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Outdoors news and notes: Long-distance trekker to share pointers at two lectures

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Adventuring know-how from an Expert

Ultra long-distance backpacker Andrew Skurka, National Geographic's "Adventurer of the Year," has hiked 4,700 miles in an Alaska-Yukon Expedition, 6,875 miles on the Great Western Loop and 7,775 miles on a Sea-to-Sea Route. The author of the recently released Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide, Skurka will be sharing tips for the trail at Bill Jackson Shop for Adventure in Pinellas Park at two lectures (March 14 and 15) at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Call (727) 576-4169.

Belleair windsurfer joins world team

Windsurfer Margot Samson of Belleair has been named to the US Sailing 2012 Youth World team in the RS:X class. The 17-year-old at Palm Harbor University High is one of 11 sailors who have qualified for the team that will represent the United States at the International Sailing Federation Youth World Championship in Dublin, Ireland, from July 12-21. The U.S. Youth World team members were selected based on first-place finishes in their classes at US Sailing's two Youth World qualifier events in January.

Things to Do

Flea market deals for old salts

Looking for a good deal on marine supplies and equipment? Check out the annual JSI Nautical Flea Market from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 2233 Third Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Organizers welcome anything "marine" and booths are available for $15. For information, call toll-free 1-800-652-4914 or email

Support needed

Ever thought about swimming the entire length of Tampa Bay but then decided that it might be a little long? Here's a chance to stay dry but see what you're missing by providing support for the 24-mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim on April 21. Organizers need support power boaters and kayakers to shadow swimmers from 7 a.m. at the Skyway Bridge area to the finish 10 to 12 hours later at Ben T. Davis Beach on the Courtney Campbell Causeway. The safety meeting is set for 6 p.m. April 20. Kayakers will be compensated $200 for their efforts. Power boaters must have all of the proper safety equipment, including a marine radio, and will be compensated $500. Contact Ron Collins at

Solunar Chart


minor major minor major

3/9 5:50 0 6:15 12:05

3/10 6:45 12:35 7:20 1:05

3/11 8:50 1:40 9:25 3:05

3/12 9:45 3:35 10:15 4:00

3/13 10:50 4:40 11:25 5:10

3/14 11:55 5:45 0 6:15

3/15 12:30 6:50 1:00 7:15

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 may 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: Long-distance trekker to share pointers at two lectures 03/08/12 [Last modified: Thursday, March 8, 2012 6:47pm]
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