Tampa chapter of CCA to hold annual benefit
Over the past three decades, the Coastal Conservation Association has been a leading voice in the fight to preserve redfish, trout and snook. From the net ban to the grouper wars the CCA has battled for sportsmen's rights. The Tampa chapter of the state's leading fishing advocacy group is hosting its annual banquet beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the T. Pepin Hospitality Centre. Tickets are $125 per person or $175 per couple, and the event includes an auction and a shot at one of more than 20 charter trips. Call (813) 758-7437 or go to ccaflorida.org.
Read the skies
If you see thunderclouds 9 miles offshore, should you head for port? Get the answer to this question and many more at the St. Petersburg Sail & Power Squadron's Onboard Weather Forecasting class. Participants will learn how weather systems work so you can stay safe on the water. The two-hour class begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the St. Petersburg Sailing Center (250 2nd Ave. SE). The cost is $30 per family, and preregistration is required. Go to boating-stpete.org.
Introductory class set up for women
The Tampa Harbour, in conjunction with MarineMax Clearwater, will offer a free introduction to boating class designed for women. The class, which is open to everyone, even non-boaters, is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 5200 W Tyson Ave., Tampa, and covers rules on the water, basic navigation, knot tying and other skills. Registration is required. Contact Michele Stewart at (727) 536-2628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raileys on roll
Clearwater's Zach Railey won a silver medal at the Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta April 2-7 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The event, the third stop on the International Sailing Federation World Cup series, featured 10 Olympic classes. Railey's sister, Paige Railey, finished 11th in Laser Radial. The sailors are 2012 Olympians and hosting a fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. April 20 at the Downtown Harborview Center in Clearwater. Reservations are required. Call (727) 430-5594 or go to Clearwater Olympians.org.
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Terry Tomalin, Outdoors Editor