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SPSA Update 4 June 2021

4 June 2021

Hey Sailor,

Here’s the scoop from our last board meeting and other bits of SPSA news.

  • At our June 2nd Board Meeting
  • A change in the bylaws was adopted.  The Annual Meeting may now be held anytime in September.  Before the change we were restricted to September 1st through 15th.  With Labor Day and the move of the Classic Regatta to the following weekend, there was a stark shortage of available Fridays.
  • This year’s Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Twilight Series awards presentation.  The plans are for a full meeting & awards dinner in the yacht club like we used to do.  Put Friday September 17th on your calendar.
  • We put the 2021-22 schedule on paper and agreed it was final unless we needed to make changes.  Look for a posting on the SPSA web page.
  • A bunch of other boring stuff that I will not repeat here.  If that type of stuff interests you, please participate in the board meetings.  Our next board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday July 7th.
  • The May 2021 King of the Bay winner is Libèlula.  Her corrected time was 1:09:18 reflective of the light winds that dominate the bay weather this time of year. If you see a weather forecast without thunderstorms and a 15+ breeze on a weekday, it’s a good day to play hooky.  Here’s the link to access the King of the Bay results.  at the SPSA home page click and hold  RACING  on the navy blue bar and slide down to  King of the Bay – Results .  Look for the date stamp 4 Jun 2021.
  • The Twilight Series continues to run every Friday evening with the 1st start at 6:30.  We have 19 SPSA boats participating in this event.  If you need crew to get your boat out on the bay send a message to Brian 

  • Couples / Double Handed Results and the months ahead

    10 May 2021

    Hey Sailor,

    With the completion of the Couples / Double Handed Regatta this past Saturday we have finished up our 2020-21 SPSA Racing Season.  Read on for the results and more information about what’s ahead in the summer months.  For those of you are relative new to the SPSA, our year runs July 1st through June 30th.  We are pretty much dormant during June through August because it’s just too hot. During this time there are other ways to get out on the bay.

    • Couples / Double Handed Results:  The day could have had a bit more wind.  It was a G3 – G1 – Lil” J – G3 triangle.  We had nine boats cross the starting line in light air with the last bit of a flood tide.  Five boats made it around and escaped from G1 taking the wind with them.  It didn’t totally die, but the 4 of us left behind were on life support.  Slack tide saved us from double dispare.  Thanks to the leaders for waiting for us at the 5 PM after party.  We arrived just before 6.  Taking the day’s trophies:  Couples: 1st Tack Tick, 2nd Silver Surfer and 3rd Sonar Lewis; Double Handed: 1st Cayennita III.
    • Thanks to Dan and Noreen Dawson for pulling together the post party feed; hot calzones, salad and dessert.  There was a low humidity cool breeze flowing under the tree and it was really nice. 
    • Vice Commodore Penny reports we have a good group of cruisers pulling together plans for the coming year.  Get involved and stay tuned if you’d like sailing somewhere besides around the marks.
    • The King of the Bay winner for April was Surge.  Her run on the 17th, with a corrected time of 45:26 was also the 3rd fasted corrected time in the history of the KoB.  Look for updated results with a 10 May 2021 date.  On the SPSA Home Page click the King of the Bay – Results line on the Racing drop down.
    • Our 2021-22 dates have been submitted for the Tampa Bay Yachting master Calendar.  You can expect our first event to be the Classic Regatta on September 11th followed shortly with our annual meeting on Sept 17th and the kick off of the SPSA Series on Sept 25th.  We have 13 racing events planned over our 9 month sailing season. 
    • In the meantime, the SPYC’s Twilight Series runs every Friday evening and the King of the Bay.  This is a great event that runs all summer.  You can also pull a crew together and run the King of the Bay course.  We award KoB flags for the best corrected time every month.
    • You will also be hearing about membership dues and opportunities to get involved in the year ahead.
    • Thanks to all SPSA members for keeping the SPSA alive this year, making our 2020-21 events a success and helping the SPSA grow.  Even in a tough year, it was nice to be a part of the St Petersburg Sailing Association.

    Your SPSA May Events and other news

    2 May 2021

    Hey Sailor,

    Here’s a listing of our May events and a few other things.

    This week:

    • Tuesday May 4th at 6 PM Vice Commodore Penny Simone will be hosting a meeting to kick-start a SPSA Cruising Calendar.  If the group does not put your favorite gunk hole on the list and you did not attend the meeting, you have no grounds to complain.  Email Penny to get the Zoom information.
    • Wednesday May 5th at 6 PM will be our SPSA Board meeting.  On the agenda: final planning for the Couples and Double Handed Regatta, planning for the 2021-22 SPSA events, and other stuff.  We always talk about other stuff.  All SPSA Members are invited to Zoom in.  Send me a message and I’ll send you the meeting connect information.
    • Saturday May 8th 2 PM  Couples and Double Handed Regatta.  This is the last racing event in the 2020-21 SPSA Calendar.  This will be a pursuit race with staggered starts.  The first boat, the theoretically slowest boat, will start at 2 PM.  Start times and the course to be sailed will be posted and emailed no later than 10 PM on Thursday May 6th.  Cruising chute declarations, should your crew agree to that, are required by midnight on Wednesday May 5th.  Post race we will meet up under the tree for trophy presentation and we will be serving a hand holdable Italian item. That would be a calzone and salad for two.  Everything else is BYO.  Chairs are recommended as fire ants may be hungry too. The entry fee to cover the post race food is $20.  There may still be Sonars available through the Sailing Center.  Qualified Yacht Club members can check out J-70s.  You can view the racing documents and register using the link

