Spring Series Race Day 4 Results, Couples & Double-Handed Regatta and more stuff

19 April 2021
Hey Sailor,
Here’s a summary of the Spring Series Race Day 4 winners and information about the Spring Series in general.  You’ll also find information about coming our May 8th event, the Couples & Double-Handed Regatta, and of course other stuff.
Spring Series stuff:
  • Spring Series Race Day 4 was a beautiful day to be out on the bay.  We had great wind and our RC, Cayennita III, set a great course and ran the race in a very professional manner.  I’m guessing having 3 US Sailing race certified PROs on board may have helped.  Thanks Tony!
  • Taking the liquid honors on Race Day 4 was a highly contested affair.  In the Spinnaker Class Warrior and Tack Tick split the 1st and 2nds, and were tied at 3 points.  As tie breakers go, Tack Tick takes the rum having finished ahead of Warrior in the last race.  In the Cruising Class it was even tighter, 1st and 4th place were tied with 3 boats each.  Tied for 1st were Desiderata (3&1), Legacy (1&3) and Sonar Lewis (2&2).  Had this been poker a pair of 2s would win.  It’s not and Desiderata pulls the rum to her side of the table.   All scores for the Spring series can be found by clicking this link.  http://spsa.us/racing/regattas/   Click  Results  on the 2020-21 SPSA Spring Series Line
  • Full Spring Series Spinnaker Class (7 competitors):  1st Tack Tick (7 points), 2nd Warrior (7 points) and 3rd Sonar Gill (24 points)
  • Full Spring Series Cruising Class (16 competitors): 1st Cayennita III (8 points), 2nd Surge (14 points) and 3rd Hula Girl (15 points)
  • Scoring and tie breakers:  You can read how these are applied in the SIs and US Sailing Rules of Racing.  
  • We award pennants for the Series winners at the annual meeting every September.
  • This was a very good event this year.  Our participation is growing as the virus wanes.  Thanks to all the old and new members of the SPSA.  Being part of a three boat mark rounding while overlapped is exciting, even if you were the outside boat.  I’m looking forward to a quad overlap.
Couples and Double-Handed Regatta stuff:
  • May 8th, 2 PM Start.  This is a pursuit race with an awards dinner following the race.  There is a $20 entry fee to cover the cost of a freshly cooked and hand holdable Italian style meal.
  • There are two classes:  The Couples Class, a man and a woman, has been a long standing event held by SPSA for many years.  We have expanded the format to now include anyone who wishes to participate in the Double-Handed Class.  
  • Here’s the link to register http://spsa.us/racing/regattas/   Click  Enter  on the 2021 Couples & Double-Handed Regatta line.  If you intend to sail with a cruising spinnaker, remember to declare your cruising spinnaker before midnight on May 5th.
  • Watch for more details as the race day approaches.  That would be your start time and the marks you need to find and round.  
Cruising Events stuff:

Don’t forget to contact Vice Commodore Penny if you have an interest in participating or planning our cruising events.  pennysimone@gmail.com 

King of the Bay stuff:

King of the Bay flags are awarded every month of the year.  Get out on the bay, run the course and make your claim.  It is impossible to win a flag if you do not run the course.  Here’s a link to the details http://spsa.us/racing/king-of-the-bay/

It’s never a good thing 
That transom view of the Handicap King
(unknown poet)

Date Correction & our NOOD Sailors

8 April 2021

Hey Sailor,

Here’s a correction for the date of our next race day, headline news from the St Petersburg National Offshore One Design event and other topics.

  • Spring Series Race Day #4 is April 17th  Our regular monthly Saturday race days are always on Saturday.  It’s not on Sunday April 18th.  Those races are never on Sunday.  Thanks to all of you that did not send me a message.  Thanks to the one person who did.  That is a very efficient way to let me know I screwed up.
  • Spring Series #4 Post Race will be under the tree.  BYO everything.  
  • The NOODs  How about this stellar performance from our SPSA Sailors.
  • 1st Place North Sails Double Handed: Silver Surfer (Harvey Ford)
  • 1st Place Cruising World Rally Race – Cruiser: Cayennita III (Tony Sanpere).  SPSA had 6 boats running in this class
  • 1st and 3rd Place PHRF 1:  1st Tack Tic (Mike Siedlecki) and 3rd Warrior (Grant Dumas).  SPSA had 4 boats sailing in this class.
  • 3rd Place PHRF 2: Backoff (Tony Barrett)
  • 5 of our 14 SPSA Boats racing finished in the trophies!
  • Cruising in the SPSA  At last evening’s board meeting we discussed running organized cruising activities.  We recognize that many of the membership have an interest in adding cruising to their sailing lives.  In the past our cruises have not been planned far enough in advance for many interested parties to prioritize their schedules.  Our Vice Commodore Penny Simone (and new boat owner) will be organizing a group of SPSA Sailors to work the details of scheduling and providing leadership.  If you have an interest in participating and/or helping to get this going, contact Penny.  pennysimone@gmail.com 
  • Twilight Series  The Yacht Club’s Friday evening racing series is going strong.  Get your boat out on the water for this delightful every Friday evening event.  Need more feet on your boat or a boat under your feet?  Contact Brian Membership.Chair@SPSA.us   Here’s a link to register for the Twilight Series https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eid=14354

