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Swearingen

1975

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It all began with a man by the name of Earl Van Swearingen, an enthusiastic sailor, who did not like to sail two hours to and from the Gulf of Mexico to race his sailboat. In 1975, Cape Coral had a population of 18,000 and he felt they should have its own club, who would sail on the Caloosahatchee River and hold meetings in Cape Coral. After winning the 1974 CMCS Single Handed Race Trophy, Van Swearingen spent his spare time drawing a racing chart and typing an organizational plan on the necessities of starting a sailing club. On April 20, 1975, he invited his two best friends, Charlie Blackburn and Chet Bishop, to a meeting to listen to his “pitch” on starting the Cape Coral Sailing Club. He needed their help to furnish input as well as constructive criticism. Mike Gill, a News Press reporter, gave the meeting about six lines in his Sunday column. Two more follow-up meetings were held and they agreed they needed more names on their mailing list. They decided to let Emil Bulck, the Venture Sailboat salesman, in on what they were doing.

The organizational meeting was set for June 18, 1975. Local sailors were invited by a letter from Van Swearingen, and the first meeting was held in Emil Bulck’s home, with nineteen persons present. At that first meeting, Earl presented his organizational chart, and stated that the purpose of the meeting was to form a local sailing club of members with shallow draft boats capable of racing on the Caloosahatchee River, rather than having to go out into the Gulf. It was further proposed that the Cape Coral Sailing Club (CCSC) would serve the following purposes:
1. Stimulate interest and activity in sailing
2. Enhance sailing skills
3. Provide education with reference to boating rules, regulations, and safety afloat
4. Promote good fellowship among members

The dues were set at $20.00 per boat.
The following persons were elected to fill the offices set forth:
Commodore: Earl Van Swearingen
Vice Commodore: Herb Houck
Rear Commodore: Bill Brennison
Fleet Captain: Emil Bulck
Fleet Measurer: Bruce Senior
Secretary:Glenn Ogle
Treasurer: Conrad Altfather
Educational:Alberto Sodo
Publicity: Evelyn Evans
Awards Chairman: Ed Evans

Meetings would be every second Tuesday of the month and held at the Cape Coral Yacht and Racquet Club. The first General Meeting was held on Tuesday, July 8, 1975. Eighty-two persons were present and they had Charles W. “Red” Russell, who wrote the book “Basic Sailing, speak on Safety Afloat, and showed a film on “Basic sailing”. The December General Meeting was held in the First Federal Savings and Loan Building on Del Prado and Cape Coral Pkwy.

July 13 was the first race. Races would be held every Sunday and Wednesday. There were several divisions of racing: Catamaran, Board Boats, Day Sailors, Swing Keels, and Fixed Keels.

The first club cruise was July 19 to the Holiday Inn in Ft. Myers for lunch. The first overnight cruise was November 29-30 to Bay Beach Condominium in Estero Bay. The second cruise was to Cabbage Key on Dec. 13 and 14.

A Christmas Party was held at Palmetto-Pines Country Club on December 12, with a cost of $6.55 per person.

1976

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Commodore:Earl Van Swearingen/ Herb Houck
Vice Commodore: Herb Houck till 3/76
Rear Commodore: Bill Brennison
Fleet Captain : Emil Bulck
Secretary: Glenn Ogle
Treasurer:Conrad Altfather/Harry Goldberg


January 1976 the club formed the Winter Regatta race. The event was scheduled for February 7 and 8, one race each day. Schooner Bay Apartment Complex offered free dockage to participants in the Regatta. Trophy plaques were given to Class 23’ and under, and Class 23’ and over. This race was part of the Cape Coral Festival celebration, that started with a parade and entertainment. People could go down to JC park and watch the sailboat race on the river.

In March 1976, Herb Houck became Commodore when Earl Van Swearingen resigned. At this same time “The Commodore shall take command of the club” was deleted from the By-Laws. Charlie Boyer became Vice Commodore at this time.

The Club purchased a mimeograph machine and a spirit duplicator in 1976 to help print out the newsletter which was started by the Secretary, Glenn Ogle, in November 1975. This first newsletter was a three-page newsletter listing all the Club’s functions and any other Club news.

By May, the General Meetings were being held in different locations one of them was the Sportsman Yacht and Sailing Club. In June, the Treasurer began collecting 25 cents from members not wearing their name badges to the meeting. Speakers were at all the General Meetings. Members were asked to bring cookies to the meetings by the Refreshment Chairman, Peg Kanaga.

