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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

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.

RACE REMINDER

RACE REMINDER

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.

 

Racing Captain's Report

Racing Captain's Report

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.

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Today's Distance Races

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. 

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Today's Flyboy Regatta

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. 

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A New VSS Mark

A New VSS Mark

Today Norm Sooy, Lou Salhany and I launched a new (hopefully) permanent buoy on the Gulf near 27 deg 08’ N, 82 deg 32’ W, which is pretty close to the published position of the virtual DRN mark. 
 
 

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Today's Buoy Races

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.
 

 

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