SPSA News July 2021

4 July 2021

Hey Sailor,

Even though it’s hot and humid we do have a few things to report.

  • Our King of the Bay Flag winner for June 2021 is Libèlula.  She ran the course 3 times on June 20th in great wind conditions.  Two of her three corrected times also placed Libèlula in 5th and 8th top ten of all King of the Bay corrected times.  Her other run was not quite good enough but did come in as the 11th best of all time.  Here’s a link to the KoB results.  Look for the 4 July 2021 version.
  • The proposed Slate of Officers for our 2021-22 Season is:  Commodore Rich Treinen, Vice Commodore Penny Simone, Rear Commodore(s) Dan and Noreen Dawson, Secretary Jean Charles-Marks, Treasurer Richard Boler, Race Committee Chairman Gerard Gaudry, Rating Committee Chairman Charles Archer, Membership Chairman Brian Conlin and Marketing and Mass Communications Chairman Raúl Calzada.
  • The door is now open for additional nominees for any of the officer positions.  If you are even remotely considering or even feeling guilty about not taking your turn as an SPSA officer, you might want to sit in on our next board meeting to see experience all the fun we have.  If you are interested please send me an email by August 1st.   TreinenRich@aol.com
  • Our July Board Meeting will be held on July 7th at 6 PM.  This is planned to be our last Zoom meeting unless things change.  If you’d like to sit in, please send me an email message and I will get you the Zoom connection information.
  • Please renew your SPSA Membership.  Thanks to all those who have already done so.
  • Please take a look at the link for our Classic Regatta scheduled for September 11th.  We are looking for boats, sponsors, and a few people to help. Get your crew together and make a run at the Good Neighbor Award.  https://neighborly.org/st-petersburg-classic-regatta/

SPSA Annual Membership Renewal and other tidbits

25 June 2020

Hey Sailor,

Here’s the first friendly reminder to renew your SPSA Membership.  
  • Our calendar year year runs from July 1st through June 30th.  
  • If you can’t remember if you are paid up through June 30th 2022, logon to your SPSA account, under the  My Profile  tab on the bar click Profile.  The expiration date tells you everything you need to know.  
  • Under the My Profile tab you’ll find the Renew Membership button.

Our plans are underway to have our Annual Meeting in the Yacht Club.  It will be a fun evening and quite a bit more upscale than last year’s under the tree event.  The date is September 17th with the night kicking off at 5:30.

Our first event of the 2021-22 season is scheduled for Sept 11th.  It’s the 12th running of the Classic Regatta which we run in partnership with the St Petersburg Yacht Club.  This is a wonderful day on the bay benefitting the Pinellas County Meals on Wheels program.  Registration is open through the Yacht Club.

One more thing.  Does anyone know where our white course board is located?  No questions will be asked.  If it happens to be right where it’s suppose to be, please forgive me.

SPSA Update 4 June 2021

4 June 2021


Hey Sailor,


Here’s the scoop from our last board meeting and other bits of SPSA news.

  • At our June 2nd Board Meeting
  • A change in the bylaws was adopted.  The Annual Meeting may now be held anytime in September.  Before the change we were restricted to September 1st through 15th.  With Labor Day and the move of the Classic Regatta to the following weekend, there was a stark shortage of available Fridays.
  • This year’s Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Twilight Series awards presentation.  The plans are for a full meeting & awards dinner in the yacht club like we used to do.  Put Friday September 17th on your calendar.
  • We put the 2021-22 schedule on paper and agreed it was final unless we needed to make changes.  Look for a posting on the SPSA web page.
  • A bunch of other boring stuff that I will not repeat here.  If that type of stuff interests you, please participate in the board meetings.  Our next board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday July 7th.
  • The May 2021 King of the Bay winner is Libèlula.  Her corrected time was 1:09:18 reflective of the light winds that dominate the bay weather this time of year. If you see a weather forecast without thunderstorms and a 15+ breeze on a weekday, it’s a good day to play hooky.  Here’s the link to access the King of the Bay results.   http://spsa.us/  at the SPSA home page click and hold  RACING  on the navy blue bar and slide down to  King of the Bay – Results .  Look for the date stamp 4 Jun 2021.
  • The Twilight Series continues to run every Friday evening with the 1st start at 6:30.  We have 19 SPSA boats participating in this event.  If you need crew to get your boat out on the bay send a message to Brian Membership.Chair@spsa.us 

  • Couples / Double Handed Results and the months ahead

    10 May 2021

    Hey Sailor,

    With the completion of the Couples / Double Handed Regatta this past Saturday we have finished up our 2020-21 SPSA Racing Season.  Read on for the results and more information about what’s ahead in the summer months.  For those of you are relative new to the SPSA, our year runs July 1st through June 30th.  We are pretty much dormant during June through August because it’s just too hot. During this time there are other ways to get out on the bay.

    • Couples / Double Handed Results:  The day could have had a bit more wind.  It was a G3 – G1 – Lil” J – G3 triangle.  We had nine boats cross the starting line in light air with the last bit of a flood tide.  Five boats made it around and escaped from G1 taking the wind with them.  It didn’t totally die, but the 4 of us left behind were on life support.  Slack tide saved us from double dispare.  Thanks to the leaders for waiting for us at the 5 PM after party.  We arrived just before 6.  Taking the day’s trophies:  Couples: 1st Tack Tick, 2nd Silver Surfer and 3rd Sonar Lewis; Double Handed: 1st Cayennita III.
    • Thanks to Dan and Noreen Dawson for pulling together the post party feed; hot calzones, salad and dessert.  There was a low humidity cool breeze flowing under the tree and it was really nice. 
    • Vice Commodore Penny reports we have a good group of cruisers pulling together plans for the coming year.  Get involved and stay tuned if you’d like sailing somewhere besides around the marks.
    • The King of the Bay winner for April was Surge.  Her run on the 17th, with a corrected time of 45:26 was also the 3rd fasted corrected time in the history of the KoB.  Look for updated results with a 10 May 2021 date.  On the SPSA Home Page click the King of the Bay – Results line on the Racing drop down.
    • Our 2021-22 dates have been submitted for the Tampa Bay Yachting master Calendar.  You can expect our first event to be the Classic Regatta on September 11th followed shortly with our annual meeting on Sept 17th and the kick off of the SPSA Series on Sept 25th.  We have 13 racing events planned over our 9 month sailing season. 
    • In the meantime, the SPYC’s Twilight Series runs every Friday evening and the King of the Bay.  This is a great event that runs all summer.  You can also pull a crew together and run the King of the Bay course.  We award KoB flags for the best corrected time every month.
    • You will also be hearing about membership dues and opportunities to get involved in the year ahead.
    • Thanks to all SPSA members for keeping the SPSA alive this year, making our 2020-21 events a success and helping the SPSA grow.  Even in a tough year, it was nice to be a part of the St Petersburg Sailing Association.


    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.  pennysimone@gmail.com
    • 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. TreinenRch@aol.com
    • 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 https://spsa.us/racing/regattas/

    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.  Membership.Chair@spsa.us  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  https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eid=14354
    • 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.