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January & February SPSA Events


Hey Sailor,
Here’s a listing of the upcoming sailing events.  Some are SPSA events others are Sailing Center and Yacht Club sponsored days out on the bay.  
  • Saturday January 15th  SPSA Spring Season Races 1 & 2.  Legacy will be our Race Committee.  First start scheduled for 11 AM.  Remember to login 1st before trying to do anything.   If you are declaring a cruising spinnaker for the Spring Season this must be done by midnight Wednesday January 12th.
  • Saturday January 15th Post Race will be a chili cook off at the Sailing Center.  See the attached flyer.
  • Saturday January 29th SPSA Spring Season Races 3 & 4.  Gimmi Shelter will be our Race Committee.  First start scheduled for 11 AM.  
  • Sunday February 6th Off the Quay Wall Regatta.  This is a pursuit race designed to jump start sailors new to racing.  We have several boat owners eyeing the racing scene and the SPSA too.  This is an opportunity to expand the number of boats that race with us on the bay. We are looking for experienced sailors to guide our new friends from start to finish on a simple triangle race. Download flier here.  More information to come.
Other Sailing Events Coming our way in February.
  • Saturday February 5th  Adaptive Sailing Day at the Sailing Center.  10 AM  to 2 PM.  The Sailing Center hosts local folks that are not able to sail without help.  Local organizations bring their clients to the Sailing Center for short sails.  The Sailing Center needs volunteers to help in all aspects of this great event.  This is one of those events that makes you feel good all the way home.  Contact Dana Aljasir at the Sailing Center if you are able to help.
  • February 18 – 20 Sailing Worlds National Offshore One Design.  The NOODS. This one at the St Petersburg Yacht Club.  Here’s the link that tells you about the NOODS.  Most of us will be interested in the distance race on Saturday February 19th.  To get the early bird discount you must register by Feb 1st.  Here’s the registration link 
  • Coming soon the Yacht Club’s Twilight Series.  Day Light Saving Time starts March 13th.  Every Friday evening afterwards the Twilight Races begin at 6:30.  These delightful evening sails run through the end of August.  This event is open to all boats.  Please register so a handicap can be assigned to your boat and so RC knows wh you are.  The cost is zero or minimal.  It’s just 15 bucks for a whole summer of racing!  See the NOR for details. 
SPSA News & Results.
  • King of the Bay winner for December was Cayennita III.  Her corrected time was 50:28.  This was a good time, not quite a Top 10 performance but close.
  • The 1st to finish in the New Years Day Pursuit Race were Surge in the Cruising Class and Tack Tick in the Spinnaker Class.  Surge captured the line honors.  It was a great day to be out on the bay.  
  • Our New Year’s Day White Elephant Party after the pursuit race was attended by 30 some SPSA Members.  Hula Girl II captured the most desired prize, a new winch handle.  Sorry to say Galene went home with the prize that no one wanted.   Thanks to Dan & Noreen for pulling this fun event together.
Lets Go Sailing.

New Years Pursuit Race Course & Start Times

Hey Sailors,

Attached you’ll find the 2022 New Years Pursuit Race Course and the Start Times for all SPSA boats.  Unless we missed one.  If so send me a message   At this point in time we have 11 boats registered.  
It looks like it’s going to be another great day on the bay.  It’s not too late – get your crew together and register or just show up.
We have a few crew spots available –

Here’s a few things to remember.

The Race:
  • January 1st 2022.  That’s this Saturday.
  • No one has declared a cruising spinnaker.  All spinnakers are in the spinnaker class.
  • The Race Starts at G3.  Slowest boat starts at 14:00:00.   Everybody else waits for their start.
  • A correct start is within 4 boat lengths of G3, on a line perpendicular to a line to Big J.  Either side of G3 works.
  • There’s no committee watching, but everybody else is.  Your honesty is on display for all to see.
  • Finish in a similar manner at G3 relative to a line from Front G.  Same 4 boat length requirement.
  • Record your finish time when you get back to G3, who finished ahead of you and who finished behind you. 
  • Report your finish time back at the Sailing Center or send a text to 918 766-1515
The Post Race Party:
  • Everything begins at 4 PM in the Classroom at the Sailing Center.
  • It’s a bring your own everything event with the exception of tables, chairs, plates & plastic ware.  Our pot luck is coordinated by Noreen
  • The gift exchange requires a wrapped present that you will place on a table. No rules on the gift.  It can be something really nice or something not so ice.  
  • Noreen will give you a number when your gift is placed on the table.  
  • Noreen will explain all the rules before the gift exchange begins and and as needed as the event progresses.
  • Since we are on the beginning of another Covid surge, please be considerate of those around you.  If you know you are sick, think you might be sick or on the verge of getting sick, please do the right thing.

Let’s Go Sailing!

SPSA December Report

Hey Sailors,

We have finished up the Fall Season of our SPSA Series and held our last 2021 Board Meeting.  That’s it for SPSA in 2021.  2022 will start out at a furious pace with 3 events in January.  Read all about the news and coming events below.

Fall Season Races 7 & 8
  • Grant Dumas did a nice job for us as our Race Committee.  It’s inspiring to seen a one person RC handle all aspects of the races so smoothly.
  • Light but steady winds prevailed, much better than the predicted forecast.  George Lewis in a Sailing Center Sonar took a 2nd and a 1st to win the Cruising Class liquid trophy for the day.  Tack Tick added another bottle to their cabinet.
  • Complete results for the Season races can be viewed on the SPSA web site.  Please consider the totals preliminary until we verify the the standings after throwouts and Race Committee credits.  You’ll find the scoring rules in the SIs.
  • In the Racing drop down in top blue banner click REGATTAS
  • Find Id Line 26 2021-2022 SPSA Fall Series and click the   Results   button
  • This is the summary page for all races
  • To see the data for each race, click the Blue Race number in the top row.
  • The 2021 Fall Season trophies will be awarded at our annual meeting next September.

  • Other News:
    • November King of the Bay was awarded to Surge at the Dec 4th post race gathering under the tree.  Surge’s run on Nov 6th set a new course record.
    • December 7th Board Meeting highlights
    • Plans were finalized for our New Years Day Pursuit Race and after party.  All members are encouraged to attend the post race party at the Sailing Center.  Details to come.  Hint: Don’t throw away any holiday gifts.
    • Chili Cook-Off was confirmed for the 15 January post race.
    • A bunch of other administrative stuff not worth your time.
  • New boats & skippers have joined our SPSA racing.  
    • Fiddle Sticks – Guy VanDoren – Nosuch 30
    • no name – Ian Sanders – Freedom 21
    • Zephyrus – Dave Henning – Hunter 25.5
    • no name – Steven Linebaugh – Columbia 26
    • Bumbugo – Penny & Robert Simone – Ericson
    • no name – Robert Swiggett – Sailing Center Sonar
  • SPSA January 2022 Calendar tags
    • 1 January  New Years Day Pursuit Race and post race party.  Login 1st then  Racing/Regattas  Register on Id Line 28
    • 15 January SPSA Spring Season Races 1 & 2 and post race party.  Login 1st then  Racing/Regattas  Register on Id Line 29
    • 29 January SPSA Spring Season Races 3 & 4
    • We have nothing in February.  Our Feb 26th race date got squashed when the Grand Prix changed dates.  Great time to run the KoB.

    Let’s Go Sailing!

    Rich Treinen

    SPSA Commodore