    Other things:

    • The St Petersburg Twilight Series is going strong.  If you haven’t participated in one of these Friday races, you are really missing out.  Contact Brian if you need crew or are looking for a boat to jump on.  Racing starts at 6:30 PM, registration is next to nothing and racing continues through August every Friday evening. Click here for the registration page
    • St Petersburg’s plans for the Municipal Marina.  Big changes are on the waterfront.  This is a very controversial development plan being pushed by the city to fix years of maintenance issues, neglect in my opinion.  But don’t take my word for it.  Google “St Petersburg Municipal Marina upgrade” and read all the viewpoints yourself.  One thing is certain, keeping a boat at the Municipal Marina is not going to be wallet friendly.
    • The ranks of non-boat owners on the SPSA board took a hit.  Penny and Robert Simone, that’s Vice Commodore Penny, purchased an Ericson 32.  They picked Bumbugo up on the Atlantic side of Florida last week and 4.5 day cruised to her new home at the St Pete Municipal Marina.  This was a good hit, beautiful boat, they knocked it out of the park.

    Spring Series Race Day 4 Results, Couples & Double-Handed Regatta and more stuff

    19 April 2021
    Hey Sailor,
    Here’s a summary of the Spring Series Race Day 4 winners and information about the Spring Series in general.  You’ll also find information about coming our May 8th event, the Couples & Double-Handed Regatta, and of course other stuff.
    Spring Series stuff:
    • Spring Series Race Day 4 was a beautiful day to be out on the bay.  We had great wind and our RC, Cayennita III, set a great course and ran the race in a very professional manner.  I’m guessing having 3 US Sailing race certified PROs on board may have helped.  Thanks Tony!
    • Taking the liquid honors on Race Day 4 was a highly contested affair.  In the Spinnaker Class Warrior and Tack Tick split the 1st and 2nds, and were tied at 3 points.  As tie breakers go, Tack Tick takes the rum having finished ahead of Warrior in the last race.  In the Cruising Class it was even tighter, 1st and 4th place were tied with 3 boats each.  Tied for 1st were Desiderata (3&1), Legacy (1&3) and Sonar Lewis (2&2).  Had this been poker a pair of 2s would win.  It’s not and Desiderata pulls the rum to her side of the table.   All scores for the Spring series can be found by clicking this link.   Click  Results  on the 2020-21 SPSA Spring Series Line
    • Full Spring Series Spinnaker Class (7 competitors):  1st Tack Tick (7 points), 2nd Warrior (7 points) and 3rd Sonar Gill (24 points)
    • Full Spring Series Cruising Class (16 competitors): 1st Cayennita III (8 points), 2nd Surge (14 points) and 3rd Hula Girl (15 points)
    • Scoring and tie breakers:  You can read how these are applied in the SIs and US Sailing Rules of Racing.  
    • We award pennants for the Series winners at the annual meeting every September.
    • This was a very good event this year.  Our participation is growing as the virus wanes.  Thanks to all the old and new members of the SPSA.  Being part of a three boat mark rounding while overlapped is exciting, even if you were the outside boat.  I’m looking forward to a quad overlap.
    Couples and Double-Handed Regatta stuff:
    • May 8th, 2 PM Start.  This is a pursuit race with an awards dinner following the race.  There is a $20 entry fee to cover the cost of a freshly cooked and hand holdable Italian style meal.
    • There are two classes:  The Couples Class, a man and a woman, has been a long standing event held by SPSA for many years.  We have expanded the format to now include anyone who wishes to participate in the Double-Handed Class.  
    • Here’s the link to register   Click  Enter  on the 2021 Couples & Double-Handed Regatta line.  If you intend to sail with a cruising spinnaker, remember to declare your cruising spinnaker before midnight on May 5th.
    • Watch for more details as the race day approaches.  That would be your start time and the marks you need to find and round.  
    Cruising Events stuff:

    Don’t forget to contact Vice Commodore Penny if you have an interest in participating or planning our cruising events. 

    King of the Bay stuff:

    King of the Bay flags are awarded every month of the year.  Get out on the bay, run the course and make your claim.  It is impossible to win a flag if you do not run the course.  Here’s a link to the details

    It’s never a good thing 
    That transom view of the Handicap King
    (unknown poet)

    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