1977

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Commodore: Herb Houck
Vice Commodore: Charles Boyer
Rear Commodore: Robert Godman
Fleet Captain: Ed evans
Secretary:Joanne Stratton
Treasurer: Carl Brehm


In 1977, the Racing Chairman and Racing Committee revised the racing rules. It was discussed whether we should use the building at 4 Freedoms Park for post-race meetings on Sunday afternoons. Also in 1977, the club had a float (display of a sailboat) in the Cape Coral Festival Parade in February, there was a Club cruise to the Berry Islands in the Bahamas, a Shipwreck party, and a Christmas party at the Palmetto Pine Country Club. Of course, the Sunday and Wednesday races continued.

1978

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Commodore: Charles Boyer
Vice Commodore: Brit Turner
Rear Commodore: Carl Brehm
Fleet Captain: Curt Beach
Secretary: Harriet Rhodes
Treasurer: Peter Luber


1978, in January, there was a Bahama race in 35 kn. winds and rough seas – 6 boats started and 4 finished . This year they started the Wednesday race/luncheons to places like St. James City or Ft. Myers, ladies races, and did races with CMCS such as South Seas Plantation and Summerset . Post-race meetings were being held at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. It was agreed that a charge of $3.00 be charged to the racers, for a series, to pay towards the trophies. Prior to start of a race – all boats were anchored and sails down. At the start signal all boats will weigh anchor, hoist sails (or visa versa) and start.The front page of the January 1978 newsletter said: “Your newly elected flag officers have met and defined some general parameters for the 1978 activities program. We see racers, cruisers, party-goers – sailors all; with big boats, little boats, power boats and no boats. We hope to have something for everyone; regular races, social races, Wednesday races, north river races, south river races and races in the Gulf; weekend and Wed. cruises; parties and parties.” Cruise destinations were to Johnson Shoals (no longer there – a 6’ – 10’ wide entrance in the Gulf in front of the camping ground on Cayo Costa at Pelican Bay- storms have shoaled it in), Franklin Locks, and Venice. It was noted that cruising is well supported but racing, however, draws the largest number of participants.

1979

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Commodore: Carl Brehm
Vice Commodore: Orlin S. Anderson
Rear Commodore: Norman Stratton/Bill McQuillin
Fleet Captain: Jud Worden
Secretary: J. Harry Brandt
Treasurer: Frank Maschio


In 1979, it was decided that there would be no weekend cruises until March 17, due to inclement weather and low tides. Most of the cruises starting March 17 were to Johnson Shoals, the April race was to Burnt Store, and in September and November they went to Tween Waters. Burnt Store Marina donated a perpetual trophy to the CCSC for its annual race/cruise to the Marina. Burnt Store Marina kept the trophy. Tween Waters started to become a very popular destination for the club. Overnight dockage was $5.00 per boat, regardless of size, a cottage reserved ($58.24) for changing clothes and to use for Happy Hour and an Auction, or to accommodate four ladies who want to sleep ashore. One of the luncheon cruises was to the restaurant on Little Shell Island (no longer there). It should be noted at this time that the Cruise Fleet Captain was in charge of all cruises, overnights and Wednesday luncheons.

As for the racing in 1979, there was the Cape Coral Winter Festival Race and dinner, with two classes: Class A- fixed keel and Class B – swing keel, plus the other series of races. After race parties were in different member’s homes.

Meetings are now being held in the Faith Presbyterian Church, Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral. Social events this year was a Luau in May, Halloween Party in October, and a December Christmas Party at Cape Coral Country Club (it was a pot luck). Quickprint started doing our newsletters in November, 1979.

1980

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        Commodore: Carl Brehm
        Vice Commodore: Jud Worden
        Rear Commodore: Roger Neuman
        Fleet Captain: Jack Lester
        Secretary: J. Harry Brandt
        Treasurer: Frank Maschio


In 1980, there were three overnight cruises to Tween Waters, three to Johnson Shoals, one to the Franklin Locks, and one to Burnt Store Marina, which was the annual race to Burnt Store. The Wednesday race/cruise luncheons continued. The racing program was expanding. There was a single-handed race (14 boats), a Frostbite Race, for those who didn’t race regularly, the Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall Series, and the Winter Regatta race in Feb. After race meetings were held in the Harbor Masters meeting room on the second floor of the Godman Yacht Basin at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. There were about six J24’s that had their own class for racing. They gave out silver platters to the winners of the racing series.

There were six social functions in 1980: February, Winter Festival Dinner at Fireman’s Hall; April, Hawaiian Luau Dinner Dance at the Yacht Club Pavilion; June, picnic at Russ’s home; August, picnic at Wiggins Pass State Park ; October, Halloween Dinner Dance at Sportsman Club ($4.50/person, pot luck, music by Tropic Trio), December, Christmas Dinner Dance at Cape Coral Country Club. Peg Kenaga, who was on the Social Committee since the start of the club, complained that everyone was leaving the socials early and the band should play till midnight.

In August, the general meeting place moved from the Presbyterian Church to the Epiphany Episcopal Church, and the date changed to the 4th Tuesday of the month.

