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Full Moon Pursuit Course & Start Times

25 Feb 2021 

Hey Racers,

Here’s your start time for Saturday’s Full Moon Pursuit Race (attached).  

The weather is looking good, high 60s, 5 to 10 from the ESE, the 1st boat starts at 6 PM,  the last boat at 6:19:26, the sun sets at 6:30, the moon rises at 7:04 and everybody finishes about the same time.  Even if you haven’t registered.  Come out anyway.  We request all aboard wear a PFD.  

Remember to record your finish time.  As always your honesty is on display at both start and finish.   Come to the Sailing Center parking lot for the post race awards.  You can also text your finish time to me.  918 766-1515 

Let’s Go Sailing!

Rich Treinen
SPSA Commodore

Spring Series Race Day 2 recap and other info.

21 February 2021
Hey Sailor,
  • It was a blue boat day with Warrior and Cayennita III taking the best of the day trophies in yesterdays Spring Series Race.  So far we’ve had plenty of wind out on the bay.  Warrior had a pair of 1s in the 4 boat spinnaker out yesterday – we need more spinnaker boats.  Cayennita III finished with a 3 and a 1 to beat out Hula Girl’s 1 and a 3 in a tie breaker.  When the scores are tied in that fashion, it’s who ever beat the other guy in the last race that wins the tie breaker.  Being a good sport about it the whole thing , Tony shared a bit of his trophy with Steve who happily drank it.  Nine boats were out in the cruising fleet.  Another great day on the bay.
  • If you’d like to see elapsed and corrected times for any race, here is how to do it.  Go to the SPSA Web Page  on the menu bar click on  RACING , from the drop down menu select REGATTAS, for the race or series of interest, click the  Results  button.  You will see the final results posted for each race with the race number in blue across the top. Click on the blue race number to display the elapsed and corrected time of every boat in that race.
  • I learned how to pronounce Libèlula.  For those who struggle like me, phonetically it’s lee bay ula.  I think.  It means dragonfly in Spanish.
  • Next up, Full Moon Pursuit Race, this Saturday Feb 27th, 6PM start for the slowest boat.  Cruising chute declarations are due on Wednesday, start times and course will be sent out Thursday.  We are requesting everyone on board to wear a PFD.  You must record and post your finish time.  Our post race gathering will be in the Sailing Center parking lot.  Just drive right in.
  • Full Moon course logger.  Brian was talking about this under the tree yesterday.  It’s a phone app everyone can use to track where the other boats were five minutes ago and replay the whole race later.  This is free software.  We have set up a regatta page for everyone to use  Here’s a link to find out more about this cool racing tool

Your SPSA Racing in February 2021

15 Feb 2021

Hey Sailor,

Here’s the information concerning our two races coming up.  I am going to be a little long winded since we have had a few new members join very recently.  We hope to see them out on the bay.  If you are racing for the first time with the SPSA, please send me a note and we will have a handicap for you.  If you can figure out how to register on our web page, even better.  On the blue bar click on the RACING button and select REGATTAS from the the drop down menu.  There is no entry fee. The best performances of the day in the spinnaker fleet and the cruising fleet are rewarded with a liquid trophy at the post race gathering. The post race gatherings are held under the tree at approximately 3:30 or 4:00.  That under the tree is the Centennial Oak Tree at the east end of Demen’s Landing.  To find us drive east on Demen’s Landing as far as you can go.  Eventually you drive all the way around the Centennial Oak Tree.  

20 Feb 2021 Spring Series Race Day #2  11 AM Start.   This is the second of four races days.  Two races are scheduled for each day.  Monitor VHF 72.  We plan plan to meet up under the tree after the race.  We had 14 boats in the January race, we expect a few more to be joining us.  Tack Tick is our committee, a Martin 243.  

27 Feb 2021 Full Moon Pursuit Race 6 PM 1st Start.  We really should call this a Sunset and Snow Moon Pursuit Race.  The sun sets at 6:30 and the moon rises at 7:04.  The full moon of every month has a name.  In January it’s called a Wolf Moon in February it’s the Snow Moon.  Sail declarations, that would be for cruising chute boats, need to be declared a couple of days early, it’s in the Notice of Race.  You’ll find the NOR in the  Docs  on the Regatta page.  Your start time and the course will be posted and emailed out on the Thursday before the race.    Our post race gathering will be in the Sailing Center Parking lot.  Drive right in and park.  
The best place to see a glorious moon rise is on the bay.  

1 Feb 2021 SPSA Update

1 February 2021

Hey Sailor,

Here’s what happened and in the the very near future in your St Petersburg Sailing Association.

