The Dolphin Cruising Club of Tampa Bay is a group of sailing enthusiasts whose purpose is to share and promote the enjoyment of cruising while focusing on responsible, informed, and safe sailboat handling.
We are a small group of local sailors and are very informal and loosely organized. Our goal is to use our boats in and around the Tampa Bay area. During the sailing season, September through the beginning of July, we try to sponsor a couple of local cruises each month. Most of our members own sailboats in the 30-foot and up range. To join one must be sponsored by an active member and currently own a sailboat. The membership fee is $50.00 and includes your dues for the first year. Annual dues of $50.00 are required in all subsequent years. There are several trawler owners who have been "grandfathered" in (former Dolphin Members who were sailboat owners but have sold their sailboat and traded down to a trawler).
Our cruises are generally weekend affairs, often with some sort of event included. This can range from just sundowners on one boat, to a clam bake on shore, to potluck dinners. We anchor out as well as head to facilities for docking. We also try to arrange an informational seminar every month. These have included a tour and talk by the Eckerd Search and Rescue organization, a talk by a Tampa Bay Pilot, an anchoring lecture and a tour of the USCG base in St. Petersburg.
We have no clubhouse, few if any rules and only two regularly scheduled meetings (aka parties) a year: an annual meeting held in late August or early September and a Christmas potluck dinner. Annual dues help offset the costs of printing, cruise sponsorships and party supplies.