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Tampa Sailing Squadron is a private, member-owned sailing club located in Apollo Beach, Florida.
Members enjoy many activities such as club racing, regattas, cruising and many other social events.
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Women's Sailing
"Starry Sirens"


The women's sailing group, Starry Sirens, is open to all women at Tampa Sailing Squadron.  We share knowledge through monthly programs about all things sailing, enjoy and build comradery and friendships, and seek opportunities for sailing and crewing at the club. 

We meet monthly, usually on the first Saturday of each month, from 10am-12 noon.

We have several increasingly popular ANNUAL programs and activities:

·        “Share and Tell:  New Products and Favorite Gadgets”

·        Kayak Adventure – exploring the 2.5 mile Eco Trail in Apollo Beach
                                         or kayak at E.G. Simmons Conservation Park in Ruskin

·        Christmas party - member hosted, festive, fun activities and covered dish.

Women's Sailing now has access to 3 Sunfish sailing boats and a Mutineer for sailing enjoyment, education and racing.  If you are interested, please contact me to discuss.

We have 60+ women on our email list and are a very friendly, welcoming group. 
Most of our programs are planned and facilitated by club members. 
Come join us.

Coordinator:   Lesa Dailey             
cell:  (941) 713-5311

Meeting day:  Usually the 1st Saturday of each month   

Usual time:      10:00 a.m. - 12 noon

Usual location:  TSS Clubhouse
To be added to the email list, please email Lesa Dailey

Women's Sailing
Program Calendar for 2018


Jan. 6       Presentation by Linda Schwartz of
                  Florida Women's Sailing Association


Feb. 3      "Best Cruising and Sailing Experiences"
                      Led by Francine Webb

March 3  "Meals for Cruising/ Foods"
                    Led by Sally Marcinek


April 14   "Weather  Wind, it happens.....but
                  Led by John Horton


May 5    "Sail Repair / Sewing"
                 Led by Joe Benkel (retired Sailmaker)


June 2   "GPS Navigation"
                   Led by Deb Doyle & Becky DeVillier


July 7     "Docking and ________" 
                   Led by Bill Cullen

“The Scary Stuff of boats and Docks” by Bill Cullen

Usually, docking is the most stressful part of sailing for all of us.  Come learn a few techniques to make it go smoother, and give you more control.  We will cover some of the topics in the classroom, and then we’ll take my boat out and practice a few of the maneuvers.  We will cover these subjects:  properly tying up your boat using the Pythagorean Theorem, in and out of a slip, springing off and on the dock in a breeze, using fenders properly, med mooring techniques, backing & maneuvering in tight quarters, picking up mooring ball and the right anchoring technique.

August 4    "Speaking 'Boat' - Learning correct      
                        Led by Emily Henke     

August 25     Paint Railway Shed - 8:30am                 
                        followed by Wine & Cheese
                         on back porch!


September 8   "Knots, Line Uses, Repair/Splicing"

                          Led by Matt Dalton

*October 13  "Storage Tips / Galley Management"
                      Led by Julie Stocksdale

*October 20   Kayaking at 
                       E. G. Simmons  Conservation Park                        Ruskin
                       RVSP to Becky DeVillier


November 3   Planning a Cruise to a Mystery      
                         Led by Emily Henke

December 8        Annual Christmas Party. 

                              Hosted by:  Jeanne Antolchick



February 2    " Share & Tell: New Products and
                       Favorite Gadgets"

                              Led by Becky DeVillier 
                                         & Sally Marcinek