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SPSA Series Races 5 & 6 Advisory

Hey Sailors,

Please be advised the weather forecast for tomorrow looks pretty grim.  Winds have been forecast to be near 20 with gusts approaching 30.  The good news: successive forecasts, depending on the source, have the wind for race time decreasing.  We will continue the watch and issue a go or no go at 6 PM this evening. If you have a sailing buddy known to ignore these email announcements or just never looks at them, please let them know what is going on.

Stay tuned.

Race Information Saturday Nov 6th & other information

Hey Sailor,

Here’s the race information for this Saturday Nov 6th plus the October King of Bay winner.

  • SPSA Fall Season Series Races 5 & 6 will have Libèlula as our race committee boat.  Thanks to Fritz and Joyce for stepping up.  Chris Dollin and Dee Gill have have volunteered to help out.  The 1st start is scheduled for 11 AM.  Monitor VHF 72 for any last minute instructions. After the race we will meet under the tree.  It’s a bring your own everything event.  We are planning a free food event after the Commodores Cup if you RSVP.

  • We have a few Sailors looking for a spot.  If you have room on your boat for a sailor or two contact Brian 

  • Also thanks to Warrior, Hula Girl, Gimmi Shelter, Amber Looe, and Freelance volunteering to cover the remaining Series Race Committee duty.

  • King of the Bay report.  Last Tango ran the course on Oct 30th in challenging shifty winds.  Her corrected time of 1:04:51 beat all the other reports.  There were none.  If you don’t run the course, you can not win a KoB Flag.

SPSA Update

Hey Sailor,

Happy Fall and Happy Halloween. There is a fun and exciting fall season coming up. Here’s what’s happening for SPSA:
  • Our next SPSA Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 2nd at 6:00PMAs always the membership is welcome to sit in.  The meeting takes place at the SPYC docks. You’ll find us at the table just outside the harbor master’s office.
  • Our next Series Race is Saturday November 6. Start time 11:00am.  If you haven’t signed up yet, please do. Race Committee boat to be announced. Listen for RC on VHF Channel 72. Post Race get together under the tree, 3:30 – 4 expected start time. Bring a chair, snacks and drinks. We want to take a group picture this time so bring your crew and all their smiling faces.
  • Speaking of photos, we love them. Your Rear Commodore Dan Dawson says the best camera is the one you have in your hand (or something like that). So while you are out there racing or cruising pull that phone out of your pocket and snap some pics. Send them to so we can share them on our website, Facebook page and Instagram.
  • November 20th is the Commodore’s Cup race. Sign up if you haven’t already. You don’t want to miss this race. Look for More info in future posts. 
  • If you are not a racer, there is a cruising event to Emerson Point scheduled for November 20th as well. See links to details at SPSA Cruiser’s page
  • King of the Bay – there are few days left to run the KOB course and take the flag for October. Don’t forget that this is a monthly competition and you can run it as many times as you want. We love running KOB. It is fun trying to figure out which way to run it to take advantage of the conditions and good crew practice as well.
  • Do you want even more fun? Check out raceQs. It’s a fun way to do a post race analysis and the more boats participating the better it is. See for more information.
  • Just a reminder that SPSA is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Take a moment to read the History of the St. Petersburg Sailing Association in the members handbook or on the SPSA website. I know I am thrilled to be involved with a group that has contributed to the deep and rich history of sailing in our area. Let’s keep it alive.

SPSA Series Races 3 & 4, King of the Bay and other news

Hey Sailor,

Here’s your update for Saturday’s Races, our post race October Fest, and general SPSA stuff.  

When serving as race committee here’s when I would cancel a race before leaving the dock.  That would be very reliable prediction of way too much wind or extremely bad weather.  The rest of the time it would be a last minute decision.  I’ve experienced too many instances when the weather prediction was just outside of acceptable racing conditions only to have a nice race day result instead.  Last Saturday was one of those days.  The forecast was for nothing winds.  We ended up with a very light but steady wind for the 1st race and a building wind in race 2.  The races were close.  In the end it’s always the skipper’s decision to take his boat and crew out on the water.  More race committee business in one of the dot points below.

