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Another of TSS's long time members has passed away:

Another of TSS's long time members has passed away.  Frank Selph, Sr., died January 8, in his sleep.  He was 89 and is survived by wife of 67 years, Margaret, and son, Frank Jr.    

Mack Towne and Frank Jr. have shared memories of the family at TSS.  Mack says that Frank Sr. and others wanted a marine railway, so they funded and built one at TSS.  As we know, it's been rebuilt several times over the years, but today, TSS members use a marine railway and wash system approved by strict environmental regulations.  Here's a picture of TSS  in the early years.  The railway is located along the work dock.

Hanna Edens wrote the following:  Frank Selph, Sr., Margaret and their son were a very close-knit family, from what I observed when they were at TSS.  They worked and played together. They  sailed INDIGO together, and Frank loved to race, and he worked at it. He bought new sails periodically to stay competitive, and they participated in races all over Tampa Bay, including the Bikini Cup. The Selph family were terrific TSS members, participated wholeheartedly in club activities and were fun to be around.

There are pictures on the Clubhouse walls and in scrapbooks that feature the Selph family and their boats over the years.

The service was Jan. 24.  The obituary is below along with a picture of Frank.


In Memory of
Frank V. Selph
May 16, 1925 - January 8, 2015


SELPH, Frank V., 89, of Tampa, died peacefully at home on Jan. 8, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Margaret; his son, Frank Jr.; grandson Jonathan; great-granddaughter Serenity; and many cherished friends. Born in Memphis, Tenn., Frank moved to Tampa in his childhood. During World War II, he honorably served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an aviation mechanic in the South Pacific. A 1951 graduate of the University of Tampa, he proudly owned and operated the family business, Happy Egg Dealers, for decades. He was a Master Mason, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Crewe of Bobbie C. Davis, and enjoyed snow skiing. Frank was an avid sailboat racer, introducing many newcomers to the sport as a longtime member of the Tampa Sailing Squadron, and honorary lifetime member and a former commodore of the Davis Island Yacht Club. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, 3501 W. San Jose St. in Tampa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Frank's memory to the Davis Island Youth Sailing Foundation, 1315 Severn Ave., Tampa, FL 33606.

Work Party - February 1, 2015

There will be a work party on Sunday, 2/1 starting at 9am to start on the 2nd section of the floating dock. We know that it is Superbowl Sunday. We also know that many people make special plans for the game. We figured that since the game was not starting until after 6pm, we could get the dock built and floating well before any plans. If you can make it and have to leave earlier, that is not a problem. Need the most help in the beginning. We would like to get the 2nd section done before the regatta.

Any time you can spare will be greatly appreciated

Bylaws and Rules

The Bylaws and Rules Committee held an open meeting during and after the October work party. We reviewed the Bylaws and Rules and Regulations in detail, noting sections needing attention. For the most part, we focused on outdated procedures and scrivener's errors, and very few substantive changes were discussed. Our next meeting will be to review drafts and discuss any additional suggestions from the membership.

The Committee will be submitting recommendations to the Board for consideration and possible action, in accordance with Bylaws Art. XIV para. 1.1 for Bylaws amendments (which require voting by the members) or Art. VIII para. 1.3 and 1.3.1 for Rules and Regulations amendments (which are presented to the members but are voted on by the Board).

The Committee seeks your participation and comments. Please e-mail Pat Austin at pmsausab@gmail.com or Julie Stocksdale at iolani1@verizon.net


We are filling up the dry slip area and I am trying to maximize the space to accommodate everyone. I have begun shifting a few boats and will continue to do so as the need arises. Some of our slips have extra space between them and will easily shift over to provide for another slip. As I shift boats I am relocating the tie-downs and sinking them flush with the ground. I am doing this so that they are not sticking up and can be rolled over by the boat trailer since the space is narrower.

If I shift your boat a few feet, please do not shift it back. This has happen already and I will be moving those boats again to add another slip between them.

