Your SPSA May Events and other news

2 May 2021

Hey Sailor,

Here’s a listing of our May events and a few other things.

This week:

  • Tuesday May 4th at 6 PM Vice Commodore Penny Simone will be hosting a meeting to kick-start a SPSA Cruising Calendar.  If the group does not put your favorite gunk hole on the list and you did not attend the meeting, you have no grounds to complain.  Email Penny to get the Zoom information.
  • Wednesday May 5th at 6 PM will be our SPSA Board meeting.  On the agenda: final planning for the Couples and Double Handed Regatta, planning for the 2021-22 SPSA events, and other stuff.  We always talk about other stuff.  All SPSA Members are invited to Zoom in.  Send me a message and I’ll send you the meeting connect information.
  • Saturday May 8th 2 PM  Couples and Double Handed Regatta.  This is the last racing event in the 2020-21 SPSA Calendar.  This will be a pursuit race with staggered starts.  The first boat, the theoretically slowest boat, will start at 2 PM.  Start times and the course to be sailed will be posted and emailed no later than 10 PM on Thursday May 6th.  Cruising chute declarations, should your crew agree to that, are required by midnight on Wednesday May 5th.  Post race we will meet up under the tree for trophy presentation and we will be serving a hand holdable Italian item. That would be a calzone and salad for two.  Everything else is BYO.  Chairs are recommended as fire ants may be hungry too. The entry fee to cover the post race food is $20.  There may still be Sonars available through the Sailing Center.  Qualified Yacht Club members can check out J-70s.  You can view the racing documents and register using the link

Other things:

  • The St Petersburg Twilight Series is going strong.  If you haven’t participated in one of these Friday races, you are really missing out.  Contact Brian if you need crew or are looking for a boat to jump on.  Racing starts at 6:30 PM, registration is next to nothing and racing continues through August every Friday evening. Click here for the registration page
  • St Petersburg’s plans for the Municipal Marina.  Big changes are on the waterfront.  This is a very controversial development plan being pushed by the city to fix years of maintenance issues, neglect in my opinion.  But don’t take my word for it.  Google “St Petersburg Municipal Marina upgrade” and read all the viewpoints yourself.  One thing is certain, keeping a boat at the Municipal Marina is not going to be wallet friendly.
  • The ranks of non-boat owners on the SPSA board took a hit.  Penny and Robert Simone, that’s Vice Commodore Penny, purchased an Ericson 32.  They picked Bumbugo up on the Atlantic side of Florida last week and 4.5 day cruised to her new home at the St Pete Municipal Marina.  This was a good hit, beautiful boat, they knocked it out of the park.