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Venice Sailing Squadron

A comedian once said, "If the sea calls, hang up! 

In 1973, a group of Venice area sailors did not hang up - they organized the Venice Sailing Squadron (VSS) to promote sailing, seamanship, navigation and fellowship among local sailors.

Today the Venice Sailing Squadron is one of the most active sailing organizations in the area.

To find out more about us, follow the link below:

About Us

Ladies Lunch

Keeping the fun rolling during our Florida summer are a core VSS Ladies group!

Ladies Lunch

Seen left enjoying their June get-together at Dockside and seen above in July, celebrating at the new Costco....

Thanks for organizing this Lynne. 

The first Membership Meeting of this 2024/25 season will be held on Wednesday 9th October.



If you're interested in joining the Venice Sailing Squadron then click on the link below:



Become a Member



We'd love to have you onboard!


COW 2024 Cake

VSS Activities During the Year

The end of a great season!

A big Thank You to all our members for making it so enjoyable.

VSS Ladies enjoyed their May luncheon

at Cafe Evergreen.

Thanks to Diane for her continued organization of these monthly events.

Sunset May 2024

Several boats enjoyed the May Sunset Cruise

Equipment for the inaugural VSS knot tying competition

Thanks to Brian & Andrea for their setting up of this fun activity!

Raingutter 2024 COW

Mike & Ginny racing rival boats.

Lots of entries for this year's Raingutter Regatta!

Thanks to Al for organizing this.

A celebratory cake for our May Change of Watch event.

Thanks to Norine and her helpers for their great organization!

Weather Station

VSS Members visit Ruskin Weather Center


Lunch at the Sunset Grill & Beach Bar in Ruskin after our Weather Center Tour.


Ladies enjoyed an April Breakfast at Pop's Sunset Grill


S/V Fruition won 1st prize PHRF Cruiser in the Bird Bay Regatta on Saturday 13th April.

Al & Lyndi gave a presentation of their recent Chartering Experience in the Spanish Virgin Islands at our April Meeting.

Sunset Cruise

VSS Members ready for Sunset Cruising!

Sunset Cruise

A beautiful sunset for our April Cruise.

The Crew of Fruition 

First in the Cruising Class at the Shark's Tooth Regatta.

(hosted by VYC and VSS)

The Crew of Raegan-e

First in the Non-Spinnaker Class at the

Shark's Tooth Regatta.

Shark's Tooth Regatta Awards

Shark's Tooth

VSS Volunteers at the Shark's Tooth Regatta

Our March Ladies Lunch at

'Mi Pueblo'

Craig, from Sea Tow Venice, gave an enlightening talk at our March Membership Meeting.

Manny gave an excellent presentation on Man Overboard Procedures at our March Meeting.

Fruition 2023 Cherry Pie

Fruition took first place in the March 2nd Saturday Club Racing in Venice

Bahama 4 2024

A VSS Coordinated Bare Boat Cruise to Antigua/Barbuda was very much enjoyed by all the participants.

Our February 14th Membership Meeting was a combined Soup/Valentine Celebration!

Congratulations to Reagan-e for winning the 2024 Flyboy Regatta

VSS Ladies started 2024 with a delicious breakfast at First Watch!

Speaker Chad

Speaker Chad gave a very interesting talk at our first 2024 Membership Meeting.

He's debuting a new remote control sailing club to the area.

Blalock Christmas

The VSS Christmas display in Blalock Park was enjoyed by many people.

Thanks to Ginny and Mike for organizing.

Christmas Cookies

VSS Christmas Cookie preparations.

Many thanks to Gudrun and her helpers for making this a great success.

Christmas Party

Lovely welcoming committee at the VSS Christmas Party

Christmas party

Christmas Cheer at the VSS Christmas party!

Christmas Party

VSS had a very enjoyable Christmas Party.

Thanks to Norine and her helpers for their excellent organization.

Coast Guard

We had a good turn out for our VSS tour of the Coast Guard Sector in St Petersburg

VSS Ladies Selby

Lunch at PF Chang's in Sarasota for the VSS Ladies group!

Ladies Lunch Selby

VSS Ladies enjoyed a trip to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in November

At our November Membership Meeting Speaker Rich gave an interesting talk about 'Staying Alive' in nautical situations.


1st Place for S/V Fruition (Cruising Class) in the Sarasota Yacht Club Invitational Regatta!


2nd place for S/V Raegan-e (Non-Spinnaker class) in the Sarasota Yacht Club Invitational Regatta

Sunset Cruise

November's Sunset Cruise

Ladies Lunch

Our 2023 Sun Fiesta Booth! Over 50 people expressed interest in our club!

November Ladies Brunch at Abbys on Miami

Speaker Brian

Our new 2023/2024 VSS Board

Brian and Norine

Our new Commodore and Treasurer embracing the Hawaiian theme of our November General Meeting

Speaker Peter gave a very informative talk on their trip to the Bahamas and Exumas at our November Membership Meeting.


We appreciate the support we receive from local businesses. We are grateful for their continued assistance in helping the Venice Sailing Squadron fulfill its mission of fostering sailing in the community on Florida's Gulf Coast. 

If you would like to learn more about becoming a sponsor of the Venice Sailing Squadron,
 follow this link:
Become A Sponsor PDF

Sponsor Offshore Raft 9-2023

Bob's Twist N' Shake


Sherry Ann Cox Jewelry Design

Cougar Aircraft & Marine Composite

Sponsor Jimmy Buffet

Our Donors

The following individuals or businesses have provided financial support to VVS.
Thank you for your generosity!

Charles Dorr

Francis Halpin
Rich Lombardi
Michele (Mimi) Marriott

Mark Stewart


Professional Marine Services
Mike Kozemczak & John Jaeger - 'Seas the Day'

Would You Like To Support VSS By Becoming A Donor? 
For more information follow this link:  Become a Donor PDF