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Date Correction & our NOOD Sailors

8 April 2021

Hey Sailor,

Here’s a correction for the date of our next race day, headline news from the St Petersburg National Offshore One Design event and other topics.

  • Spring Series Race Day #4 is April 17th  Our regular monthly Saturday race days are always on Saturday.  It’s not on Sunday April 18th.  Those races are never on Sunday.  Thanks to all of you that did not send me a message.  Thanks to the one person who did.  That is a very efficient way to let me know I screwed up.
  • Spring Series #4 Post Race will be under the tree.  BYO everything.  
  • The NOODs  How about this stellar performance from our SPSA Sailors.
  • 1st Place North Sails Double Handed: Silver Surfer (Harvey Ford)
  • 1st Place Cruising World Rally Race – Cruiser: Cayennita III (Tony Sanpere).  SPSA had 6 boats running in this class
  • 1st and 3rd Place PHRF 1:  1st Tack Tic (Mike Siedlecki) and 3rd Warrior (Grant Dumas).  SPSA had 4 boats sailing in this class.
  • 3rd Place PHRF 2: Backoff (Tony Barrett)
  • 5 of our 14 SPSA Boats racing finished in the trophies!
  • Cruising in the SPSA  At last evening’s board meeting we discussed running organized cruising activities.  We recognize that many of the membership have an interest in adding cruising to their sailing lives.  In the past our cruises have not been planned far enough in advance for many interested parties to prioritize their schedules.  Our Vice Commodore Penny Simone (and new boat owner) will be organizing a group of SPSA Sailors to work the details of scheduling and providing leadership.  If you have an interest in participating and/or helping to get this going, contact Penny. 
  • Twilight Series  The Yacht Club’s Friday evening racing series is going strong.  Get your boat out on the water for this delightful every Friday evening event.  Need more feet on your boat or a boat under your feet?  Contact Brian   Here’s a link to register for the Twilight Series

  • April 2021 SPSA Update

    1 April 2021
    Hey Sailor,
    Here’s a couple of reminders and other SPSA News.
    • April 7th 6 PM Board Meeting  Another Wednesday Zoom event, all SPSA members are invited to participate.  Email me and I’ll send you the Zoom information. We are winding down our year with only two more events left on the calendar.  The main task is to start planning for next year.  Any one interested in helping out is encouraged to contact me.
    • April 17th Spring Series Race Day #4  This is the last of the 2020-21 Series Races.  Tony Sanpere, Cayennita III, is our Race Committee.  He has recruited Chuck Goes and his boat to help out.  We’ve had great turnout so far with 21 boats registered and nearly 15 on the start line most days.  Even if you haven’t participated yet, get a crew together and get in the last series race.  Look for Chuck’s boat, Anything Goes out on the water.  
    • 9 May Couples Regatta 2 PM Start.  We are pulling together the plans for this two person race which in years past has had a dinner served afterwards.  Additional details will be posted once we figure out what we are going to do.
    • March 2021 King of the Bay Results  Warrior posted the best corrected time on March 20th.  Warrior started and finished at G1 running clockwise.  Her corrected time of 49:55 also stands as the 5th best of all time. Here’s a link to the current King of the Bay Standings.  Here’s how to see the KoB Standings.  From the SPSA Web Page  click Racing on the blue bar and select  King of the Bay-Results
    • SPYC’s Twilight Series is under way.  We have 14 SPSA members participating and more to come.  Yacht Club membership is not required.  This is an every Friday evening race around the buoys runs through August (except April 2nd).  The action kicks off at 6:30.  Register with this link  It costs next to nothing.  Need crew?  Brian can help you out   Looking for a boat to jump on, same guy.  When you get out on the bay listen in on VHF 63 and look for Gloria on Coast Pilot, it’s a white cabin over a blue hull.
    • Since this month’s report is short, here’s a joke.  Usually my jokes are preceded by parents taking their young out of the room.  Not this time.  A 10 year old became annoyed at her parents because they spelled out words trying to keep her from understanding. “I know exactly what your are saying.  Please stop it.” she said.  Her mother smiled and replied “ Ok .  . . a  . . . y.”  The next time you will need to remove the innocent.  

    Spring Series Race Day #3 recap

    23 March 2021

    Hey Sailor,

    Sorry I missed the race and the after party.  Here’s what I heard plus a couple other things to promote/preserve the camaraderie.

