April 2022 Anchorlines


April 2022

Volume 22:4

Coming MEMBER Events

MIYC Scavenger Hunt Monday, April 4 - 2022

Contact Paul Soden at Paul.soden@thompsonhine.com for details and to sign up.


“Moonlight Over Marco” Saturday, April 2 nd 5:30 PM

Marco Island Yacht Club Mission Statement

Provide an extraordinary Member experience of boating, social events and dining in a warm and beautiful Club setting where fun and friendship flourish.


Thursday, April 14, 2022 Arrive: 5:00p Seated by: 6:00p Harbor Room Trivia Questions & Dinner

SAVE THE DATE for another Trivia Night! Join us for a fun night of team Trivia. The fun begins as each player draws a number from the hat. This number is your table assignment. Spouses are not seated together, but that’s part of the fun. Each table is a team. As players eat their meals, they play three rounds of questions on various categories. There will be a winner for each round, and at the end of the three rounds, the Grand Prize Winning table will be announced. Refer to Club eblasts for more information !

Boaters Night Wednesday, April 6

Kentucky Derby “Hats & Horses”

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Saturday, May 7 th 5:00 PM

USCG AUXILIARY Dr. Lee Konecke, IPFC of Florida 95, Marco Island, and Flotilla Commander Joseph Riccio will tell us about the crisis involving the Aids to Navigation in Marco-area waterways.

Don’t leave the Island too soon! Wear your beautiful hat and watch the exciting race from the Burgee Bar.

Cocktails - 5:30p Buffet Dinner - 6:30p Program to Follow

More information coming soon!


April 26 Equity Only Meeting 2:45pm Check-in 3:00p Meeting Begins

April 26Member Semi-Annual Meeting 4:00pm Check-in 4:30p – Meeting Begins

Featuring wines from France

Saturday, April 9 th 6:00 pm

Jackets Required

Easter Brunch Sunday, April 17 Seatings 11:00 am, 2:00 pm

Wine Menu Reveal & Tasting Event Thursday, April 21 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm By ReservationOnly



April 2

Prom Night

4 6 7 9

Scavenger Hunt Boater's Night

Twilight Golf

Wine & Dine featuring wines from France; Jackets Rqrd.

11 14

Day Cruise - Rod & Gun Club

Trivia 15-23 Passover 17

Easter Brunch Couples Bridge Fishing Club

20 21 21 22 26 26 27 28 29

New Wine List Tasting

Evening Colors

Equity Only Meeting

Member Semi-Annual Meeting

Sunset Cruise

Book Club

Cookout in the Courtyard

We have a new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/marcoislandyachtclub

Please “Like” and “Follow” our new page to help share the fun of MIYC. We also hope you’ll “Check In” and share a picture from the club!


Golf, Anyone? Thursday, May 5 th Join us for 9 Holes of Golf!

• Tee times begin @ 3pm • Format: Best Ball • Dinner at Club afterwards

• Couples and Singles • 9 holes “The Links” • $20/pp cart + green fees

Contact Alice Jobe at 239-248-7640 or email: ajterrapin22@gmail.com Deadline to sign up: Noon on Wed., Apr. 27 th Full & Equity Members Welcome

Reservations Please! Please remember to make your reservations for dinner and events at the Club at least two days before the event. Chef Jono and his Staff like to be prepared in order to have the right amount of food and beverage. Also, when you make your reservation for a specific time, please be prepared to be shown to your table at that time. We appreciate your help as this also helps the kitchen Staff serve you in a timely manner.


Fishing Club Lunch & Meeting Thursday – April 21, 11:30 am

The BIG BOY Award

The BIG BOY Award


MIYC Book Club Thursday, April 28th, 12:00 noon Our April book selection is Empire of Pain, by Patrick Radden Keith. A grand, devastating portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, famed for their philanthropy, whose fortune was built by Valium and whose reputation was destroyed by OxyContin.

The history of the Sackler dynasty is rife with drama—baroque personal lives; bitter disputes over estates; fistfights in boardrooms; glittering art collections; Machiavellian courtroom maneuvers; and the calculated use of money to burnish reputations and crush the less powerful. The Sackler name has adorned the walls of many storied institutions—Harvard, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oxford, the Louvre. They are one of the richest families in the world, known for their lavish donations to the arts and the sciences. The source of the family fortune was vague, however, until it emerged that the Sacklers were responsible for making and marketing a blockbuster painkiller that was the catalyst for the opioid crisis. Please join us for an informative and entertaining presentation by Kathleen Douglass and a book-themed luncheon creation by Chef Jono. Final 2022 MIYC Book Club Selection - May (20th) The Daughters of Yalta , by Catherine Grace Katz. Carol Comeaux, presenter. Please note – Due to the Memorial Day Holiday and prior speaker commitments, May Book Club will be on FRIDAY – May 20 th . Our Presentation and lunch/table discussions begin at noon, followed by dessert and group Wrap-up. Please feel free to invite your friends!


