Florida District

The Florida District encompasses most of the fleets in the state of Florida.Active fleets include Sarasota Sailing Squadron in Sarasota, Coconut Grove Sailing Center in Miami, Rudder Club of Jacksonville, Lake Eustis Sailing Club in Eustis, Davis Island Yacht in Tampa and Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club in Port Charlotte. With developing fleets in Merritt Island, Orlando and Key Largo.

Florida has an active open circuit consisting of one regatta a month from October through May. Race Schedules are posted on FSSA and Facebook. You can follow the Florida District at

https://www.facebook.com/groups/fsfloridadistrict/.

Any questions about the Florida District or the Florida Circuit please contact the District Governor, Mark Taylor.

2016 Midwinters at St.Andrews Bay Yacht Club, Panama City, FL - Day 3 NO racing

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Tuesday night we had another great chalk talk with Zeke Horowitz and the race leaders where everyone figured out what they did right and what they did wrong and were ready to do it all again on Wednesday.  The chalk talk was followed by the "Meet the Sailors" party where the Club members brought their goodies and we all sat around and talked for hours!  A really beautiful night to be on the deck at St.Andrews Bay Yacht Club watching the sunset over the bay!

Wednesday morning brought a sunny and sometimes overcast sky with the temperature in the 70's.  But, it  brought some pretty heavy with some gusts to over 25, so at 11:30 AM the postpone flag was raised in the hopes that the wind might subside in time for us to go out and race.  We watched a couple of Laser sailors go out, saw them screaming upwind, capsize a few times, and continue sailing, thinking it was good that it was them and not us!. The Race Committee waited as loing as they could, but unfortunately for us, the wind did nothing but build with gusts over 30, so at 13:30, up went the N over A flags and we had no racing today.  We have the regatta banquet tonight so well all get to enjoy that and try racing again tomorrow.

2016 Midwinters at St.Andrews Bay Yacht Club, Panama City, FL - Day 1 of racing

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For you folks up north with snow and cold, please don’t be too upset to know that we having another beautiful sunny day in the 80’s in Panama City.   The ride out to the race course started in light air that picked up a little ass we got out to the committee boat.  For the races we had 10-12 MPH from the NNE, shifting enough during the first race to have to have to move the windward mark for the second leg.  We had a W-L 4 as we did yesterday and we saw places changing several times during the race.  Left was the way to go on the first leg, but the second leg, right or left worked for the teams.

With the wind shifting between races, PRO William Zehner had his hands full with the Race Committee to set up the course for the second race.  We had a W-L 5 for the second race which put us in the direction of the club, so once again the Race Committee was thinking of us in case that was the final race for the day.  With the wind picking up just a bit, once again places were changing, this time on every leg, never knew who was going to beat whom.  There was lots of yelling on the course today, so I think there will be a few protests as there were yesterday, so it might be a while before we know who the leaders are along with the rest of the results.

The Race Committee decided to call it a day after 2 races, and right after the second race, the wind sort of died for a while on our way in, so we were thinking the Race Committee sure knew what they were doing!  Coming back in there was a barge in the channel and we were a bit worried abo9ut the Challenger Division having a problem, but everyone got back in okay so we were safe.  All was smooth on the dock getting boats out of the water with volunteers helping one another and making sure everyone got out ok.  One skipper took a little unexpected trip off the dock into the water but he said the water was great!

Back on land at the club there were liquid refreshments to be followed this evening by a “Meet the Sailors” reception where St Andrews Bay Yacht Club members bring their home made hors d’oeuvres and treats and give us a great welcome to their club.  Should be a great time for all of us!

Preliminary results are under regatta results.  Final results will bne posted when we have them

2016 Midwinters at St.Andrews Bay Yacht Club, Panama City, FL - Day 1 of racing

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Sunday night, we had the skippers meeting followed by a welcome party at the club with great food and great people!  We started the day Monday with the a solemn but very nice opening ceremony, including the raising of the American Flag by club officers, accompanied by bagpipes playing.  This was followed by a welcome from the club officers.  The wind did not look too promising first thing in the morning but it looked like the sea breeze came in just before it was time for us to go out around 11:00.

We had a great sail out to the race course, with a nice easy 8-10 MPH wind on a beautiful sunny day on the 70's.  We thought we would start the race in those conditions but about 12:25, just before the scheduled start, the real sea breeze came in and shifted the line 40-50 degrees.  Up went the postpone flag and the Race Committee went to work moving the course around to match the wind.

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The first W-L 4-leg race brought us about 10 MPH wind, and the boats that went right made out pretty well, beating out most or all of the boats that went left.  By  the second W-L 4-leg race the wind had picked up a bit and we were taking a little spray over the bow.  Going right this time proved to not be the best way and the boats that went left made out much better.  The Race Committee decided to do a third race to be sure we can get in as many as possible in case the weather doesn't cooperate on the other days.  We did one more W-L 4-leg race, and this time it was a toss up between those who went left and those who went right.  All in all a beautriful day on the water!

After Day 1. the leaders in the Championship Division are Zeke & Jay Horowitz, Mike & Jennifer Faugust, and John Eckart & Roger Sharp.  Challenger Division leaders are  Adophs & Zentmeyer, Andrew & Doug Fox, and Rob Vogul & Patrick Connell.

We had a nice easy downwind sail into the club followed by the traditional keg and a chalk talk given by the experts,  We'll do it all again tomorrow!  Lots of pictures here.  Resutls to date are here.

2016 Midwinters at St.Andrews Bay Yacht Club, Panama City, FL - Practice Races

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Pictures by Danie Panasiuk

WIth more boats arriving today, registration and measurement continued, and SABYC was ready for action!  The registration team was very organized and got people through the line as quickly as they could, much appreciated by the participants.  Meanwhile, today's practice races were being held on the bay.  

We started out with 10-12 MPH winds on a beautiful sunny day, with about half the registered boats out there for the practice   Two windward leeward races were run, and as the sea breeze came in for the second race, the wind shifted about 40 degrees and came up tto over 15 MPH and we ended up with boats in clusters on the pin end of the starting line.  Those boats who started "late" or were not at the pin end ending up having the advantage over those who were ready for the start at the pin end!  A few boats came in and did not race the second race.

Zeke and Jay Horowitz won race 1, and Harry Carpenter with crew Tyler Andrews won the second race.  Full results for practice races are not available.

Lots of great pictures here.

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Regatta Results