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A few more SPSA Announcements

Hey Sailor!

The sailing season kicks off in the bay big time in September.  Here’s a few items to make your day.

  • 30 August 2019 That’s this Friday.  It’s the last scheduled race of the St Petersburg Yacht Club’s Twilight Series.  The Awards Party will be held at the Tiki Bar after the race.  If the race is rained out there will still be a party, it will just start early.  Food will be available at $15 a head.  Gloria Davis, a long time member of the SPSA and SPYC has been the chief honcho of the Twilight Series for eons.  If for no other reason, please show up and thank Gloria and her crew on Coast Pilot for being there every Friday night all summer long.

  • 23:00 Monday 2 September 2019 That’s Labor Day.  It’s also the deadline for ticket purchases to the SPSA Annual Awards and Dinner Banquet.  The event is 6 PM Friday 6 September at the yacht club.  Here’s the link.

  • 7 PM 3 September 2019   That’s next Tuesday. The SPSA Monthly Board meeting will be held at the Sailing Center.  We will be entering the panic mode as we go through the punch list for the Annual Awards and Dinner Banquet.  Our members are encourage to attend.  We’d love to see you there.  We have opportunities for anyone that doesn’t have enough to do.  And there’s always a bit of food and beers to be had.  It’s a great way to get involved!

  • 7 September 2019 Kick off race day for 2019-20 SPSA Race Series.  Get your crew together.  This once a month Saturday Series of Races kicks off on .  Go the SPSA Regatta page.  Here’s the link.

  • 14 September 2019  The 10th Annual Classic Regatta.  This event is for boats 20 years and older.  Until last year the SPSA ran this event with help from the yacht club.  From now on it’s a yacht club run event. Many SPSA members are racing in this event and helping pull it off.  This is another example where Gloria has stepped up to keep a good thing going.  Last year the Classic raised $30,000 for Meals on Wheels.  We had more than 30 boats.  Over the 9 years the SPSA ran this event we raised over $100,000 to help Meals on Wheels serve our community.  That’s something our members and the event sponsors can be proud of.  Already this year we already have more than 30 registered boats. There are even a bunch of power boats signed up. This is a great event and party benefitting a great local charity.  Please consider participating.  Here’s the link.

  • White Hawk  Here’s a pic of last years Most Beautiful Boat at the Classic Regatta.  White Hawk is a Cherubini 48 staysail schooner.  She’s coming back to defend her title.  In this picture she’s flying her gollywobbler.  It the wind is right you might see this fabulous sight, if you’re there.

Let’s Go Sailing!

Rich Treinen
SPSA Secretary

Trivia Information

Hey Sailors,

Noreen has asked that the following critical information be distributed about this year’s Trivia Contest.

  • New protocols have been developed to insure the secrecy and integrity of the contest.
  • The questions and answers to this year’s Sailing Trivia Contest are now in a sealed envelope and have been secured in a safe deposit box at the St Petersburg branch of Wells Fargo. At the SPSA dinner on September the 6TH,  a security guard will transfer the envelope from Wells Fargo  directly to the Trivia Hostess.
  • Prizes will be awarded to all members of the winning team.
  • There is no arguing with Noreen.  As the Trivia Master she is always right.
  • There is no whining, hissy fits or crying at the Trivia Contest.  Just calm yourself down with a little sip of wine.
  • In order to be successful at this year’s contest, it is suggested that you study sailing pop culture, racing history and nautical rules. 

Don’t miss this event at our Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on 6 September 6 PM.  

Let’s Play Trivia!

Rich Treinen
SPSA Secretary

SPSA Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner

Hey Sailors,

Here’s the information for the SPSA Annual Meeting and Awards dinner.  It’s always a fun night, don’t miss it.

  • 6 PM  Doors open for members packet pick-up and pre-meeting social with a cash bar
  • 6:30 Welcome Announcements
  • 6:45 Dinner Buffet and Trivia Contest.  Prizes will be awarded to all members of the winning team.
  • A short business meeting 
  • Officer reports
  • A proposal to amend the bylaws creating a Membership Chair
  • Election of 2019-20 Officers
  • Racing Award presentations

  • I hope to see everyone there!  

    Rich Treinen
    SPSA Secretary

    SPSA Announcements

    Hello SPSA Sailors,

    Here’s a couple few whole bunch of brief announcements about the SPSA and coming events:

    • SPSA Membership Renewal.  Thanks to everyone who has already responded to our call for membership renewals. The response has been great.  If you intend to renew log on to the SPSA web site or use this link.  You can mail your renewals too.  SPSA, PO BOX 174, St Petersburg FL 33731  $49.  If you will not be renewing, please drop me a note – it helps with the book work and cuts down on follow-up reminders. Thanks for your past support.

    • Tuesday August 6th 7 PM SPSA Board Meeting at the Sailing Center .  This is a working meeting for the events of the SPSA.  All members are invited.  This is a great way to meet the sailors running your sailing club and get involved.  We need people to have fun and help out with the events.  We would like to see you there.

    • Friday September 6th at 5:30 PM.  Our Annual Meeting will take place at the St Petersburg Yacht Club.  Another announcement will provide additional details.  Warning:  1) there will be a repeat of the popular trivia contest instituted last year.  Prizes will be awarded.  Bone up on all things nautical!  2) There might be another risky joke told.  

      • An amendment to our bylaws will be presented to the membership at the Annual Meeting.  The amendment would elevate the Membership Chair to a voting level position on the board.  Currently the Membership Chair is a board appointed position in the association.  This position will be responsible for all association activities related to recruiting and retention of the members in the SPSA

        • Members wishing to nominate themselves or another member in good standing for a position on the board for the 2019 – 20 SPSA year should contact Commodore Jody Abrams at  Any nomination received will be in addition to those put forth by the nomination committee listed in the following dot point. The positions up for voting are Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, Rating Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Race Committee Chair and Membership Chair.  Voting on the Membership Chair is pending membership approval – see preceding dot point.  

          • The Nomination Committee has placed into nomination the following: 
          Commodore:  Robert Hopkins
          Vice Commodore:  Rich Treinen
          Rear Commodore: Dan Dawson
          Rating Chairman: Charles Archer
          Treasurer: Richard Boler
          Secretary:  Raul Calzada 
          Race Committee Chair: Joe Toth
          Membership Chair: Brian Conlin

          • Saturday September 7th 1400.  Race Day 1 of the SPSA series.  This is a monthly racing event that runs through April of next year.  You will find each race is followed by a get together at either the Sailing Center (that means food) or at Courigans for post race camaraderie and race day prizes.  Get your crew together.

          • Saturday September 14th.  The 10th running of the Classic Regatta.  This event has been run by the SPYC in conjunction with the St Petersburg Yacht Club.  It’s a big party with lots of great boats.  While we are still involved, the yacht club will be running this event in the foreseeable future.  This is a great event for boats that are 20 years or older.  The event is a dedicated fund raiser for the Meals on Wheels program of the Community Care Network.   To sign up click the link.

           Lets Go Sailing!

          Rich Treinen
          SPSA Secretary