Darin O'Neal

Dry slip manager


Another year has passed and as we look forward to the future, it never hurts (too much) to look to the past. This club has built itself out of an idea it is that simple, a group of people who did not want to be yachties. They wanted to sail and race in their own place. Well as we can all see, this is the place those ideas built. I believe we are not done building upon ideas; a few members had an idea for a deck with floating docks. That idea has almost come to total completion (emphasis on the almost) !! Ideas are the easiest thing to have they are like dreams with plans. It is the plans that make all of the difference. If you have, dreams & plans that involve the club bring them to the Board.

The Gasparilla Regatta is just 5 days away and Don's team is ready. This is our biggest race of the year so let's make it our best. If you haven't found a way to volunteer for something check with Don. There may still be something he could use your help with.

Our Long Range Financial Planning group has been hard at work developing a comprehensive outline of the clubs needs. At the top of that list are the sea wall & cap repair and or replacement. The Board will soon be considering their recommendations on how to proceed. If you are interested in the future of our club join us in the discussion.

The Nominating Committee has made their selections and the slate has been posted and accepted. I would like to encourage all of our members to attend the February Membership meeting.

The new membership goal of 50@50 could become a reality sooner then we think. We have Pat Nannery to thank for this. Great Job Pat Thanks! Try to help Pat out bring a friend a neighbor or coworker by the club. Whether it is for coffee a covered dish or even a cold beer and sunset on the porch.

The Women's sailing group are planning a new Kayaking adventure March 1 st at E.G. Simmons park. Let's all hope this one has better weather than the last time.

The January covered dish was a smashing success what a great job Nick and Roxanne did. The Roast Beef was fantastic and the turnout was excellent. There are open spots on the calendar so please contact Susan Stroud with your ideas for another date.

The Pavilion Extension will be ready for TSS Youth Sailing this summer. We all should be looking forward to seeing how much the children enjoy our new floating docks.

Ship 185 has been doing a great job helping around the club and I know they will be a real asset during Gasparilla. I look forward to them racing in this year's Gasparilla Regatta. Good Luck!

Our Dockmaster Dennis Brown is all ready for the next work party as usual he has a list and needs your help. So bring your gloves and give him a hand.

As we continue to build for the future of our club today. Remember it's about the fun stuff, and with that being said. Let's all go Sailing!!

Dan Fels


Project is putting the beach back in Apollo Beach
Special Correspondent
Published: January 22, 2015

The wheels of heavy equipment are turning as the Beach Restoration Project in Apollo Beach begins. Flores and Harper, a full-service general contractor, is now on-site and moving forward with the four-month project of shoreline restoration.

Bids recently went out for the upcoming dredging operation to be reviewed in early February and then be awarded later in the month, said Len Berkstresser, president of the all-volunteer nonprofit Apollo Beach Waterway Improvement Group, aka ABWIG.

"In addition to the bids, final permits are under review, and we anticipate all the approvals in hand within about 30 days," he said.

The ABWIG spokesman said the earliest dredging would begin around April 1, with the hope that the Apollo Beach Nature Park could re-open as early as Memorial Day.

"We started this effort four years ago, and it has been a great community effort," Berkstresser said. "It's a great feeling to see things now in the works."

Ross Dickerson, environmental lands manager with the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department confirmed work is underway.

"The contractor has completed construction of the T-groin at the northern extent of the beach and the breakwater just south of that," he said. "They are currently working on the two subsequent breakwaters to the south and should have those completed by the end of the month."

The preserve was closed in late 2014 by Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation to limit public access during the restoration work.

The project will reclaim beach sand through the dredging of three channels connecting Apollo Beach to Tampa Bay. Eight breakwaters will be constructed by the county. The breakwaters will be parallel to the western shore and a jetty off the North Channel will significantly reduce wave action, minimizing future beach erosion and reducing sediment in the channel. More than 11,000 cubic yards of sand will be dredged to create a 2-acre beach.

The county is also building a series of seven rock barricades known as "revetments" standing between 6 and 8 feet tall and up to 40 feet in length in front of the beach. They and the "T-groin" jetty will help minimize future beach erosion.

The project also focuses on dune restoration in and around the nature preserve that includes development of a living shoreline.

