Full Moon Pursuit Race Saturday




Hey Sailor,

This Saturday, May 14th, we will have a Full Moon Pursuit Race, with the first boat starting at 8 PM.  The moon will already be up at race time and near full, 82.4%.  Close enough.   The real full moon is May 18th but we are not picky.  Afterwards we will gather at Courigans to recount our evening and award trophies.  Let Joe know you will be racing (he needs your boat information) so we can have our course and your start time posted by 7 PM in the classroom at the Sailing Center.

Here’s the link to Joe Toth.      mailto:Race.Committee.Chair@spsa.us


Let’s Go Sailing!



Rich Treinen
Secretary SPSA


Couples Regatta and other stuff


Hello Sailors,

Here’s your SPSA May Events and other information:

1)  Couples Regatta, May 11th.  This is a pursuit start race with the least speedy sailing vessel starting at 2 PM.  A dinner worthy of your $20 entry fee will be served afterward in the sailing center. Start times and course will be posted no later than noon.  To register go to the SPSA web site, click the REGATTAS tab and then select Couples Regatta.    Or just click this link.  http://spsa.us/racing/regattas/   Need a boat?  3 Sailing Center Sonars are still available – contact the Sailing Center.  

2)  With the exception of a seminar or currently unscheduled sunset cruise, the SPSA Sailing Season goes semi-dormant in the hot months.  Notice of the exceptions will hit your email box as will other announcements – like renew your membership.  Stay tuned.  All is not lost however to get your sailing fix.  See #3 below.

3)  The SPYC Twilight Series is turning out the area sailors.  Last night 16 boats enjoyed the beautiful weather and gentle breeze.  Afterwards a good crowd showed up for the “racers one free drink” benefit at the SPYC Tiki bar. This happens every Friday night through August.  Your St Petersburg Sailing Association has been placing sailors, experienced or not, on participating boats.  Demand has not yet filled all of the available crew spots.  I know there’s great reruns on TV every night.  Do you know how to use your video recorder?  Contact Dan Dawson to arrange your ride or find your crew.  You’ll be glad you did.  Dan Dawson  downwindan@gmail.com 


Let’s Go Sailing!




Rich Treinen
SPSA Secretary


Chili Cook-Off entries logistics


Hey Sailor Cooks,


Dropping off your chili at the Sailing Center will be challenging tomorrow morning.

There are several events in the Sailing Center Saturday.  The classroom will have activity from the Mallory Cup qualifiers and three youth sailing group practices.  The Sailing Center let’s us use the classroom as a curtesy and has asked us not to disrupt ongoing events.  

The most optimistic estimate for access to plug-in your chili crock pot is 10 AM.  If there is a hold over from one of the groups it could be later.  
With an 11 AM Race start this could be tight.  You will be taking a chance with this approach.  And please remember:   Hungry kids will be in there, some form of a “hands off” deterrent is advised!

A way to circumvent this issue: Consider a pre-cooked chili that just needs to be warmed up or finish cooking.  We expect to be back at the docks around 2 PM and you could run your chili into the classroom quickly leaving a 1.5 to 2 hour warming or final cooking time.  The eating begins approximately 4 PM.

LET’S GO SAILING.

 


Rich Treinen
Secretary SPSA


SPSA Events April & May



Hey Sailor,


Here’s your list of upcoming SPSA events.

  • Saturday April 20th Series Race #8  11 AM Start

  • Saturday April 20th Chili Cook-Off following the Race (roughly 3:30 – 4 PM) at the Sailing Center.  Bring your pride winning chili or your appetite.  Or bring both.  We will even have a vegan entry!



Those wishing to crew on a Twilight Series Race, held every Friday night through August, should contact Dan Dawson.  downwindan@gmail.com 
Note:  This Friday, April 19th a Twilight Series Race is doubtful because nasty nasty nasty weather is forecast. 

Coming in June:  A safety Seminar – stay tuned for more information.

Let’s Go Sailing!



Rich Treinen
Secretary SPSA