Bitter Ends - Venice Women's Sailing Squadron


October 21, 2009, Bitter Ends Annual Fall Regatta, Winners are:
Beth Anderson
(left, Sunfish) and Wendy Murray (right, Pram).
                          Read article below

        2009 Fall Regatta Winners!  

     The 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 Boating Association.

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