1981

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        Commodore: Robert W. Davis
        Vice Commodore: J. Harry Brandt
        Rear Commodore: Bill Todd
        Fleet Captain: Art Hirtreiter
        Secretary: Robert Gayle
        Treasurer: Charles Barnes


In March of 1981, the Cape Coral Sailing Club became incorporated as a non-profit organization. We joined BOAT/US for half the usual fee.

Racing was still the main interest with 29 boats registered in the Winter Festival Regatta and 14 CCSC boats raced in the Summerset Race, sponsored by CMCS. The Spring and Fall series had about 30 boats registered. By April, after- race parties were no longer held in the Harbor Master’s room – too expensive. They were held in different member’s homes once again.

The luncheon/race cruises were changed to mid-week cruises. One of the luncheon cruises went to Dixie Beach, south of the Sanibel Bridge (after going through the Sanibel Bridge, turn right off Marker #1, go to Marker #3, and to the beach.). Another place the mid-week cruisers went to was to deep water NE of spoil bank located SE of marker #8 in the “miserable mile” (now known as Picnic Island), and if the weather was bad they would meet at Glovers Bight behind Cattle Dock Point. The overnight cruises only went to Johnson Shoals and Tween Waters. In April, 1981, there were signs of Johnson Shoals shoaling in and there was concern that in the future it would not be a viable destination. Tween Waters (now $8.00/boat) was becoming the popular place to go. Carl Brehm, past commodore, was the auctioneer to auction off inexpensive small fun articles, wrapped or bagged by cruise participants. This auction was held many times when they went to Tween Waters. Proceeds of the auction was used for gratuity for the dock and marina personnel.

In April, Glenous Morman, who just joined the Club, was co-chairman with Julie Gayle on the Social/Entertainment Committee, had the most successful social event in the Club’s history. It was a Hawaiian Luau with 200 people attending. The other social events that year were the annual Winter Regatta dinner dance at the Anchor Inn Restaurant in February, a trip to the Dog Track in February, a summer picnic at Wiggins Pass State Park, Shipwreck Dinner Dance at the Cape Coral Yacht Club Pavilion, Halloween party at the Sportsman Club, and the December Christmas dinner dance at the Cape Coral Country Club.

In 1981, Club membership increased to 92 families, making it more feasible to use new duplicating technology for the club newsletter. The secretary typed a master newsletter on paper, or using the officers’ typed articles, and cut and pasted them on an 8 ½ x 14 master, which was then printed by a commercial “Quickprint.” Then a Club Committee collated, stapled, folded, addressed, stamped and mailed the completed newsletter.

1982

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        Commodore: Bob Gayle
        Vice Commodore: Daralyn Davis
        Rear Commodore: Michael Stratton/March – Andy Anderson
        Fleet Captain: Harry Brandt
        Secretary: Julie Gayle
        Treasurer: Ruth Burks


1982 brought about a few changes such as dues were raised to $25.00, there were not as many luncheon cruises, and it was decided to have two extended cruises, one in the Spring and one in the Fall. These cruises would be for approximately a week. The Spring Cruise went to Cabbage Key, Burnt Store, Gasparillo Island, Englewood Beach, and ended back at Tween Waters (now a $9.00 docking fee). The Fall Cruise went to Everglades City.

There were six socials, the same as last year, Winter Festival Dinner Dance at the Anchor Inn, the March trip to the Race Track, Luau and Fashion Show in April, French Cabaret Night in August, Halloween Party, and Christmas Party at the Italian American Club.

The racing program expanded in 1982. There was the Winter/Spring Series, Winter Regatta, a June and August ladies race, a July single-handed race, a summer couples race, the Fall Series, and in November sailboard races.

Also, in 1982, Zoe Todd designed the club burgee, as we see it today.


1983

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        Commodore: Bob Gayle
        Vice Commodore: Glenous Morman
        Rear Commodore: Orlin S. Anderson
        Fleet Captain: Al Siskind
        Secretary: John Harrington
        Treasurer: Ruth Burks


In 1983 you can see the interest in longer cruises developing. In April there was the annual Burnt Store Race/Cruise, but they extended that cruise to Sarasota. October 25 and 26 took the cruisers to Naples, FL and on November 15-20 they cruised to Fisherman’s Village and Punta Gorda. The luncheon cruises were twice a month with 35-65 attendees. A couple times they went to Spoil Island, what we call today Picnic Island, for a picnic lunch. They, also, went to the Sanibel Pier for a luncheon raft-up. The luncheon cruise that was becoming quite popular was going to Town and River as guests of Glenous Mormon, for the keg of beer, sloppy joe’s, and the pool.

There were still six social functions in 1983. February was the Winter Regatta Dinner Dance at Garden Inn and the February Dog Races. April was the Bacchanalian Festival (Toga party), June, the Spring Series Awards Dance at Garden Inn, August, a Country Western at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, and December, the Change of Watch Dinner Dance at the Cape Coral Country Club.

