Bob and Heater gibing on Vee Jay 40569
As I write this on March 4 we have had another difficult weekend with strong cold NW wind and 6 ft. wave action. During the scheduled long distance Naples Sailing and Yacht Club race Vee Jay elected not to do, one of our key competitors, T-Bone, broke his mast, nearly swept onto a sand bar, and had to be towed into Marco. He’s out for the rest of the season. Of the 13 boats registered, six did not compete and the remaining seven got half way through with everyone bailing out at Marco
The photos above were taken a week earlier during our Sunday spinnaker camp with Bob and Heather working on spin gibes — until we got FOGGED out.
Every time the wind comes hard [30+ kts] out of the NW here in Naples we can pretty much forget about our J/30 Spin sailing runs … especially when it is cold … that is in the low 60s.
But President’s Day was nice … wind out of the East, over 15 and gusty above. Keith wanted to run the F31 trimaran and Brian stepped up to help on a photo shoot. The F31 maxed out at 18 kts, Vee Jay was just barely able to hit 8 on gusts. Tim, nearly a 10 year veteran on the Vee Jay/Seven sailing programs, was back at the tiller.
Julian, from last year’s crew stopped by earlier to say hello, and show off his new Honda project car. Duh … these guys turn 17, start driving, get jobs … and sailing becomes low priority … except in this case he looks like he has nabbed a scholarship for a week adventure during Easter break. See http://www.collierschools.com/students/docs/OB2013.pdf .
Last June he was part of a motley crew that took J/24 Bang! over to Ft. Jefferson … a straight 110 mile shot ~SSW across the Gulf from Naples.
This week was pretty busy for the Vee Jay crew … although we only got out for a spin training camp run on Saturday, TK was up in St. Pete for a High School 420 regatta, and Brian spent the week covering ~250 miles on Keith’s F31 … Trip to Key West, Ft. Jefferson and back. Sunday we didn’t have enough crew for a spin run and canceled, but Brian Balboa [name of his boat] resurfaced from last year and we helped him set up his mast on the Balboa 23.
Crew rotating through for a good-wind, flat Saturday with wind from NE. Sunday was a lumpy 4-6 ft. wave, NNW ~15 kts . Some decent waves, one of which capsized a stonecrab fishing boat 4 miles off Gordon Pass, triggering its EPIRB a couple of miles from us. The County Sheriff’s boat responded to the Coast Guard call and scooped them out before we needed to divert. The guys, not the claws! Today’s paper reported it took about an hour and a half to get out to get them after the capsize.
We had dodged through those crab pots buoys on Saturday, but clung a bit closer to the coast on Sunday.
We elected to not spin on Sunday, but Brian did do pole setup practice on moving foredeck with Heather and Denise as we returned south.
A good day to test seasickness … everyone passed.
This week Brian and Keith of the F31 are scheduled to do a quick F31 run down to KW/Ft. Jefferson. I’m sure they will have stories to tell on their return.
Week 17 and we are racing the 2012 Naples Sailing and Yacht Club Commodore’s Cup originally postponed during Hurricane Sandy. We be racing the 2013 cup later this year as well. Results good enough to grab a bottle of cranberry vodka; conditions were high 70s, good wind, and sunshine.
Vee Jay was flying it’s Harequin spin … lots of color! — recorded here by Bonnie D of Naples Avow Hospice.
And our first Vee Jay Winter Racing Team group photo with TK, Carol, Randy, Steve, Vic, Brian, Robert and Katrin.
Crew from Vee Jay helped launch F31 Seabird and did sea trial … Vee Jay’s Brian is scheduled to sail to Key West via Ft. Jefferson ~250 miles round trip February. Video photography by VJ, video edit and sound mix by TK.
Another busy weekend with full crews and double spin runs — double Program A — each day. J30 skipper Michael from NJ visited; and Dr. H turned up from Newport Beach, CA taking a break from the really cold southern California weather and her Valiant 40.