The 2016 WPSA Season has begun!!!


Monday, June 27, 2016

Today is a great day because it is the beginning of the Wet Pants sailing school, and a time when many new youngsters learn how much they love our beautiful Great South Bay and sailing on it.

If you’re not enrolled in the school but just love to sail you are in luck.  Below, I will outline the different types of racing offered, as well as, some of our other events.  Lou Albertelli runs our website and calendar which will keep you up to date.  Please note: our Invitational regatta on July 8- 9th, Sachem Share Day on July 29th and our Clam Bake on July 30th.

Attention: Special Event! - Tomorrow night Lee Montes our sunfish fleet captain is hosting a “Fun Regatta”.  This event is open to everyone, and is designed to bring on laughter, and fun among friends of all skill levels.  I highly recommend coming down and sailing in it.

Tuesday night is Sunfish night, and lasers and Vanguard 15 are also welcome.  Although this week is a special event, the sunfish fleet usually starts racing at 6:00 PM every Tuesday night.  Contact Lee Montes for more info at

Thursday night is handicap racing.  All boats with the exception of Sunfish are welcome to come out.  In a handicap race the amount of time a boat takes to finish the race course is recorded and then multiplied by a rating assigned to that particular type of boat.  This means that the boat that finishes the race first does not necessarily will.  A boat that finishes the race last can win once the math is worked out.  Gerry Pagels is the fleet captain and will be doing the scores.  You can contact Gerry at

Friday night is PHRF racing and is done pursuit style.  The weather has been fantastic, and the sailing has been great.  If you are interested in racing Friday night you should contact John Breur    John will assign your boat a start time, which allows slower boats to start the race before the faster boats.  As the race progresses the faster boats start to catch the slower boats, and they should all finish at about the same time.  The first to cross the finish line wins.

You should also be well aware that racing on either Tuesday, Thursday or Friday night always ends with socializing back at the club.  Make sure you have some refreshments and snacks for yourself, and hang around for a while and relax after racing.  

See you on the water!

John Callis

WPSA Annual Mess 2015

The 2015 Wet Pants Sailing Association Annual Mess and Awards Dinner was held this year on Friday September 18, 2015 at the gorgeous Snapper Inn in Oakdale. The Mess is the signature social and procedural event on the WPSA calendar.

At this event, the annual sailing trophies were awarded, as were the Perpetual Awards that are given to those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their service to the club. In addition, the newly elected Flag Officers were installed at the Mess, at the Changing of the Guard.

This year the Mess was held in the spectacularly remodeled, fully climate controlled indoor dining room at the Snapper Inn, which featured an extended cocktail hour with passed and buffet style hors d'oevres, and a full sit down dinner, drinks and dessert included. In addition to presentation of the full slate of annual sailing trophies, the Perpetual Awards, and the Changing of the Guard, there was be a DJ for music and dancing following the formal portion of the event.

The evening is steeped in the history of WPSA, and many of the awards and traditions have roots going back to the early days of the club, in the post-depression 1930's. Thanks to all who came and contgratulations to all those presented with trophies and awards.


John Callis

Commodore of WPSA

Last Week of Tuesday Sailing 2015

It is about that time of the season where some will raise their sail for the last time of the year in Wet Pants.  Many thanks to those who made this season exceptional!

Silly Awards 2015

Outdoor Movie Night 2015

Our movie night was packed out with many young sailors.  Popcorn, fruit punch, and ice cream were some of the treats eaten as we watched the movie Big Hero 6.  While the kids were glued to the movie screen some of the adults caught the magnificant sunset in the background.