1983’s racing program showed 31 participants in the Winter Regatta, 9 people participated in board sailing, there was wind surfing races, the single-handed race, and the ladies race. Al Siskind, who joined the CCSC in 1981 proposed two racing trophies that year. The Couples Perpetual Trophy for a 1-class, 1-start couples race. The second trophy he proposed was the Cape Coral Cup, a permanent racing trophy for best Spinnaker and non-Spinnaker sailors in the Winter Festival Race.

1984

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        Commodore: Andy (Orlin) Anderson
        Vice Commodore: Bill Rappold
        Rear Commodore: Al Siskind
        Fleet Captain: Shel Schmidt
        Secretary: Ed Coombs
        Treasurer: Ruth Burks


In 1984, Al Siskind, the new Rear Commodore, expressed concern that there were only 24 people signed up for the Fall Race Series and in 1983, there were 36. New members were joining with larger boats now. The largest boats racing in 1984 were “Arcturus”, owned by Carl Brehm, a Morgan 34, and Bill Rappold’s 34’ “Teufelhundel”. Most racers had 23’ to 30’ boats. They were still giving out engraved silver trays to the winners. Besides the usual race series they had the Single-handed, Ladies, Couples, and Fun races in the summer. Board sailing was dropped in the Spring of 1984.

Shel Schmidt was the Cruising Fleet Captain in 1984, planning luncheon cruises, raft-ups, over night cruises, and longer cruises. There were 13 luncheon cruises, three raft-ups, three overnight cruises, and two longer cruises this year. The luncheons were to the Mariners Inn, St. James City, Snug Harbor, Victoria Pier (Ft. Myers), and Town and River. The raft-ups were at Glovers Bight, Spoil Island, and off Sanibel. The other cruises were to the Franklin Locks, Tween Waters, Marina 31 for an overnight, Longboat Key/St. Petersburg, Useppa and Tween Waters, and Fishermans Village/Tween Waters (now dockage is $.55/ft). The Burnt Store Race/Cruise was canceled because of lack of interest. In addition, there was a group that went to the Bahamas in February.

Bob Gayle, past commodore, passed away in March of 1984. Al Siskind proposed we have a Ship’s Bell as a memorial for Bob Gayle. Andy Anderson donated the materials, and the Ship’s Bell was made by Al Siskind. This bell is used at our monthly meetings today. It was also decided by the Board that we have a Sunshine Girl, who would send out cards to members who were sick or who had deaths in the family.

There were seven socials in 1984. January, they went to the Dog Races; February was the Winter Regatta race and dinner dance; April, they had a Madhatter Ball; June, Racing Awards Dinner Dance at the Cape Coral Yacht Club; August, a pot luck Potpouri Command Performance (this is where the club’s talented members began to shine); October, was the Change of Watch/Halloween party at the Sportsman Club; December, the Christmas Party was at the Elks. Ruth Siskind crocheted table decorations for every person attending the December party, which she has continued to do every year.

1985

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        Commodore: Andy Anderson
        Vice Commodore: Glenous Mormon
        Rear Commodore: Al Siskind
        Fleet Captain: Alice Kroencke
        Treasurer: Ruth Burks


In 1985, Julie Gayle presented Al Siskind the “Robert E. Gayle Memorial Race Trophy”. This would be a perpetual rotating trophy for the winner of the Spinnaker Classes and the winner of the Non –Spinnaker Classes, for a designated race during the month of March each year. The winners names will be inscribed on the trophy and kept for six month by each winner until next year’s race. That year, March 17 was decided to be the Robert E. Gayle Memorial Race day.

There were luncheon cruises once a month, raft-ups, and two long cruises in 1985. There were seven socials, the same as last year, except for a very special occasion, the 10th anniversary of the Cape Coral Sailing Club. Al Siskind proposed a five-part 10th Anniversary celebration and the following was adapted: 10:00: Decorated boats sail past and salute the Commodore who would be on an anchored boat (north of Cape Coral Bridge, west side, near entrance to Clipper Bay which was north of the Chamber of Commerce building) - 28 boats participated
11:00: Two luncheon raft-ups in Clipper Bay – one for the racers and one for the cruisers
1:00: The racers leave and have a club boat race
6:00: Happy Hour and Presentation of Awards at the Cape Coral Yacht Club Presentation of Awards – for Spring Series, for best decorated boat that day, for winners of the race that day, and the Anniversary Parade winner or Boat Bingo (names of boats in the Anniversary parade were put in a pot and the Commodore, blindfolded, pulled a name out for a prize – only boats participating in the parade and skippers at the dinner were eligible)
7:00: Dinner and Dancing till 11:00 (Peg Kenaga, the chief decorator, couldn’t understand why they couldn’t dance until midnight. Would you call that a long day?)