Florida Council of Yacht Clubs Meeting Dates 2022-2024





Marco Island Yacht Club Vero Beach Yacht Club

Marco Island Vero Beach Punta Gorda Daytona Beach

May 13-15

July 7-9

Isles Yacht Club

September 8-10 November 11-13

Halifax River Yacht Club


Bradenton Yacht Club Eau Gallie Yacht Club


January 13-15 March 10-12

Indian Harbor Beach

St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club

Panama City

May 12-14


July 7-9

September 8-10 November 10-12



January 12-14


New Chairs for the Harbour Room and Dockside Lounge

On Friday, March 19th, 150 new chairs for the Harbour Room and Dockside Lounge were delivered to the Club. On hand to help with unloading, unpacking, and moving the chairs into the Club were: Mark Felbinger, Tom Jobe, Deb Melges, Ellie Everitt, Neil Bretthauer, and Val Bilbray. The new chairs for the Harbour Room have gray-tone patterned silk upholstered back with a gray-tone tweed fabric seat to coordinate with the updated color scheme. The chairs for the Dockside Lounge have the same gray-tone tweed fabric on both the chair and seatback. The chairs can be used in both locations interchangeably if the need arises.

Thank you Mariners Fund for purchasing these lovely and comfortable chairs.

Chairs in the Dockside Lounge

Tom Jobe and Mark Felbinger unload the chairs

Deb Melges and Ellie Everitt unpack the chairs

Chairs in the Harbour Room


Getting to Know You: Our New Dockmaster -- Missy Duffy

Missy was born and reared in Boca Raton, FL. She has lived in the BVIs, Bahamas, Connecticut, Nantucket, and South Carolina. She attended FAU as an undergrad majoring in Latin American literature, and earned her M.A. in Philosophy of Literature from the University of South Carolina. As well as English, she speaks Spanish and Italian. Her husband is Evan Duffy, and they are the proud owners of five cats and three bunnies, all rescue pets! They just moved to Goodland, FL, and are looking forward to making new friends there.

Missy Duffy

Missy bring a lot of prior experience to the job, including yachting, sailboat charters, as an instructor for powerboat and sailing, as a 100-ton captain, and was the dockmaster/Waterfront Director at four Clubs. Obviously, her management skills, boating experience, and preventative marina maintenance focus will be much appreciated and utilized. Her days are already quite busy with clean-up, taking transient reservations, dock inspections, planning meetings, and other tasks as needed. In the next year, she would like to see MIYC host a regatta! When not at MIYC, Missy likes to sail, hike, and swim laps. Her favorite vacation spot is the Faroe Islands, and she would like to visit as many of the world’s remote islands as possible. She loves old Rock n’ Roll music, non-fiction Florida history books, and (guilty pleasure) Cadbury Chocolates! Her causes focus on domestic animal rescue (cats and rabbits) and coral reef rehab on the East Coast of Florida and the Florida Keys. Her personal motto is a critical one: “Measure once; cut twice!”

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What a Team! Debbie Rhattigan and Karen Esala From February 22, when Mike Davey left, until March 21, when our new Dockmaster Missy Duffy began, the MIYC was without a dockmaster! Not to worry! Both Debbie and Karen voluntarily stepped up to fill in the void! From Debbie’s perspective, this was an opportunity to get to know and learn



first-hand the ins and outs of marina operations. She jumped right in to assume responsibilities such as scheduling (and re-scheduling due to weather) transients and reciprocals and setting up the various leasing arrangements. She was on the dock to guide boats safely into their slips and then secure the lines, assist with pump-outs, and clean our docks to welcome our guests. Incoming boats usually arrived in the afternoon, on their way to Marathon Key, and then on to Key West. She also came in on Sundays to accommodate FCYC transients. Debbie also was handled the responsibility of transitioning from handwritten scheduling of boats and tasks to implementing our new NorthStar system. Her goal was to make the transition seamless, which she accomplished. Karen stepped in to take over Debbie’s Marina Accounting functions, taking care to not let any of her other accounting tasks drop. She was able to gain an understanding of the “Big Picture,” which includes our daily operations as well as the Marina functions. According to our General Manager Mark, “She was very thorough, and allowed nothing to fall through the cracks. “

If needed, we know we can call on Karen, Debbie, and Chris (MIMA) to fill in.


For Your Information

Nametag Replacement Policy • Equity members are allowed two replacements of nametags before being charged $10 per replacement. • All other memberships are allowed one free nametag replacement before being charged a $10 fee.

Equity, Full and Trial Members , please note that during season (mid-January until after Easter) you must travel by boat to Naples Yacht Club and Naples Sailing & Yacht Club. We ask their members to do the same due to increased membership and limited parking during season. Dress Code: Gentlemen, remember to wear collared shirts for dining in the evening. Also, jackets are required at Wine & Dine unless otherwise noted. Cell Phone Usage in the Clubhouse Dining Areas : Please limit your cell phone usage to texting and searching when in the dining areas of the Club. Conversations should take place under the Port Cochere. Membership Card : Your membership card is available via the app on your cell phone. Be sure to add a photo to the roster so that your member card will show your picture on the cell phone app.


