1250 Apollo Beach Blvd.
  Apollo Beach, FL 33572

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Lattitude: 27.781561
Longitude: -82.424055


Apollo Beach Community News

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Wednesday – July 16, 2014 @ 7:00 P.M.

Sandy Murman –  Update on South Shore projects
Ross Dickerson –  Update on A.B. Nature Park shoreline restoration plans                         
Len Berkstresser -  Dredging project status update
Mark Haney – TECO/Florida Aquarium Technology Park project update



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From the Helm

Here we are in the beautiful state of Florida at the greatest Squadron in the state. Our club is growing thanks to all of our members at the last Board meeting we approved another three applicants. Let's all try to keep that going. So if you have a friend or neighbor who may be interested get with Pat Nannery.

Oscar Rivas and our HAT team have checked out the boats in both wet & dry slips and found for the most part everything is in pretty good shape. We do need to look at our grounds a little closer. Everything not tied down is a danger when we experience our summer storms.

Our Youth Sailing program is having another fantastic year. Autumn and I are proud to say our 8 year old granddaughter Madison was one of this year's students. Since we are on vacation I haven't gotten a report from Ryan on how she did yet.

Ship 185 had an exciting trip to the Dry Tortugas. This is one of the places that make our state paradise. If you have never been to Ft. Jefferson I highly recommend you make the trip. Their next trip is to the Vinoy. The following weeks will be CPR and First Aid training. 

Tuesday night racing seems to be off to a good start with Saturday's racing becoming quite competitive. Nick would love to have more racers out there so if you want to race or crew give him a call. The Portsmouth racing unfortunately was cancelled on the 6 th due to weather. But we did have a productive meeting with the head of Florida Mutt's we may be hosting their National Regatta next year. That is something we all should be proud of!!

Our Pavilion Extension is really coming together now and yes I know it is BIGGER than you thought it would be. Just wait till you see the floating docks!! A Special Thanks goes out to all the people who have helped with this on all the Saturdays and Sundays so far…

Our Dockmaster Dennis Brown is in the process of getting our gate fixed. We have also moved our work parties back to the Saturday following the Membership Meetings. He as always needs your help at the next work party 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 being said,

Let's all go sailing!!

Dan Fels, Commodore


From Sea Scouts

We made it there and back, Dry Tortugas 2014!  After a weather delay we departed TSS June 14th and arrived safely home June 21/22.  A great sailing adventure for all.  We do need to give extra special Thank You's to Dan Fels for arrangements at the Crow's Nest and Don Swartz's Dad in Ft. Myers for helping with re-provisioning transportation and his club pool for the scouts.  The most important Thank You, however, goes out to Mr. Allen Freeman and Southern Breeze.  Without Mr. Freeman's boat and time with us, this trip would not have been possible for the 12 who went on this adventure.  

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.)

From Youth Sailing

Youth Sailing has many sails that we haven't been able to sell.  I'm looking for a volunteer to load them into a vehicle and drive them to Masthead Enterprises to be evaluated to see if they will buy them -- best scenario -- or consign them, so they can stay there & not in our crowded storage unit! 

Masthead is 4500 28th St N, St Petersburg, FL 33714 (727) 327-5361

We will reimburse mileage and maybe lunch but no adult beverages ;)  The sails are bulky and some are heavy.  If you're considering volunteering, bless your heart, and I'd suggest calling ahead to find out when the used sail “decider” will be there.  You will have complete authority to accept their proposed purchase price – no haggling needed.      

I'll help you load out of our rental unit.    

I've tried to decide who to ask but it's boggled my mind.  Today, I decided to send this to a group, including some who might have time and some who might not hate to venture to Pinellas County. I hate that traffic and my car is itty bitty! 

Thanks for your consideration.          
Pat Austin,



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.


Update on Bob Bettinger. 

Bob continues to improve. As of last Friday Bob has advanced from the wheel chair to a walker. He is able to transfer himself from sitting to standing and for shower and Bathroom as needed.

He stated that they are looking for a possible end of month discharge to home if he continues to improve. The rehabilitation therapist and home transition team have to first complete a home visit to make necessary recommendations about the readiness of the home for Bob's needs. He will require things such as grab bars in the bathroom, hand held shower and various other small modifications to make things ready for his discharge and transition back home.

Jeff Olsen is going to do the modifications to the home and he has been a consistent help and support to Bob throughout his stay at Sun Terrace. Bob has enjoyed several outing's now for several hours including a visit to TSS Friday evening social hour. He looks forward to returning to reclaiming more activities as he nears his discharge date but will require ongoing therapy as an outpatient.

Bob is very motivated and has amazed the staff at Sun Terrace because he exercises about 5 hours a day. Before Breakfast, after breakfast, before lunch, after lunch, before dinner, and after dinner. He is always eager to do more and is a joy to visit. He mentioned recruiting several nurses from Sun Terrace to join the ladies sailing group at TSS. He never stops scouting for new talent.

Just wanted you to know of his progress and how well he has adapted to the changes and challenges before him since his stroke.

Windward and onward,

Jeanie Irwin Troost
for TSS Sunshine
Blackberry 813-333-8481

Farewell Note from Paul and Melody Kasl: 

We will miss the activities and camaraderie of TSS, which we have enjoyed since 1998 and will miss our friends the very most.  We are starting a new chapter in our lives by moving to Lafayette, Oregon (which is near McMinnville, OR) in order to be closer to family.  We invite any TSS member who will be in our area to give us a call as we would love to show you around the beautiful state of Oregon.  Our email address and cell phone numbers remain the same as what is in the TSS Directory. May the club continue to grow and remain the best value for the sailing community. 


Paul and Melody Kasl

Eric Nodland and his plumbing crew spent five hours one Saturday to fix a very serious water leak by the shower door at the club.  It is suspected that the leak has been around for quite a long time and has cost the club a good deal of money.

Please watch out for any suspicious water standing in unusual places.  With the large property that TSS has, and having water piped to a good number of points, it is possible that there are more leaks.  Members spotting something wrong and reporting it to the Dockmaster, may save more money in the future.


IT/AV Report

We all hope that everyone is enjoying the free Wi-Fi and the availability of a computer.
Under the direction of the TSS Board we convened a committee to look at the AV needs of the club.  The committee recommended and the TSS Board has approved the purchase of a TV and a data projector which will be purchased with funds that we will raise via donations, special event dinners and the 50/50 draw at the TSS Membership meetings.  Attached for your information is the Power Point Presentation that was provided to the Board.  More information regarding fundraising will be sent out shortly.

I thank the committee (Deborah Doyle, Dan Otte, Marc Sexton, and Don Swartz) for their guidance.  We all feel that as we look forward through the next 10 years these purchases will be beneficial to the club and will help to make it a place where people will want to come and be a part of all the wonderful things happening at TSS.

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me at pclaytor@tampabay.rr.com

Become A Certified Race Official

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Advanced Race Management seminar at Clearwater Yacht Club 11/2 & 11/3



Do you have photos from your last adventure with TSS??  Please share as we create a Wall of Fame on our outside bulletin board.  Details will be posted on the board or connect with Mary Chapman mkchaps070@gmail.com Smooth Sailing!