Libèlula is the King of the Bay for January.  Her elapsed time & corrected time of 1:02:23 & 55:40 were more than enough to take the flag away from Surge.  Surge must have had time to eat a nice lunch on their attempt to hold the flag.  It would be very nice if Surge arranged a transfer of the flag to Libèlula in short order.  See the results dated 1 Feb 2021. click on the  Racing  drop down and select KING OF THE BAY – RESULTS.  You should check later today.

3 Feb 2021 SPSA Board Meeting begins at 6 PM by means of Zoom.  If you’d like to sit in please send me a message and I’ll get you the Zoom Meeting information.

13 & 14 February Valentine’s Weekend SPSA Cruising Event For our first Spring 2021 COVID-safe cruising event, we have planned a group sail to Emerson Point, followed by anchoring out on the north-shore of the Manatee River.  Weather-permitting, the approximate schedule will be:

Saturday 2/13

10:00 am – Meet at Buoy G3 (N27° 46.0’, W82° 36.6’) & sail to Manatee River inlet (N27° 32.6’, W82° 40.7’)

5:00 pm – Target time for everyone to be at anchor.  Check in with Kryger/Rose Therese on channel 72.

6:21 pm – sunset & drawing for prizes.

7:00 pm – Dinner on your own on board your boat.  Bragging rights for boat with best aroma.

Each pair of participants should bring 1 bottle of wine & 1 chocolate dessert (for two), packed inside of a closed bag or box.  For the drawing, boaters will bribe cruise director for first dibs to select closed box or bag.  Desserts should be store-bought and unopened for COVID safety.

Sunday 2/14

Explore Emerson point.  Boats head back at their leisure Sunday or even Monday as it’s President’s Day Weekend.

Email Robert to join in/ask questions.

The 2021-24 updated Racing Rules have been issued.  Your Vice Commodore Penny sat in on a Dave Perry Webinar.  Here’s a link to the change


20 February 11 AM Spring Series Race Day 2 Tack Tick will be our Race Committee.  Looking for a ride or looking for crew?  Contact Brian – we will do what is possible.


27 February 2021 Full Moon Pursuit Race  This is currently a date on the calendar.  Watch for more details as we figure out what we are  going to do.


Let’s Go Sailing!

Spring Series 2020-21 Race Day 1 Recap

17 January 2021

Hey Sailor,

We had a great turnout for yesterday’s kick off of our Spring Series and lots of wind!

  • 14 of the 16 registered boats were out.  The wind started out a little light but the forecast was for things to build maxing out near 20 knots by 1 PM.  It did.  

  • PRO Tim Snyder set a start/finish mark 0.6 miles east of the Pier with two mile downwind run to Big J for leg one and a 3 leg zig zag back the the finish.  It was near 70 minute race #1 for the two spinnaker boats and  110 minute race for the last of the cruising fleet.  However in that last 1/2 hour the wind piped up to just below 20 knots steady and gusts approaching 25.

  • The Optis were out too.  They were set up just west of us and closer to the Pier.  While our race was going on, the Optis moved their leeward mark closer to our committee boat.  Their mark is also orange and much bigger.  A few of the SPSA racers were headed toward that bigger Opti orange mark but were saved by a curtesy announcement from RC that the correct SPSA finish mark was on the east side of the signal boat.  You should have seen those kids in the Optis, they know how to fly when the wind pipes up.

  • Race 2 went down to Lil’ J and back to finish.  8 of the 12 cruisers and one of the two spinnaker boats had had enough and called it a day, skipping race two.  The wind held steady just below 20 knots with gusts approaching 25 knots and slowly diminished over the race, but not by much.  It was a tough and invigorating day on the bay.  The lone spinnaker boat finished in 46 minutes and the cruising fleet finished in 120.

  • At the tree, an attempt to award the last December race liquid trophies to George Lewis went foul because George had gone home.  George had finished in a three way tie with Tony Sanpere and Steve Short in the December 5th race.  The best of Spring Series Race Day 1 awards were announced for Warrior and Surge.  George and Grant please arrange your trophy pick up.  Act quickly, we will recycle your trophy. Surge’s crew does not take any chances.

  • See the results Race Day 1  Here’s the link  Click the Spring Series Results button and then the 1 or 2 to see the race details.

  • A special thanks go out to Tim Snyder for stepping up to do race committee and Brian Conlin for quick scoring of the race results.  Without these two guys there would be no reason to gather under the tree.

  • Spring Series Race Day 2 is February 20th.  Our Race Committee will be Tack Tick.