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As we close out this past Watch, I would like to Thank Everyone for all you have done for the Club. Without our Members and their Unselfish devotion to the Club, we would be in a very sad state. The New Board will be installed at Monday's Membership meeting and it looks like we are going to have another great year. I want to say Welcome to the Board to all the new members and Thanks to all the members of the current Board for agreeing to continue to serve. Now we cannot forget those lucky souls who are retiring from this Board either, Thank You as well. I personally want to thank everyone for the opportunity I have been given to continue as Commodore. It means a great deal to me knowing that I have done a good job.

The next watch will have many things to do not the least of which will be dealing with the Sea Wall issue. This is the kind of thing we have to get right the first time. Therefore, we will do everything we can to make this decision both structurally and financially the best one for the club. If done correctly this sea wall and the cap should last for at least 25+ years. There are many other things on the horizon for our club. As I have said before if, you have Ideas and plans bring them to the Board.

During the next Watch, the LRFPC will be finishing their work and bringing it to the Board and the Membership. This task is not an easy one with so many considerations concerning the future of our club. Between the financials and subsequent Bylaws and Rules amendments, there is an awful lot of discussion. I look forward to the report and conclusions.

The Pavilion Extension will be ready for TSS Youth Sailing this summer. We will begin working on the patio and fire pit promptly after completion of the floating docks project.

Ship 185 continues to shine with a respectable showing at the NOOD's recently. We should all take the time to commend our Adult Leaders on the recognitions they have received. Congratulations Karen & Jeremiah outstanding work on both your parts.

The spring racing series is about to get underway if want to race or crew get with Nick and see if he can get you on a boat. Portsmith next month will be on the 12 th (Easter Sunday 5 th ) I know we have some competitive racers coming in for this race. Autumn and I will be RC Boat this time. Also, after the races there will be a short meeting involving the 2015 MNC. So if you want to be a part of TSS hosting of the 2015 MNC please attend.

Our Dockmaster Dennis Brown is all ready ( to retire ) 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!!

Members vote on proposed Bylaws amendments at the General Membership meeting on March 16.

Rules and Bylaws :  TSSers are invited to the Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting on Sunday, March 15, at 9:30 a.m.

Portsmouth racing :  Ed Plotts and his crew in Out of the Blue won the winter Portsmouth series - way ahead of the other competitors! The spring series begins April 12 , with the skippers' meeting at 1 and racing at 2. (Rescheduling racing from the usual first Sunday monthly because of Easter.)

Small boat sailing Sundays :  Join us for SMALL BOAT SAILING EVERY SUNDAY!  Experienced sailors are on hand and eager to share the fun and some tips.  Sail your boat (19 feet or less), check out a TSS Sunfish or contact Pat A for permission to sail one of YS's boats.

Youth Sailing :  Don't miss the boat!  Adult and family sailing sessions are available now on our boats or yours.  Youth sailing begins in June.  Contact Pat A at pmsausab@gmail.com


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

Bylaws and Rules

The Bylaws and Rules Committee held an open meeting during and after the October work party. We reviewed the Bylaws and Rules and Regulations in detail, noting sections needing attention. For the most part, we focused on outdated procedures and scrivener's errors, and very few substantive changes were discussed. Our next meeting will be to review drafts and discuss any additional suggestions from the membership.

The Committee will be submitting recommendations to the Board for consideration and possible action, in accordance with Bylaws Art. XIV para. 1.1 for Bylaws amendments (which require voting by the members) or Art. VIII para. 1.3 and 1.3.1 for Rules and Regulations amendments (which are presented to the members but are voted on by the Board).

The Committee seeks your participation and comments. Please e-mail Pat Austin at pmsausab@gmail.com or Julie Stocksdale at iolani1@verizon.net


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

Don't forget to pick up your tickets for the Tapas & Tasting to be held Friday, March 20, 2015 at 6:30 pm at Apollo's Bistro in Apollo Beach.  A selection of  white wines, chosen to pair with four courses, will make for a flavorful and FUN evening with your friends and neighbors.

Make it a party -- reserve an entire table for your group!  Enjoy a night of great food and great wine -- just $40 a person, and tickets available at Apollo's Bistro, Apollo Beach Racquet & Fitness Club, or at Century 21 Beggins.


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


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.

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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