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Next work parties - September 26, 2015


September 21, 2015

FROM THE HELM! (September 18, 2015)

As we look forward into the height of hurricane season please remember to have a plan, for yourselves your boats and your loved ones. We have been fortunate so far this season, and lets all hope we remain so lucky. However, either way be prepared one bad storm could make all the difference to our Club and community.

At our next membership meeting, we will be voting for several changes to our By-Laws these changes will affect each and every one of us. They will make a difference in how the squadron will operate into the future.

I would like to remind our members that TSS is not a boat storage facility we are a sailing squadron! We have rules requiring our members to use their boats and maintain them. Please respect the rules of the squadron the Board will be looking very closely into any infractions of these rules into the future. For the first time in my memory, we now have a waiting list for dry slips. This is a good thing it shows we are growing our sailing community, if you are not using your boat you should before it comes to the Boards attention.

The Mutineer National Championship 2015 is rapidly approaching as the OA we need to have an in-house meeting TSS'ers only to ensure we are all on the same page. In regard to all that is expected of us as the OA. I would like to have this meeting Saturday the 26 th at noon . All involved parties should try to make themselves available and attend.

This year's Raft-up was cancelled due to unsafe conditions in Boca Ciega Bay. The Chairperson at BCYC very graciously refunded my dinner tickets. As an alternative four boats went up the Manatee River to the Twin Dolphin. The hot tub alone made it worth the trip. This is our next destination for our cruising group I highly recommend that you join them if you can.

The Portsmouth Regatta this year had ten boats in it! Everyone had a good time, good food cold beer great party. We should all give Susan Bishop a big round of applause for all her work on this event!

As the work continues on our new patio that is actually starting to take shape we may have it complete by our goal date of October 10 . If you have been watching you may have noticed it is harder than it looks to make things level. Next week the curbing will be installed, later in the week the sand will arrive. It may be possible that we are laying pavers during the work party! The canopy for our deck is coming along and may be ready for installation soon. I am very excited about that!  

The Joey Meyer Regatta is this Sunday and they could use some volunteers with everything. Please come out and support our Youth Sailing program with your time and energies. The Youth Sailing program has had its best year ever with over 160 students this year. There will be lots of things to help with.

While all of this progress would not be possible without the dedication of our members, very soon we will need someone to volunteer for a large project that is about to begin. I am referring to the construction of our new Seawall & Cap. If you have the time and experience to undertake this project please make yourself available.

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


Slip invoices have just been sent so you should have received yours by the General Member Meeting.  They are due by October 12th .

Finally, I expect that with Bylaws changes completed after the upcoming General Member Meeting, the Board will be approving printing of the current Roster / Bylaws, so if you would like to amend any information in the current Roster (e.g., name, spelling, contact information) it would be timely to check your information on the club website. There is also a printed version in a White Notebook on the wall by the Chairpersons' folders.  You could legibly write any changes you may have and put them in the Treasurer's folder or email me at the address above.

John Chapman

USCG Auxiliary Boating and Nautical Flea Market Returns

Saturday, October 17 th , marks the return of the USCG Auxiliary's Boating and Nautical Flea Market in the parking lot at Land's End Marina and Circle's Restaurant.  Every year this unique event draws more and more vendors and attendees.  Last year some 40 vendors and nearly 1000 attendees participated and found bargains ranging from fishing rods to electronic equipment to inflatable boats and everything in between.

Got boat stuff?  Need boat stuff?   This is a proven opportunity for both sellers and savy buyers.  Not only are there bargains galore but the benefits will help to fund the public education programs of the Apollo Beach Flotilla 75 of the Auxiliary.  So far this year our local Flotilla has graduated well over 1000 individuals in various safe boating classes, many of them children.

Coast Guard Auxiliarists will be on hand to answer questions, offer advice and provide brochures and information on Tampa Bay fishing and boating.  There will be drinks and refreshments available as well as loads and loads of door prizes.  The event is being held at:

Land's End Marina and Circle's Restaurant

1220 Apollo Beach Blvd., Apollo Beach

7:30 AM to 12 Noon

Sellers of marine or fishing items interested in renting a table should contact Coxswain Pat Stone at 813-651-1763 .    In years past our vendors have called this event their most successful of the year.

Lands End Marina is a full service marina with 105 wet slips, fuel dock, service and parts department, Mercury and Yamaha certified mechanics and 100+ high and dry boat storage.  Lands End Marina is located next door to Circles Restaurant on Apollo Beach Blvd. and invites the community to join in this boating and fishing supplies extravaganza.

Proceeds of the Nautical Flea Market benefit the Public Education efforts of the Auxiliary.  So far this year, our local Flotilla has graduated in excess of 1000 students!  Given that the State of Florida sadly leads the Nation in boating accidents and deaths, your assistance in publicizing Public Education can actually save lives! 

