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Dec 2017

Meeting location... Safety Harbor Library

WebMaster's Note: This web page has evolved into a 2-section layout for events. The first is the calendar dates table with event details posted as we get them. These are one-off events. The second section is at the bottom with the long-term recurring events, like Saturday and Wednesday races. Monthly meetings are the only recurring events that will be listed in the upper section, which will permit listing guest speakers or special meeting presentations and discussions.

TIDES - Don't forget to compensate for the highs and lows with your dock lines. These tides are for Upper Tampa Bay, so be aware when lows can happen, reaching zero or lower, and exercise caution on those longer excursions. Upper Tampa Bay is typically 45 minutes behind St. Pete. Always check the tide charts and be observant if you plan to be out for a while. You might even want to use the graphical charts so you can see the tide trends.

Hurricane Preparedness: The 2017 season has ended, and brought IRMA, but now is not too late to replace worn lines and make preparations for the next season. Another area you might want to consider is the bilge pump. If you get the BoatU.S. Magazine, read page 78 of the February/March 2012 edition.

Last July and August 2017 were like a monsoon season with 6"-8" deluges and local flooding, which means extra high tides in the bay. The average August rainfall was exceeded in the first three days of the month (Aug 28, 1017 got 2.75" in 6 hours). November, our typical dry month, has been pretty much on target this year. The very first thing to check is your dock lines. Most articles about hurricanes or storms list line chafe as the #1 contributor for damage. If you have any question about the line size required, you can visit the West Marine Advisor page for this information. Generally, they recommend 1/8" line diameter for every 9' of boat length (1/2" should be adequate for all the boats in our marina). Then you double (or more) the lines for the big blow, or check this Boat US page for upsized ropes.

Any weekend would also be a good time to schedule your 2018 Free Vessel Safety Inspection to get your new 20187 sticker. Are your flares current and the nav lights working? Is your Registration current? Need a printable copy of the Inspection Checklist?

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S.H.B.C. Newsletter & Archive

1st Wednesday
of each month

Monthly club meeting at the Safety Harbor Free Public Library (unless noted otherwise), 6:30 pm.

Saturday & Sunday
Weekend Activities

We are collecting ideas for the near and long term activities. Please respond to the Club's e-mail ( with your ideas and wants..

All Year

We are a club of multiple activities, like races, raft-ups, and field trips. Membership for the Family is surprisingly low cost. Fill out the Application and deliver it to any Club Officer.

Pending Events
Use the Tides & Weather button above to check the tides as needed.

We are in the Winter Tide Season, so plan carefully for your sailing activities and trips. Keep an eye on your e-mail or check back here for last-minute notices of possible tours.

Check our postings from the 2014 & 2015 seasons.


Click here for Links to Past Events

Previous Events:

SHBC Christmas Party and Toys For Tots (PDF's)


1 Wed. of Month

6:30 pm - SHBC monthly meeting at the Safety Harbor Free Public Library.



** Saturday Racing Series races are not regularly scheduled. Boat owners may or may not show up depending on personal schedules. Please watch your e-mail for confirmation of an "official" race.

The Saturday and Wednesday scheduled races are usually posted in your e-mails, for actual dates and revisions for races. Start times will be announced in advance of the race. December counts in the previous year's series.

(Long-term schedule outlook
for 2017 Spring season - PDF

Saturday - 10am unless otherwise noted

Wednesday - 4pm unless otherwise noted

Courses (New: Diagram and Race GPS Marks) will be announced with the scheduled race.


  • Boat skippers will decide on the day if a race will take place, dependent on weather.
  • Racers usually meet at least 45 minutes before scheduled start.
  • Race course determined on the day. Start times may vary depending on tide conditions.
  • New crew (experienced or not) always welcome. Send us an email to get on the crew list..


Back Bay Triangle timed races have expired for 2017, but will return in February.

   Guest Speaker Scheduled:
Jan., Mark+Ann Kanuck and Linda Brandt on a recent trip to Cuba..


Guest Speakers wanted.
Apply or suggest here - - >


Our next monthly meeting will be January 6, 2017, at the Safety Harbor Library. We meet regularly on the first Wednesday of each month.

As further events are added or changed for January or February's schedule, members will be updated by e-mail.