October 21, 2009, Bitter
Ends Annual Fall Regatta, Winners are:
(left, Sunfish) and
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following article was written by Beth Anderson and
submitted to the newspaper.
Wendy Murray of Nokomis and Beth Anderson of Venice won
the second annual Fall Regatta of the Venice Women's
Sailing Squadron on Wednesday. Sailing single-handed
dinghies on a blustery day when a "Small Craft Exercise
Caution" marine advisory had been issued, Murray won in
the Pram fleet and Anderson in Sunfish. Race officials
Karen Williams (Prams) and Bob Kelley (Sunfish), both of
Venice, set separate courses on a choppy Roberts Bay and
23 sailors rigged their vessels for a planned trio of
races. Murray won the first pram race and was in a close
competition with Lynn Paul of Englewood when the race
committee abandoned the second race due to a capsized
racer and wind gusts beyond the tolerance of the mostly
wooden Prams. On the Sunfish course, Anderson and Lois Steketee of
Venice exchanged the lead in the first race before
Anderson prevailed. Steketee took second to Anderson in
both races completed before the Sunfish race committee
canceled the third for this fleet of fiberglass vessels.
Good boat handling skills by skippers in both fleets
resulted in only one capsize in conditions that
threatened to flip both fleets. The "Bitter Ends"
--nickname of the squadron-- enhance their skills in
races from September through May, locally and in the
Sarasota, Tampa Bay and Clearwater areas. Each September
they teach women a Learn to Sail course. They also give
financial aid and other support to the Venice Youth
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