Helpful Links Looking for an easy way to find information? We’ve created these helpful links for you. Just click on the name of the item and you will be re-directed to the online version. April 2022 Calendar FY 2022 Calendar FY 2023 Calendar (Dates subject to change) Cruise Schedule

FCYC Reciprocal List MIYC Facebook Page Mediterranean Cruise - Sept. 2022

Members Recruiting Members Our Member Recruiting Member Program is in full swing for FY2022! The Recruiting Member and new Member each receive a $100 gift certificate to use for food and beverage on a Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday Evening or at Sunday Brunch as long as joining fees were paid. Bring us new Members and celebrate with them!



Dave Everitt (2022) Tom Jobe (2022) Tom Wentworth (2022) Susan Hieftje (2023) Angela Holt (2023)

Henry Stanley (2023) Kevin Hennessy (2024) Jim Rich (2024) Paul Soden (2024)


Chairman – Dave Everitt Vice Chairman – Angela Holt Commodore – Tom Wentworth Treasurer – Gerry Gorman Secretary – Vicki Bretthauer


Commodore – Tom Wentworth Vice Commodore – Henry Stanley Rear Commodore – Paul Soden Fleet Captain Power – Pete Frazier Fleet Captain Sail – Dwyn von Bereghy Port Captain – Melanie Kraemer Safety and Training Officer – Jim Rich FCYC Rep. – Ray Rosenberg Alternate FCYC Rep. – Tom Morrison Chaplain – Alan Sandlin Recording Secretary – Dr. Shelly Derrough Quartermaster – Lee Dorison Fleet Surgeon – Dr. David Randall




Member Events Angela Holt, Chair Val Bilbrey Patti Cohen Deb deVries Cara Dubay Cloe Gerri M.A. Harlacker Russ Doeringer

Boating Committee Ship’s Store Henry Stanley, Chair Deb deVries, Chair

Building and


Gerry Gorman, Chair

Bruce Kraemer David Caruso Bill Schroeder Nancy Worman

Peggy Frazier

Geoff Walker, Chair Heyward Boyce

Joanne Chute


Ellie Everitt Cloe Gerri

Jeff Comeaux Tom Morrison

Meredith Downton Jon Holt

Dominic Sergi John Steeves

Michele Niblack Kerri Pakalnis

Jim Rich

Ray Rosenberg Bill Schroeder Paul Soden Geoff Walker Nominating & Governance Dave Everitt, Chair Vicki Bretthauer,

Business Process




Jon Holt

Vicki Bretthauer, Chair Cynthia Hultquist, Services Henry Stanley, Hospitality


Michelle Hennessy, Joan Gorman, Co-Chair Alice Jobe

Mark Felbinger, Co-Chair Deb Melges Wiebe


Carrie Brooks, Front of

Cookie Metzler Kerri Pakalnis

Vicki Bretthauer Carol Comeaux Ellie Everitt Susan Hieftje Linda Marr Mariners Fund Jon Holt, Co-Chair

House Manager

Community Relations Dwyn Von Bereghy,

Karen Esala, Finance Joanne Sergi


Pat Riddiford


Ed Gerri

Marguerite Steeves Kelley Wentworth Advisory Members:

Vice Chair

Vicki Bretthauer Linda Sandlin

Gerry Gorman M.A. Harlacker

Ed Gerri

MA Harlacker Denise Morrison

Jan Rich

Vicki Bretthauer

Ellie Everitt

Tom Sessa

Angela Holt, Co-Chair Gary Wegner

Michelle Hennessy Geoff Walker

Dick Patano Grace Pantano Henry Stanley John Steeves

Human Resources Kevin Hennessy, Chair

Bob Colangelo Marguerite Steeves M.A. Harlacker Diana Winterhalter Alice Jobe Susan Smith

Feel free to contact us by email. We love to hear from you.

General Manager - Mark Felbinger ext. 302 gm@marcoislandyachtclub.net Executive Chef - Jono Osburn ext. 305 chef@marcoislandyachtclub.net

Contributions to Anchorlines - email

anchorlines@marcoislandyachtclub.net Reservations - 239-394-0199 ext. 301 receptionist@marcoislandyachtclub.net

Dining Room/Food & Beverage Manager - Carrie Brooks Ext. 308

MIYC Dockmaster - Missy Duffy - cell 239-378-8835

CarrieB@marcoislandyachtclub.net Banquets/Special Events - Pamela Dorr ext. 304

dockmaster@marcoislandyachtclub.net MIMA Dockmaster's Office - 642-2531



Membership Sales & Administration - Cynthia Hultquist ext. 303 membership@marcoislandyachtclub.net


