Cruising the Keys in the New Year with Cap'n Joseph - Meet & Greet, Jan. 2014

How many people are watching the Patriots vs Broncos game?

(The game will be on the TV in the back Bay Room) Will it be over by 6 PM? Should we start a little later? Maybe 6 PM instead? Let me know. I have been waiting for this game 1/2 the season - might be better than the SuperBowl...

New Meeting Format

We will jump right into Joseph's talk first. Then we will go around the room introducing ourselve. Be sure to mention if you are Captain with licenses, Crew with formal training, experienced Sailor or merely bow ballast (always welcomed)! Newbies can always make themselves useful serving food and drinks.

Then after introductions, we will end back with Joseph as he wants to talk to those interested in crusing with him (isn't that all of us?)

Be careful out there

As people talk about being cold in Florida (yet there is no snow on the ground), it is good to remember that our real problem is a little different!

The heat index (HI) or humiture or humidex (not to be confused with the Canadian humidex) is an index that combines air temperature andrelative humidity in an attempt to determine the human-perceived equivalent temperature—how hot it feels. The result is also known as the "felt air temperature" or "apparent temperature". For example, when the temperature is 90 °F (32 °C) with very high humidity, the heat index can be about 105 °F (41 °C).

90F with 90% humidity (many summer afternoons) feels like 122F! Average temperature in June, July and August is 90F. Average summer humidity is 89%! So mid-90s temps with mid-90s humidity feels like dangerous 138F degrees! Very important to be massively hyderated (not with just alcohol either) on the water in sunny Florida!

The human body normally cools itself by perspiration, or sweating. Heat is removed from the body by evaporation of that sweat. However, relative humidity reduces the evaporation rate because the higher vapor content of the surrounding air does not allow the maximum amount of evaporation from the body to occur. This results in a lower rate of heat removal from the body, hence the sensation of being overheated. This effect is subjective; its measurement has been based on subjective descriptions of how hot subjects feel for a given temperature and humidity. This results in a heat index that relates one combination of temperature and humidity to another one at higher temperature and lower humidity.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_index

100 Skippers with boats - over 600 members! But who is bragging?

What a great speaker we had last time! Everybody was very impressed with the Tampa Bay Times writer, his  knowledge, patient delivery and thoughtful answers about the sinking of the Bounty. He was a big hit. The questions from the group really made for a lot of interesting discussion. The Bio Break in the middle touched off several discussion groups. We will certainly watch for any further installments (the USCG report is still due).

For our January Meet N' Greet, Cap'n Joseph of the Atlantis V Foundation is going to talk to us about sailing (safely, when there are no hurricanes coming) to the Keys.

  • Have your questions ready as we have made this trip 23 times in the last three years!!

    Cap'n Joseph will include pics, waypoints, stops, marina discounts and many other things we enjoy...will also talk about weather and times of year to cruise the keys!

     

Joseph says he can talk about:

  • his children foundation - what they do
  • cruising stops on the way to the Keys
  • marinas
  • what to bring
  • where to go
  • nice places to anchor
  • what docking at the ports cost
  • where to stock up
  • when to go
  • tides and currents
  • where to find supplies, etc.

 

This is the time to ask those cruising questions.

The Bay Room in the back at Whiskey Joes works out so well, we will try and keep our MONTHLY Meet & Greet here.

A few Captains (with licenses and formal training) came last time. Quite a few Skippers too! More than Crew or sailors. We went around the tables and introduced ourselves before the speaker. It was great to hear everybody's experience.

Hopefully Cap'n Joseph will explain some of these jokes to newbies!

http://www.sailmagazine.com/cruising/complete-guide-caring-cruiser

He says he will cover:

  • waypoints
  • stops
  • marina discounts
  • weather

I am going to ask what Newbies should know and what skills Crew should have.

Come out and press the flesh with your fellow sailors at this dryland social gathering. A great way for crew to meet skippers, and vice versa, before committing to future races, day sails or cruises.

• Newbies - please be aware of our information pages: http://www.meetup.com/Tampa-Bay-Sailing/about/

FREE parking at the beach park next door. Great sandy beach at Tiki bar for drinks afterwards..

Format for Meetings

We will go around the room AFTER the talk and introduce ourselves briefly:

• Skippers - mention your boat and tell us what you are looking for as Crew and guests

• Crew - mention your formal training

Then we go down to the Tiki Beach for a drink and a dance!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Any sailing dates ready yet? I can go in late April or any time in May.

    February 4, 2014

  • Mike

    Can we get a group of people to go in April? Need 5 more, in addition to me:)

    January 22, 2014

  • Mary g.

    Thanks for sharing! My friend and I are serious about going to the keys! Let me know if you get 4 other people! Thanks!