The recent tragic death of two 14 year old's has underscored the need to increase our efforts at reinforcing wearing a Life Jacket and staying with the boat if it overturns.

Thank you for your attention and support.

Very respectfully,

Kevin T. Buckley FSO PA/PE/PB
Public Affairs/Public Education/Publications
Certified Vessel Examiner
USCGAUX Flotilla 75, Ruskin, FL -
(303) 589-5915


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

2015 MUTINEER 15 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - Octover 19-23, 2015

ONLY WEEKS AWAY!  TSSers, we need your hospitality and help!


Please offer your boat, RV or home to 2 sailors for one week, Oct. 17 - Oct. 24.
Please offer your boat, RV or home to race officials.
Please offer a ride to laundry, grocery store, West Marine or restaurant.
Please offer a short land yacht tou r or cruise to visitors.
Assist Don and Linda Miller with the "welcome station" all week.
50/50, Tshirts, TSS items for sale at welcome station.
For sale:  Granola bars?  Cookies?  Energy drinks?  Sunscreen?
Gather and assemble information from Chamber of Commerce for welcome station.
Gather and assemble information from Tampa Convention Bureau for welcome station.
Gather and assemble info on transportation (bus, airport, other) for welcome station.
Maps to parks, sites of interest.



Order, pick up and deliver bag lunches to Club in morning.
Keep water and soft drinks available.
Tow vehicle(s) and skilled driver(s) to ramp launch, recover and park boats in dry slips. 
TSS is providing beer and cups - Order, pick up, ice down, and tap.
Cooks for breakfasts.
Cooks for dinners.  
Mark boats and drivers.
Photographers for races and social events.
Regattatech - Don Swartz
Pat coordinate with Chad for quadcopter video of TSS and route to bay.


Contact West Marine to request swag bag items and raffle items: ( Dry bags, Sailing gloves, Other stuff)
Contact pizza and restaurants for gift cards and discounts
Contact North Sails for discount coupon and swag bag items
Contact businesses for swag bag items and raffle items.
Arrange for wine tasting?  Southshore Uncorked, PRP (Hugh)
Sponsor for Bailers?
Other ideas? 


Contact Commodore Dan, Vice Comm. Don, Welcomers Don and Linda Miller
Dogsbodies:  Pat A., Susan B., Matt D., Jim A., Nick L., add your name here 

Bylaws and Rules

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



Summer's almost here!  One day after we opened registration for our summer classes, three sessions were filled.  Many young sailors return, summer after summer, and some return for several weeks each summer.  It speaks well for our program that sailors recruit their friends, brothers, sisters and cousins, and parents recruit kids from their schools and neighborhoods. 

For new TSSers, some info about us:  

TSS Youth Sailing, Inc., is a separate organization for purposes of the state and federal governments, but TSS members are our very foundation.  TSS spun off YS because of questions regarding potential liability, which were readily answered by insurance maintained by each separate organization, complementary operational policies and cooperative procedures.  Both are Florida non-profit corporations, but because YS is organized and operated exclusively for educational purposes, the IRS conferred 501(c)(3) status on YS, thus allowing tax deductible contributions.  [On the other hand, TSS is a 501(c)(7) organization, recognized by the IRS as a social group or recreational club.]  By virtue of a written agreement, the Club provides storage space and use of some of its facilities, but YS owns and maintains its Sunfish, prams, Lasers, Mutineers and power boats and pays the insurance, staff wages and other expenses of the program.

During the summer, YS employs US Sailing certified instructors and some assistants, all of whom are boating safety, first aid and CPR certified.  Ryan Kresge, who grew from a beginning sailor to our Lead Instructor, is focusing on college and we wish him every success.  We are  very pleased that Samantha Maxwell, a third generation TSSer, is our Lead Instructor, and Jamie Roberts, son of Sharon and Dan, is our Senior Instructor.  Our paid assistants will be Sea Scouts and at least two of our volunteer assistants are former Youth Sailors.

Our Board of Directors are TSSers:  Richard Borde, Ron Smaller, Susan Bishop, Dan and Sharon Roberts, Sally Marcinek, and Julie Linard.  You are welcome to join us.  Youth Sailing is charting the course for the next generation of sailors.   

Volunteers perform the administrative, organizational and maintenance tasks that keep the program going.  Volunteers and donations enable YS to keep the registration fee affordable, often discounting and sometimes providing free tuition.  YS's fundraisers and boat sponsorships ($250 annually) generate some funds throughout the year, but the bulk of the budget comes from tuitions and boat resales.   


Consider a $250 boat sponsorship.  Donate a boat or equipment.  Give your time and expertise.

YS isn't just about kids, anymore.  Ask me about adult and family sailing! 
Pat Austin 


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


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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