MIYC Anchor Lines June:July 2017

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Marco Island Yacht Club

Sailing Fleet

As we all know, change is inevitable. Over the past few weeks we in the Southwest Florida Sailing Communities have been putting our heads together in plotting out the next few years of competitive sailing in our area. Ft. Myers has asked if they could possibly join with Naples and Marco Island with the hopes that each regatta would then be able to a t t r a c t mo r e r a c e r s . Wi t h leadership from Commodore Lois Dixon and Vice Commodore Bob

Center's summer youth sailing program provides great opportunity for Marco Island children. The first adult Wednesday evening small-boat sailing was a great success this Spring. We averaged about ten sailors each week. The program ran for six weeks (actually seven due to a weather cancellation) with participants asking for more. We coordinated this with the Sailing Center, Gulf Coast Sailing Club, and Sailing Association of Marco Island. We'll be talking about how we can perhaps expand the program next year. America's Cup 2017 By the time you read this, the 2017 America's Cup qualifying events will be underway in Bermuda. Qualifying and Challenge races will be May 27-June 12. Finals will be June 17-18 and June 24-27. Qualifying and challenge races will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Channel. Finals will be on NBC. Check your local listings for specific times. Nautical Trivia The expression "taking the wind out of one's sails" comes from sailing racing. It comes from the racing tactic of sailing in such a way as to steal the wind from another boat. It will be interesting to see if the tactic is used at all in the America's Cup races - - - especially with the new, space-age boats. Have a summer of smooth sailing! Chuck Downton - Fleet Sailing Captain mdownton@aol.com

Chuck Downton Fleet Sailing Captain

Winterhalter, we have been in discussions with the other sailing organizations and yacht clubs in planning for the future. There is general agreement that we need to include Ft. Myers. In doing this, we would most likely have to move the racing venue farther north - - - perhaps off of Bonita Beach. Thoughts are that all regattas would be run by the Gulf Coast Sailing Club with volunteer assistance from each of the sailing organizations. Having a common venue would enable a common set of Notices of Race and Sailing Instructions which would simplify regatta preparation. That's the thinking to this point. We're still in the talking stage. I'll keep you posted as things progress. We presented a $500 check to the Youth Sailing Program at the Marco Island Community Sailing Center. The money represented the proceeds of this season's two sailing regattas after all expenses. Thanks to the sailors, volunteers and contributors who made this gift possible. The Sailing Ahoy MIYC Members! Our Bridge Crew is hard at work planning the Extended Cruise schedule for the 2017-18 season (get your input in!). Vice Commodore Bob Winterhalter has posted the proposed Extended Cruise schedule in last month’s Anchor Lines. This season’s cruising/sailing schedule is from October 2017 through April 2018. Along with the Extended Cruise schedule I would like to hear ideas/input for the Day Cruise destinations. Our first Day Cruise of the season is likely to be at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club in October. The traditional Day Cruise boundaries have been from Everglades City to North Naples and typically happen on a Tuesday (of course, exceptions to this are always entertained). It is important to note that some destinations will have a cancellation policy. We will make every effort to ensure you are aware of this policy at time of booking. I would like to add more kayak tours and beach parties to the cruising schedule for the season. This is highly Cruise Fleet

dependent on participation so I am very interested in hearing your thoughts on these events as soon as possible so we can get them on the calendar.

There is an ongoing effort to identify our fleet of participating vessels and captains. If you have not been contacted already, please contact me about your willingness to participate in the Extended and Day Cruises. My thanks once again to the entire Club for a wonderful 2016-17 cruise season. Fair winds and following seas... Chip Pittman - Cruise Fleet Captain chippittman1@gmail.com Chip Pittman Cruise Captain

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