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.
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.
Please look at the final official results for the fall and winter racing season. Listed below is the A racing fleet and B cruiser fleets results.
Fleet Racing Captain
Today was pretty much JAPSDIP! Sunny with decorative cumulous clouds and a 7-9 knot SW shifting to NW breeze. The race was the usual 9 nm equilateral triangle with a pursuit start, marks to starboard. Only five boats made it out and we started in the middle, after the start times for Irish Wake and Fruition and before Lulu and Raegan-e.
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.
Today was an interesting day, to say the least, but not JAPSDIP. Eight boats came out including Bob Jensen in his brand-new-to-him Olson 30, Lulu. The rigging looks almost exactly as George Olson built it, with very few modifications. I have been looking at it for the past week or so, trying to remember how mine was rigged 30 years ago. It’s nice to seen another one of the great boats here in Venice.