Chairman I don't know about you, but I think the number of people visiting Southwest Florida this "Season" is significantly more than in recent memory! Grocery stores and restaurants are full...nearly all the time! Driving has been a challenge, with long lines of traffic coming onto the island in the morning and leaving the island in the afternoon. And we certainly feeling the impact at our Club! We are effectively operating at our membership cap. We have the calendar filled with member events, Club activities, and outside banquets. And getting a dining reservation at the Club can be a challenge at times. At the same time, the Club is seeing increased costs for food and other materials. Some suppliers are telling us they don't have enough staff to make timely deliveries to their customers. We are asking our own staff to work more overtime to cover staffing shortages. And the continued rise in prices for fuel, food, and essentials is adding to the stress on all our employees. I can imagine you might be wondering what are we doing at the Club to try to manage through this time? From a financial perspective, and due to the Board's and Finance Committee's leadership, we are on very sound financial footing. Our Balance Sheet is the strongest in the history of the Club. Our operating margin remains strong due to the increased membership and continuing to watch our expenses. This gives us the financial flexibility to consider some key initiatives. We have been working hard to increase our staffing levels. In the past month or so, we have added six full or part time employees to the payroll. And we are continuing to look for additional staff. We have also increased our regular complement of contracted wait staff from the staffing services we use. Unfortunately, we have also lost four full or part time employees in the same period. The

general market conditions make it financially attractive for employees to look for other jobs.

We have, in the past couple of months, introduced an employee referral bonus to help find new employees and retain them. We have recently introduced a temporary travel bonus for those employees driving longer distances to work to

Dave Everitt

help offset the higher cost of fuel. We are improving our advertising for positions to help prospective candidates understand we offer good benefits and a good working environment. And we participate in 'roundtable' discussions with other clubs in the area to make sure we are competitive in our wages and benefits. What does all this mean for our members? Our staff is working very hard to continue to provide the desired member experience. Despite everyone's best efforts, there will be times when we do not meet our own expectations of service and support. When that happens, I ask that you be tolerant and recognize the effort and commitment of those who staff our Club. Hopefully, we will see some relief as we move beyond April. But in the meantime, I would ask you to be sure to remember to say "Thank You" from time to time. I know it will be greatly

appreciated. Dave Everitt


Commodore Your Yacht Club is a wonderful place to go for a great meal, drinks with friends, perhaps an elegant Sunday Brunch, always with friendly staff, a fabulous view of the water and beautiful boats, and that certain feeling of being someplace very special. Too bad we can’t pack all this goodness up and take it along as we journey around Florida on our boats…or can we? It turns out that we can, through the magic of FCYC! FCYC, the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs, was founded in 1961 to do just that. Now, MIYC Members can visit all the FCYC Yacht Clubs in Florida, and enjoy their marinas, dining, sports and other facilities just the same as their members do, with reciprocity between the Clubs. When you dine at, say, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, you won’t need a credit card. Just sign the chit, and your MIYC Membership Card will ensure that you are billed back at our club for all charges. Ride a horse from the Equestrian Center at the Tampa Yacht Club. Get tennis lessons and play a game or two at the internationally acclaimed Tennis Center at the Field Club in Sarasota. Play croquet and soak up the history of the Championship Croquet Ground at The Florida Yacht Club in Jacksonville, (white croquet dress required, please!), established in 1875. Meet an Astronaut at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, near Cape Canaveral (at least 4 are members). Watch the finish of a transatlantic sailing race at the Halifax River Yacht Club in Daytona Beach. Prefer getting away from it all? Enjoy first-class luxury on small oceanfront islands surrounded by pristine natural beauty (like we have here at home) at the Captiva Island Yacht Club, the Carlouel Yacht Club on Clearwater Beach, the Key Biscayne Yacht Club (where you can play a round of golf as well), the Marathon Yacht Club, or FCYC’s newest Member Club, the Oyster Bay Yacht Club on Fernandina Beach. Almost everywhere you go throughout Florida, whether you go by boat, by car, or by motorcoach, there is likely to be a magnificent and welcoming Yacht Club for you to explore and enjoy, courtesy of your MIYC Membership! (Some reciprocity restrictions may apply, check with individual clubs for details). I’m pleased to announce that your Marco Island Yacht Club will have the honor of hosting a meeting of the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs this May 13 th -15 th . Delegates, alternates, spouses and General Managers from all 37 FCYC clubs will be here with us, to marvel at the beauty of our island paradise, and to share ideas and best practices for running top-notch Yacht Clubs. MIYC Members will have the chance to meet our FCYC friends at Happy Hour on Friday, May 13 th , and again at the dinner on Saturday, May 14 th , subject to availability. Since so many delegates from the other clubs will be coming, space will be extremely limited, so watch your email for the chance to get your reservations in. FCYC is not the only way to get reciprocity with other great clubs. World travelers can enjoy amazing adventures at Yacht Clubs everywhere with a Letter of Introduction from our Club to the club you want to visit. Using one of these, Past Commodore Jeff Comeaux and wife Carol visited the world-famous Club de Monaco in Montecarlo last summer, and were given the VIP treatment. Your MIYC Membership makes you a Yachtsman, and makes you welcome in Yacht Clubs throughout Florida and worldwide. Enjoy! TomWentworth


Vice Commodore The March Sunset Cruise was an outstanding success -- great weather, beautiful evening, and a great dinner back at the Club. Seven captains volunteered their boats and carried about 65 members into the sunset.

