Monday, June 18, 2018
Outdoors

Outdoors news and notes

Young sailor wins

Addison Hackstaff, 16, of St. Petersburg took top honors at last weekend's ISAF youth world qualifier at the Clearwater Yacht Club. Hackstaff won two of the nine races, besting 52 Laser Radial sailors for the chance to race in the world championships July 13-20 in Limassol, Cypress. Hackstaff, U.S. Sailing's Chubb single-handed champion and Sunfish junior world champ, also qualified for the Snipe class junior world championship Sept. 14-20 in Rio.

Fishing class

Dave Zalewski, who has worked local waters for more than 50 years, will share his secrets during a six-week course starting Feb. 13 at the Madeira Beach City Marina, 503 150th Ave. The class meets Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Topics include tackle, electronics, bottom fishing, trolling, artificial reefs and cleaning and cooking. It costs $50. For details, call (727) 397-8815 or email [email protected]

'Shark Girl'

Do sharks sleep? Why don't they get cancer? Get the answers to these and other questions tonight when Hannah "Shark Girl" Fizell presents an evening with sharks at Bill Jackson's Shop for Adventure, 9501 U.S. 19, Pinellas Park. The lecture starts at 6 p.m. Reservations are required. Call (727) 576-4169.

Good Old Boats

New is out and old is in. If you like classic watercraft, check out some of the Tampa Bay's coolest sailboats when the St. Petersburg Sailing Association presents the fourth annual Good Old Boat Regatta on Saturday at the St. Petersburg Pier. Racing starts at 11 a.m. If your boat is at least 20 years old, then you can set sail with other old-school skippers. While the event does have some hard-core racers, there are also awards for the prettiest boat, oldest boat and oldest skipper. For information, email [email protected] or go to spsa.us/wp.

Compiled by Terry Tomalin. Send your news and notes to t[email protected] or call (727) 893-8808

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Updated: 8 hours ago

Captainís Corner: Trout bite at its best

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Published: 06/16/18
Updated: 06/17/18

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Published: 06/15/18

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Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

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Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/13/18

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Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18

Captainís Corner: Pompano popping up at passes, along beach

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Published: 06/10/18
Updated: 06/11/18

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Published: 06/08/18
Updated: 06/10/18

Captainís Corner: Pompano in the spotlight

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Published: 06/05/18
Updated: 06/07/18

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