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Our kayaking club and its members are located in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, USA. Our primary goal is to help people enjoy the sport of sea kayaking in a fun & safe manner.  Members, who own their own boats, enjoy over 50 Organized Paddle Trips each year, free kayak skills training, monthly "paddle picnics", a monthly newsletter, and monthly meetings featuring information on kayaking and related topics by speakers from across the area,

...and a great social network of Sea Kayakers !


  Join us for the next TBSK Meeting

at Bill Jackson's on Monday, February 9 at 7:00 pm.



Off Anclotte Key '08


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Club Presidents' Comment
by Hank B rooks


Photo of the Month
President's Message

2015 has started very well for TBSK. Eileen & George Burns' New Year's day paddle was attended by about 25 members. At our January meeting, Mary Mangiapia's presentation on her trip around Florida was excellent. Our February paddle-picnic will be held at Robinson Preserve in Manatee County - just south of the Manatee River. It has protected water for the Easy Paddle and access to open water for Intermediate and Advanced Paddles. Check out the article on page 13 about Robinson Preserve. Come join in the fun!

-- Hank

February Paddle Picnic

This month's paddle picnic is in Robinson Preserve in Manatee County on Saturday February 14.  Activity coordinators are Paula Fowler and Jeff Guild.  Please watch this spot for any changes or cancellations.

February  Speaker

Steve Henkind: For the past eight years, Steven Henkind has served as a Navigator (Quartermaster of the Watch) and Navigation Instructor on board the Coast Guard's training ship EAGLE.  In this capacity, he stands navigational watches and trains Coast Guard Cadets and Officer Candidates in piloting, celestial navigation, and electronic navigation. In addition to his time on board EAGLE, he is also an experienced offshore sailor with over 20,000 ocean miles (including two transatlantics, and a second place finish in the Marion to Bermuda Race) under his keel.

Topic: Eyeball Navigation For thousands of years, seafarers have successfully crossed oceans with the most minimal of navigational tools. Indeed, Polynesian seafarers crossed the Pacific Ocean without even using a compass. In this talk, we describe navigational strategies and techniques that rely mainly on using your eyes and ears.


Club Sponsored Paddles This Month

Date Location Contact
Saturday, Jan 31
Boggy Bay, Port Richey Jim Greenhalgh
Saturday, Feb 7
Rainbow River, Dunnellon
John Marek/Hank Brooks
Wednesday, Feb 18
Dunedin Causeway
Hank Brooks
Saturday, Feb 21
Sunset Beach, Tarpon Springs
Al Tillson
Wednesday, Feb 25
Anclote Gulf Park, Tarpon Springs
Phill Sheesley
Thursday, Feb 26
Hernando Beach
Gil Muller
Saturday, Feb 28
Sunshine Skwy to Tarpon Key
Eileen Burns