Waterfront Times 02 01 2016 E Edition Page 1

Serving South Florida's Coastal Neighborhoods F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 6 Y E A R 6 I S S U E 8 Admiralty Law 5 Classifieds 18 Eats 8 Events Calendar 12 Tide Table 13 EILEEN SOLER Waterfront Times Navigating the singles scene can be as adventur- ous as sailing the seven seas - one day gliding smoothly under sunny skies and the next day facing the eye of a hurricane. Sailing Singles of South Florida has experience in dealing with both kinds of challenges. "We're a social and sailing club; a wholesome group of people who want to make friends, be on boats and have exciting fun," said the club's leader Commodore Lynette Beal. The group launched 26 years ago when boater Nancy Wolcott placed a "single sailor" personal ad in a newspaper, and about 20 singles showed up for dinner at a Davie restaurant. "Some single sailors and some who had never been on a boat before met at a barbecue joint on Pine Island Road. By the end of the night, everyone tossed $20 on the table and away we went," said James Bradford, a cer- tified boat captain and a charter member. The original group had only four boats among its scant membership. Today, about 170 members own dozens of sailboats and powerboats that they make available for day outings, weekend escapades and cruise adventures. Favorite group sailing destinations include Bimini, Key West and any of the Caribbean islands. Raft up par- ties, snorkeling and simply drifting off Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade beaches provide quick jaunts anchored closer to home. Beal said members average about 50 years old. "But we have fun like we're in high school. It's im- portant for singles to keep active, to enjoy the water and to make new friendships," Beal said. Land parties and meet ups also dot the club's cal- endar. At 6 p.m. most Thursdays, the group hosts a so- cial at Flip Flops Dockside Eatery along the Intracoastal in Fort Lauderdale. General business meetings are held monthly at Universal Palms Hotel & Conference Center in Fort Lauderdale. Beal, who joined in 2010 and has served as social director, said almost every holiday, including Halloween and Christmas is celebrated on land or water. Before bringing fish home from the Bahamas, consider updated rules the rod holders and put them away. No trolling U.S. wa- ters on the way back to port, no fishing the last reef for one more thrill. To prove you've been in the Bahamas, you and your crew will need to have stamped and dated passports, plus current Bahamian cruising and fishing permits. Finally, you can't sell any part of the catch, or let any- one else do it. All that kind of spoils the spontaneity, doesn't it? If you still think you need a lawyer, or you enjoy read- ing regulations, here's a link to all the details of both amendments, including background reports: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_at l/generic/2015/dw7_sg33/index.html. Mutton under mandates The mutton snapper, a Florida favorite, is coming under scrutiny by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) Commission, and that could mean changing reg- ulations in the foreseeable future. Saltwater fishing-doers who want to influence whatever happens next should at- tend one of seven public workshops in February or catch an online webinar on Feb. 24. Mutton snappers often are day-savers for offshore trollers who need to bring something home without stopping at a seafood store while still dressed in fishing togs. That licenses the embarrassing inference that they've gone out that day and been skunked. Present regulations are easy-going: the minimum size for a keeper is 16 inches total length, nothing to brag about. You can keep 10 a day if you don't keep any other snappers, because the aggregate snapper limit is 10 fish. One of the ideas being kicked around is reduc- ing the mutton limit to three fish. FWC also will conduct three barracuda workshops this month. The state enacted incomplete 'cuda regula- tions last November, with daily bag limits of two fish per person and six per boat, but no size limits. The meetings will give 'cuda catchers a chance to influence whatever rules FWC eventually adds. ARNOLD MARKOWITZ Waterfront Times One of these days when the weather's right, you must take your offshore boat over to Bimini or Freeport, catch a bunch of dolphin, wahoo, snapper and grouper, clean them on the way back and invite everyone you like to a big fish fry. Not so fast, captain. Before you cast off for the Bahamas, you'd better know the freshly updated federal rules for bringing those fish home. Lawyer not available? We can help: One main change is that you don't have to wait until you're back in port before cleaning and filleting the fish. You can do it on the way as long as you leave the entire skin on each fillet, so that they'll still be iden- tifiable if you're stopped for inspection. For limit pur- poses, two fillets count as one fish. Before, you had to leave the head and fins intact. Another important part is that once you cross back from Bahamian to U.S. waters, it has to be a non-stop run with your rods and reels stowed. Take them out of In December, the club featured boats including five large yachts in the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. Club members were able to hop from one boat to the other during festivities. When Waterfront Times was going to press, plans were in the works for a Super Bowl 50 party. Boaters are also planning a February sailboat race to Cuba where they will spend three weeks on land and sea. Boat ownership or previous knowledge about sail- ing is not required to join. Only two rules apply: be in- SEE MUTTON PAGE 6 SEE SINGLES PAGE 17 Sailing singles find love through mutual interest Sea cow status ................................................... 3 Small plates/big parties................................ 8 Photo/EILEEN SOLER Karen Foster and Jim McBrayer aboard McBrayer's sailboat at the Royal Palm Yacht Basin in Dania Beach. The sailing duo, who met about four years ago as members of Sailing Singles of South Florida, fell for each other during a cruise to Key West.

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