Welcome to the NEW Mainsheet! (January)


Greetings Members:

Welcome to The Mainsheet online! One of our goals is to make information about Sailing Singles more easily accessible on computers, phones and tablets.

This is going to be a good thing.  Each month when the newsletter is published you will receive an email with a link to it. You won’t have to download anything.

We have implemented many enhancements to the SSSF website which also make it easier to participate in the club.

  • You can access up to date information about group sails, social events and other events here.
  • You can apply for and renew membership online.
  • You can register for sails and social events online.
  • You will be able to make payments for events and membership online.
  • Captains can register to request crew online and request sailing credits.

That’s quite a few changes for most of us to get used to, but at the end of the day, these changes will streamline our activities and provide more transparency. Everyone using the website will know what’s going on… and the more you use the website the easier it gets!

This takes some co-operation between Doug Noble, our “techie” who has worked really hard to develop this digital newsletter and Gillian “the content provider”. We will do our best to make the newsletter interesting and informative.

In addition to “From the Helm”, and regular updates from our board members, we will occasionally publish topics, such as: Of Concern to Captains, All Things Marine, and Around Town.  Check these out.

We welcome your constructive feedback and suggestions for ways we can improve the site. As well, we encourage you to submit for consideration any articles relating to sailing or topics that may be of interest to our fellow members. Deadline 20th of each month.

We are excited at the New Year ahead! Let’s set sail and make 2017 the year we “do digital” and stay better connected.

Gillian O’Neill and Doug Noble,
The Mainsheet Team



From The Helm (January 2017)

Make 2017 Your Year To Volunteer

I want to thank Debi Hallmark and her team of volunteers for making the 2016-17 SSSF Change of Command such an elegant and enjoyable event.  I think everyone danced at least one dance. This event gives the last board a chance to say thank you to all of the member volunteers who help with the year long running of the Club and events. And for me on behalf of the 2017 board to thank Lynette Beal, outgoing Commodore and and the 2016 board for a job well done.

I was lucky to participate in several events in 2016 and I was recognized as boat owner/Captain for taking Club members sailing on The Grand. I was also called up to share the honor of volunteer of the year. That surprised me. As I listened to the list of people being called up to receive volunteer awards, I was amazed at how many members have volunteered. Thank you. I know it will take even more volunteers this year to do all the 2017 board of directors are planning.

If you want to get the most out of this Club or really any club, you have to get involved. Volunteer, donate your time and participate. Don’t sit on the bench, get out there, meet and play with your fellow club members. You will get much more out of your club, the more you give of your time and resources.

Calm seas and full sails

Captain Kelly Dobbs, Commodore

A BIG thanks to our 2016 Volunteers

Lynette Beal, Marijo Beckman, Robert Bettarel, Pat Birnie, Ken Bloemker, James Bradford, Brian Brown, Dot Castell, Cathy Childs, Susan Cohoat, Stan Dekiel, Kelly Dobbs, Anne Ekstrom, Mike Efford, Diana Faure, Gabe Forray, Karen Foster, Vince Guidice, Max Goldstein, Jean-Marie Gordon, Holly Griffin, Debi Hallmark, Cathy Harper, Richard Harper, Jane Haughian, Robert Horin, Carol Horning, Rich Hustins, Cindy Kehoe, John Konheim, Dick Linehan, Cynthia Lynne, Karen Madison, Andrea Malow, Rena Mamolou, Jim McBrayer, Jennifer McDonald, Nikki McSweeney, Sheldon Miller, Tom Mestrits, Ben Nahabedian, Doug Noble, Patrick O’Brien, Sheila O’Neil, Gillian O’Neill, Terry Patterson, Ron Perea, Chong Piper, Janet Pogozelski, Jim Price, Bill Roberts, Carol Saler, Mike Sawzak, Arlene Sprenger, Rudy Sprenger, Lenore Stern-Morris, Jay Thomsen, Susan Tracey

Around Town (January 2017)

Happenings and non club events of interest to members.

February 5th: Jazz Brunch at the Riverwalk, 1st Sunday of the Month 11am to 2pm (get there early for parking under a nice shady tree). Boat owners, arrive early to grab a space at the dock.

February 16th through 20th, 2017: Miami Boat Show http://www.miamiboatshow.com/

Have a boating related event to suggest of interest to members? Email newsletterdir@sailingsingles.org  Deadline 20th of prior month.  Events posted are at the discretion of the Newsletter Editor.

Of Interest to Captains (January 2017)

FEC Railroad Bridge Closing

From member Pam Angel: I  would like to share with you and the membership the following.  This will impact many of the SSSF boats in February. 

Unfortunately, the USCG has approved the closure of the New River from Feb 11 to Feb 23 as note below:


Bridge Repairs/Closures.
The Coast Guard will allow the FEC Railroad Bridge across the New River, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to not open to navigation from 12:01 a.m., Saturday, February 11 through 12:01 a.m., Thursday, February 23, 2017 to facilitate repairs.

