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  Apollo Beach, FL 33572

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Longitude: -82.424055
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October is almost over and the Holiday's will be here in no time. It looks like Florida was blessed this Hurricane season (knock on wood) it's not over just yet. This past weekend I learned something new; TSS didn't have a H.A.T.
Team until after the No Name Storm aka (Storm of The Century) in 1993. Seems before that storm you were on your own. I would like to Thank Oscar Rivas and his Team, for the great job they did in keeping us all prepared this year. 

This year's Rumgatta was a great success in every aspect the wind, the racing, the trophies, the food, and the drinks. I want to Thank Everyone who helped out shore side and on the racing side. We had record donations from the community, at least a dozen sponsors from the local area and two from Pinellas. We can thank Pat Nannery for quite a bit of the donations. I agree with Pat, "I think I've found my calling."   This year the Rumgatta was such a huge success we even had a complaint from of all places the docks at Circles. Now that's saying something. At this point I think a Special Thanks are in order to our Vice Commodore Don Swartz. Great Job Don!! I am certain Don will have more on this subject at our Membership Meeting on Monday . I know he is already thinking about Gasparilla and the lighted Boat Parade.

The Pavilion extension is moving right along now, the first and possibly second coats of sealer have been applied and it looks fantastic. Before long we will be building the floats for the rest of the plan and setting the remaining pilings. I'm really starting to get excited about the completion of this project. On the list of things to get done next will be the re-building of our rail car. It needs it our current car is almost a hazard now. A new and redesigned rail car is in the works. Plans should be finalized soon for member's review it will be bigger and safer to use.

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!!

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.

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