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Outdoors news and notes: Fishing advocacy group to hold annual benefit; Clearwater duo raising funds toward Olympic venture

Making news

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.

Boating

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 michelle.stewart@marinemax.com.

Sailing

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.

Solunar Chart

AM PM

minor major minor major

4/13 12:20 6:30 12:40 7:00

4/14 1:15 7:20 1:30 7:45

4/15 2:00 8:05 2:15 8:30

4/16 2:45 8:45 2:55 9:10

4/17 3:15 9:25 3:35 9:45

4/18 4:00 10:05 4:15 10:25

4/19 4:40 10:45 4:55 11:05

Terry Tomalin, Outdoors Editor

Tide adjustments

The charts show the rise and fall of tides measured in feet and plots the tides on a one-week timeline. Times and depth vary depending on weather conditions. You can compute the tides from these adjustments:

North (Anclote River) High Low

Anclote Key (south end) -01:37 -00:47

Bayport +01:13 +01:39

Cedar Key +01:16 +01:03

Crystal River, Florida Power +01:13 +01:33

Hudson, Hudson Creek +00:06 +00:01

Indian Rocks Beach (inside) +00:19 +00:10

North (Anclote River) High Low

Mangrove Point, Crystal Bay +01:34 +01:54

Pithlachascotee River +00:18 +00:52

St. Joseph Sound -00:34 -00:42

Steinhatchee River entrance +01:33 +01:32

Suwannee River entrance +01:22 +01:21

Withlacoochee River entrance +01:23 +01:58

South (The Pier) High Low

Anna Maria, pier -02:10 -02:19

Egmont Key, Egmont channel -02:15 -03:20

Gandy Bridge +00:59 +00:57

Gulfport, Boca Ciega Bay -01:32 -01:05

John's Pass, Boca Ciega Bay -02:14 -02:04

Madeira Beach Causeway -01:32 -01:45

Mullet Key Channel (Skyway) -02:03 -02:01

South (The Pier) High Low

Pass-a-Grille Beach -01:34 -01:30

Pinellas Point -00:22 -00:29

Redfish Point, Manatee River -00:30 -00:14

Safety Harbor +01:32 +01:34

Sarasota Bay -01:38 -00:58

Corey Causeway -01:18 -00:44

Venice Inlet (inside) -02:02 -01:38

Outdoors news and notes: Fishing advocacy group to hold annual benefit; Clearwater duo raising funds toward Olympic venture 04/12/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 12, 2012 8:28pm]

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