    January 22, 2014

  • Janet O.

    Great meeting, very informative, enjoyed meeting everyone, it was quite a drive for me though, living near near Venice. Would love to do a day sail. I would drive up for that.

    January 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Janet, Great to meet you. James

      January 22, 2014

  • Sam

    I enjoyed getting the information that Cap'n Joe gave us at the event.

    January 21, 2014

  • Tom

    Very interesting talk. It was great hearing about the trip to Key West and especially the Dry Tortugas.

    January 20, 2014

  • Geza

    Joseph, I am interested in joining a cruise to Key West in either late March or early April.

    January 19, 2014

  • Geza

    Very Informative

    January 19, 2014

  • Mike

    Good meetup, nice venue. Hope I can make it to one of the Key West trips.

    January 19, 2014

  • Brian

    Have to say, my 'nemesis' captain did a good job tonight. Still didn't earn him mercy in the future battle tho.....
    Good to see everyone there!

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • A. Colin F.

    very informative - lots of tips - good to see everybody

    January 19, 2014

  • John T.

    Great location for a meetup. Guest speaker was definitely someone who could answer any questions. Glad to see all who came out.

    January 19, 2014

  • Jen

    Really enjoyed the topic and it was great seeing everyone!

    January 19, 2014

  • Taffy W.

    Unfortunately, much of the meeting terminology was beyond me set of knowledge which I hope to change over time.

    January 19, 2014

  • Karin A.

    Speaker was really well versed and knowledgable. Glad to have him be part of our group. It was hard to hear him at times with all the noise from the restaurant though.

    January 19, 2014

  • Margo R.

    Just....can't.....seem.....to.....get....to.....these. So sorry. Work and then, work.... Ugh....I'm sure it was a great time.

    January 19, 2014

  • Sharon

    Looking forward to tonight. Is meeting time still 5:15 or did it get changed to 6?

    January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ahoy mateys! I had to cancel my RSVP to this meetup because I am not feeling well. I do look forward to meeting you all in February, and hopefully to get out on the Gulf or the Bay to sail with some of you. Have fun tonight.

    January 19, 2014

  • Karin A.

    Jim is looking forward to the discussion and meeting up with tech savvy sailors to help him out with his onboard gps and inverter.
    Great place for a meeting and grabing dinner!

    January 19, 2014

  • Sam

    Looking forward to meeting the group and the information regarding sailing to the Florida Keys.

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Kathy D.

    Hi, my friends call me Katt. I have been away from the water for too long after growing up on it. I am spoiling forward to boating and being on the water again, with a great group of people.

    January 18, 2014

  • peter b.

    very sorry to have to cancel...last minute situation....am so looking forward to meeting the group...will attend thursday though

    January 18, 2014

  • Kathy D.

    Hi, my friends call me Katt. I have been away from the water for too long after growing up on it. I am spoiling forward to boating and being on the water again, with a great group of people.

    January 17, 2014

  • Taffy W.

    Rescheduling this meetup to 6 PM is OK with me.

    1 · January 16, 2014

  • Karin A.

    This will be our first meeting with the group. Looking forward to it. There will be three of us coming!
    Jim is hoping to connect with some that can offer us some help with our GPS, Radar and Inverter that is on our boat which are all new to us. See you Sunday!

    1 · January 16, 2014

    • A. Colin F.

      Please feel free to post this request on the message or host a Monthly Maintenance Meetup. This group is for sailors to help Skippers with their boats! Seek and receive the help you need. Need a third hand? Ask for it. Call me and I will edit the Maintenance Meetup event. Your place, your time, your date. Need repairs? Need advice? Let me know.

      January 16, 2014

  • A. Colin F.

    Somebody please remember to post a picture of the gang and the speaker!

    January 16, 2014

  • peter b.

    looking forward to it...thx ...pb

    January 13, 2014

  • Susan j.

    Look forward to meeting new sailors and swap stories

    1 · December 1, 2013

    • Susan j.

      See you on the 19th

      January 8, 2014

  • A. Colin F.

    in 3 months, average temperature in Tampa will be 81F with average humidity at 88 in the AM, meaning a heat index of about 90 degrees!

    January 6, 2014

  • Rob R.

    I'm going to be racing in the Commodore's Cup at DIYC... If we are finished in time I'll attend. If it looks like our schedule will be too close to call, I'll relinquish my spot early enough for someone to plan since the event it's already full. Cheers!

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • Karin A.

    Going to be out of town. Sorry we can't make it.

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Linda M.

    Had something come up will have to cancel.

    1 · January 2, 2014

  • Karin A.

    :-)

    1 · December 19, 2013

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