The West Coast Trailer Sailing Squadron's
1. Feb 15-17 - Valentine's Sweetheart Sail - Take your sweetie sailing - Wednesday through Friday. Launch at Seminole Street Ramp in Clearwater, and sail north about 5 miles to Caladesi Island. Get slips for two days. Grill out at the Pavillion both nights. Daysail the loop around Caladesi and Clearwater through both passes if weather permits. Long walks on the beach and hiking trails! The Gedunk has hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream and Coronas! Ed and Becky Combs leading the charge.
2. March 4th - Saturday at DAWN - Start of the Everglades Challenge! EAST BEACH of Ft. DeSoto! Just to the left of the huge US Flagpole - We have five Squadron members in the race this year! Bill Fite - SeaPearl MoonShadow, Meade Gougeon - Sail Canoe , Joshua Murphy with his Hobie Getaway Cat, Jim Connell with his Hobie TI, and JF Bedard with a new design, RoG (which stands for River of Grass) - a 15 foot Cat Ketch with cabin! All vessels start above the high tide line, and shove off for Key Largo at dawn! (Best to visit with the racers on Friday March 3rd in the afternoon.) After the start, those of us who are NOT racing to Key Largo will convene at the Sea Horse Restaurant on Pass-a-Grille Beach. It opens at 8 am. We’ll have a nice breakfast together.
JF has enlisted me to haul his trailer down to Key Largo, and bring RoG back, so I’ll heading south to Check Point one at Cape Haze Marina down by Placida Florida. A friend, Richard Hopley, who I first met in 1964 while in College in Munich Germany will be vagabonding with me down the coast. I’ll try to post the progress of the Squadron members in the race as it progresses.
3. March 17th - 18th - Cayo Costa Cruise - Come to Pelican Bay on the north end of Cayo Costa Island on Friday March 17th for our Springtime rendezvous. Bring your hot dogs, and marshmellows for evening cookouts and great fun around the evening campfire. Sail and return to Pelican Bay on Saturday, and return home on Sunday or Monday(!). Launch from Eldred's Marina in Placida or the County Ramp at Bokeelia. Launching at Eldreds you have to cross Charlotte Harbor to get to Cayo Costa. Driving further and sailing less is launching at Bokeelia.
In the map on the left Eldreds is #8. In the map on the right, Bokeelia Ramp is #6. Best to arrive early on Friday or even Thursday, as this is a busy time for the area.
4. April - 22-23 - Great Florida Gulf Coast Traditional Small Craft Festival at Sarasota Sailing Squadron! The Sarasota Sailing Squadron will be hosting the festival in partnership with the Florida Gulf Coast Traditional Small Craft Association.
There is room for RV's & vans, tent camping and plenty of local lodging options. The SSS has a hoist, multiple ramps and plenty of beach to launch from. If you sail in, dock space can be provided.
There is no fee for the event and pre-registration is not required, but to help with planning we request that you email your intentions with number of people attending and boat details to: email@example.com
Full schedule of events will be announced later.
5. May 5th, 6th 7th (Friday - Sunday) - CEDAR KEY SMALL BOAT WEEKEND! Line up your reservations at the many hotels, condo's and B &Bs for the big gathering of Traditional Small Craft, canoes, kayaks, and daysailors (mostly). Some larger shallow water craft can make this trip, but there are a lot of sand bars and some oyster bars (the kind you can scrape your bottom on) to be aware of. Got a small boat? Bring it! Go to the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce Website for accomodations to line up yours today! The Island Place is still under reconstruction, but maybe will be open by May - Keep Checking!The Island Place
The Faraway Inn is now OPEN after the hurricane damage has been repaired: The farawayinn.com
The Cedar Key B & B: cedarkey bed and breakfast (cozy rooms)
Park Place - right across from the City Park :Park Place
Old Fenimore Mill Condos for rent: The Old Fenimore Mill (low tide beach - best for small boats)