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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.  

Full Moon Race and King of the Bay Results plus SPSA information

1 March 2021

Hey Sailor!

Here’s a few notes about things just past and a short look into the future of your SPSA.

  • Full Moon Pursuit Results  This happened on Saturday February 27th.  First off, it was a beautiful night.  While it looked like the wind might go non-existent, it didn’t and everyone made it around the course.  How nice was it?  Three boats decided to skip the post race and stayed out on the bay.  We had twelve boats out for the race.  In the spinnaker fleet Warrior took the prize.  In the Cruising fleet it was Cayennita III, Desiderata and Surge finishing in the fluids, in that order.  Just a reminder, your prize, if not collected by our next racing event, will be repurposed.  Our locker in the Sailing Center is too small to store anybodies stuff. 

  • February King of the Bay Results  We had four results reported.   Libèlula (pronounced Lee Bay Lula) went all out on February 28th.  They ran the course three times and clocked the top three times.  The forecast was for 8 knots, it was a steady 13 gusting to 17.  My crew on a J-70 spotted Libèlula on the course, were were going around counter clock wise, they were going clockwise.  I like to say my crew clocked the fourth fastest time in February.  See the results dated 1 March 2021, coming soon.

  • Here’s the KoB report from Libèlula   
  • On Sunday afternoon, February 28th, 2021 Libèlula (Lee Bay Lula) and her crew (Skipper Joyce, Regular Trimmer James, Recent Trimmer Marc, Guest Helmsman Peter, and Tactitian/Magician Fritz) sailed three King of the Bay runs.The first run started at Little J, and we ran counter-clockwise. We had a building breeze and an incoming tide which set us north as we sailed Little J to “S” with just two tacks. Then a run with 2 gybes to G1, a fast beam reach as the breeze filled more, and a finish at Little J with an elapsed time of 1:02:25.The second run started at “S” and we ran counter-clockwise again. A fast run on port-tack and an even faster reach to Little J left us with a bit less tide push and a close-hauled fetch to the finish at “S.” The elapsed time for that run was 1:00:53. The third run started at “S” again. A port-tack run carried us straight to G1 this time, a close-reach to Little J was the fastest yet. And as the breeze backed a bit and the incoming tide all but disappeared, the last leg allowed us to crack off to a very close reach at the end of the leg! The elapsed time for that was 0:56:29!!!

  • 3 March SPSA Board Meeting 6 PM This is an open meeting, all SPSA Members are welcome to sit in.  It’s another Zoom meeting.  If you would like to attend, send me a message. 
  • 20 March Spring Series Race Day 4  Hula Girl II will be our race committee.  As usual we have an 11 AM start, as usual a Hula Girl have volunteered to be RC on the same day as our St Patrick’s Day Party is scheduled.  As usual you should expect shenanigans.
  • 20 March under the tree  For our post race gathering we are exploring options for a St Patrick’s Day Party.  Stay tuned, details will be announced once we have some.

Full Moon Pursuit Course & Start Times

25 Feb 2021 

Hey Racers,

Here’s your start time for Saturday’s Full Moon Pursuit Race (attached).  

The weather is looking good, high 60s, 5 to 10 from the ESE, the 1st boat starts at 6 PM,  the last boat at 6:19:26, the sun sets at 6:30, the moon rises at 7:04 and everybody finishes about the same time.  Even if you haven’t registered.  Come out anyway.  We request all aboard wear a PFD.  

Remember to record your finish time.  As always your honesty is on display at both start and finish.   Come to the Sailing Center parking lot for the post race awards.  You can also text your finish time to me.  918 766-1515 

Let’s Go Sailing!

Rich Treinen
SPSA Commodore

Spring Series Race Day 2 recap and other info.

21 February 2021
Hey Sailor,
  • It was a blue boat day with Warrior and Cayennita III taking the best of the day trophies in yesterdays Spring Series Race.  So far we’ve had plenty of wind out on the bay.  Warrior had a pair of 1s in the 4 boat spinnaker out yesterday – we need more spinnaker boats.  Cayennita III finished with a 3 and a 1 to beat out Hula Girl’s 1 and a 3 in a tie breaker.  When the scores are tied in that fashion, it’s who ever beat the other guy in the last race that wins the tie breaker.  Being a good sport about it the whole thing , Tony shared a bit of his trophy with Steve who happily drank it.  Nine boats were out in the cruising fleet.  Another great day on the bay.
  • If you’d like to see elapsed and corrected times for any race, here is how to do it.  Go to the SPSA Web Page  on the menu bar click on  RACING , from the drop down menu select REGATTAS, for the race or series of interest, click the  Results  button.  You will see the final results posted for each race with the race number in blue across the top. Click on the blue race number to display the elapsed and corrected time of every boat in that race.
  • I learned how to pronounce Libèlula.  For those who struggle like me, phonetically it’s lee bay ula.  I think.  It means dragonfly in Spanish.
  • Next up, Full Moon Pursuit Race, this Saturday Feb 27th, 6PM start for the slowest boat.  Cruising chute declarations are due on Wednesday, start times and course will be sent out Thursday.  We are requesting everyone on board to wear a PFD.  You must record and post your finish time.  Our post race gathering will be in the Sailing Center parking lot.  Just drive right in.
  • Full Moon course logger.  Brian was talking about this under the tree yesterday.  It’s a phone app everyone can use to track where the other boats were five minutes ago and replay the whole race later.  This is free software.  We have set up a regatta page for everyone to use  Here’s a link to find out more about this cool racing tool