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Fall Series Results 6 Dec 2020

Hey Sailor,

Here’s a recap of yesterday’s final races of the Fall Series.

  • We had very good conditions with a steady 7 to 10 knot north wind that shifted progressively to the west.  A relatively long windward leeward course was set up from the S mark area to G1 for the 1st race.  We had a great turnout, 15 boats.
  • The tide was adverse and stout in race 1 and the start line was too short (sorry about that), making for a difficult start.  There was a good jam as the tide pushed everyone down to the pin end.  The first of 4 spinnakers finished in 40 minutes, the last in 60.  The 11 cruising fleet starters, sailing the same course, ranged in finish from nearly 60 to 80 minutes
  • In race two the spinnakers went to Front G for their windward mark while the cruisers sailed the same course as race 1.  Spinnakers finishes ranged from nearly 67 minutes to 98.  The 10 starting cruisers finishes ranged from 62 minutes to 82.
  • The post race gathering under the tree kicked off at around 3:30.  With a nice breeze it was a cool place to be.  While Brian was crunching the numbers, we took care of a little business.  These post race gatherings are turning out to be pretty nice way to end a sailing day.
  • In the Battle for the Bottle of Race Day 4 we have our winners.  In the spinnaker fleet Warrior, skipped by Grant Dumas, landed two bullets for the best of the day.  In the cruising fleet Cayennita III, skippered by tony Sanpere took best of the day honors with a pair of 3s.  It was close however, two boats finished 1 point behind.
  • For the Fall series, which completed 5 races, Grant Dumas and the crew of Warrior took the honors in the spinnaker fleet and Richard Boler and the crew of Desiderata took the honors in the cruising fleet.  Full results can be found on the SPSA web page.  http://spsa.us/racing/regattas/


Other important bits of information.

  • Liquid trophy winners from Fall Series Race day 4 need to collect their liquid trophies.  After a while we will re-award your price to another winner in a future event.  There was some talk at the post race gathering that you needed to be present to win.  I’m not sure, since I didn’t hear it myself, but I’ve been told those comments came from the Salty Sister section.
  • Libélula (I learned how to do it) was awarded a SPSA Burgee for having completed her first race.  This actually happened on Fall Series race day 2, but yesterday we were able to present the welcome gift.
  • Three boats from around the corner, Boca Ciega Bay, participated in the Fall Series.  Garth Reynolds and the crew of Koinonia II and Gerard Gaudry and the crew of Galene as SPSA members.  Dave Roberts and the crew of Legacy sailed with us yesterday under a guest membership.
  • Thanks to everyone for helping to unload some stuff from from our locker. One or two more post race gatherings should finish the job.
  • We have set up an SPSA Logo merchandise purchase opportunity with Bonfire. Take a look. I ordered a long sleeve tee in gray.   https://www.bonfire.com/store/the-spsa-brand/  
  • If you’d like to add a second email address to your membership for these email blasts, just let me know.  Commodore@spsa.us
  • Our next event is the New Year’s Day pursuit race.  See you there!

Lets Go Sailing!

Upcoming SPSA Races Update and an inspiring King of the Bay Report 3 Dec 2020

Hey Sailor,


Here’s what we have in the works for this Saturday’s Fall Series Race and for the January 1st Pursuit Race.

  • December 5th Series Race.  No changes.  Weather looks really good: wind NNE at 10 to 15, high of 67, 15% chance of getting wet.  The getting wet part is if you are standing outside all day.  This is one of those days you will not want to miss.  Post race gathering under the tree.  Bring your own everything.  With the virus making a stand please respect the heath concerns of your fellow sailors.
  • January 1st, 2021 New Years Day Pursuit Race.  No change in plans for the race.  The post race gathering will be under the tree and a bring your own everything affair.  The traditional gift exchange party is taking this year off.
  • PS.  We still need RC for January 16th.

King of the Bay News

  • On the last day of November Mike Reed, aboard his Beneteau 235, Amber Looe, had one hell of a run, snatching away the November monthly King of the Bay award from Fritz Kloepfel and the crew of Libelula (spelling incorrect – I don’t know how to put the little accent above the e).  Amber Looe’s corrected time, of 50 minutes and 58 seconds is the fastest time so far in 2020-21 and second fastest corrected time for the King of the Bay.  Only Surge’s time of 48:55 from May of 2019 is better.  Here’s the amazing part, he was alone on Amber Looe.  See all the KoB results on the Regatta Page of your SPSA Web Page.  Read Mike’s recount of his historic run around the marks.

It was quite a run, and I knew it.  Winds were WNW, 14-17 kts gusting at times in the low 20’s.  Conditions were pretty ideal after the front passed over, as you had indicated in your email.  The water was relatively flat on our side of the bay.

I started at “S” and ran the course clockwise.  The key was that the winds were just enough North of West that I was able to lay the last leg.  So, it was a fast close-reach on the first leg, dead downwind on the 2nd and close-hauled for the home stretch.  The boat was powered nicely with one reef in the main, The big sail is new and I had a lot of bend in the mast so I was able to get it quite flat.  I would have loved to have poled out the jib, and I winced every time it “popped” full of wind when I stopped sailing angles and went wing-on-wing for a bit at the end, but I didn’t think it was safe to leave the cockpit alone in those conditions out in the bay.  There were a few optis and a chase boat inshore, but the bay was empty otherwise.

