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Mark “D” vanished and has now been replaced by mark “E”, which was placed where “D” was earlier this season, so the equilateral triangle has now been restored.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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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'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:
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
Windjammer Recap from John Lynch
1st in was Reagan e 15:45:06, 2nd in was Flash 15:27:23, 3rd in Fruition 16:08:07.
The B class was just coming to the second mark at 16:25:00 when it was decided that they would not make the 17:00:00 finish time so the race committee made a decision to cancel the race due to the light air and declared that the B class boats would be scored at their present positions at that time. 1st was Bella Mer, 2nd Irish Wake, 3rd Opalina, 4th Sabbatical, DNF Joy steering problem, DNF Random Walk time factor.
VSS Fleet racing
The Buoy Race standings are in.