Meet Cynthia McGregor (sailingcyn@gmailcom; 305-619-8276 and Al Tillson (email@example.com; 813-832-3961) and at 9:00AM on Saturday April 1st at Williams Park at 9451 S US 41 in east Hillsborough County. After a brief orientation from a representative of Florida Audubon, we’ll launch for a trip down the Alafia River and out to the nearby sanctuary islands (that Audubon administers). The timing of this trip should enable us to see and possibly briefly photograph unusually large numbers of the nesting roseate spoonbills and hopefully the rare American oystercatcher. We’ll paddle about 3 hours at a leisurely pace with a lunch break on shore somewhere along the way. For beginners and up who are comfortable in the open bay. Boats must have bulkheads or flotation and a length of at least 12 feet. Please RSVP with one of the trip leaders or on the club website in case weather requires a change of location.
Difficulty: Level I plus for distance
PLEASE NOTE: local ordinances and common sense require that we keep at least 100 feet away from the islands themselves. This means you should be prepared to stay in your boat continuously for as much as 2 ½ hours.