1986

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        Commodore: Glenous Morman
        Vice Commodore: Al Siskind
        Rear Commodore: John Harrington
        Cruising Fleet Captain: Bill Reynolds
        Day Fleet Captain: Charles Vargo
        Secretary: Julie Gayle
        Treasurer: Rene Chambellan


In 1986, the cruising aspect of the club was getting more serious. Longer cruises were becoming popular. There were two long cruises in 1984 and also in 1985. They agreed to have six long cruises in 1986, one for eleven days and one for thirteen days. In addition, it was becoming evident arranging both luncheon cruises and other cruises was getting to be too much for one person to do. 1986 was the first year to have both a Cruise Fleet Captain and a Day Fleet Captain. Also, the first female, Glenous Mormon, was Commodore of the Cape Coral Sailing Club. In October, General Meetings were moved to the Sportsman Club.

Bill Rappold, the Cruise Fleet Captain in 1986 planned cruises to Useppa/Pelican Bay/Tween Waters, eleven days to Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg in April, Tween Waters in June, and a 4-day cruise to Marco Island in September. It was noted that out of the nine boats going to Marco, four had just gotten Loran. There was a 4-day trip to Tween Waters in October (with 15 boats), a 13-day cruise to Marathon in the Keys (with 11 boats), and a 6-day cruise to Charlotte Harbor in December (with 15 boats). A trip to Naples was planned in March but had to be canceled because the Sanibel Bridge was closed. They rescheduled a cruise to Charlotte Harbor but had to cancel that, also, due to bad weather and low water.

Charlie Varga, Day Fleet Captain, arranged for two luncheon cruises a month, with twenty cruises going to restaurants and four cruises were raft-ups. The raft-ups were at Glovers Bight, Little Shell Island, and a Sunflower raft-up off Sanibel. (a round raft-up- which takes a little more maneuvering).

In 1986, the series racing fee was increased to $10.00 to help cover costs of insurance, prizes, and other expenses. Committee boats were chosen alphabetically from the roster with, of course, knowledgeable people aboard. Thirty boats participated in the Winter Regatta and Series, which included the Gayle Trophy Race. There was still a Spring Series and the Summer Series, which included the Lady Skipper Race, the Single-handed Race, Fun Race and Couples Race. The Fall series entrees dropped to 26, which concerned some.

The Socials in 1986 were still pretty much the same, with different themes. The Winter Festival Regatta Dinner Dance had 97 attendees. Catering has been done by Dick Lewandowski, practically since the start of the Club. March was the canoe trip and April they went to the Dog Track, which was still popular with 32 attendees. April also had the Black and White Ball at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. Everyone had so much fun at the 10th Anniversary Celebration, it was decided to do that every year. So that was repeated in June. August they had a Luau Pot Luck Dance at the Sportsman Club. Both the Halloween and Christmas/Change of Watch parties were held at the Sportsman Club.

Lou Tilley, a member of the CCSC (25 years as of December 2003) wanted to take his self-built, 30’ Tropic Star, Mai-Tai-Tu, across the Atlantic to France. Madeleine was going to fly over. A group of people from the sailing club had a big party and send-off for him and his crew. Heavy weather caused him to go in at North Carolina, his two sick crew flew home from there, and he continued on to Bermuda by himself. Madeleine joined him in Bermuda for a couple weeks, and then he set out for the Azores by himself. He was about a day out of Bermuda and he had back problems so he turned back to Bermuda. After some doctoring, he sailed down to the Bahamas, where Madeleine met him and helped him sail the boat back to Cape Coral.

In 1986, the first CCSC Sportsmanship Award of the Year was given to Earl Van Swearingen for his unique contribution to the local sports competition program.

Also, in 1986, Len Contino, member of CCSC, started a petition to raise the power lines over the Bimini canal. If your mast was over 44’, you could not get under the wires, and therefore, were unable to get up to the Bimini Basin or any of those canals past the wires. Early 1987, the power lines were raised to 55’.

1987

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        Commodore: Al Siskind
        Vice Commodore: Bill McNaull
        Rear Commodore: Ed Kroencke
        Cruise Fleet Captain: Bob Sharpe
        Day Fleet Captain: Charles Varga/Kay Varga
        Secretary: Dorothy Lester
        Treasurer: Rene Chambellan

In 1987, as the club was growing to 122 members (each membership was a family) or 244 people, expenses were increasing, and some changes were looked into. The membership dues were increased from $25.00 to $30.00 and the racing rules were going through some changes. Not everyone was happy with the racing rule changes. In September the Rear Commodore reported that the last race had 17 boats and had one of the biggest after race parties with 30-40 people attending. They are now back to PHRF handicap, he reported. The Summer Series Races were defined more accurately. The Ladies Skipper Race – must have owner on board and at least one other club member to offer moral support or advice. Single-handed Race – skipper must be owner of the boat – no other crew allowed. Couples Race – male and female – do not have to be married.Fun Race – start out anchored and sails down. 24 boats were entered in the Spring Series and 25 boats in the Fall Series (6 spinnaker, 8 Macgregor, and 10 non-spinnaker).