The next Sunset Cruise is on April 27. Watch for the eBlasts next month for more sign-up information! We hope more captains will volunteer to participate in this event. Also, please support Past Commodore Jeff Comeaux's Day Cruise events -- the next one is going to the historic and interesting Rod and Gun Club in Everglades City. Rear Commodore Paul Soden is getting things together for this year's popular Scavenger Hunt, which is on April 4th. New members, this is a really fun event, so sign up with Paul to enter your boat and crew, or sign on as a passenger. You may recall that last summer, a large yacht grounded in the Marco River channel entrance, resulting in the Coast Guard placing temporary buoys which narrowed the channel. A proposal for dredging will be brought up at City Council on April 4 at 5:30 pm, and many of the boating organizations and marinas, including members of the MIYC bridge, will be present to support the issue. The Daylight Savings Time change and approaching summer will be altering our time schedule for future events, but as always, the MIYC Bridge promises you a unique boating experience! Henry Stanley Vice Commodore Henry Stanley


Membership We listen to the Club Membership and make changes based on how you use your Club! Brunch Adjustments Brunch has been so interesting for us this season! We thought with the marina now open that we would have folks boating by for lunch, so we added hours to Sunday. You will see that we are going back to our basic Brunch hours 10 am-2 pm for Sundays, and we are having a buffet through May 15 th as you all are coming to Brunch early and often. Chef Jono is also offering a few popular a la carte items so if you do not want the buffet you still have some lovely brunch-lunch options. Thanks to our Board for greeting at Brunch. We brought back our tradition and you are giving the Board your feedback, which we appreciate! You will also see some Bridge Members greeting at Brunch in the coming weeks. Greeters are available from around 11:00 am through 12:30 pm at Sunday Brunches. Feel free to give them your comments about any and all things happening around your Club! Open Fla-mingle Table

Vicki Bretthauer Bretthauer

With the new system in place for reservations we are now evaluating a new way to manage our Open Table on Friday Evenings. If you want to have dinner with other members, we now have a Club Event for an Open Fla-mingle Table of eight at 7:00 pm as well as 7:30 pm on Fridays. You can go to the website or your phone app now. You can also call the Receptionist and say that you would like to sit at the Open Table. Be sure to tell her if you would like the 7:00 pm table or the 7:30 pm table. As with any new procedure we will have some growing pains so be patient! Our Membership Coordinator Many of you may know Cynthia Hultquist, our Membership Coordinator. Some folks have asked me if Cynthia is still with us as we have capped some memberships. I can safely say that Cynthia is as busy as ever! We will be having Summer Memberships available, as well as Full Memberships if someone also joins Freedom Boat Club AND we will have Equity Memberships available until we sell all of them. Also, many new residents to the area are still asking for tours of our Club. We have a waitlist for Full and Social Memberships. Membership Updates With our Club getting to our cap on membership as well as everyone returning for season and with trying to get to our full staffing levels, we will slow down on our acceptance of new members. We want to give all our current members the best service possible. Please welcome the following new members to our Club! Miles & Penny Milligan joined MIYC and Freedom Boat Club on March 4 th . Richard & Linda Watson joined MIYC on March 30 th as Equity members referred by the Sergis. As you can see, the Member Recruiting Members is still in effect so bring your friends who want Full Membership and Freedom Boat Club or Equity Membership to your Club! Calendars for Summer and Next Season Mark your calendar for our Semi-Annual Meeting on Tuesday April 26 th . There will be more information about this meeting during the month. Be sure to click on the links for the rest of season calendar as well as next year’s draft calendar! We want you to be able to attend as many of our Club Events as possible! We also will be adding other events to FY2023 as you all really like the Fla-

mingle Progressive Dinners. We are looking for more dates for those events now! Enjoy the rest of the season and we look forward to seeing you at your Club!


Marketing & Communications

Reservation Tip for Website and App Have you ever forgotten to add a reservation to your calendar? I have! Did you know that if you use an electronic calendar (GoogleCalendar, iCal, Yahoo Calendar) you can “download” your reservation right to your calendar?

When you’re on the website, Click on Reservations, then My Reservations:

Click on the icon that is a pencil in a box next to the reservation you want to add to your calendar:

Click on the “Add to Calendar Download”

Then find the event in your “Downloads” folder, or in a box on screen.

Double-Click on the download, and “Accept” to add to your calendar. It’s that simple.


Marketing & Communications cont’d.

If you use the App, it’s also simple! Visit Your Reservations:

Click on the Calendar in a circle symbol at the top right (You will need to give the MIYC App access to your calendar in Settings). Once you do these two steps, your event will be added to our calendar! If you have any questions about adding your reservations to your calendar, please email me (mishyd1@comcast.net) and we can set a time to go over your questions.


Safety & Training

“Plug it Up!” Have you ever had a water pipe in your house break? How about a toilet hose connection or even an outside water sprinkler line? Quite a mess, right? But not life threatening! Now how about a hose or hull breach in your boat? Did you know that a 2-inch hole in your boat only 1 foot below the waterline would fill a 55-gallon drum in 40 seconds?! While we can’t prevent the unexpected due to equipment failure, collision, or other forms of impact such as running aground or hitting a foreign object, we can be prepared by having yet another emergency tool at our disposal should the occasion arise. I am speaking about the very small, inexpensive, and potential lifesaving TAPERED WOODEN PLUG.

