information – coming events

Hey Sailors,

Here’s the information you need to make it through February 2022.  

  • Gimmi Shelter, our Race Committee for Spring Season Races 3 and 4, will be sitting in a light blue & white 24 foot Polar Sport Fisher somewhere in the Bay near downtown.  Monitor or hail on channel 72 if you need to find the location of the committee boat.  Most of the time committee will set up just east of the pier. 
  • You’ll find the results for Spring Season Races 1 & 2 posted on the SPSA Web Page.  The wind was nice at the start of Race 1 and slowly died.  The spinnaker fleet managed to get two races in while race 2 in cruising fleet was abandoned.  If you want to see actual and corrected times, click the blue race number at the top of the results page.  Taking the best of the day awards were Warrior in spinnaker and Sonar-Lewis in cruising.  Thanks to Legacy for RC duty – nicely done.  Thanks to Noreen for organizing the Chili Cook Off, Connie for guarding them while we were racing and the 10 Chili Cooks.  It was a nice way to end a great day on the bay.
  • SPSA Board Meeting February 1st at 6 PM.  This months meeting will be held at the table outside the dock master’s office at the yacht club marina. Our meetings are always open to all members of the SPSA.  In fact this is a good way to get involved.
  • Tampa Bay Sailing Squadron’s 56th Gasparilla Regatta is scheduled for February 5th.  A couple of SPSA boats always find their way across the bay for this fun event.  Here’s a link to their web page for information. 
  • Saturday February 5th  Adaptive Sailing Day at the Sailing Center.  10 AM  to 2 PM.  The Sailing Center hosts local folks that are not able to sail without help.  Local organizations bring their clients to the Sailing Center for short sails.  The Sailing Center needs volunteers to help in all aspects of this great event.  This is one of those events that makes you feel good all the way home.  Contact Dana Aljasir at the Sailing Center if you are able to help.
  • The Off the Quay Wall pursuit race will be run on Sunday Feb 6th at 11 AM.  That is the 1st Sunday in February.  This event has been geared to introduce a few potential SPSA members to sail boat racing.  These sailors are mostly moored on the south side of the pier approach and have been talking to us about getting involved.  The event is open to boats 30 ft and less and we will be providing these new skippers with as much help as they need.  The event is also open to experienced sailors.  Sign up on the Regatta page.  We may need to recruit a few experienced SPSA hands to help out. 
  • Around the Point Race – February 12th.  This event starts at the Davis Island Yacht Club and finishes at downtown St Petersburg.  Here’s the link to DIYC 
  • And don’t forget the NOODS are right here, downtown St Petersburg at the Yacht Club.  February 18 – 20.
  • One more thing.  Please recognize when you have luffing rights, when you don’t and when they vanish.  There are things to know before and after the start and out on the course.  We are getting more boats on the starting line and we’ve had a couple of incidents.  We do not want a protest.  It’s been more than 10 years.  Google “sailboat racing luffing rights”  if you want to be sure.