The Hartlebs resigned from the CCSC because they got a new boat with a 6 ½’ ft. draft. Peter couldn’t race anymore. That would not be criteria to resign from the club today. The deepest draft boat in the club in 2004 is Fausel’s 7’ “Cherheito II”. The second deepest draft is Holland’s 6 ½’ draft “Jovalgin”.

There were 8 cruises in 1987: Marco, Pelican Bay, Tween Waters twice, St. Petersburg, Marco/Everglades City, a 15-day cruise to the Keys, and Fisherman Village. There were no cruises in March or June, or July and August (too hot). There were 23 luncheon cruises, including one raft-up. The club was notified at the end of the year that Little Shell Island is now off-limits to boaters. They can’t tie up to the dock or raft-up. Charlie Varga, who had been Day Fleet Captain last year and this year, passed away, and his wife, Kay, asked that there be a Charlie Varga award to the boat and skipper attending the most luncheon cruises in memory of Charlie. The Charlie Varga award is still given out today.

There were seven socials this year. The August party was canceled in lieu of the pot luck being at the General Meeting in August. They did have dancing after the Pot Luck dinner and short meeting. Speaking of socials, the cruisers were having so much fun. Doug Haag, a club member, drew many cartoons of the club cruises and they were put in the newsletters. Shel Schmidt, with his rare sense of humor, wrote poetry and words to songs to entertain cruisers. After Tom Kivlin joined the club in 1988, he always brought his guitar on cruises. John Louw, who joined the club in 1988 also, would also bring his harmonica on cruises. There was always a sing-along.

In 1987, Gordon Coffman received the CCSC Sportsmanship Award for training young people to sailboat race.

1988

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        Commodore: Bill McNaull
        Vice Commodore: Bev McNaull
        Rear Commodore: Mike Bernhardt
        Off Shore Fleet Captain: Walt Weck
        Day Fleet Captain: Ginny Price
        Secretary: Dorothy Lester
        Treasurer: Frank Foulke


1988 brought about a few more changes to the boating world, the Club, and to the racing fleet. The boating world in general was affected by the Coast Guard Auxiliary announcing they would no longer tow boats. Soon to come will be the birth of Sea Tow and Boat US Towing.

It was suggested by Marty Shapiro that we have “boat talk” at the General Meetings. This way people can share boating information or ask questions of the other sailors about any problems they may be having. This went into effect at the February, 1988, meeting. Deep Lagoon Marina began providing door prizes for the General Meetings. In February they gave a free bottom paint job. In May they gave away a Coast Guard Safety Package, which included kits containing life vests, cushion, fire extinguisher, dock lines, anchor and line, a flare kit. There is no record of how long this generosity of Deep Lagoon Marina lasted. Lloyd Derrer, a club member, suggested opening the General Meeting by ringing the bell 7 times which would indicate 7:30.

The Racing Committee was now charging $15.00 for an 8-race series. The Winter Regatta was now down to 15 boats, but the Spring Series had 24 participants. There were two extra races our club participated in this year. The Gulf Coast Regatta, to benefit the Salvation Army. had 8 CCSC boats, and the Miller Cup race, which was for all sailing clubs, had 16 of our racers participating and taking eight of the awards. The Summer Races were the same as previous years and the Fall Series (7 races) had 20 participants.

As for cruising in 1988, there were seven cruises. In October they went to Tarpon Springs, which they had never done before. In November, 18 boats went to the Keys. There were thirteen lunch cruises to various restaurants, including two to Town and River, and there were two raft-ups. They felt attendance was falling with the lunch cruises so they would have less luncheon cruises this year.

There were seven social functions this year, pretty much the same as last year.

Club membership increased in 1988 to 147 families, placing an overload on the Secretary, who was doing the newsletter. The Board of Directors appointed an editor to take over the responsibility of publishing the monthly newsletter, and appointed volunteers Al and Ruth Siskind. They continued the typed, cut and paste master copy, printed commercially. It consisted of three to five pages both sides. They did this 12 months a year for eight years. Al Siskind received the CCSC Sportsmanship Award for 1988, for all his contributions to the Club.


