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20th Annual SPSA Commodore’s Cup

In 1997, the SPSA Vice Commodore’s cup was renamed to the Commodore’s cup and became an inter-club challenge.   It was later opened up to all to participate.  On September 23th, 2017 we will be hosting the 20th Annual SPSA Commodore’s Cup.  This will be a pursuit style race this year. The Awards Dinner and Party will be held at the St Petersburg Sailing Center about 5:00, immediately following the race. Dinner for the skipper and 1 crew, is included with the entry fee. Additional dinner tickets ($12.00 each) can be purchased online or at the door.

Online entry is open and the NOR is posted on the website:

SPSA Awards Banquet/Annual Meeting – Fri Sept 8th

The 2016-17 Season Awards Banquet, Twilight Season Awards, and Annual SPSA Meeting will be Fri Sept 8th at the St Petersburg Yacht Club upstairs in the banquet room.   Dress code is "nice casual".  Cocktail hour begins at 5:30, followed by dinner at 6:30, then the annual meeting and awards presentation.  Please RSVP to the or purchase tickets in advance so we have a good head count for the caterer.  There will only be a limited number of tickets available at the door.  Dinner tickets are $35 ea, or you are welcome to just attend for the meeting and awards around 7:00ish.  Tickets purchased in advance will be held at the door for you.

On the meeting agenda is a presentation from our rating chairman about the new World Sailing International Empirical Handicap system that will be used by SPSA instead of PHRF for the 2017-18 Series.  I encourage everyone to attend this!  The member program/directory will be distributed at the meeting and mailed to those who can’t attend.

Also, if you have not already renewed your membership please do so ASAP as the cutoff to be in the member directory is 7/31.

Time to renew your SPSA membership!

It’s that time again!   The 2017-18 SPSA season begins July 1st.   Please renew by the end of July to be included in the membership program which will be distributed at the Annual Awards Banquet Fri Sept 8th at the St Petersburg Yacht Club.  If you’re unable to attend, the program will be mailed to you shortly after that.   Make it a point to sign up a friend and gets some more boats involved this year!!

We have some changes in the renewal process.  First, there is a small increase in dues to cover some of the rising expenses and credit card processing fees.   There is a $4 increase to $49 for an individual membership and $59 for the family membership.  

Second, we are moving away from RegattaTech for registration to a Paypal based system which will save the club quite a bit on the credit card processing fees.  You don’t have to have a paypal account to pay with a credit card, but if you do have an account you will need to logon to pay with your credit card.   As in the past, you can mail in a check with a paper form if you desire.  With this system, you won’t need to re-enter your info year after year, you may simply logon and click renew. 

Use the following link to sign up for the first time.  Then you can select logon in the menu from the main website in the future to view the member services.

pdf icon SPSA-Membership-Form.pdf

Final series race Sat 5/6 10:00 am

Reminder!  Our last Saturday series race of the season is this coming Saturday 5/6 @10:00am and the forecast looks breezy! J  Plan to meetup at Courigan’s afterwards around 3:30ish to toast the season, exercise bragging rights or make excuses and begin the smack talk for next year.

30th Annual SPSA Couples Regatta Sat 5/20

The 39th Annual Couples Race will be Saturday May 20th, 2017 @ 2:00pm. This is a his/her two handed race with a dinner party afterwards. The Awards Dinner and Party will be held at the St Petersburg Sailing Center at 5:00pm. Dinner for the skipper and 1 crew, is included with the entry fee.  This year we are changing the format to a “pursuit” style race.   Course and starting times for each boat relative to the 2:00 start will be given at the skippers meeting at 12:30.  Extra dinner tickets are available for any members wishing to join us for the party whether sailing or not.

The NOR is posted and online registration is open: