Congratulations Mike Sampsel!

Com Doug Bass congratulates Mike Sampsel achieving 25 years of faithful membership! Thank you for your hard work and contributions over many years.

Mike is also the instructor presenting Advanced Piloting Sept – Dec 2019 at South Western Yacht Club in Point Loma, San Diego.

SDSPS, Mike Sampsel 2019-09-17 19.20.09 (2) resized

Sail Fleet Race – Aug 17, 2019

SDSPS Sail Fleet/South Bay Family Sailing
Series/Ventura Sailing Club-August 17, 2019, Saturday
(8.29 nm.)

Saturday August 17, 2019 was a fine day for sailing. Winds were light from the west at 8-10-12 knots. These light winds favored the lighter boats. Nine boats were circling the starting line for the noon start of our monthly pursuit race. The noon start included Pie in the Sky and Bibbity Bobbity Boat. The 12:03 starters were Atsa II and Imagine. The final group start at 12:06 had five boats: Astra, Consigliare, Bon Temps, Marilee and Rai. Rai is a fairly new boat. If anyone knows the owners, type and size of the boat and how to contact them please let me know.

Welcome Rai!

The starting line was crowded for the third start and Marilee almost collided with Astra so we are thinking about adding another starting group. Going from three starting groups to four. With the light winds the smaller boats stayed ahead of everyone until about the third leg and then the larger boats began to compete for leader. Finish times were as follows;

Consigliare 13:34:08,

Astra 14:00:30,

Marilee 14:01:11 Rai 14:08:12,

Bon Temps 14:08:57,

Atsa II 14:18:30,

BBBoat 14:25:32, Imagine 14:34:021,

Pie in the Sky 14:52:00.


Sail Fleet Race – June 15, 2019

SDSPS Sail Fleet/South Bay Family Sailing
Series/Ventura Sailing Club-June 15, 2019, Saturday
(8.31 nm.)

Saturday June 15, 2019 was an exceptional day for a sail. Wind was predicted to be a
gentle breeze (7-10 knots), but was actually a moderate breeze (11-16 knots). According to the Beaufort Scale there are “fairly frequent white foam crests”. Wind was coming from the WNW, or about 290 degrees. None of the boats had reefs in their sails. The tide was moving out of the bay and Low Tide was approximately 1400. Five boats were circling the starting line for the noon horn. As usual this was a pursuit race with group C starting at 1200, group B at 1203 followed by group C at 1206. Everyone crossed the starting line close to their starting horn. Pie in the Sky ended being a little late to the line. At the first mark all the boats were piled up rounding Buoy C. By the time the boats arrived at Buoy A they were strung out with Phyrxus in the lead. Phryxus stayed in the lead for most of the race, however on the last leg fell behind to Astra and Bon Temps. The finish times were as follows:

Astra; 13:38:00,

Bon Temps 13:39:03,

Phryxus 13:41:37,

Bibbity Bobbity Boat; 13:47:37

Pie in the Sky; 14:15:00.

There was a report from an “unreliable unnamed source” that Marilee, Consigliere, ATSA II, Mal Pais and others were anxious regarding the difficult
course and did not want to sail. The race committee will take this into consideration for
next month’s race. Take a look at raceQs for the race from buoy C to buoy A. Lots of competition!

Sail Fleet Race – May 18, 2019

SDSPS Sail Fleet/South Bay Family Sailing
Series/Ventura Sailing Club- May 18, 2019, Saturday

Saturday May 18, 2019 was a fine day for sailing. There were 9, or 10 boats circling the
starting line for the 12:00 start. I am not sure if I have the times, or names for all the
boats. If you do not see your name and time contact me and we will
correct the results. As usual we had a pursuit race with starting horns at 12:00, 12:03 and 12:06. With the first horn there were only light winds. By about 15 minutes into the race the wind was blowing a constant 14 knots. All the boats were flying along with NO reefs in any sails with everyone doing hull speed. The boats at the starting line are as follows:

Astra, Consigliare, Marilee, BonTemps, Atsa II, Bibbity Bobbity Boat, Mal Pais, Pie in the Sky and Miller Time III.

Welcome back out on the race course Mal Pais. We have all missed you over the past
few months. Pie in the Sky was looking really good at the starting but did not finish the
race. The race committee understands there is some contention at various marks along the race course. This is the “Family Sailing Series”. It is intended for beginning sailors. If you are yelling and shouting at other boats not following the sailing rules you belong in another race. Try the Rum Series, or the Beer Can Series in the North San Diego Bay.

