Windjammer sail boat race off Casey Key, Florida Gulf of Mexico

Windjammer sail boat race off Casey Key, Florida Gulf of Mexico

Venice Windjammer

NOR - 2019 Windjammer Notice of Race

REGISTRATION - fillable PDF. Complete, print and mail in with your entry fee to the address on the form.

Thursday January 24 6pm

Registration and Skipper’s Meeting

Official Sailing Instructions will be available at the meeting

Bentley's Boutique Hotel

1660 South Tamiami Trail

Osprey, FL 34229

Saturday, January 26

12:00 Five Minute Warning Race start at Big Pass “Danger Dangerous Inlet” sign.

27 O 15.6’ N,82 O 33.8’ W.

➔ 1700-2000: After race reception. Hosted by Venice Yacht Club and Venice Sailing Squadron. Beer

compliments of regatta sponsors.

➔ Tiki Bar: Tiki Bar menu of burgers, wraps etc, available for purchase; cash or check payments


It’s the policy of the Venice Yacht Club that food or drinks should not be bought into

the clubhouse or pool area from elsewhere

Sunday, January 27

1100: Warning signal, ~ 1⁄4 NM west of the inlet.

Venice Sailing Squadron in conjunction with Venice Yacht Club are hosting the tenth annual edition of the Windjammer regatta on January 26 and 27.  The regatta consists of two races, one on Saturday from Sarasota Big Pass and then back to Big Pass on Sunday.  We expect somewhere around 20 boats to compete but hope for more.  The fleet will be in Venice on Saturday night but will not be together on Friday or Sunday nights.  There will be festivities at VYC

The Saturday race is scheduled to start from Big Pass at 1200 on Saturday and from Venice at 1100 on Sunday, but postponements may occur because of sailing conditions (waiting for wind, for example).

The races are “Pursuit” format.  Each boat is provided with a handicap by West Florida Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (WFPHRF <>) that attempts to handicap the boats’ speed by its physical characteristics (not the skill of the crew, unlike what is done in recreational golf or bowling).  The handicap is expresses in seconds per nautical mile, and so if we know the course length and each boat’s handicap we can calculate how much longer it will take a slower boat to sail the course than a faster one.  For example, if boat A has a handicap of 100 and boat B’s is 200 and the course is 10 nm long, we would give boat B a 100 s/nm x 10 nm = 1000 s head start and, in principle, A will catch B right at the finish line.  Sometimes it comes out that way.

Volunteers are needed to help with the regatta. Positions with the race committe, on water support boats, and ticket collectors are available. This is a great way to get involved in a inter club regatta. The sign up list is available for interested members.