Stinger. The second leg from “Irma” to “Maria” was a beam to close reach and I was quite glad we weren’t flying our chute! Raegan-e moved up quite nicely on that leg but did not pass either Fruition or us. We rounded “Maria” first and started upwind on port with Fruition following. Raegan-e tacked early to starboard, probably to get away from Fruition’s backwind. We just stayed on port until we were close to laying the finish line and tacked while Fruition sailed on a bit further before tacking, and followed us in to the finish. Raegan-e had not looked like a threat since they tacked and both Fruition and Spray moved out some on her. We didn’t get Stinger’s finish time but the results were:

 

The fleet agreed to sail another race using the same format as before. The wind had dropped some so Fruition shook out her reef but we made no adjustment (maybe a mistake). The race started out as for the first one but this time Fruition gained considerably and got an inside overlap at the first mark, “Irma”, and led us around. We all proceeded down the second leg to “Maria” with Fruition rounding in front, Spray following, then Raegan-e and Stinger. As soon as we started going up wind we began to slowly gain on Fruition and sail slight higher, but not enough to have much hope of catching her. Fruition won by ~90 s. I think that the sail choices on that race made the difference. In race #1 Fruition was under-powered downwind because of the reefed main and in the second we were under-powered downwind because of the small jib. It’s interesting that we could stick with Fruition upwind, and maybe even gain some. I think the result might have been different had we flown our chute in that race, but the #2 might have been too much on the upwind leg.

 

After the race the crew of Stinger and some of those of us from Spray had some drinks and food at The Dockside at Marker 4.

VSS RACE SAT 21 OCT

VSS RACE SAT 21 OCT

Sailors,

I have made a first cut at the NOS (notice of Series) and the SI (Sailing Instructions) .  I think the NOS is close to being correct but the SI do need some additions.  They along with the other material I provided earlier plus more are also available on the GF website, http://www.greenflashsailing.com/.  Please look this material over and make suggestions and corrections.  Last week Bill Walker and I moved around some of the buoys so that attached material has some incorrect labels.  “D” is now at “Irma” and “G” and “C” are now at “Jose”, the start –finish area.  I hope to make a trip back out in the next few days to get better positions and I’ll update the course information after that.  In any case, the attached courses and start times are still good enough for our purposes.

This Saturday's Race

This Saturday's Race

Sailors,

I have made a first cut at the NOS (notice of Series) and the SI (Sailing Instructions) and they are attached.  I think the NOS is close to being correct but the SI do need some additions.  They along with the other material I provided earlier plus more are also available on the GF website, http://www.greenflashsailing.com/.  Please look this material over and make suggestions and corrections.

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.