Annual Meeting of the St. Petersburg Sailing Association

43rd Annual Meeting of the St. Petersburg Sailing Association will be September 2, 2016 at  St. Petersburg Yacht Club

Please plan to attend the 43rd Annual SPSA Meeting and Awards Banquet at the SPYC.  We will induct new officers and present sailing awards for the SPSA series.  SPYC  will present awards for the Summer Twilight series.

Social hour begins at 5:30pm; business meeting at 6:30.  As we have done for the past several years, we will be joined by the sailors of the SPYC Summer Twilight series (we're mostly all the same folks).

SPYC always treats us well and puts out a fine spread. In keeping with the yacht club setting,  proper attire (business casual)  is requested. 

The cost of the dinner is $35.  Please make reservations so we can coordinate with  SPYC.  You can make reservations and payment on line through the SPSA website under the membership tab ( or simply reply to this email with your number of reservations.  We will accommodate "walk-ups" on a "space available" basis. If you choose to pay at the door, please be prepared to pay by cash or check.

If you have questions, please contact me ( or Gloria Davis (

SPSA 2016-17 Schedule ** Revised **

Please note the schedule change for the St Petersburg Classic Regatta (aka Good Old Boat Regatta) from Jan 14th to Jan 21st in order to avoid a conflict with the DIYC’s Commodore’s Cup which is a boat of the year race.  This will allow those campaigning in the BOTY series as well as DIYC sailors to participate in our premier regatta.   This will be reflected on the next revision of the West Florida Yacht Racing Master Calender.


We are planning some changes this year for the St Pete Classic to make it even more fun than it already is!   *** Save the date 1/21/17!!  ***


Steve Shortt

SPSA Vice Commodore



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July 9th – Beer Can Island Flotilla

The hugely popular SPSA Beer Can Island flotilla has been scheduled for Sat July 9th!!!  The fleet will meet approximately ¼ mile east of the pier at 10:00.  We will meet just off the pier and the flotilla will depart promptly at 10:10.   The plan is to anchor out (or raft up conditions permitting) for the day, picnic lunch, swim, etc.   Note that the current can be very strong here — if your draft requires you to anchor a good distance from the beach, you may want a dinghy or kayak to get to shore safely. 

 Please RSVP to


  1. Use VHF 72, fly your SPSA Burgee (need one? Contact the Commodore, we have extras!)
  2. Meet ¼ mile east of the “former” pier @10:00am
  3. Flotilla departs @ 10:15
  4. Sail 86°M for 5nm to the Green/Red bouy (N27 47.065 W82 31.387) marking the Gadson Pt Cut channel
  5. Sail 73°M following the Gadson Pt Cut channel for 4nm to the private channel (N27 48.569 W82 27.077) on the north side of Pine Key (Beer Can Island)
  6. Take the private channel to the anchorage (N27 48.400 W82 26.649) on the east side of the island 

Navigational Note:   Give the former pier a wide berth, there are submerged concrete pilings left from the demolition!!   



(For reference only, not be used for navigational purposes)

29th Annual SPSA Couples Race

The St. Petersburg Sailing Association's (SPSA)  29th Annual Couples Race is May 21, 2016. Crew must be “him and her” (one male sailor and one female sailor).

More information about the Couples Race including the NOR and entry form is under the Racing header.

Entries may be made online through the SPSA website or submitting the SPSA Couple’s Race entry form to the address on the form.  

This event is open to any single-hulled boat eligible for a West Florida PHRF (WFPHRF) rating. If you don't have a current WFPHRF certificate, SPSA will assign a provisional rating. Contact SPSA rating chairman Grant Dumas at for further information regarding ratings.

2015-16 Preliminary Season Results

The final race of the season turned out to be a great day with plenty of wind!  We finished the season off with a good long course which the boats ate up in no time at all.  Thanks to Desiderata for taking one for the team staying at anchor to RC the race on such a beautiful sailing day.  Preliminary season results have been posted.  Please forward any errors, issues or questions to the as soon as possible so these can be finalized.

The annual “Couples Regatta” is next on deck scheduled for 5/21… please register ASAP so we can get the food ordered.  Stay tuned for the summer “fun” schedule including the very popular sail to beer can island.   And don’t forget to Renew Your Membership !!!

Finally, a call for volunteers… If you’re at all interested in helping out or getting more involved with the club, please contact Richard Boler, and let him know ASAP as we start planning for the next season soon.

Link to detailed results:  SPSA Series Results

11 complete races, 5 abandoned/cancelled races, 6 races required to qualify for awards.


  1. Mi Sueno      6 points
  2. Last Tango   7 points

Non Spinnaker

  1. Eclipse (Schrotenboer, Kurt)   6 points

Spinnaker A

  1. TackTick                7 points (Tie goes to the winner of the last race)
  2. Back Off                7 points
  3. Warrior                   11 points
  4. Ariel                        16 points

Spinnaker B

  1. Shock Wave         7 points
  2. Hula Girl                8 points