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SPSA – Couples/Double-Handed Race and Other Updates

Hello Sailors,
  • This Saturday, May 4th is our Couples/Double-handed race. Open to all members – any combination of two sailors. It is a pursuit race – 1100 first start. All start¬†times will be posted by Friday afternoon, 4/3. Post-race celebration at the Sailing Center with awards¬†and a light meal with a Cinco-de-Mayo theme will be provided to all racers.¬†Please RSVP to by replying to this email or¬†¬†by Friday morning.¬†*¬†If you're not racing on Saturday and would like to volunteer to help with the post race event please let me know. We could use one or two folks to help out.*
  • Update to the scoring/order of finish for our last Spring Series race on April 13th.¬†
            Spinnaker Р1st is Tack Tick
                                2nd РGimmie Shelter
                                3rd РMojo
            Cruising w/Spin (no change) Р1st РCharisma
                                                             2nd РLegacy
            Cruising Рchange to the order of finish do to a scoring input error
                     1st place is Slow Bell
                     2nd РCayennita III
                     3rd РDesiderata
            Sonar (non-spin) Р1st is Sonar Burney skippered by Wendy Reeve
                                           2nd РSonar Hare
  • Thanks everyone for a great season!¬†Keep sailing through the summer – the best way to keep your boat and crew tuned is by running the¬†KOB¬†– don't forget to report the times to¬†
  • Our next Board of Directors¬†meeting is Tuesday May 7, 6:00PM at the Sailing Center.¬†Our meetings are¬†open to all members,¬†please let me know if you plan to attend.¬†¬†If you are interested in participating in the leadership of SPSA this would be a good meeting to attend or you can reach out to me and I can provide more information.

See you out on the Bay!

April 2024 Update

  • King of the Bay¬†– We had 5 reports of KOB sailings in March. The winner,¬†by just 46 seconds, is¬†Sonar Burney. On the blustery morning of March 26, Wendy Reeve and Greg Burney along with crew Rich McNichols and Jerry Plummer, skippered Sonar #2 (non-spin) to¬†March's winning corrected time of 00:47:13.¬†With wind blowing 15-20kts and some healthy¬†gusts, they started at G1 and rounded the course counterclockwise. Wendy reported the chop as being moderate, Greg vehemently disagreed!¬†ūü•ī. Congratulations skippers & crew! It's a new month and plenty of days left to attempt to take the KOB¬†flag in April! Report your times to¬†
  • SPSA Series Races 15 & 16, Saturday April 13 start time 1100. RC will be Jeff Janus and his boat Shiva, an S-2 6.7. This will be our final series race for the 2023-24 season. There is some close competition, especially in the Cruising Spin class, that will be decided in this race. Don't miss out!¬†Jeff on Shiva is requesting some assistance from someone experienced with Race Committee proceedings. If you are available to help out please email¬†

  • Speaking of Race Committee: Just a reminder that prior to the start of the race per our sailing instructions;¬†¬† ¬†¬†The Race Committee boat will display an ‚ÄúL‚ÄĚ flag (Come Within Hail, see attached) when it is prepared to check in competitors. Checking in with the race committee is mandatory. Each competitor shall communicate the boat name, sail number, class and any modifications to the boat‚Äôs normal rating.¬†

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  • Our Couple's/Doublehanded Race will be on Saturday May 4th. This is a pursuit race with the first start time set at 1100. If you haven't registered yet, what are you waiting for? Find a partner – the love of your life, your bestie, or a loyal crew member – ¬†and prepare for a fun (and maybe challenging) day on the Bay! Participants are invited to a post race celebration at the Sailing Center – details to follow.
  • Sunday May 26 Raft-up on Boca Ciega Bay. Thanks to SPSA and BCYC member Lezlee Kramer, Boca Ciega Yacht Club has extended an invitation to SPSA members to participate in their Raft-Up in May. Additional details can be found in the attached flyer. This is a great opportunity to explore other waters around our area, meet some new sailors, and exchange stories and ideas with another active sailing club. Thank you BCYC!
See you all out on the Bay

March race results and other happenings

Hello Sailors,
Happy first day of Spring¬†ūüíź!
  • We had a great turn-out for our¬†Spring Series/St. Patrick's Day Races.¬†Hula Girl and crew did a fantastic job as RC¬†and the race courses and distances were perfect for the day's conditions. Fun on the water with Leprechauns and some shenanigans, and a lively post race party at the Big Catch at Salt Creek – Thank you Rear Commodores Connie Riechert and Doug Jones for making all the arrangements.
    • To recap – overall winners for the day:
    • Racing Division,¬†Spinnaker Class – #1 Gimmie Shelter, #2 Mojo,¬†
    • #3 Tack Tick
    • Cruising Division,¬†Spinnaker Class – #1 Charisma, #2 Legacy,¬†
    • #3 Koinonia II
    • Cruising Division,¬†Jib & Main – #1 Slow Bell, #2 Cayennita III, #3 Fantasea
    • Cruising¬†Division,¬†Sonar Non-Spin – #1 Sonar Burney, #2 Sonar Hare
  • Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who came out.¬†Special thanks to Rosann Drust for gifting our¬†winners with beautifully embroidered boat towels commemorating our St. Patrick's Day race. Thank you Roseann.
  • Next up¬†is our Spring¬†Full Moon Pursuit Race this Saturday March 23. First boat started in 1930.¬†Race course details and all start times will be provided by Friday. If you haven't experienced a full moon race don't miss out – they are magical.¬†Post race meet-up at the St. Pete Marina South Dock Pavillion(where the Pier One Yacht Sales office is located).
  • Also on March¬†23 is the¬†SPYC MOA Race. It's a 60 mile race. There is still time to register. This is a new race for SPYC – bringing back some long distance races.
  • Saturday April 6th is the¬†SPYC 81 Bay/Charlie Morgan Memorial Regatta. Come out and honor a great sailor, designer, boat builder and an all around wonderful man.
  • Our final Series Races for the 2023 – 24 will be on Saturday April 14, start time 1100.¬†RC will be Jeff Janus on Shiva,¬†an S2¬†6.7¬†Post Race meet-up details will be announced soon.¬†
  • In the meantime – don't forget about the¬†King of the Bay.¬†Run the KOB course and take the flag if you can. Report finish times to¬†
    See you out on the Bay!