  • April 2021 SPSA Update

    1 April 2021
    Hey Sailor,
    Here’s a couple of reminders and other SPSA News.
    • April 7th 6 PM Board Meeting  Another Wednesday Zoom event, all SPSA members are invited to participate.  Email me and I’ll send you the Zoom information. We are winding down our year with only two more events left on the calendar.  The main task is to start planning for next year.  Any one interested in helping out is encouraged to contact me.  TreinenRich@aol.com
    • April 17th Spring Series Race Day #4  This is the last of the 2020-21 Series Races.  Tony Sanpere, Cayennita III, is our Race Committee.  He has recruited Chuck Goes and his boat to help out.  We’ve had great turnout so far with 21 boats registered and nearly 15 on the start line most days.  Even if you haven’t participated yet, get a crew together and get in the last series race.  Look for Chuck’s boat, Anything Goes out on the water.  
    • 9 May Couples Regatta 2 PM Start.  We are pulling together the plans for this two person race which in years past has had a dinner served afterwards.  Additional details will be posted once we figure out what we are going to do.
    • March 2021 King of the Bay Results  Warrior posted the best corrected time on March 20th.  Warrior started and finished at G1 running clockwise.  Her corrected time of 49:55 also stands as the 5th best of all time. Here’s a link to the current King of the Bay Standings.  Here’s how to see the KoB Standings.  From the SPSA Web Page http://spsa.us/  click Racing on the blue bar and select  King of the Bay-Results
    • SPYC’s Twilight Series is under way.  We have 14 SPSA members participating and more to come.  Yacht Club membership is not required.  This is an every Friday evening race around the buoys runs through August (except April 2nd).  The action kicks off at 6:30.  Register with this link  https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eid=14354  It costs next to nothing.  Need crew?  Brian can help you out Membership.Chair@spsa.us   Looking for a boat to jump on, same guy.  When you get out on the bay listen in on VHF 63 and look for Gloria on Coast Pilot, it’s a white cabin over a blue hull.
    • Since this month’s report is short, here’s a joke.  Usually my jokes are preceded by parents taking their young out of the room.  Not this time.  A 10 year old became annoyed at her parents because they spelled out words trying to keep her from understanding. “I know exactly what your are saying.  Please stop it.” she said.  Her mother smiled and replied “ Ok .  . . a  . . . y.”  The next time you will need to remove the innocent.  

    Spring Series Race Day #3 recap

    23 March 2021

    Hey Sailor,

    Sorry I missed the race and the after party.  Here’s what I heard plus a couple other things to promote/preserve the camaraderie.

    • Best of the Day  In the Spinnaker Class Tack Tick took a pair of 1’s and the liquid trophy.  In the Cruising Class we had another tie; Cayennita III, Surge and Sonar-Non Spin Lewis finished the day with 4 total points.  However Cayennita appears to be unbeatable in tie breakers.  Her 3 & 1 beats out Surge’s 1 & 3 and Sonar-Non Spin Lewis’s pair of twos.  We use the Racing Rule number A8.2 to figure these ties out.  If you’re going to beat Tony in the tie breaker you need to beat him in the last race.

    • Thanks to Hula Girl II for adding a wee bit of green to our racing and running a pair of great races with what appeared to be a Leprechaun starting mark.

    • Thanks to Dan and Noreen of Last Tango for providing the food during our under the tree event.  It was good to see both again and we are all looking forward to see Last Tango out on the bay very soon.  

    • After three years of waiting, I hope all the KoB Flag winners will make up for lost time and put their flags on display.  PS, the luff on the KoB flags can not handle a load, use a carrier line.

    • Now for the preservation of camaraderie:  Every one please keep in mind that the flags and bottles we award are not worth a crushed bow pulpit.  The SPSA has a running tradition, 10 plus years, of avoiding the protest room.  Please do not put your friends in the position of using the bow or a red flag to keep the racing according to the rules.  Doing a 360 is cheap compared to the cost of a DSQ.  On the handicap side, please race your boat with the equipment on board according to your rating certificate.  I would rather not see a picture of the dock next to an empty slip, taken on race day, covered with an outboard motor, 23 cushions, chain, rafts, Waterford wine glasses, propane tanks, an air conditioner and two toilets.  I haven’t seen a picture like that and I don’t want to tell Penny it’s time to start buying cheap rum.  We have a good thing going.  Let’s stay out of the protest room.

    • Spring Series Race Day #4 is April 17th.  Cayennita III will be our race committee.  Tony has informed me he will be using a friend’s power boat.