The Vee Jay Naples Program wishes to thank the over 100 sailors who participated on Vee Jay this past 30-week sailing program. Well the season is over, and Vee Jay is now hurricane wrapped with 12 lines holding us in the slip … TK went through some of the photos and has set up a Shutterfly page to which we will add a few more photos.
Vee Jay Shutterfly 2012-13 is at: http://veejaynaples201213.shutterfly.com
Thanks for a great winter season.
The season is rapidly winding down. The weather pattern with daily highs in the high 80s is switching into summer mode with beautiful mornings capped with quickly growing thunderstorms around 2 p.m. Our standard Sunday program A had us returning up Gordon River with thunder and lightning about a mile east of us … then as the front passed it was a quick couple of inches of rain just before we made it back to the slip. Although we had a another 2 day regatta on the schedule for our last week, lack of crew still here in Naples wrapped up our active sailing program.
One of the Naples Community Sailing Center Opti kids, who also happens to spend summers on Optis at Sail Newport, decided to tag along with his dad … Steve O, who races on Temptress in NPT.
Sunday’s program A was geared to whipping down S [and upwind] to see the Marco SAMI Regatta program. Unfortunately Vee Jay just didn’t have enough crew to handle both days of racing especially with crew bailing north for the great cool weather .. in fact we didn’t have enough crew for Sat. at all.
So OK … Di … as we now call him … races on Optis all year long. Duh. So it was no surprise to us to see him take over with a natural close haul performance. We’re thinking we may see him again next year checking out more foredeck action with TK. This was his first time driving a ‘big’ boat.
Two of our crew leave for the summer this week. Jim and Tim took us north for their last spin run of the season last Saturday. Several others left end of March.
Sunday at the Gulf Coast Sailing Club Sugden Regatta, Part 2; Steve played coach on a Precision 15 to a new-to-sailing couple. Amazing how complicated these little boats are with dagger boards to drop and rudders to lower when you are trying to leave a shallow beach and the wind is against you. That’s Don and Vic helping get them away.
Subsequently Captain Vic came in second driving an Opti in a mixed fleet of 10 boats over a slalom course.
Standard Program A spin runs. Light crew on Sat. but full crew on Sun.
Repairs to winches, and other late season corrections.
Sat. racing was pretty good, but Sunday the wind and waves kicked up a bit. The Race Committee decided it would be fun for Spin B to do two 3-loop races that exhausted TK on foredeck while he was also helping on port trim. [He didn’t have time for a lunch break!] Photo above was on our way home after wind started to calm down.
We’ve had a busy couple of weeks with a motor problem that almost snuffed out participation in our 6th GCSC annual Regatta. Yes, we are wrapping up our 6th year of racing Vee Jay here in Naples.