I had my GoPro recording during the run and made a video yesterday to share with friends.  I didn’t create it with general consumption in mind, but you are welcome to share the link if you think any members might get a kick out it.




Let’sGo Sailing! 

SPSA Update 29 Nov 2020

Hey Sailor,

Here’s our listing of the upcoming events and other things.  This us a no frills email blast attempt from Dallas TX on my iPad.  I hope it works!


King of the Bay. Today through Monday look like easy pickings for a winner for November 2020.  

2 December SPSA Board meeting.  Another Zoom event starting at 6 PM.  On the agenda: post race planning for the next series race day and New Year’s Day pursuit race.  Those are the pressing decisions.  We will work other things too.  All SPSA Members are encourage to sit in.  Send me an email for the Zoom meeting invite. TreinenRich@aol.com

5 December Fall Series Race Day #4, 11 AM.  Dan Dawson on Last Tango is your Race Committee.  We really need good weather conditions to finish up the Fall Series.  With only 3 completed races so far, we need two more. It would be a crying shame to end up with surplus funds in the liquid trophy budget.  We might burn up the current excess funding with a top shelf brand.  If you are a skipper looking for crew or vice a versa we will do what we can under the current conditions to get you out on the Bay. Email Brian at Membership@SPSA.us

5 December Post Race Gathering.  To be discussed at our Board Meeting.  Watch for an email blast with details. 

1 January 2021 Pursuit Race.  This is a 2 PM start for obvious reasons. There will be defining info posted at the very end of 2020.  Watch for course information and start times in an email blast, on the SPSA web page, on the SPSA FaceBook page and thumb tacked up on the SPSA bulletin board at the Sailing Center.  Yes we have an old fashioned bulletin board.  If you’ve never seen one, look above the drinking fountain. If you are looking for a ride or crew contact Brian at Membership@SPSA.us

1 January 2021 Post Race Gathering.  In years past we have served food and held a gift exchange. Not really a White Elephant gift exchange, not all the gifts were crap, a couple items were worth testing a friendship. There are rules, they are subject to interpretation as the conditions require and the Commodore always has the final say.  Don’t worry – I ended up with an old rusty anchor last year.  However, Robert was Commodore last year.  Watch for an email blast once we figure out what we can pull off in the glaring light of the surge. 

16 January 2021  Spring Series Race Day #1.   This is the beginning of the second half of the 2020-21 SPSA Series.  You need not have participated in the Fall Series to be in the running for the Spring Series awards.   Someone with a boat for Race Committee is needed.  If you haven’t signed up yet for your turn, here’s your chance.  Not knowing how to do RC is not a valid excuse, an experienced sailor will be there for on the job training.  Please send an email if you can help out. TreinenRich@aol.com

Sad news.  Long time member Jack O’Connell has died.  Jack served as SPSA Commodore from September of 2005 through August of 2007 and as Rating Chair for two consecutive years, 2008-10.  More recently he was one of our skippers for a day sail with the Freedom Sailing Camp and On Board for Autism.  Click the link to view the video of this great event.  Gael Force, a Hunter 29.5, and her skipper will be missed by the SPSA.  Fair weather and good winds from all of us Jack.    https://www.facebook.com/StPetersburgSailingAssociation/videos/540318676694119/ 


Rich Treinen
SPSA Commodore

Tomorrows Race Cancelled plus Cruising Link Correction

Hey Sailor,


I don’t like being the bearer of bad news and not going sailing is bad news.

  • We’ve decided to cancel racing tomorrow, Nov 7th.  The wind is right at the edge of a no go and it will be gusty.  The wind is also expected to build as the afternoon progresses.  The wind direction, NE, also leads to moderate chop.  Since most boats are racing with limited crew, this made the decision a little easier.
  • Needless to say, no race also means no post race gathering.

Sorry for the bad news.

Let’s Go Sailing Another Day!

Rich

Saturday’s Race Update – Nov 7th & other news

5 Nov 2020

Hey Sailor,

Here’s a quick update with respect to this Saturday’s Series Race – November 7th.
  • The weather is looking pretty rough as of Thursday night.  The wind is forecast to be 15 – 25, with higher gusts possible.  The hourly forecast for 11 AM through 4 PM has 17 to 19 mph.  We will put out an update Friday night.
  • The post race gathering will be under the tree.  BYO everything.  

Other News:
  • There is a cruising event brewing for November 20-22 to the Manatee River.  We would be joining other cruisers from Davis Island.  Robert Kryger if you’re interested.  robert@kryger.biz   Here’s a link with a little bit of information.  http://spsa.us/spsa/wp/wp-content/uploads/KOB_results.pdf 
  • If you venture to the SPSA Web page you will notice that we have made drastic improvements to the King of Bay results.  You can actually see how well you have done versus everybody else’s trip around the bouys.  
  • On that same subject we are in the process of acquiring King of the Bay flags to be awarded to the monthly and annual winners.  Currently we only have one big flag which the current annual leader keeps until someone posts a better corrected time.  Surge is the current leader.  You can read all about the King of the Bay on the NOR.  http://spsa.us/racing/regattas/ 
  • One important announcement.  If you are the awardee of a liquid trophy but fail to receive it for any reason, you have until the next event to recover it from the SPSA locker.  Contact any officer for help procuring your award.  Once we give it away to somebody else, it’s gone.

Let’s Go Sailing!