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Jack McCall, RIP, July 8, 2017
Jack McCall, who was a frequent member of my crew for the past couple of years, passed away on Saturday, July 8th, following surgery.  As I understand it a blood clot broke free in his leg and caused a heart attack.  He had a similar event in January, after a fall on my boat, when a clot blocked circulation in a leg.  Prompt surgery at that time saved the leg, but obviously the underlying problem remained.  On the afternoon of Thursday, July 20th, Jack's son (also named John, but called Scott by some) held a Celebration of Life for his father at Farlow's on the Water in Englewood.  There was a nice crowd of close to 100 people, mostly made up of groups to which he belonged.  There was a weekly poker group, sailors from the Englewood youth sailing program for which he was an instructor, the Venice Corvette Club, The Sarasota bagpipe band in which he played and Venice sailboat racers from VSS and Green Flash.  Of course, there were also others there who were relatives and just friends.

The VSS - Green Flash group - left to right:
Miriam Staveley, Steve Broadbent, Gerry Cashion, Lori Jost, Rolf Hahn, Louie Salhany, Jonathan Phillips, Brad Vaughan, Rebecca Vaughan, and John Lynch

I made a short video of the bag pipers playing an excerpt from the "Blue Bells of Scotland".  I can only presume that the trombone player had another gig.
CLICK HERE if you dare! (It takes a few minutes to download, so be patient.)

Venice Tuesday Evening Races, Summer 2017.
Season 6 is here !

There's gold at the end of the rainbow

This web site, and VHF Channel 69, will serve as the “Official Notice Board” for all communications for all Green Flash races. Check the Notices” often and tune your VHF radio to VHF Channel 69 as soon as you get ready to go out. The Race Committee will try to keep you aware of what's going on all of the time.  Send comments or suggestions to John Lynch <>. You MUST know your PHRF RLC rating in order to start at the proper time. See


2017 NEWS

2017 April-May final Results

2016 NEWS

2016 August-September Final Results
2016 June-July Final Results
2016 April-May Final Results

Notices - the Green Flash official notice board
The Notice of Series (NOS) and Sailing Instructions (SIs)
Course buoy positions and course vectors
Some ratings and starting times for boats that have sailed with VSS or Green Flash
Safety Requirements
The Racing Rules of Sailing & The Equipment Rules of Sailing
A printable Protest Form

A Green Flash from the Sun 
Image Credit & Copyright: Daniel López (El Cielo de Canarias)

Explanation: Many think it is just a myth. Others think it is true but its cause isn't known. Adventurers pride themselves on having seen it. It's a green flash from the Sun. The truth is the green flash does exist and its cause is well understood. Just as the setting Sun disappears completely from view, a last glimmer appears startlingly green. The effect is typically visible only from locations with a low, distant horizon, and lasts just a few seconds. A green flash is also visible for a rising Sun, but takes better timing to spot. A dramatic green flash, as well as an even more rare red flash, was caught in the above photograph recently observed during a sunset visible from the Observatorio del Roque de Los Muchachos in the Canary Islands, Spain. The Sun itself does not turn partly green or red -- the effect is caused by layers of the Earth's atmosphere acting like a prism.

John Lynch © 2016

The Sarasota Bay Yachting Association Boat of the Year (BOTY) series is underway and you can click HERE for the SBYA website.

WFPHRF is the organization that provides our PHRF ratings and BOTY trophies.  Click HERE for a link to the website.

Some useful documents from US Sailing and World Sailing, including a large collection of PHRF ratings, can be found by clicking HERE.