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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.