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Boat looking for crew this Saturday


Hey Sailors,


Rich Carlson is in need of one or two crew for this Saturday’s Classic Regatta.  He’s looking for crew of intermediate skill level and of reasonable physical fitness.  Sounds like you’ll get a little exercise. Richard sails that big 32 ft cat rigged boat, Because. You know the boat, we’re always looking at his transom.  

If interested you’ll need to call Richard direct 727 798-3677.

Let’s Go Sailing!


Rich Treinen
SPSA Vice Commodore


This Saturday’s Series Race Start at 1 PM


Hey Sailor,


 *****  Bulletin  *****

Our first race of the Monthly Saturday Series, this Saturday September 7th, will have a first start at 1 PM.  The series races this year will have two races on each race date.  The 1st will be a shorter race and the second will be longer as the wind conditions permit.  Sorry about the confusion – we just sorted thing out at tonights board meeting.

The remainder of the Series Races will start at 11 AM.

See every one Friday Night and Saturday afternoon too.

Let’s Go Sailing!



Rich Treinen


SPSA Board Meeting Changed – Sailing Center Closed


Hey Sailors,

I know everyone was planning to crash our board meeting tomorrow at the Sailing Center.  I have bad news for all the volunteers.  The nasty weather preparations at the Sailing Center has put the classrooms out of service.  Our meeting has been switched to a teleconference with the officers.

Don’t forget our Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Friday.  The reservation deadline is just a few hours away.

Let’s Go Sailing!



Rich Treinen


A few more SPSA Announcements


Hey Sailor!


The sailing season kicks off in the bay big time in September.  Here’s a few items to make your day.

  • 30 August 2019 That’s this Friday.  It’s the last scheduled race of the St Petersburg Yacht Club’s Twilight Series.  The Awards Party will be held at the Tiki Bar after the race.  If the race is rained out there will still be a party, it will just start early.  Food will be available at $15 a head.  Gloria Davis, a long time member of the SPSA and SPYC has been the chief honcho of the Twilight Series for eons.  If for no other reason, please show up and thank Gloria and her crew on Coast Pilot for being there every Friday night all summer long.

  • 23:00 Monday 2 September 2019 That’s Labor Day.  It’s also the deadline for ticket purchases to the SPSA Annual Awards and Dinner Banquet.  The event is 6 PM Friday 6 September at the yacht club.  Here’s the link. http://spsa.us/racing/spsa-series/awards-dinner-tickets/

  • 7 PM 3 September 2019   That’s next Tuesday. The SPSA Monthly Board meeting will be held at the Sailing Center.  We will be entering the panic mode as we go through the punch list for the Annual Awards and Dinner Banquet.  Our members are encourage to attend.  We’d love to see you there.  We have opportunities for anyone that doesn’t have enough to do.  And there’s always a bit of food and beers to be had.  It’s a great way to get involved!

  • 7 September 2019 Kick off race day for 2019-20 SPSA Race Series.  Get your crew together.  This once a month Saturday Series of Races kicks off on .  Go the SPSA Regatta page.  Here’s the link.  http://spsa.us/racing/regattas/

  • 14 September 2019  The 10th Annual Classic Regatta.  This event is for boats 20 years and older.  Until last year the SPSA ran this event with help from the yacht club.  From now on it’s a yacht club run event. Many SPSA members are racing in this event and helping pull it off.  This is another example where Gloria has stepped up to keep a good thing going.  Last year the Classic raised $30,000 for Meals on Wheels.  We had more than 30 boats.  Over the 9 years the SPSA ran this event we raised over $100,000 to help Meals on Wheels serve our community.  That’s something our members and the event sponsors can be proud of.  Already this year we already have more than 30 registered boats. There are even a bunch of power boats signed up. This is a great event and party benefitting a great local charity.  Please consider participating.  Here’s the link.  https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=9521&fbclid=IwAR2csoCxcvEyB2A6sa1qsoAILl-UgzdImO6kODoJ_L3o2w9-oLvP1gXbR8M

  • White Hawk  Here’s a pic of last years Most Beautiful Boat at the Classic Regatta.  White Hawk is a Cherubini 48 staysail schooner.  She’s coming back to defend her title.  In this picture she’s flying her gollywobbler.  It the wind is right you might see this fabulous sight, if you’re there.



Let’s Go Sailing!


Rich Treinen
SPSA Secretary


Trivia Information


Hey Sailors,

Noreen has asked that the following critical information be distributed about this year’s Trivia Contest.

  • New protocols have been developed to insure the secrecy and integrity of the contest.
  • The questions and answers to this year’s Sailing Trivia Contest are now in a sealed envelope and have been secured in a safe deposit box at the St Petersburg branch of Wells Fargo. At the SPSA dinner on September the 6TH,  a security guard will transfer the envelope from Wells Fargo  directly to the Trivia Hostess.
  • Prizes will be awarded to all members of the winning team.
  • There is no arguing with Noreen.  As the Trivia Master she is always right.
  • There is no whining, hissy fits or crying at the Trivia Contest.  Just calm yourself down with a little sip of wine.
  • In order to be successful at this year’s contest, it is suggested that you study sailing pop culture, racing history and nautical rules. 

Don’t miss this event at our Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on 6 September 6 PM.  

Let’s Play Trivia!



Rich Treinen
SPSA Secretary
TreinenRich@aol.com