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!