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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Today was definitely not JAPSDIP, as there was nothing perfect about it nor was the Gulf paradise. It was cool (50 F at about 11:30 AM) with a heavy overcast and intermittent rain. The wind was from the NW around 10 knots at the start time of 1:00 PM, which steadily increased into the low 20s during the time we stayed out. Only five boats came out, Fruition, Raegan-e, Bella Mer, Opalina and Flash. The race was a pursuit style race on an 8.9 NM triangle, windward leeward course. We (Flash) started behind Opalina, Bella Mer and Fruition and in front of Raegan-e. It rained a bit before the start and periodically harder later, and we got quite cold, excepting Drew Gillett, who was properly prepared.
The Buoy Race standings are in.
Today was JAPSDIP for sure! Mostly sunny with a 10-11 knot SSW breeze, as measured by the NOAA instruments on the Venice pier. There we only five boats out today, with several of the regulars out of town and Jim Liston illness. The race course was an equilateral triangle, 3 nm on a side, once around (9 nm total) with marks to starboard.
JAPSDIP again today! Sunny and warm with a 8–13 knot westerly breeze. We sailed two rather short (2.8 nm) triangles, once around. Seven boats came out. In the first race
Today we sailed the second New Year’s Day Regatta, which has been renamed “Flyboy’s New Year’s Day Regatta” in honor of Jack Hildebrand, owner of the C&C 99 Flyboy. Jack was a VSS member, former VSS Board member and a good friend to many of us, who died on November 30, 2014 after a long bout with cancer.