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December – Race #7 & #8 / Christmas Pot Luck / New Year’s Pursuit

Ahoy!  The December series races #7 & #8 are Dec 10th at 10:00am as usual.  After the racing around 4-4:30ish there will be a club Pot Luck Christmas Party and White Elephant gift exchange.  Please plan to bring a dish to share and BYOB as usual.   If you wish to participate in the gift exchange, dig DEEP into your dock box for that unique, funny or just plain junky item you haven’t used in years and wrap it up!   Last year we had interesting items ranging from a 20lb winch handle suitable for use as an anchor or just to weigh down the competition, a nice antique wooden halyard bone, and useful items such as a jug of diesel engine oil (not sure if that was new or used!!)  The lighted Christmas parade is that night as well, so those that are interested may pile onto a couple boats to go watch after dinner.

 On Sat New Year’s Eve, we will have a “Fun” pursuit sail around Tampa Bay.  The first boat will start @11:00.  Details to follow closer to race time from the RC Chairman.  This is a fun race, no entry fees or trophies, just bragging rights at Courigan’s afterwards.

Hope to see you there!
SPSA Commodore

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8th Annual St Petersburg Classic Regatta

The 8th annual St. Petersburg Classic Regatta will be January 28th, 2017. This is a benefit for “Meals on Wheels”. Boats must be 20+ years old. This is not a Boat of the Year regatta, rather it is a fun event to show off our beloved boats while sailing around a pre-arranged course and raising money for our charity. All boats are encouraged to make a donation for the charity. Free dockage is available at the SPYC. The Awards Dinner and Party will be held at the St Petersburg Yacht Club at 6:00 PM on Jan 28th following the race. Dinner for the skipper and 1 crew is included with the entry fee. Additional dinner tickets ($35 each) can be purchased online. *** Online Registration is open!!! *** (Enter before Dec 28th for early discount!!!) www.stpetersburgclassicregatta.com Hope to see you there! Steve Shortt SPSA Commodore

Navigation Note

Be advised, the SPSA mark "F" which is the "Cut G Channel Range Front Light" has been replaced.   It is still in the same spot, it just looks much different.   Also the single exposed piling that had been about 50 yards NW of this range marker for several years is now gone.  


The picture on the SPSA Mark charts is now incorrect.   This is the new mark:


36th Annual SPSA Commodore’s Cup Notice of Race

The 36th Annual Commodore’s Cup will be November 5th, 2016 @ 1200.

SPSA first introduced the “Vice Commodore’s Cup” in 1980.  In 1996, the race became an open invitational to encourage interclub racing.  The following season, it was renamed to the “Commodore’s” cup and designated as an inter-club challenge between SPSA and the Tampa Sailing Squadron.  Subsequently this popular event was opened to all who wished to participate.  Please join us this November  5th to continue this great tradition.

 The Awards Dinner and Party will be held at the St Petersburg Sailing Center immediately following the race.  Dinner for the skipper and 1 crew, is included with the entry fee.  Additional dinner tickets ($12.00 each) can be purchased online or at the door.

 Online registration is now open:  http://www.spsa.us/racing/commodores-cup/

I look forward to seeing you there!
Steve Shortt
SPSA Commodore

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Races #3 & #4 / Octoberfest Cookout

The poker run was great fun Saturday!  Thanks to past Commodore Richard and RC Chairman Robert for being dealer boats.   Best hand went to Kelsey on Hula Girl, 2nd best hand to Dan on Last Tango, and worst hand to yours truly.

This coming Saturday is series races #3 & #4 with the Octoberfest cookout at the sailing center following the races, around 4:00.  Brats, kraut and sides provided.  BYOB.  Everyone start doing a wind dance now!!   Feel free to come to the cookout even if you’re not sailing.

 Here’s a pic of past Commodore Richard showing his club spirit at the Poker Run Party at Courigan’s yesterday.   (I don’t think anyone told him these take a week or so to wear off!!! )