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VSS RACES SPRING SERIES

VSS RACES SPRING SERIES

VSS Race Day Saturday, 4/13

This is a reminder that the next VSS race day is Saturday.  The drill is as usual, skippers’ meeting at Higel Park at 1100 and the start at 1300, with luck.  If conditions warrant we will have two races.  The skippers’ meeting is a good place to catch a ride or to pick up needed crew. 

Mark “D” vanished and has now been replaced by mark “E”, which was placed where “D” was earlier this season, so the equilateral triangle has now been restored.  There are some new courses added which we may use.  There is also a new Start Time matrix to go along with the courses, and it and the courses are attached

As of now, Thursday evening, the SailFlow forecast looks great, 8-12 knots from the south, cloudy with temps in the mid 70s.  JAPSDIP

Come on out and have some fine sailing!

Cheers,

John

Pot of Gold Regatta

Pot of Gold Regatta

We went to the Sarasota Sailing Squadron for a SBYABOTY race last Sunday.  Fruition was the only other Venice boat there, and she was sailing in the Spinnaker Class.  The forecast was for very light wind, but the reality was just dandy, with a nice southerly at about 8 knots with gusts into the mid teens. 

    There was a miserable turnout (though better than most others recently) with 22 PHRF boats in four classes.  All the PHRF boats started together using Rule 26 signals and flags, but the Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker boats sailed a 7-leg windward-leeward mixed with triangles course of 6.5 nm length, we (Spray), in the Cruiser Class as well as the Pocket Cruiser fleet, sailed the first 5-legs with the Spinnaker/Non-Spinnaker fleet and then sail a couple of shorter legs for a total of 5.3.nm.

Windjammer Start Times

Windjammer Start Times

Great to see to so many out at Bentely's last night for the Windjammer Skipper's meeting. We appreciate your patience in getting the start times. Please find attached start times for this weekend's race.

WINDJAMER START TIMES

VSS COURSE CHANGES

VSS COURSE CHANGES

The Course has changed and you must change the mark positions in your GPS!

We are beginning to install the new marks so the course has been squared up and returned to its original dimensions and equilateral triangular shape.  We have left the mark I have been calling “Irma” in its most recent position but adjusted “Maria” (now called “South” on the chart but soon to become “A”) and “S-F” (will keep that name).  A new chart is attached as “Chart” and you should correct the positions of “South” and “S-F” to be those shown on the chart.  “Irma” and “North” should already be the same.  As you can see there are two other new marks that make up a larger (9 nm around) triangle and it is planned to install two new marks there soon but they will not be used right away.

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.

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 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.

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. 

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: