The Tell Tale

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The Venice Sailing Squadron

A comic once said, "If the sea calls, hang up!  In 1973, a group of Venice area sailors didn't hang up - they organized the Venice Sailing Squadron (VSS) to promote sailing, seamanship and navigation.  Today, with nearly 90 memberships, the Venice Sailing Squadron is among one of the most active sailing organizations in the Southwest Florida area.

In order to keep the dues at a minimum, the club is run entirely by club member volunteers.  We own no real estate and thus don't fit the usual definition of a yacht club.  The Venice Sailing Squadron organizes races, cruises and bountiful monthly potluck dinners followed by informative programs related to sailing.  Membership is open to anyone with an interest in sailing, sailboats and boating in general. We do have members that are ex-sailors and are now power boaters.  For more information check our Membership page.

Good-natured rivalry exists between those who race and those who use their boats for cruising.  The racers doubt that a cruiser knows you're not supposed to hit the starting buoy on your way to victory.  The cruisers question the racer's ability to survive the savage sea and find the sea buoy marking the entrance to Boca Grande, let alone Nassau, Bermuda or New York.  Some members have split personalities and both race and cruise.  VSS sponsors two race series each month, a buoy race and a distance race. October through May the club plans monthly cruises to various ports-of-call which are usually one to two overnights.  There may also be additional cruises lasting 7-14 days depending on the destination.  See out Cruising and Racing pages for more details.

In addition to the camaraderie shared afloat and at the potlucks, the social scene includes a steak cookout in October, our Steak ‘N’ Sail, and a Holiday Party in December.  Also in December, members recognize the Venice area bridge tenders and the local Coast Guard with gifts of holiday cookies delivered by Santa and his helpers.  In February we have our annual “Lobster Feast” and in May we have our Change-Of-Watch cookout.  It is held at Burnt Store Marina in Punta Gorda, Florida.  This meeting is a cruise and picnic where we recognize racing and cruising achievements and the induction of new officers and board members for the coming year.  Check out our Meeting and Calendar pages for more information.  View our Photo Albums to see the types of activities we enjoy.

The Venice Sailing Squadron meets every second Wednesday of the month during the season for potluck suppers and educational programs. These events are held at 6:30 p.m. at the Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave., Venice, Florida 34285.  Please stop by and join us.  If you have any questions, please drop us a line using the contact feature on this page.

Sailing is all about having fun!  Welcome Aboard!

Our Sponsors

We would like to thank the sponsors of the Venice Sailing Squadron. Through their generosity we are able to provide our members and the sailing commmunity information and education about our organization and sailing. Please click on the icons for more information.

                        All American Boat Storage  Curt Cook - Generous Property  David McKie Marine Survey

                        Knighten Sailmakers   Ullman Sails  Venice Yacht Club                         ;San Marcos Resturante  Bankers Life  Venetian Cleaners

                                     MarineMax Venice

                                                                                       Sea Tow Venice






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