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Once again the USCG Auxiliary is holding a Nautical Boating & Fishing Flea Market.  The date is Saturday, November 15th, 7:30 AM to Noon , at nearby Land's End Marina.

As was the case last year, the TSS will have a complimentary table.

We are also looking for vendors who can rent a table for only $30 ($25 discounted price for TSS Members). 

Very respectfully,
Kevin T. Buckley (FSO-PA) Flotilla Staff Officer-Public Affairs
USCGAUX Ruskin, FL (303) 589-5915


The Holiday Season is upon us! We've made it thru Hurricane Season, without a tropical storm even getting close to us. That's more than enough reason to say a prayer of Thanks. As we move forward towards the goals of this watch, I can't help but look back at where this club has come from. Next time you are at the club look around and reflect on everything & everyone it has taken to get to where we are. Give a little thanks to of all the different people who had an idea and then did it.  If you have any ideas bring it to the Board.

Ship 185 is sailing along quite smoothly doing all their usual things.

The women's group had a wonderful kayaking outing planned last month. Then the weather decided to change that plan.  I hope they reschedule this event, Autumn was looking forward to her first time kayaking.

The chilli raft up was quite good, there were 7 boats total. The grand prize winner was Bharat & Latika Patel winning both for the chilli and his best dressed outfit. When we broke the raft up there was a very nice breeze and we sailed all the way into the club.

Dawn Daly has volunteered to start working on something for the cover on our new deck. Speaking of the new deck it is essentially complete; I have begun to set the pilings for the floating portion now. The next 2 require a strong high tide so it may take a little longer then I would like. When they have been set we will start building the floats.

Pat Nannery is quite frankly knocking it out of the park with new membership and of course he wants our help. So bring a friend or co-worker out or to a meeting or covered dish. Let's keep working on meeting the goal of 50@50.

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

Barb Afield invites you to a

Celebration of Life for Dennis Vellenga

Sunday, November 30, 2014
01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Sacred Lands
1700 Park St N
St Petersburg FL 33710

View this invitation:

http://www.evite.com/event/ 0290ZUL33HPD7AGZ6EPEMHWI3YHH2Q ?utm_campaign=event_title&gid= 0290PGQOMKKD2UVPMEPEMKQFQZKRA4 &utm_medium=email&utm_source= INVITE

Barb Afield can be reached at 727-430-6641

Jeanie Troost is coordinating with Barb Afield for a head count from Tampa Sailing Squadron. Jeanie asks that each one who RSVP through the above link also sends her an email so she can let Barb Afield know.

If you plan to speak at the event please let Jeanie know or if you need a ride over we can car pool to assist non-drivers that afternoon. Sign the board at the club if you can't email me or call and I will check it before sending in our total count. Anyone need a ride? Call me. 

"Dennis Casual" Outdoor attire.

Please RSVP evite by November 14th, Friday evening.  See you all there.

Kind regards,

Jeanie Irwin Troost
4TSS Sunshine

Blackberry 813-333-8481


At long last, the Apollo Beach Nature Park has been closed and will remain closed until completion of the shoreline restoration and beach re-nourishment project.  This includes dredging of the three Apollo Beach channels which will provide the sand for the newly created beach.  The tentative schedule calls for three months of breakwater and jetty construction, followed by one month of containment construction, and then two months of dredging.  The dredging is expected to commence on or about April 1st .  Once the beach is restored, the park will be replanted with native vegetation and the sidewalks will be replaced. 

The newly created beach at the park is expected to be unveiled in time for the July 4th holiday.  Finally...  ABWIG Board of Directors

Len Berkstresser


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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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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.

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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