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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Mark “D” vanished and has now been replaced by mark “E”, which was placed where “D” was earlier this season, so the equilateral triangle has now been restored.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

VSS RACE SAT  13 Apr

VSS RACE SAT 13 Apr

Venicesailor

The Next VSS race day is next 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Mark “D” vanished and has now been replaced by mark “E”, which was placed where “D” was earlier this season, so the equilateral triangle has now been restored.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, Tuesday evening, the SailFlow forecast looks great, 10-12 knots from the south, sunny and warm.  JAPSDIP

Come on out and have some fine sailing!

Cheers,

John

Courses Chart Start Times

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.

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!