  • Series Race 3 and 4 winners were: Spinnaker Class Warrior and Warrior; Cruising Class Legacy and Legacy.  The complete results have been posted on the SPSA web page.  At our post race get together the best of day winners were awarded a cold selection of bottled German biers with a stack of sharing cups.  Since Warrior elected to stay out for a bit more sailing, we put the sharing cups to good use.  Thanks Warrior!  Also thanks to Chris Dolen who was our principle Race Officer and Last Tango (Dan Dawson) for committee boat.  
  • Our under the tree post race featured grilled brats and a variety of side dishes.  It was our October Fest  post race party.  We had 46 enthusiastic attendees.  Thanks to Noreen Dawson for organizing this event and Richard Boler for bringing his grill and cooking up the brats.  A special thanks to all who brought side dishes.  It was a great way to close out a good day on the bay.
  • Other happenings under the tree.  Cayennita III was awarded the King of the Bay flag for September 2021.  Her second run on the 3rd of September, corrected time of 46:38 clocks in as the best of September and also ranks as the 4th fastest of all time.  Watch for a KoB update on the SPSA web page.
  • If you’d like to add a second email address to receive these email blasts, send me a note 
  • Please welcome Suzanne Hooper as our newest member of the board.  Jean Charles-Marks needed to step down as club Secretary due to other responsibilities she has with the Sierra Club and an art class she teaches on Saturday mornings.  Suzanne has volunteered to take over for Jean.  Thank you Jean for your service to SPSA!
  • Now for that race committee business.  As mentioned at the last post race we had 6 dates which need coverage for the remaining series races.  Gimmi Shelter has volunteered for December 4th and Hula Girl II has volunteered for March 19th.  We need 4 more.  Please step up.  If you need help we have experienced sailors that will help you run the race.  We need volunteers for the 4 following open dates. 
            November 6th
            December 4th  –  Gimmi Shelter
            January 15th
            February 26th – will be rescheduled because of Grand Prix weekend
            March 19th  –  Hula Girl II
            April 2nd

Lets Go Sailing!

Fall Season Races 3 & 4 this Saturday, Free Food and news

Hey Sailor,

Free food for members anyway.  Read more about it in dot point 2 below.  

  • This Saturday, October 16, Fall Season Races 3 and 4 get underway at 11 AM.  Last Tango will be your race committee.  Wind forecast is 10 to 15, mid 80s, 5% rain with a couple of clouds.  Looks like a good day be be out on the bay.  Look for us on VHF Channel 72.
  • Post Race get together under the tree.  3:30 – 4 expected start time.  We will be serving grilled brats with sides. If you’d like to help out with the sides by bringing one, please contact Noreen to coordinate  Members eat free, that would be member of record & significant other.  Your non-SPSA member crew can also join us, we ask for $5 each to cover costs.  We will have plates, plasticware and napkins.  BYOB and lawn chairs.  Those that RSVP get priority in the food line including paying crew, no guarantees for anybody else 
  • We will award September’s King of the Bay Flag on Saturday under the tree.
  • SPSA Racing Success Story 1.  Papa’ Pilat Rumgatta at Tampa Sailing Squadron Oct 2nd:  Legacy 1st in Cruising A (8 boats), Surge & Moonshine, 1st and 3rd in Cruising B (12 boats)  Also participating – Koinonia II DC  
  • SPSA Racing Success Story 2.  SPYC Ted Irwin Memorial Fall Bay Race Oct 8th:  Cruiser A Surge 1st (3 boats), Cruiser B Cayennita III 1st, Spinnaker A Warrior 1st.  Also participating MoonshineKoinonia II DCKellyGimmi Shelter, and Tack Tick.
  • Other Racing News.  Scratch February 26th off your SPSA Racing Calendar.  The St Petersburg Grand Prix has moved to that day.  That’s not a good day for the bay if your boat is downtown.  We will find another day for Series Races 11 & 12.
  • Please thank our Membership Directory sponsors with your patronage:  Gulf and Bay Divers, Sail Technologies, North Sails, Embree Marine, Yacht Power, Doug Weartherby, Gulf & Bay Marine, Marine Supply Warehouse, Masthead Sailing Gear, Doyle Sail Gulf Coast, Minuteman Press, Gulf and Bay Dredging and Dan Boater.
  • Also thanks to members Robert Hopkins, Joe Toth and Jody Abrams for their support of our Membership Directory.
  • If you are planning to renew please hurry.  We are about to purge our email list to current memberships.  Please remember you will always be welcome back to the St Petersburg Sailing Association.