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.

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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