Sail Fleet Race – April 20, 2019

SDSPS Sail Fleet/South Bay Family Sailing
Series/Ventura Sailing Club- April 20, 2019, Saturday

Saturday, April 20, 2019 was a prodigious day for a sail. It was predicted by the weather person to be about 70 degrees with partially cloudy skies. Winds were to be 12-16 knots from the NW. These predictions were close to being correct. Again, we were the only race in the San Diego South Bay. CLEAR SAILING! There were seven boats circling the starting line for the noon start. The first group started at noon, the second at 1203 and the third group at 1206. It was a long beat up to A and Pie in the Sky won the honors around the first mark followed closely by Astra, Consigliare, and Phyrxus. Heading to the second mark these three boats pulled ahead of Pie in the Sky and that was pretty much the race. A couple unique accounts from this race were the fact that BBBoat raced with only the main sail. Were they giving the rest of the fleet a chance since they have won so many trophies over the years? Also, Marilee forgot, or did not raise their sails even after the starting horn. Were they giving all the other boats a head start, or were they just increasing their handicap??? Next time you see the crew of Marilee, or BBBoat ask them what was going on. Across the finish line with their times are;

Consigliare 13:30:29

Astra 13:31:04,

Phyrxus 13:37:00,

Bon Temps 13:41:37,

Pie in the Sky 13:50:00,

Bibbity Bobbity Boat 13:51:35,

Imagine 13:56:11

Marilee 14:05:00

Putting all this into the Handicap System the final results were First: Imagine,
Second: Astra, Third: Phryxus, Forth: Consigliare, Fifth: BBBoat, Sixth: Pie in the Sky, Seventh: Bon Temps Eighth: Marilee.


Sail Fleet Race – Feb 16, 2019

SDSPS Sail Fleet/South Bay Family Sailing
Series/Ventura Sailing Club- February 16, 2019,
Saturday (8.16nm)

Saturday, February 16, 2019 was an excellent day for sailing. All week long it had been
raining and everyone was debating whether it would be dry on Saturday. The weather
person predicted about a 20% chance of rain as the cold front moved off to the east.
Winds were predicted to be 15-18 knots from the NW. As the sun came up on Saturday
there were blue skies with puffy white clouds flying to Arizona. Sailing out to the starting line for the noon start there was chatter on the radio about how much sail should we set, no reef, one reef, or???? Circling the start it was about evenly matched with half the boats with one reef in the main sail and no reefs. There ended up being 10 boats at the starting line, Bon Temps, Makai, Madam Wu, ATSA II, Consigliare, Astra, Pie in the Sky, Marilee, Phyrxus, and a new boat “Ran”. Ran is a Beneteau 423 sailed by Bram Arnold out of the Fiddler’s Cove.

Welcome Ran! We hope to see you out on the course each month.

The first group crossed the starting line at noon, followed by the second at 12:03 and the third at 12:06. Most all the boats crossed the starting line coming from the north and were on the starboard tack. Rounding the first mark showed a crowded field with boats from all groups trying to get an advantage. By the second mark the boats had stretched out so there was freedom to maneuver. The wind predictions were fairly accurate with winds ranging from 12-15 knots with gust up to 20 knots coming primarily from the WNW.

Across the finish line honors went to; Ran with corrected finish time of
13:26:10 followed by Astra 13:29:35, Marilee 13:30:38, Consigliare
13:31;41, Bon Temps 13:41:07, ATSA II 13:44:07, Pie in the Sky
13:55:51, Phryxus 13:58:30, Makai 14:01:15, Madam Wu 14:27:21.

Congratulations to all sailors! LOTS of WIND. Phryxus gave
everyone a chance and sailed with just the mainsail and NO jib. Bon Temps ended up
with a broken rope clutch.

Sail Fleet Race – Jan 19, 2019

SDSPS Sail Fleet/South Bay Family Sailing
Series/Ventura Sailing Club-January 19, 2019, Saturday

Saturday, January 19, 2019 was the best day for sailing we have seen for many months.
It rained on the Wednesday before the race. Social media was abuzz with discussions
about which boats were going to be out on the water for the Saturday race. If you missed out “shame on you”, you missed a fantastic day. The skies were clear blue, no clouds on the horizon and the wind was coming up at 1130 to 4 and 5 knots.
Eleven boats were circling the starting line for the noon horn. The race was going to be
a “Pursuit Race” since there are so many boats sailing. On the water were familiar boats Fast Sunday, Simplicity, Pie in the Sky, Phryxus, Marilee, Gunslinger,
Bon Temps, Astra, and ATSA II. Two new boats were in the mix: Miller
Time III, and Imagine.

WELCOME! Miller Time III and Imagine

Group C was first to cross the start line at noon followed by Group B at 1203 and Group C at 1206. Fast Sunday was first to cross the starting line while last across the line was Astra. All boats were racing by 1207. Winds were typical from the NW at about 10 knots. The first mark was crowded with boats of all sizes however, by the second mark the group was spreading out with Marilee leading followed closely by Phryxus, and Astra.Across the finish first with uncorrected times were Marilee 13:16:46, followed
by Astra 13:18:28, Phryxus 13:20:45 , Gunslinger 13:24:06, Bon Temps 13:24:25, ATSA II 13:26:30, Simplicity 13:33:20, Miller Time III 13:38:12, Pie in the Sky 13:38:30, and Fast Sunday13:43:49 . We could not find the time for Imagine. Does anyone know Imagine???? If so please let us know: captain’s name, type and length of boat, email address.