Jim Rich

These plugs come in a variety of heights and diameters to conform to even the most irregular and unpredictable shapes of a hose or hull breach. Made of tapered soft wood for a snug watertight fit, these are often drilled for permanent attachment to your fittings. Tether a sized wooden plug to each fitting, ready to pound into place in case of failure or leakage. Have other (non-tethered) plugs available for emergency in the event water would enter a circular, oval, or irregular hole caused by maintenance failure. These are available from any marine store or online from Amazon. A package containing a variety of sizes will cost you less than $20. In addition, I recommend keeping at least one other type of plug on board. It is a much larger plug made of a foam material that is completely flexible. Rather than pounding into place, the user compresses it by hand into the hole, stopping or greatly reducing the inward flow of water as the foam returns to is original shape. This material can also be cut and forced into elongated openings using a putty knife, inserted into the ends of broken pipes by twist compressing before inserting, and easily plugs leaking hoses. There are two companies that manufacture a similar product: “TruPlug” and “StaPlug”. Both are available on Amazon for $19.95. Until next time, Happy and Safe Boating! Jim Rich Safety and Training Officer


Ship’s Store Greetings from the Ship’s Store staff of Deb deVries, Ellie Everitt, Michele Niblack, Kerri Pakalnis, Joanne Chute, and Cloe Gerri. I can’t believe it’s April! We are thinking about the last year and deciding what to do for the rest of this year and beyond. Here are some key learnings: • We wanted to have the most merchandise when the most people were here -- this was challenging as I wasn’t really sure how much merchandise to order in the first place! While we tried to focus on vendors where we could get additional items easily, not all vendors worked that way. • Different than last year, we want merchandise and the store open all year. • As the season winds down we will continue to keep “staples” in the store: caps, polo shirts, towels. • Honor System is the only way we are able to stay open when the club is open. • Women have better handwriting than men -- or all of the men who are members are doctors or a doctor taught them how to write. Women will write out the SKU perfectly and the men will not. What can we do to make that better? Would taking a picture of the tag and sending it to the Ship’s Store email be easier? • Men shop in the store-who knew? • We are excited to have our new Dock Master Missy on board. We are going to have Jeff build some shelves in her office and display a selection of Riverside Marina logoed items as we think boaters will buy items when they come to dock and need to see her. • We are doing a fair amount of “special order” items -- usually items in a size we are out of or sometimes a different color. We can’t guarantee that we can get you the item you want but we will certainly try. We are looking into easier ways to let us know what you want like sending to a Ship’s Store email. Thanks for your support and patience this year! Deb deVries


Club Calendar Building 101 Many folks know that I manage the Club Calendar. Some of you have asked how we plan it each year. Our General Manager Mark Felbinger, Dining Room/Food & BeverageManager Carrie Brooks, Dining & Banquet Manager Pam Dorr, and Chef Jono Osburn all are key players in this process! So how does the Club calendar for the next year get built? The day after Blessing of the Fleet in mid-February is when the process begins for the next fiscal year! The first thing done is to place Annual Yacht Club Events on the Calendar: • Colors, mostly the 3rd Friday of the month except for Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, and St. Patrick's Day. Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day make sense, but you ask, “Why St. Patrick’s Day?” Well, the Colors ceremony for March is always later so it does not conflict with St. Patrick's Day Happy Hour. This was done years ago by a Commodore to maintain the solemnity of the ceremony. So, as you can see, our Bridge Events take priority! Next, all Club Cruising Events are placed on the calendar. This is where the conflicts begin! Day Cruises and Extended Cruises get added to the calendar. Dockage constraints influence the dates of these cruises as well as other challenges! A planned extended cruise rarely goes on its initially planned dates because so many outside factors influence it. Marco Island Events are placed on the FY2023 Calendar (Holiday Boat Parade, Holiday Street Parade) along with the standard holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, and Easter. Some sunset cruises then get moved due to where Thanksgiving and Christmas fall . • Commodore’s Ball • Blessing of the Fleet • Boaters' Night (1st Wed of the month) • Sunset Cruises (4th Wed of the month) Next, we start filling in with our Signature Events blocking dates so that Pam knows what dates she has available to sell for outside banquets. Weddings sometimes are planned out for more than a year, so we need to honor commitments we have already made. Angela Holt, Chair of Member Events, then asks for dates available for planning events. She has to quickly book entertainment NOW as performers are already booking for Season 2023. We have to support our Clubhouse, non-Boating Membership and Staff. We have to make sense of who will attend events and when. So, that is how we then plan Wine & Dine and other dining events. Chef gets consulted to see if he can have dining upstairs or downstairs while still having a Club Event. Try fitting in Twilight Golf, Couple’s Bridge, Men’s Bridge, Book Club and Fishing Club (monthly sub-groups) and then add in weekly activities of Mah Jongg, Ladies’ Bridge, Ladies’ Canasta, and Mexican Train and you see how complicated it gets! The calendar is an ever-changing document so that is why we present you one for the month and the outlook so you can plan when to be at your Club! That is why we have dining events like Seafood Fun, Cooking with Chef or Fla-mingle Progressive Dinners popping up now that Covid protocols have relaxed. The April calendar, the April through the rest of the season calendar and the DRAFT for our Fiscal Year 2023 (Oct 2022- Sep 2023) are all available as links within this Anchorlines email . We want you to plan to be at as many Club events as possible! The calendar on the website will be updated soon for FY2023. It has many of the planned dates now! Know that you can download the calendar from the website right into your personal calendar! Vicki Bretthauer



