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The July program will be held on Saturday, July 28, at 9:30 AM. We are planning a kayak trip along the ICW with Mid NIght Pass as our probable destination. The event will be followed by lunch at the Casey Key Fish House upon returning.
VSS MARYLAND STYLE CRAB FEAST
Saturday, 20 August Casey Key
Please join us on just across the bridge on Casey Key for crabs. The VSS is cooking up live local Blue Crabs waterside in a steam pot. A variety of crab recipes will be implemented from the traditional Maryland style Old Bay steamers to Singapore style spicy. If you have a favorite crab recipe please bring it. The event begins at four in the afternoon.
Blue Crabs are on the Menu. We'll have locally harvested blue crabs available along with an assortment of steamed vegetables including corn and potatoes. Fresh summer fruit and hot dogs will be on the table as well. Grills and steam-pots are available if you want to cook something additional.
The spot, across from Nokomis Beach is accessible by car, small craft and keel boat with tie ups available at the old coast guard station in the ICW. There are bath houses across the road at Nokomis Beach.
VSS EVENT CALENDER
The Venice Sailing Squadron season runs from September to May. The calendar is full of races, cruises and social events and has something for everybody!
VSS Announcements Archive
This is the third time within a year that a VSS event scheduled for Lido Key was cancelled do to conditions. We will continue to plan events there in the hopes that we will eventually get a break. The consensus is this is a good day sailing destination with good picnic facilities and access for members with out boats. None the less we made the right call to cancel this time as there was a lightening strike fatality on Siesta Key yesterday afternoon. Great to see everyone that came out to the alternate "pool" party in Nokomis.
Sailors, the VSS event to be held on Lido Key has been changed. Instead, the plan is to gather at the commodore's house for a pool party BBQ. The house in Nokomis is on the water and guests are encouraged to bring boats if they have them. We will be kayaking around 3pm and will have the grills hot around 4.30 Please let us know asap if you can make it so we can buy food for the grill. We are asking for $5 to cover the cost of the food and bring a side.
The deadline to sign up for the Change of Watch is tomorrow Saturday May 12. Come join us in welcoming in the new watch. We'll be passing out trophies, swapping sailing stories and eating BBQ under the big pavilion at Maxine Barrett Park
We the nominating committee recommend the following candidates to the membership for consideration as qualified persons for the open VSS director and officer positions.
Commodore : Jonathan Phillips
Fleet Captain Racing : John Lynch
Fleet Captain Operations : Annette Dwyer
Fleet Captain Cruising : Gene Miller
Secretary : Janet Knudsen
Treasurer : Brian O'Neil
Events Director : Ed Johnson
Membership: Cheryl Crimu
Publicity: John Drury
Ship's Store: Gerry Cashion
We are currently looking for a member to fill the vacant vice commodore position.
Sincerely the Nominating Committee,
Our next VSS Membership meeting is on. . .VALENTINES DAY! When is Valentines Day you ask? Well, Valentines Day is on Wednesday, February 14th and here's an opportunity to dine your best girl without spending a fortune. Our pot luck/membership meeting will be at the Venice Community Center on Nokomis Ave at 6:30 pm. Please bring food to share, drink of choice, and lots of Chocolate!
Our special guest speaker will be Jim Martin, who will present a program and share stories about his recent sail to Cuba. Hope you all can make it.
We are getting excited about the upcoming VSS party at the Hotel Venezia. There is still room for more members to join in on the evenings festivities. If you would like to come out let us know
Please join the VSS for the annual Holiday Party. This year's event is at the Hotel Venezia on Friday, the 5th of January at 7pm for a special evening of food, music and dancing. The cost is $40 for members and $51..00 for VSS guests. This is an evening event cocktail attire requested.
The VSS sailing class is accepting students for the Nov. 7, 2017
class. The safe sailing classes are scheduled every Tues from 1:00
pm to 3:00 pm within the month. Space is limited so each month the
class will consist of 5 students .
is Saturday October 28 at 11AM at Trinity Presbyterian Church 4365 State Road 776 with lunch to follow at Jacaranda Country Club 1205 Jacaranda Blvd in Venice. Pre-service music starts at 10:40AM. The service will conclude about noon. I've guaranteed the Country Club 150 people for lunch so hope to have a big turnout. Music at Jim's service will include bagpipe (Amazing Grace), brass quintet and organ, concluding with "When the Saints Go Marching In".
Do to the current state of our community the membership meeting on Wednesday, 13 September is canceled. We hope for a quick clean up and the safety of our returning evacuees.