    SPSA – February Update and What’s Next!

    Hello Sailors,
    February has been a busy month for sailboat racing. Among the clubs around the bay there were racing opportunities every weekend. We had cooler temps, light winds, brilliant sunny days, heavy winds and rainy conditions Рtypical Florida winter.
    We started out the month with our second installment of our Spring Series Races Рraces 11 & 12. It was a light air day. We were only able to get one race off. Thank you Guy Van Doran and Fiddlesticks for being the Race Committee for the day. Winners for the day were Tack Tick in the Racing Division, Legacy in Cruising Spin, Slow Bell РCruising, and Sonar Burney in the Sonar/Non-Spin Class. Congratulations to all!
    The Helly Hansen – Sailing World Regatta took over the Bay February 16-18. Well over 200 boats participated in this international regatta series race. Friday started out with postponements waiting for the winds to fill in and only one race was completed. Saturday was a "sporty" day with gusts over 20 and Sunday brought a very windy and rainy day, a racing challenge for all.¬†9 SPSA member boats participated in the PHRF Distance Race¬†with 4 taking the podium –¬†Ray Mannix/Semper Fi, Tony Sampere/Cayennita III, Jeff Lewis/Slow Bell and Dave Roberts/Legacy. Members¬†Lon Ethington and Meg Gimmie sailed their Windmill Pig Headed and took second place in a one design Division¬†Congratulations to everyone, especially the crews that slogged through the conditions on Sunday.
    This past Saturday Tampa Sailing Squadron held its Gasparilla Regatta. Alway gracious hosts, the TSS race brough great weather with healthy winds that made for a fun race and a pirate themed after party with food, a band and dancing and rum all around. Again, 9 SPSA member boats participated. Taking home some pirate treasure were Slow Bell, Hula Girl II, Cayennita and Legacy. Well Done SPSA!
    March Events for SPSA:
    Saturday March 2 is our Commodore's Cup. This is a pursuit race with the first start at 1100. All start times will be posted by Friday afternoon. Post Race Meet-up will be at Localz. Even if you don't get the chance to race try to make it to the post race gathering. If you are new to the club this is a great opportunity to meet other members. 
    Tuesday March 5th is our next Board of Directors meeting, 6:00PM at the Sailing Center. All members are welcome to attend. Attending a meeting is a great way to get a little more involved in the club and find opportunities to offer ideas and volunteer. If you plan to attend please let us know by sending an email to
    Saturday March 16 – Spring Series Races 13 & 14¬†¬†Our St. Patrick's Day Race‚ėėÔłŹ.¬†Start time 1100. Hula Girl II will be RC¬†– expect some leprechaun shenanigansūüćĬ†on the Bay. Details for the Post Race Party are upcoming. For sure there will be awards for the best dressed boat and crew.
    Saturday March 23 is our Spring Full Moon Pursuit Race Рstart time 1930. All start times will be posted by Friday afternoon. Don't miss out on the magical experience of racing under a full moon. 
    Other Racing Opportunities around the Bay in March:
    March 9 РSPYC Pennington Cup Рthis is a Gulf Race out of their Pass-a-grille clubhouse. If you want to sail and not deal with the Grand Prix traffic this is a great event. See here for details
    SPYC Twilight Series begins on Friday March 25th. The best way to round out your week is to sail. Go here for registration details.
    March 23 –¬†SPYC MOA Race¬†– this is a 60 nautical mile race. A new race for this year, one of the SPYC Ocean Racing Series Race. It will be a good challenge for boats and crew. Don't miss out.¬†
    Don't forget you have a few more Days to try to win the King of the Bay for February. Brian Conlin sailing Obsession currently holds the flag as winner for January. His time also put him in the 6th spot for fastest overall time.
    See you all out on the Bay

    SPSA Late January 2024 update

    Hello Sailors,
     Winds were up last Sunday and it was a little cold but that didn't stop 14 boats from participating in the 3rd Annual Off The Wall Regatta. 4 boats with new to racing skippers crossed the start line for a raucous sail around the course. The post race gathering was exciting as trophies were awarded and tales of the day were exchanged. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped with planning. It was a memorable day!.
    • Our next¬†Spring Series races take place this Saturday, February 3rd, start time 1100. Race Committee boat will be Fiddlesticks.¬†Post Race Meet-up at Localz for race awards and the KOB for January will be announced!¬†**The Sailing Center is hosting the¬†ILCA Midwinters regatta this weekend and their lot is being used for trailer storage. There will be no parking in their lot that Saturday, only loading/unloading and hoist use, but cars must park elsewhere. Sorry for the inconvenience.
    • Wednesday, February 6th is our next SPSA Board of Directors¬†meeting, 6:00PM at the Sailing Center.¬†All SPSA members are welcomed. Please let us know if you plan to attend by emailing¬†
    Other racing around the Bay in February:
    It's another full month of fun sailing. Don't miss out.
    See you out on the Bay!