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  Apollo Beach, FL 33572

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TSS has a new PO Box for payments. 
The new address is:
Tampa Sailing Squadron

PO Box 3521
Apollo Beach, FL 33572

 If you are using online payment please remember to update the mail address.  Thank you!

(June 2016)

Dear Fellow Member

It has be a busy first couple of months of the new watch.

The Sea Wall Project is Complete. New decking surrounding the wall, landscaping and infrastructure it looks and feels great under foot. Great Job to all the volunteers that made it happen.

Cruising Fleet has had a great spring including a nice trip to the Vinoy for the Blues Fest. Trina, I and DJ where able to attend with Endeavor. We had a marvelous time with the Cruising folks. Check out their full schedule in the clubhouse and on-line at our website.

Hospice Cup at Davis Island was a rewarding experience. It was wonderful to see so many of our members supporting the event. It was my first time racing at Davis Island Yacht Club. Endeavor Placed First in her Division!!! It was Sweet Win and was topped off by Charley Morgan signing the Trophy. I am looking forward to returning next year and for TSS to have even a larger footprint on the event.

Sea Scout Regatta was a Hugh Success. Sea Scout Regatta Chairman and Member Jeremiah Laureano did a Resounding Job. I Thank Sea Scout Ship 185 for including myself and S/V Endeavor as Race Committee and Floating Dormitory for the Youth. It reminded of my days of being a Cub Master. The big news is that Sea Scout Ship 185 placed First Overall in combined points!!! Well Done Ship 185!!! In addition Youssef Mohamed was re-elected Treasurer of the Venturing Officers Association (VOA). Donald Swartz Jr. (DJ) was elected Vice President of Sea Scouts / Council Boatswain on the VOA Board of Directors for the new Greater Tampa Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Congratulations guys on these Council Level Positions you make us Proud. In other news Sea Scout Ship 185 is headed out for the long cruiser June 17 th to the Dry Tortugas. Endeavor will be a host boat for the event. So Dan Kresge and I will be gone June 17 th -27 th on the trip. Paul Phillips Treasurer will be acting Commodore in our absence. Praying for Smooth Sailing, I have never been so far offshore in Endeavor.

Club Racing kicked off this season in a fast way. Literally had 20 Knot Winds opening day. New formats featured with a greater appeal to non-racer members. Get out there and try it I did!!! Endeavor tried for second in non-spin first time doing the windward leeward format.

Commodore’s Cup this year had everyone using all their light wind skills. The Dinner and Party was superb as always. Our New Squadron Regatta Chair Dan Kresge did a Super Job! To Susan, Jerry, Bob, Kent, John, Nic, Roxann, Eric, Al, Terry, Lee, Mike, Paul, John, Autumn and your supporting cast. THANKS

On a personal note it was a little strange being on the other side of the registration table. Over the past two years I have co-administrated 6 Regattas, 2 Lighted Boat Parades and 1 National Championship. I can say without hesitation Dan Kresge will be and is a great R.C. Due to Dan’s great planning I found myself with nothing left to do but race. So me, myself and I Single Handed Endeavor. (Third place ML) I love my new role but I do need to work on crew planning.

Mutineer and Portsmouth is in full swing. The Mutineer Fleet 18 requested permission to use TSS as their base of operations. The Board has officially agreed to host them. Welcome Fleet 18

Youth Sailing Classes have started and all the beginning classes are sold out. Please, Please Members be aware that there are a lot of little sailors on the property from June 13 th- August 5 th.

HAT Team was officially activated on June 6th for Tropical Storm Colin. Extreme high tides where predicted so I felt it prudent to be clear to the Team that their where clear to take any measure necessary to protect TSS and member property. Lucky no damage was reported to me as the time of this article. But this needs to serve as a wakeup call to please prepare your property if you have not done so already.

Grilling Crew on Vacation till September Membership Meeting. No Burgers or Dogs Served till then.

Thank you to everyone for your service to your Squadron. If it sounded like I wrote about how much Endeavor participated in events. It was intentional and I hoping to inspire others to participate in TSS by my example.

Smooth Sailing

Don Swartz




TSS Youth Sailing Launches a STEM/REACH Program

TSS Youth Sailing is very proud to launch a 4-day course that is designed to expand the youth sailor's perspective from just wind and water to the biosphere, beaches, pollution, and ecology. Using lessonplan templates from U.S. Sailing’s REACH Program . . . Click here to view the press release


The Membership Committee Chair is looking for a core group of "Sponsors" to assist the Membership Committee in the following ways;

  • Help meet with potential new members to show them the around the club and explain the facilities,
  • Mentor new applicants through their application process to become familiar with club rules & procedures,
  • Guide new applicants through the service tasks required for acceptance as a new member & verify same,
  • Help welcome new members, integrate them into the club and introduce them to other members, officers, and activity organizers.

The above will require a consistent commitment to this very important function of our club. It will also necessitate some time in working with the Membership Committee Chair to ensure a thorough understanding of the new member application process, fees & requirements.


Please contact Roxann Jenkins on 727-798-6456 or at Roxann.JenkinsTSS@gmail.com


Thanks to all who came and participated in the two work parties we've had this January. The place looks great.

If you have a boat on a trailer on the property, please put your name on the trailer by the tongue where we can see it. A phone number would be nice too.

If you have a dinghy in the dinghy racks, put your name on it and let me know which space it is in for the records. There are several that seem to be beyond repair (dinghy: "too much") please contact me with the information.

Steve the Dockmaster


Please click on the link below to read about the Tale of Mick's Light.  I promise you will find it interesting and informative. 




A number of members have asked where we got the burgee for our transom.
They are in Brandon & in our name or TSS.