The new and improved beach environment will feature native flora, a rebuilt pedestrian walkway and a roadway.

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Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman has helped push through the project since its inception.

"Restoring the channels and beach at Apollo Beach is one of the most important projects in South County at present," she said. "I am excited to have the pristine shoreline, rolling sand dunes and salty, white sandy beaches back again."

Murman said this will be a boon for local residents and businesses as it draws visitors from all over.

"This is something the South County economy has needed for a long time to promote ecotourism."

Bringing back the beach is dream come true for many in the community.

"The beach restoration project at the nature preserve in Apollo Beach will benefit (us) in multiple ways," said Ron Simpson, a broker associate with Weichert Realtors Yates & Associates. "First, it will restore the beach to Apollo Beach for the benefit of both the fishing crowd and those who just like to walk the beach; secondly, the dredging of the (channels), which is providing the sand to 'restore' the beach will improve access for the boating community."

Dickerson emphasized the project should have no impact on marine life or to the manatees that migrate to TECO's Big Bend Power Plant each winter.

"This is a rigorous permit process with federal and state agencies," Dickerson said, noting that from the reduction in wave energy from the breakwaters, sea grass will flourish and help a whole marine habitat in the area to prosper.

Berkstresser agrees.

"When the project is completed it will be a boon to wildlife, especially fishing," he said. "The breakwaters will stimulate oysters, barnacles and other shellfish, which will attract more fish."

He thinks within one or two years, the fishing in Apollo Beach should see dramatic increases.

The estimated completion date of phase one is April 30, but Dickerson said he is optimistic it will be completed sooner. The beach area and preserve will continue to be closed for safety in and around the construction site.

Berkstresser anticipates phase two will be completed around the end of May.

The current budget for the project is $770,843.

"To date, that budget remains the same, but there will be additional funding necessary to compensate for the unexpected presence of seagrass in the construction footprint that required additional permitting, design changes, and time necessary to complete the project," Dickerson said.

The Hillsborough County Commission unanimously voted a $1.3 million allocation in 2014 for the restoration project. South Shore businesses and other Hillsborough County organizations contributed nearly $250,000 toward the project cost. The additional $1.5 million investment is a partnership between Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation and ABWIG, including major donors such as Tampa Electric Company, Mosaic Company, Apollo Beach homeowners associations, real estate brokers, boating groups and individuals from the region.

Additional resources to maintain the waterway channels are needed to ensure future care and maintenance planned during phase two of the overall project. ABWIG will continue to seek contributions throughout 2015.


Here is an interesting story about a recent adventure by one of our members - Matt Dalton.  He raced the Carib 1500, a 1480 mile sailing rally from Norfolk, Virginia to Tortola, BVI on the Shannon 43 "Serenity".  read more...


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Youth Sailing isn't just for kids, anymore! We have classes for adults and families, too!

Interested in learning to sail or sailing better?

Sail with our U.S. Sailing certified instructors.

Our boat or yours. Small classes, personal attention! AFFORDABLE!
Interested? pmsausab@gmail.com

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Practice a skill, like docking, anchoring, mooring, or sail trim, or gain confidence

or just enjoy sailing with a partner (special discount - fun rate).

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Art Work By Cory Wright, proud mother of a young sailor. She says, "He did the July 8th week of Sailing Camp and once again ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! Your staff does an amazing job! He honed his skills learned from last summer's camps and really gained some confidence in his abilities this year. It's so exciting and rewarding to see! And, as promised, I have a painting for you. I began it on site the second day of camp and finished it up in my studio. It's oil on canvas, 11" x 14."  Check out Cory's website:  http://www.corywrightart.com/

Our own Bill Cullen has a new website...

"I have started a new website as a follow through to my articles and presentations about neat things and ideas to have aboard your cruising sailboat.  Please take a minute and visit the site.  I hope that you'll find it informative and fun. 

I'd love to have your ideas to add to this website.  I will give you credit too. If you have any comments or ideas for me, send them to cullensailor@gmail.com

The name of the website is   www.thebookofsail.com

You can Google this exactly, or type the name of the website in quotations like this;

"the Book of Sail"   

Thanks for looking!"

