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Let the Summer FUN Begin:


Change of Watch / End of Year Party, May 26, 2021:  Click for Story and More Photos!  
                   Honoring Charter Member Lois
Shipmate of the Year: Tie with Jane & Pam;  Fleet B Winners: Marge 1st, Anne, 3rd;  Rookie Recognition:  Sandy & Sandy
Fleet A Winners (right to left): Ann 1st, Janet 2nd, Jill 3rd;  The Captains:  Marge & and Pam

Higel Marine Park Closed! Meeting & POOL PARTY at Bitter End Anchor Sylvia's!



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Graduates (Sandy V, Abby, Mary, Sandy K, Christine)
with instructors, Henry (back left) and Chris (back right).

VYBA Instructors Henry and Chris
A busy and fun week for the VYBA/VWSS Learn to Sail class. We had beautiful weather, great coaching by Henry and Chris, land and muscle support by the Bitter Ends and a great group of students resulting in 5 graduates.  Thank you to Miriam Staveley and Englewood Sailing Association for loaning us four Sunfish for the week.
Report by Captain Marge Whiteman!

Note, the graduation gifts, included a Certificate (Captain Marge), Sunfish earnings (Tina), and a photo of each gal in their boat sailing (Nancy). Also instructors Henry and Chris received Sunfish key chains (Tina).

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for organizing and coordinating with VYBA, ESA, and Bitter Ends to bring everything together!

Captain Marge explains membership in Bitter Ends to the Graduates!

Every day Bitter Ends Rigged and Hauled Around Students' Boats!
Dockmaster Jill Joos, Secretary Jane Gallagher, Treasurer Anne Carroll
and Captain Marge Whiteman (above)!

 Homepage Photos by Nancy Marik

Bitter Ends "Easy Outdoor Fridays" occurred Friday, February 12, 2021. Captain Marge Whiteman hosted "Anchor Members" and active Sailors on a 2 loop walk around Venice's Maxine Barrett Park. Concluding with coffee and Cheryl's Cookies (a website) choosing from iced heart cookies or chocolate covered pretzels. Tina also made delicious cream cheese things. YUM! All enjoyed the exercise and social time.

February 10, 2021.  Masked Mystery as Bitter Ends pose for our annual Valentine's Day Sail picture.  A beautiful and fun day on the water!  Lunch for some at Crows Nest afterwards.
                                     Click for picture without text!


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Brrrrrr!  Too Cold to Sail!
Breakfast at First Watch
Color Choices for 45th Anniversary Party!


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2020-2021 Captain Marge Whiteman
enthusiastically leads
"Get Underway" Meeting
August 26, 2020 at Higel Park

Social Distancing and Masks were used.

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Summer 2020 Activities Click Balloon below to see a Recap as it happens!

Highlights of End of Season 2019-2020
Picnic Party June 3rd at
Nokomis Beach Pavilion

Read Captain Anne's Year in Review


�Close your eyes and turn your face into the wind". by Carol Christopher Arnold, Captain Anne's cousin.

Perhaps the most important skill that separates the best sailors from the rest of the fleet is their ability to see the wind. We've had some great conversations about a number of ways to indirectly see what the wind is doing, particularly what it�s doing farther up the course.


IN MEMORY of our Bitter Ends:
    Brenda, Helen, Jill, Vera
   Cartoon provided by Captain Anne, 2019-2020  

Thank you for your interest!
Our SUNFISH Open House is CANCELLED for this Season.
 It will hopefully be rescheduled in the Fall!  











Annual August Kick Off Meeting 2019!  Click individual pictures for larger image!

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