It is unfortunate, as this coincides with the Miami Boat Show. Apparently, efforts to delay this to after season and the boat show fell on deaf ears at the Coast Guard.

This means you will not be able to move your boat past the railroad bridge during this time period – so pick the side you wish to be on…

See Sun Sentinel Article dated January 4th 2017… Heads up, boaters: Key bridge on New River closing for 12 days in February

Update January 31st 2017 Lawsuit fails to block closing of drawbridge for 12 days in February

Social News (January 2017)

What’s happening? The Social Committee has a number of events and get-togethers planned for this year and we hope you will come out and join us.Superbowl Sunday (not a club sponsored event). SSSF members are invited to watch the Big Game Cinema Paradiso on February 5th at 503 SE 6th St., Ft. Lauderdale at 5:00 pm. SSSF will have a booth to recruit new members.. There is reserved seating for members and free parking. All food and drink must be purchased on site. No Coolers.

We will have socials at Flip Flops on Feb 9th, 16th and 23rd . To switch things up, on the 3rd Thursday of every night we will have a “Game Night” at Flip Flops. First one is scheduled for February 16th at 6:30 pm. This will be a fun time to meet the Captains and new club members. This is your chance to play and maybe even win an appetizer.

Are you Feeling Lucky? We are sure to turn on the GREEN with a St. Patty’s day celebration at Island Club house (Dot Castell’s place) on Saturday, March 18th at 5:30 pm. We will have an evening with friends, a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, music and dancing. We hope you will come join us with the wearing of your green! We need help for setup and cleanup. Contact me to volunteer.

Save the Date: Let the summer begin. SSSF will host a picnic for all members on Saturday, April 29 at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Mark your calendars now to enjoy the day at the Park.

Anyone who has ideas or interested in being part of the Social Committee this year is invited. Please call, email or see Sue Tracey (704.408.1899, socialdirSSSF@sailingsingles.org).

Check our website for updates. You will be able to sign up for all club sponsored events on-line this year. Be sure to take a look at www.sailingsingles.org for more information.

All Things Marine (January 2017)

By Gillian O’Neill

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton where they have a turtle rescue and rehabilitation center, in addition to many other programs. The story of this one little turtle is important. It shows in a very concrete way the impact of our actions on the water world sailors and power boaters share with so many other species. One of the major threats to turtles is boat propellers, another is fishing lines.

Meet “Five-Oh” an adolescent turtle. He has a treatment plan which shows how the Center plans to treat his injury. It is expected that he will recover and be released.

This is an example of a turtle shell that has been gouged by a propeller. It is typically treated with honey to prevent infection, and although the shell will heal, It will never return to its original shape

I thought the inside of the turtle shell looked very much like the ribs of a boat!

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is really worth a visit!

Sailing Opportunities (January 2017)

Do you want to go sailing? Our next event planned is Sailing in the Moonlight on Saturday February 11th. Here is a link to register online.  As we continue our efforts to educate members, the sailing objective will be “Learn about lights on the water”. We will leave dock before sunset (check with your captain for departure time) to sail in rising full moon, join a raftup  in Lake Sylvia around 8pm. Bring your Chocolates and other good treats. There will be Moonlight Activities with prizes.

Sail Weekends when no Club Sail is Planned. We now have a signup method where
•    Wkend Sail link on SSSF Calendar for Sat. or Sun.
•    Captains register boat & Crew register availability
Sail Credits
•    Captains (or crew chief) enter your January Sail Credits
•    Sail Credits link on SSSF Calendar, deadline last day of the following month

Questions about sailing opportunities?

Contact Sheila O’Neil Sailing Director email sailingdirSSSF@sailingsingles.org

Extended Sail opportunity:

HISC (Hillsborough Inlet Sailing Club) Circle Raft Up March 4th and 5th, 2017. One night overnight sail.  Register on our website. For more information contact Fleet Captain, Brian Brown. FleetCaptainSSSF@sailingsingles.org

Top Hats & Tiaras Raft Up (January 2017)

First sail of the year was held Saturday January 21st, we had a successful Club Sail/RaftUp with the theme Top Hats & Tiaras. Five boats participated and we reviewed “How to use the radio” – to hail other boats and bridge tenders. All crew who registered were placed on boats.
Awards were given for :
Most Outstanding Top Hat – Max Goldstein
Most Pink Blinged Tiara – Jean-Marie Gordon
Impressive Hors d’oeuvres – Ryan’s Place: Capt. Debi Hallmark, Crew Chief Dot Castell, and crew Stan DeKiel and Cheryl Lutz.

Change of Command Dinner (January 2017)

The Annual Change of Command Dinner was held Saturday January 21st 2017 at the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club.

Thank you Commodore Lynette Beal and the 2016 Board!

Welcome 2017 Board!

Captain of The Year: Debi Hallmark

Volunteers of The Year: Captain Kelly Dobbs & Sheila O’Neil

Happy  Volunteers

More Photos of COC … click any image to see full size…