There’s a Daytime Activity for Everyone at MIYC! A q u a f i t a t M I Y C Aquafit classes take place at the MIMA pool at 10:30 am on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy water aerobics - a low-impact activity that takes the pressure off your bones, joints and muscles. Water also offers natural resistance, which can help strengthen your muscles and you can add resistance devices to burn more calories! Exercising in the pool provides the toning and cardiovascular benefits of exercise on dry land with less strain and stress plus it allows for a greater range of motion helping with flexibility and balance. And most importantly, it is enjoyable fun! As with any other exercise routine, just be certain you get medical clearance from your health care provider before taking the plunge. Contact Coordinator Peggy Frazier with questions or if you need to change the time. frazier@chartermi.net

MIYC Fishing Club Meets Thursday Apr. 21 st Lunch & Discussion – 11:30 am

The Fishing Club will meet at the Burgee Barr to discuss: • Fishing reports from off-shore and from backwater • Fine Tune: Tarpon Fishing Trip to Islamorada – Spring 2022 • Fine Tune local fishing dates around Marco Please RSVP to Jeff at Comeaux411@icloud.com by Tuesday Apr. 19 th

If you play bridge, have ever played bridge, or just want to learn how to play bridge, MIYC is the place to do it. We have a lively group of “social” bridge players. New Members are always welcome - there are teachers willing to help you learn. Contact Diana at: diana.winterhalter@gmail.com

Ladies Bridge Every Wednesday at Noon

Mexican Train Dominoes Friday Afternoon – 3:30 Location Varies



!"#$"%#&'()*+,-.)/0 !" All are welcome to play Couple’s Bridge at the Club. We have a fun group that plays on either the second or third Wednesday of the month starting at Noon. A “couple” can be a man and woman, two women, or two men. We only play as “couples” for the first round and then we mix it up a bit. No pressure, just a fun afternoon for all.

MIYC Men’s Bridge Wednesday 12:00 pm - Lunch 12:45 pm - Begin play Email Bob Winterhalter at robertswinterhalter@gmail.com for more information.

Contact Diana Winterhalter at diana.winterhalter@gmail.com to get on the list.

Mah Jongg Anyone? Weekly on Tuesday 1:00 pm Mah Jongg players welcome whether you’re a newbie or an experienced player. RSVP to Linda Spell at lindabrownspell@gmail.com

Join Us for Canasta every Thursday 9:30 am All levels of experience e welcome. Want to learn? Join us! Beginners welcome. Plan on staying for lunch! Contact Kimberly Porter at k.korbporter58@gmail.com for additional information about joining this fun-loving group.


Aquafit Class at the MIMA Pool



Extended Cruise to Venice, Sarasota & St. Petersburg March 6-15, 2022

MIYC Boats after Passing under the Bridge

MIYC Burgee on the Lanyard

MIYC Boats at Dock

Butter Pat at Antoines

Departing Venice


Extended Cruise to Venice, Sarasota & St. Petersburg March 6-15, 2022

Enjoying one of our great meals.

Van Gogh Exhibit


Sunset Cruise – Wednesday, March 23


Afternoon Tea & Hats – March 5 th , 2020 Afternoon Tea of savory and sweet treats accompanied by a hat demonstration by designer Diane Shagott.


MIYC Colors Friday, March 25, 2022




Winners of the Best Ball format (MIYC logo golf ball).

Winners of Luck of the Draw – total low score on Holes #3 & #7). Received MIYC Golf Ball Markers Pictured from left to right: Geoff Walker, Bruce/Melanie Kraemer, Gary Wegner

Pictured from left to right: Tom Jobe, Ed Gerri, Gerry Gorman


C OMMUNITY S ERVICE – F OR T HE L OVE OF C ATS Some of you may have heard of For the Love of Cats. They are the no-kill rescue organization that is celebrating 20 years of caring for the cats on Marco Island and throughout Collier County. The vision of the organization is to see a world where all cats’ lives matter. They began their mission by fixing the thousands of free roaming cats on Marco Island and the surrounding communities, rescuing and adopting the kittens and abandoned house cats. Their programs expanded over time to meet the current needs of the underserved community. These programs include a fund for urgent and wellness veterinary care, spay/neuter costs for rescued cats and kittens, a county-wide adoption and promotion for senior cats, a pet food pantry, and an FGCU scholarship fund.