    • Best of the Day  In the Spinnaker Class Tack Tick took a pair of 1’s and the liquid trophy.  In the Cruising Class we had another tie; Cayennita III, Surge and Sonar-Non Spin Lewis finished the day with 4 total points.  However Cayennita appears to be unbeatable in tie breakers.  Her 3 & 1 beats out Surge’s 1 & 3 and Sonar-Non Spin Lewis’s pair of twos.  We use the Racing Rule number A8.2 to figure these ties out.  If you’re going to beat Tony in the tie breaker you need to beat him in the last race.

    • Thanks to Hula Girl II for adding a wee bit of green to our racing and running a pair of great races with what appeared to be a Leprechaun starting mark.

    • Thanks to Dan and Noreen of Last Tango for providing the food during our under the tree event.  It was good to see both again and we are all looking forward to see Last Tango out on the bay very soon.  

    • After three years of waiting, I hope all the KoB Flag winners will make up for lost time and put their flags on display.  PS, the luff on the KoB flags can not handle a load, use a carrier line.

    • Now for the preservation of camaraderie:  Every one please keep in mind that the flags and bottles we award are not worth a crushed bow pulpit.  The SPSA has a running tradition, 10 plus years, of avoiding the protest room.  Please do not put your friends in the position of using the bow or a red flag to keep the racing according to the rules.  Doing a 360 is cheap compared to the cost of a DSQ.  On the handicap side, please race your boat with the equipment on board according to your rating certificate.  I would rather not see a picture of the dock next to an empty slip, taken on race day, covered with an outboard motor, 23 cushions, chain, rafts, Waterford wine glasses, propane tanks, an air conditioner and two toilets.  I haven’t seen a picture like that and I don’t want to tell Penny it’s time to start buying cheap rum.  We have a good thing going.  Let’s stay out of the protest room.

    • Spring Series Race Day #4 is April 17th.  Cayennita III will be our race committee.  Tony has informed me he will be using a friend’s power boat.  

    Full Moon Race and King of the Bay Results plus SPSA information

    1 March 2021

    Hey Sailor!

    Here’s a few notes about things just past and a short look into the future of your SPSA.

    • Full Moon Pursuit Results  This happened on Saturday February 27th.  First off, it was a beautiful night.  While it looked like the wind might go non-existent, it didn’t and everyone made it around the course.  How nice was it?  Three boats decided to skip the post race and stayed out on the bay.  We had twelve boats out for the race.  In the spinnaker fleet Warrior took the prize.  In the Cruising fleet it was Cayennita III, Desiderata and Surge finishing in the fluids, in that order.  Just a reminder, your prize, if not collected by our next racing event, will be repurposed.  Our locker in the Sailing Center is too small to store anybodies stuff. 

    • February King of the Bay Results  We had four results reported.   Libèlula (pronounced Lee Bay Lula) went all out on February 28th.  They ran the course three times and clocked the top three times.  The forecast was for 8 knots, it was a steady 13 gusting to 17.  My crew on a J-70 spotted Libèlula on the course, were were going around counter clock wise, they were going clockwise.  I like to say my crew clocked the fourth fastest time in February.  See the results dated 1 March 2021, coming soon.

    • Here’s the KoB report from Libèlula   
    • On Sunday afternoon, February 28th, 2021 Libèlula (Lee Bay Lula) and her crew (Skipper Joyce, Regular Trimmer James, Recent Trimmer Marc, Guest Helmsman Peter, and Tactitian/Magician Fritz) sailed three King of the Bay runs.The first run started at Little J, and we ran counter-clockwise. We had a building breeze and an incoming tide which set us north as we sailed Little J to “S” with just two tacks. Then a run with 2 gybes to G1, a fast beam reach as the breeze filled more, and a finish at Little J with an elapsed time of 1:02:25.The second run started at “S” and we ran counter-clockwise again. A fast run on port-tack and an even faster reach to Little J left us with a bit less tide push and a close-hauled fetch to the finish at “S.” The elapsed time for that run was 1:00:53. The third run started at “S” again. A port-tack run carried us straight to G1 this time, a close-reach to Little J was the fastest yet. And as the breeze backed a bit and the incoming tide all but disappeared, the last leg allowed us to crack off to a very close reach at the end of the leg! The elapsed time for that was 0:56:29!!!

    • 3 March SPSA Board Meeting 6 PM This is an open meeting, all SPSA Members are welcome to sit in.  It’s another Zoom meeting.  If you would like to attend, send me a message. 
    • 20 March Spring Series Race Day 4  Hula Girl II will be our race committee.  As usual we have an 11 AM start, as usual a Hula Girl have volunteered to be RC on the same day as our St Patrick’s Day Party is scheduled.  As usual you should expect shenanigans.
    • 20 March under the tree  For our post race gathering we are exploring options for a St Patrick’s Day Party.  Stay tuned, details will be announced once we have some.