Brandon's Chelsea Nauta, 24, won last weekend's Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, covering the 24 miles between the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa in 10 hours, 7 minutes in what organizers said was one of the roughest races on record. Four minutes behind was Olympic gold medalist Brooke Bennett, 32. Six from the field of 18 completed the race. The men's champ was St. Petersburg's Chris Burke, 51, finishing in 12:16 and ahead of Clearwater's Mark Smitherman, 55 (12:33).
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Grouper season to open in Keys
For those heading south to fish in the Florida Keys, remember grouper season reopens Wednesday in the Atlantic and waters off Monroe County. The species covered include gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin and tiger grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby. The season runs to Jan. 1, 2014. Anglers may keep three a day, and within this three-fish limit anglers may possess only one gag or black grouper, not both.
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Off for Mexico
The Regatta del Sol al Sol, an annual yacht race from Tampa Bay to Mexico, starts at 10 a.m. today. Spectators can see the start of this 456-mile journey to Isla Mujeres, an island off the coast of Cancun, from the Pier in downtown St. Petersburg. It will take the boats from two to four days to finish.