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Mark “D” vanished and has now been replaced by mark “E”, which was placed where “D” was earlier this season, so the equilateral triangle has now been restored.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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Race Results for the 2016 VSS VYC Shark's Tooth Cup
- Spars and Stripes
- Bella Mer
- Cool Betty
- Irish Wake
- Random Walk