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Outdoors: Red snapper season changes, sailing awards and championships

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FEDS lengthen Florida's Red Snapper season

Gulf of Mexico anglers will have a longer red snapper season in federal waters than they first thought, federal regulators announced Thursday. NOAA Fisheries, citing updated recreational landings data and new information from Louisiana and Texas, lengthened the season in federal waters (beyond 9 miles offshore) and increased the recreational and commercial harvest quotas. The federal season off Florida, which starts June 1, will increase from 21 days to 26. Florida state waters (shore to 9 miles out) will be open June 1 to July 24 with a two-fish bag limit.

Davis Island club sailor earns honor

Jane Millican, 25, from Apollo Beach was named the Florida Women's Sailing Association's young woman sailor of the year. Millican is the director of youth sailing at the Davis Island Yacht Club and attended USF. Millican and sailing partner Pat Crump won the North American Fireball championship in 2011 and the Fireball Nationals in 2012. This fall, the pair will again compete in the Fireball World Championship in Slovenia and the U.S. Sailing Invitational Championship of Champions Regatta in October in Columbia, S.C.

High school sailors reach Davis Island

Some of the country's top young sailors will compete in the High School Team Racing National Championship out of the Davis Island Yacht Club on Saturday and Sunday. The Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA) invited 12 teams to compete in double-handed, collegiate 420 sailboats. The Davis Island Youth Sailing Foundation will stream live video (new.livestream.com/broadreachtv/events/2114958) and post race scores at diyc.org.

Take up a paddle against cancer

More than 150 standup paddleboarders are expected Saturday for the third Paddle Against Cancer on Treasure Island. The race, organized by cancer survivor Gene Evans, has helped raise nearly $40,000 for the Moffitt Cancer Center since 2011. The free race features 3- and 7-mile courses and begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Club at Treasure Island.

Solunar chart

AM PM

Minor Major Minor Major

5/24 5:10 11:20 5:30 11:50

5/25 6:05 0 6:25 12:15

5/26 7:10 12:55 7:45 1:30

5/27 8:15 2:05 8:50 2:35

5/28 9:20 3:10 9:55 3:40

5/29 10:25 4:15 11:00 4:45

5/30 11:20 5:10 11:50 5:35

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: Red snapper season changes, sailing awards and championships 05/23/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 23, 2013 6:54pm]
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