1989

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        Commodore: Bill McNaull
        Vice Commodore: Dick Bethel
        Rear Commodore: Howard Arend
        Off Shore Fleet Captain: Walter and Edna Weck
        Day Fleet Captain: Glenous Morman
        Secretary: Bea Pim
        Treasurer: Al Arrom


1989 brought some new activities and things to the CCSC. For the first time, there was a New Years Day Raft-up at Glovers Bight. Eleven boats showed up to spend the day eating, socializing, and hopping from boat to boat. 1989 club calendars were given out to all members. Al Siskind became Newsletter Editor. Paul Masters suggested members bring nautical items to the general meetings to sell or give away. SeaTow was the speaker at the September General Meeting, explaining their towing service. Larger sailboats were joining the club this year. At least eight new members had boats 32’ – 43’.

Commodore Bill McNaull contacted Avatar (Cape Coral builders) about building a Civic Building on a vacant lot near Clipper Bay. This building might serve as headquarters for our Club, sponsor sailing instruction, and for the use of other organizations in Cape Coral. It sounded good but it never happened.

Howard Arend, Rear Commodore, put out a request to the membership: Call me to: 1. host an after-race party
2. serve as a Committee Boat
3. crew for a racer”
The Winter Regatta had 16 entrees, the Spring Series had 25 entrees, the Summer Series added another race, a Mystery Race, and the Fall Series had 17 entrees. There was concern why the number of racers was declining.

In October, 1989, John Louw and Dick Bethel started a Sunfish fleet.

The Emil Bulck Award was given out this year to the overall winner of the combined Spring and Fall Series. The story behind this award was that in 1983 Emil Bulck and Earl Van Swearingen, with a handful of swing-keel skippers organized the “Hatchee Yacht and Racing Club”, later named the “Caloosa Sailing Club.” Races were held south of the Cape Coral Bridge. Emil Bulck served as Commodore of the Caloosa Sailing Club since 1983. As of 1989, the club was inactive. Al Arrom, CCSC Treasurer, in November, suggested we do something with the money in the treasury, such as donating a perpetual trophy to CCSC in honor of Commodore Bulck, and have a dinner to honor him. The trophy, named the Emil Bulck Award, was presented to Emil at the dinner, which in turn would be presented to the winner of the combined Spring and Fall series.

1989 was a big year for the cruising fleet, both luncheon and longer cruises. There were 23 luncheon cruises to restaurants, including two to Town and River, and three picnic cruises, two to Picnic Island and one to Tarpon Point Marina. In addition, there was one raft-up. Glenous Mormon was both Day Fleet Captain and Membership Chairman this year, and sure knew how to get the people out. One hundred people turned out for her first luncheon cruise in January to Snug Harbor. As for the Off-Shore Fleet cruising, they had ten boats going to Everglades City in January, and nineteen boats going to Venice in February. There was a cruise to the Bahamas in April, May had eighteen boats going to St. Petersburg, and in June three boats went to the Bahamas. September and October there were cruises to Marco and Venice, and in November fifteen boats went to the Keys. Boca Grande was the destination for the December cruise.

The social functions this year included a weekend trip to Freeport in the Bahamas on a cruise ship in April. Then there was the usual Winter Regatta Dinner Dance, the March canoe trip and trip to the race track, the Roaring 20’s Party in May, the 14th Anniversary celebration in June, and the Halloween and Christmas/Change of Watch party. Bill McNaull received the CCSC Sportsmanship Award for 1989.

1990

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        Commodore: Dick Bethel
        Vice Commodore: John Louw
        Rear Commodore: Andy Kinbacher
        Off- shore Fleet Captain: Frank Foulke
        Day Fleet Captain: Glenous Morman
        Secretary: Bea Pim
        Treasurer: Al Arrom


In 1990, the Club was really growing with active boating members. The Secretary and Treasurer became Flag Officers. There was also a By-Laws change making the initiation fee to join the CCSC $50.00 and the annual dues would be $30.00. A motion was passed to give all new members a Club Burgee and a Club License Plate, which was included in the $50.00 initiation fee. By the May meeting, there were Cape Coral Sailing Club shirts available for members to purchase.

There were 148 memberships now in the Club and 122 sailboats. There were 23 boats over 30’ now. There was concern that marinas could not accommodate us and the question came up whether we should limit membership. That idea was voted down.

The largest number of members and guests ever to attend a cruising luncheon attended the Bar-B-Q picnic at Tarpon Point Marina in April of 1990. There were 106 people who attended. In October, there were 107 attendees, including 27 boats, that attended another Bar-B-Q at Tarpon Point Marina. In total, there were 26 luncheon cruises this year with an average of 50 people attending each one. Eighteen boats attended the New Years Raft Up.

As for cruising, the number of cruising boats was at its all time high. 27 boats went up to La Belle in January. There were so many wanting to go on the Boca Grande cruise that they had to break it into two groups. There were 27 boats on the Burnt Store Race/Cruise, and the April trip to St. Petersburg Yacht Club had to have two separate cruises to accommodate the number of people signed up. There was the Marco Island cruise in September, the Octoberfest cruise to Tween Waters, and November was the “Circumnavigating Immokalee” cruise. This cruise went down the West Coast to the Keys, up to Miami and then through the Inland Waterway, and home. December’s cruise was to the Street Fair in Boca Grande.

