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Next work parties - May 23, 2015


May 18


The Raingutter Regatta has been moved to Saturday June 20th, 2:00 PM at the pavilion.   Young and old are welcome to race.  Sailboat kits are $8.00 each, and require minimal assembly.

Contact Mary Chapman 440-258-3443 , mkchaps070@gmail.com


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Before we begin the next Watch, I would like to take this opportunity to thank just one of the people who quietly do something for the Club. They are not on the Board or any standing committees it is just something they do.            

A prime example would be Ron DeSilva; Ron has been a member since 2012. Whenever we have any event, Ron volunteers to help the guest dock their boats. It is a little thing I know, but this year when the Dolphin Cruising group came in for St. Paddy's Day. Every Captain I talked with told me how much they appreciated Ron being there for them. Thanks Ron!!

This next Watch will have many things on their plate to do. The Sea Wall & Cap are going to become a top priority. No one can definitively say how long the current cap will last or for that matter, how quickly it will deteriorate. Nevertheless, even a casual observation will tell you that it is not going to last that much longer. We are expecting the engineers report soon and when we get it, we will be able to make plans in which direction we need to go first. Another priority of this Watch will be to address the dock directly adjacent to the hoist along the Sea Wall. It has become a hazard at this point. There are other examples of things that need to be attended to but these appear to be the most pressing. If you have noticed something that needs to be addressed. Please bring it to the Board or Steve Hodge our new Dockmaster's attention.

Shortly the LRFPC will be finishing their work on the recommendations to the Board. I feel this is a crucial contribution to the future of our club at this time. I fully expect a great deal of questions will arise regarding this report. I am confident they will have already addressed and expect them. One of the tasks given to this committee is to establish a secure financial future for our Club. When you look around the Club just try to imagine it all needs to be maintained or worse rebuilt.

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. While I am on the subject of The Pavilion Extension, I want to take this opportunity to ask the Membership to name the new Deck & Docks. Everyone is invited to submit any appropriate name they like to the Board. Between today 4/20 and the next Board Meeting 5/4, we will collect all suggestions. At the Board meeting, the Board will pick three from all submissions. These will be posted and listed in the following E-mail connection. After posting the three selected by the Board, Dawn Daly will create an on-line voting site you will only be able to vote once for any one of the three. The Board will announce the results of the vote

The Sea Scout Regatta is the weekend of the 17 th thru the 19 th    please keeps this in mind. There will be a lot of guests and children on the property this weekend. Our Ship 185 continues to shine with a respectable showing at the NOOD's recently. Let us all wish them Good Luck at this year's regatta. 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 Lavelle and see if he can get you on a boat. Portsmith next month will be on the third.

TSS/YS is off to a great start this year with the first three weeks already booked. I cannot wait to see the children using the new deck & docks.

Our Dockmaster Steve Hodge will be officially taking command of the work parties. I know Steve and Dennis have been working together on things they want accomplished so be prepared. I can only imagine the list he has; I wonder if he has breakfast on it? 

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!!

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



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


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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