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TSS is forming an information technology committee to address the club’s needs. If you are interested in being considered for a position please email Dan Otte by February 5th at dtlsail@gmail.com with your name, contact information and a brief bio of your skills you could bring to the committee. 


Save this Date: 


Saturday April 2, 2016

Commencing at 5:30 PM

Location: Tampa Sailing Squadron 

Dress Code: Florida Dressy

Event Details in Next Connections 

We want to send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Eric Nodland.  As you may know Eric and Joyce are long time members of TSS and they have been instrumental in the planning and building of the pavilion as well as many other projects at TSS.  Eric - we send you our hopes for a speedy recovery and to see you both at TSS soon. 


Hello all,

I'm writing to recruit crew for the upcoming Regatta on February 13, of the new year.

This event will require a crew of 16-20 people to man the Signal and Mark boats during the event.

Vessels Needed:

Long Course Signal Boat - 30Ft+, Crew of 4
Flag Course Signal Boat - 30Ft+, Crew of 6-8
3-4 Mark/Photo Boats, Crew 2-3 per boat
If you are able to help with this event please send a reply so I can begin to assemble the crews.

Thank you for your help in the past, I expect that this Gasparilla my be one of our largest in years.

Best Regards, 

Bob Sardo
TSS Club Race Officer


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. 



FROM THE HELM! (December 31, 2015)

From the Helm:

I know it has been a bit since I last wrote a From the Helm. I apologize for that I have been a little busy.

With that being said let us just jump into it. WOW, what a year we have had so many goals reached it is actually hard to recall all of them. So I am going to try and work backwards. The Eggnog Party as always is one of the best-attended meetings of the year and this year was no exception. Just before that, if you do not already know, was a record setting Lighted Boat Parade 44 participants. If this gets any larger, we may have to put a limit on entries. The best part of this year’s Parade, no issues no one ran aground or out of gas. Great job everyone!

In November, we hosted over 100 people for our Thanksgiving Day dinner that is a new record as well. I cooked six Turkeys and Susan Stroud brought a delicious ham everyone else chipped in with all the rest of the sides for a fantastic meal. I know people were eating turkey and dressing out of the kitchen for days afterwards. Among the important things to do in November the Nomm Comm was named, and I hear good things from their leadership on the progress of the next watches slate. If you would like to be a part of the Board please make yourself know to any one on the Committee.

October was another great month, the patio was completed (excluding the fire pit) of course. Every job we do seem to take a little longer than I anticipate for some reason. The October Rumgatta was a huge success again another Great Job by our Race Committee. Speaking of RC what a fantastic job they all did on the MNC 2015! Lots of racing and tons of fun for most of us. This is another example of how our club works together to pull off amazing events.  

At this point I am not going to go thru the whole year. It is not because the whole year was not memorabl, it was. Truly, a remarkable year we have had every event even and including the moves we have made to strengthen our club. From the Bylaws & Rules and Reg’s to the newly formed Finance Committee. The better the foundation that we build our club upon the more likely it will endure.

Since I am on the topic of enduring, what better way to remind everyone that on Saturday January 9th we will begin the work on the seawall. This is one of the most important keys to our club. It is a very big piece of the club and literally speaking one of the most important if not the most important piece of infrastructure, we have. Greg Johnson has nearly everything worked out regarding breakfast and lunch plus the beer for after the work party. All he needs now is for you come down and lend a hand. As Greg says, “I need an army!” So be his army and show your support for our club. 

The next official work party will be on January 23rd and our dockmaster Steve Hodge will be all ready for the next work party and as usual, he has a list and needs your help. So bring your gloves and give him a hand.

This of course will be followed by another fantastic covered dish dinner. I do not know what we will be having. However, I do know it will be good!

I want to wish each and every one of you, a very Happy New Year!! 

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!!


Nothing to Report (January 2016)


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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