Eric & Joyce Nodland


Internet and computer - As many of you know TSS provides to its members a free internet connection and a computer so that folks can check tides, weather, etc.  Much work and expense has gone into setting up the computer and internet connection.  From time to time there is a hiccup with the system and the internet stops working.  Angst when the internet does not work is certainly understandable.  While we appreciate your willingness to try to help and fix the connection we ask that members please, please do not touch the computer set up and the internet cable .  Once again, someone tried to fix the connection and ended up breaking the connection and the computer tower. 

Call me at 813-541-8368 or send me an email at pclaytor@tampabay.rr.com and I will get someone to fix the computer and internet connection.  Thank you!


Get the latest news here!


Believe it!  ABWIG is dredging the channels!  For details, check the Local Notices to Mariners or go to Apollo Beach Waterway Improvement Group on Facebook or our website, www.abwig.org    Now is your chance to put your names on a gift to our town and boaters who enjoy our piece of paradise!

As the channel dredging and beach renourishment project closes, ABWIG is responsible for the aids to navigation marking the North, South and Main channels from the Bay to our interior waterways.  Sponsor one of these channel markers by making a donation and we'll put your name on that marker!  Sorry, the plaque has no lifetime guarantee but your donation to ABWIG is guaranteed to improve our waterways! 

The channel markers along the North Channel will be installed along a new, deeper route after dredging.  Channel Markers #1 and #2 are sponsored by Becky D., Sally M., Pat A., Melissa N., Steve N. and Aixa M.  The light on the jetty, several pilings and many dayboards on the North Channel are available.  Mark "your" marker!   

The dredging route will run inside the channel markers along the Main and South Channels, so these will remain in place, marking the deep channels after dredging, but you can still pick "your" channel marker, make your donation, and we'll put your name on that marker for all to see!  Boaters who transit the Main and South Channels, please help ABWIG mark these deep, navigable channels!

The #1 and #2 markers at the entrance to the Main Channel have been designated for the Tampa Sailing Squadron's $2500 donation but many dayboards and pilings are available along the Main and South channels.

1 LIGHT - $750 for the light on the jetty in the North Channel

PILINGS - $500.00 for each piling

DAYBOARD - $200 or more for each dayboard - 2 dayboards on each piling

Mail your check to ABWIG at PO Box 3251, Apollo Beach, FL  33572.  Please enclose a note, designating your donation for a channel marker and give us your phone number so we can contact you for details about your name and "your" channel marker. 

Names of all donors to this post-dredging fund will be publicized, unless you wish to remain anonymous.  Memorial donations are encouraged.      

Help ABWIG to restore navigable channels into Apollo Beach!

Email Connection

Thank you to everyone who submits items and updates for the email connection.  Just a reminder - The email connection is sent out twice a month - usually on Thursdays  just before the TSS Board Meeting which is the first Monday of the month and again before the TSS General Membership meeting which is the third Monday of the month.  Please keep this timeline in mind when submitting items and updates for the email connection.  Thank you for your understanding.  

Best wishes and happy sailing! 

Patricia Claytor


MAINSHEET - Catalina Owners Assosciation Magazine

I just received my copy of the Catalina Owners Association magazine, which is called MAINSHEET.  In it was an article written by Bruce Whyte.  Bruce was a guest of TSS during the Catalina 350 Rendezvous held at TSS last fall.  

"The Rendezvous was hosted by Bill & Elaine Cullen at the Tampa Sailing Squadron.  The Squadron has a rich history dating back to 1964 and is the epitome of true working sailing club.  There was no charge for the fleet to use the facilities for the weekend.  I understand that some members gave up space to accommodate the visiting boats, pretty amazing!"

You can view the entire article at www.mainsheet.net   This magazine is probably read by over 10,000  Catalina owners. 

TSS is truly a unique club, and this continues to impress all that visit us. Thank you to all TSS members who showed genuine hospitality to the Catalina 350 owners last fall.  I have had many compliments about our facilities and members.  Several people helped with the event too, in particular Becky DeVillier, Sally Marcinek and Dan Fels.   

Bill Cullen, TSS


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



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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SUNFISH and LASERS ~_/) ~ You're at the helm, a grea t way to learn! Great practice for Big Boats! 12 hours, weekend or weekday. $240 for instruction, book and Tshirt.

Coaching available at $30/hour. Sail better, sail faster!

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Learn to Sail a Big Boat ~_/) ~ HANDS-ON LEARNING - SKIPPER and CREW SKILLS.

$240 for 12 hours of instruction, book and Tshirt. Weekend or weekday.

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Tweak your Big Boat skills~_/) ~ Coaching available at $30/hour.

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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INTRO TO RACING or IMPROVE YOUR RACING SKILLS ~_/) ~ Use our boat or yours.

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Adopt a Mutt!

YS pays for parts, you work and play! 

Donate a few hours!

" Fix for sale " the boats donated to us.  Resales are our fundraisers.

" Fix for sail " our training fleet of prams, Sunfish, Lasers & Mutineers.

Help with our coach boats and outboards.

Donations of boats, equipment, and money are tax deductible.

TSS Youth Sailing, Inc., is a member of US Sailing, our national sailing authority, and we are insured by one of its partners.  TSS Youth Sailing is also a member of BoatUS.  TSS Youth Sailing, Inc., is a federal 501(c)(3) charity and donations are tax deductible.  TSS Youth Sailing, Inc., was organized as a Florida non-profit corporation in April 2000 by its founders, all TSS members.  

Pat Austin, President; Board of Directors:  Richard Borde, Ron Smaller, Susan Bishop, Dan Roberts, Sally Marcinek


THE BOOK OF SAILnew 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


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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