For the Love of Cats was founded by Jim and Jan Rich. They continue to be fulltime volunteers of the organization. With the help of a wonderful family of volunteers and the financial support of the community, the organization continues to add to their impact that includes rescuing and adopting over 2,600 cats and kittens, preventing the birth and suffering of over 575,000 kittens in the wild, sterilizing over 2,400 cats throughout the county, saving the lives of over 400 cats

in urgent need of veterinary care, assisting in the adoption of almost 200 senior cats countywide and providing over 50,000 lbs. of dog and cat food for families in need. Last year, For the Love of Cats funded a partial year scholarship for an FGCU biology student on a career path in veterinary medicine with the help of corporate partners. They plan to expand the program to pay for a full year in 2022. This year, the organization also plans to initiate partnerships with other animal organizations in the county to develop large scale spay/neuter events for communities in need. For the Love of Cats is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is completely funded by the generosity of the public. Donations can be made through their website www.fortheloveofcatsfl.com or text LOVECATS to 44321. Jan and Jim say, “Purrs of thanks!”


Freedom Boat MIYC Join Now and Pay just $5,250 (a Savings of 25% compared to the One Time Entry Fee paid by regular FBC members. So, if you’ve been dreaming of all the fun you and your family and friends can enjoy exploring the local waterways, now is the time to turn those dreams into reality! Rates if you join now… Year-Round Seven Day per week Membership Monthly Dues are $319 –this is also 20% off the amount our regular FBC members would pay. All rates are plus sales tax. Here’s a reminder of the many key benefits of joining Freedom Boat Club: • A full membership for you and your spouse • EXCLUSIVE USE of the FBC boats at MIYC • Unlimited boat usage at our 20 SWFL locations • Access to our fleet of boats, ranging from 17'-24'. Bowriders, Deck boats, Pontoons, Inshore and Offshore Center Consoles • Reciprocal access to 330+ Freedom Boat Club locations around the world • Four guaranteed rolling reservations, as well as unlimited spur-of-the-moment boating • Maintenance-free boating lifestyle

• Free, unlimited 1:1 training with our U.S.C.G. licensed instructors • Liability and damage Insurance; as well as towing coverage

Interested? Contact Kevin Walsh (941-800-5858) Club has been a proud neighbor at the Calusa Marina in Goodland for many years. We also have added boats at the Marco Island Yacht Club and have openings for Dual Memberships with the Marco Island Yacht Club if you are already a member or are thinking of joining


Have you noticed the Burgees hanging around the Burgee Bar? Voting Members, do you have your personalized Burgee displayed in the Dockside Lounge? If you don’t, it is not too late to design one! Your Burgee tile is meant to be a replica of your private Burgee. ART SELLERS, located at 812 E. Elkcam Circle, 239-389-5269, can make one for you! They are in the same building as the Sand Bar, just at the opposite end. Visit them to have your Burgee created and displayed proudly in the Dockside Lounge! JULIE & BROCK WILSON Julie’s Cell: (239) 595-5983 Brock’s Cell: (239) 595-6767 julie.wilson@PremierSir.com brock.wilson@sothebysrealty.com Premier Sotheby’s International Realty The Esplanade ~ 760 N. Collier Blvd. Marco Island, FL 34145

Serving Marco Island & Naples for over 22 years


MIYC’s “Sunshine Program” Let us know about big milestones such as a 50 th anniversary or other special occasion or achievement. We’ll share them with Members in Anchorlines and send a card to the celebrating Members. Also let us know about any Member who is hospitalized so we can send a card to cheer them up.

Meet Our Own “Mary Sunshine!” Our contact point for this information is Mary McKeown. She’s the one to tell when you know of a major event, happy or sad – and Mary will be sure to get the word out.

Please contact Mary at: maryamckeown@aol.com


Mariners Fund The Mariners Fund is a way to finance extraordinary MIYC needs; things outside of the normal budget; Club enhancements that will make the member experience better and up to date. For example, the Burgee Bar renovation was made possible entirely by member donations. The bar was expanded, new drop-down window covers were installed and attractive curtains and valances were added. The Mariners Fund also paid to upgrade the Club’s sound system and supported the installation of a new dimmer system to enhance lighting in the Harbour Room. All these improvements were made possible by the generous support of our members. A donation to the Mariners Fund is a symbol of MIYC member commitment. How Can I Donate? You can make a general donation or donate for a specific project. We have identified a number of needs and wishes, which are listed in a binder just below the recognition plaque in the lobby. If you’d like to donate, please download the Mariners Fund Donation Form, on which you can indicate the project you wish to support, the amount of donation and how you wish to pay (separate check, credit card or Club monthly statement.) If there is something special you would like to see happen and would like to financially support, please let any member of the Mariners Fund Committee know. Mariners Fund Recognition Levels A Mariners Fund recognition plaque in the lobby hallway honors the cumulative contributions Members have made. Bronze $ 500 Silver $ 2,500 Gold $10,000 Platinum $20,000 Diamond $50,000 Sapphire $100,000 Final Voyage – If you have enjoyed the Club, please consider a gift from your estate. Mariners Fund Committee Members Jon Holt, Co-chair Angela Holt, Co-chair Dick Pantano

Grace Pantano Henry Stanley John Steeves

Marguerite Steeves Diana Winterhalter


FCYC Reciprocals

FCYC Club Reciprocity Status - East & West Coast - March 1, 2022




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