Bill Cullen


Earlier there was a discussion about TSS offering sailing "ability" opportunities to physically challenged sailors. 

The Pioneer Grant Program was created with the intention of providing funding to sailing programs that wish to offer adaptive sailing to individuals with physical or cognitive disabilities but lack the resources to do so. Any organization that has indicated a successful track record with sailing education and is looking to either begin, or expand, an adaptive sailing program is eligible for a Pioneer Grant. Preference will be given to those programs that focus on populations that have no prior experience with sailing or marine education or that are recognized as a US Sailing Community Sailing Center or Accredited Keelboat School.  US Sailing will award a total of $15,000 in grant funding. No grant award will exceed $5,000 and all recipients must secure matching funds.

US Sailing requires the right to promote the program that is directly impacted by the funding. This may include a request for photos, or testimonials, from your staff or students. Additionally, US Sailing reserves the right to require copies of all print and electronic materials associated with your program, including marketing materials, curriculum, lessons plans or other, similar, documentation. It is understood that this documentation may be made available to other US Sailing member organizations at no charge via a print or electronic medium. Credit will be provided to your organization for any materials that are made available through US Sailing.

Applications may be submitted from October 1st, 2014 until November 30th, 2014 ; Grant applicants will be notified no later than December 15th, 2014 if they have been selected to receive a grant. Applications that are not complete will not be considered.

This would be a great opportunity for TSS to become involved in this program. Anyone interested in becoming involved, please contact the Commodore, Dan Fels

Control + click to go to Relevant Documents:
http://www.ussailing.org/ education/adaptive-sailing/ grants
Pioneer Grant Frequently Asked Questions
Pioneer Grant Application
Pioneer Grant Reporting Guidelines


Open to boats 19 feet and less
Meet at 1 and sail at 2
Have fun!
Improve your single-handing and crew skills!
Practice for Portsmouth races (1 st Sunday of month) or one-design racing!

Sail your own boat, or a TSS Sunfish, or talk to Pat about sailing a YS Sunfish, Laser or Mutineer 15.

Frequent sailors:  Matt Dalton, Dan Kresge, Katie Kresge, Darin O'Neal, Ed Plotts (add your name here!)

Info:  Susan Bishop, Portsmouth Racing - susan@mymothersgarden.com


Help needed.  Transport donated Mutineer 15 on trailer from Cleveland sail loft to TSS.  Pls. contact me to discuss.  Thanks.  Pat A./Youth Sailing  pmsausab@gmail.com 813-645-2262


The Scroll

All TSS members:  Don't forget to nominate your friends and fellow members to receive the Parchment Scroll at an upcoming membership meeting. Just take note of funny happenings and silly accidents that you see around the club or at TSS events.

The Scroll has been awarded for anchors being thrown overboard (unattached) with the owner watching it go directly to the bottom. It has been awarded for removing an outboard motor from the transom with no retainer line. Lose your grip and the motor goes....directly to the bottom.

The Scroll has been awarded for many reasons. Some humorous (with the perspective that time allows); most as a result of a less than intelligent acts that could have been avoided.  So let's keep our eyes and ears open for some really dumb stunts that we can all shake our heads about and say what was he/she thinking. 

Just E-mail Greg Johnson at greg.johnson@ preciseconstruction.com or call Greg at 813-267-3862   to make the nomination. Greg will handle all the details.

Receiving the scroll is a high honor that is shared by many TSS members past and present.


Lost Song Books

If anyone has seen 3 song books, spiral bound with blue covers, and the title "Rise Up Singing" please contact Dick at  dickandtonim@gmail.com or let Bill Cullen know.   These were left at the club after the St Patrick's day Celebration on March 15th.

Co-Ed Program for young adults

Ship 185 is a year-round co-ed program for young adults 14 to 20.  We meet on Tuesday nights from  6 to 9 pm  at the TSS Clubhouse and sail as often as we can.  Know someone that would be interested? Come check us out! 

Email  SSS185BSA@Gmail.com  for more information.  (Meeting times may vary depending on activity and weather.)

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