There were the same number of Socials this year as other years. The Winter Regatta Dinner Dance was held at the CC Yacht Club with 108 attendees. In March, 60 members went on the canoe trip and 42 members went to the dog races. April was the Roaring 20’s Party with 84 attendees and in June there were 18 boats in the 15th Anniversary Boat Parade, with 93 people attending the dinner dance. The Halloween Party brought out 79 members and 178 attended the Change of Watch dinner dance in December.

There were sing-alongs now on all the cruises, with Tom Kivlin on his guitar, and John Louw on his harmonica. Flo Schmidt became known for her rendition of “It’s Bloody Mary Time………..”

There were 24 entrees in the Spring Series. Other races were the Winter Regatta, Summer Series, and Fall Series. There were 16 boats in the Sunfish fleet by November. John Guzzetta held racing instruction classes for anyone interested in racing who had never raced before.

The “Emil Bulck Racing Trophy” winners were Chips Rehfield and Bob Nuffort. This trophy was for the two boats that completed ten races during the year with the fastest time – each winner getting the trophy for six months. This trophy was also called the “Piece of the Rock”.

The CCSC Sportsmanship Award was given to Al and Ruth Siskind. This award is given each year to a member or members that have given of themselves above and beyond the call of duty for the betterment of the club and all its members.

The “Charlie Varga Award” (the one attending the most luncheons) was given to Russel Guensch.

1991

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        Commodore: John Louw
        Vice Commodore: Bill Todd
        Rear Commodore: Andy Kinbacher
        Off- Shore Fleet Captain: Cecil Gaylor
        Day Fleet Captain: Tony Letteri
        Secretary: Bea Pim
        Treasurer: Ted Judson


In 1991, there were nine off-shore cruises, twenty-five luncheon cruises, twenty Big Boat races with 18 after race parties, and 18 Sunfish races.

Some boats with shallow drafts were still going to Johnson Shoals. In November there was a cruise to Key West where “Solitude” (Andy and Karen Kinbacher) broke her rudder in Florida Bay, just south of Shark River, in twenty knot wind from the north and waves to match. “Primetime” (Al and Marilyn Shaw), towed “Solitude” to Marathon, 20 miles, with steep following seas and a boat with no steerage.

At the April luncheon to Snug Harbor, there were seven boats and it was noted that there were more power boats than sailboats.

The socials were the same as last year except the Anniversary Boat Parade and Dinner Dance were held on separate days. June 2 was the Boat Parade, race, and then a lunch at Town and River. The Anniversary Dinner Dance was on June 8.

The racing fleet was expressing concern with the poor turnout. There was still the Spring Series, Winter Regatta, Salvation Army Race, Sunfish races, Summer Series (Couples Race, and Fun Race with a pool party afterwards at the Louws), and the Fall Series. Howard Arend and Don Lachmann won the Emil Bulck Trophy.

Deep Lagoon was still giving door prizes at the general meetings. In September, after giving $25 for the door prize, they informed the Club that they would no longer be able to donate prizes as the bad economy was affecting them.

A local ordinance was being planned to restrict and/or charge a fee for anchoring in our local waters. A “Concerned Boaters” Newsletter came out and they held a seminar to inform the boaters of the proposed restrictions. They may ban boats in the Keys, they said.

The CCSC Sportsmanship Award for 1991 was given to Tony Letteri.

1992

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        Commodore: Bill Todd
        Vice Commodore: Frank Foulke
        Rear Commodore: Art Snyder
        Off- shore Fleet Captain: Tony Letteri
        Day Fleet Captain: Glenous Morman
        Secretary: Bea Pim
        Treasurer: Chuck Wheeler


The Socials in 1992 were pretty much the same as other years, except we had a full bus to the Miami Boat Show this year. The Anniversary Boat Parade and Fun Race was on the river with the luncheon at Town and River again. There was no Boat Bingo this year. At the July general meeting, there was a Styrofoam sailboat race.

There were nine cruises in 1992, which included two fleets to St. Petersburg Yacht Club in April and two fleets to Key West in November. We gave the St. Petersburg Yacht Club our CCSC burgee when we were there this year. There were no cruises in June, July, August, or September.

There were twenty-four luncheon cruises this year. Twice we had one hundred attendees to the Sonesta Sanibel Harbor Resort. There were ninety-seven who went to Tarpon Point for the Bar-B-Q again this year.

The racing participants were dwindling this year. We had the Gayle Memorial Race, the Spring Series with 15 boats (3 – PHRF Non-Spinnaker, 4 – PHRF Spinnaker, and 8- Club cruising), Summer Series, and the Fall Series with 7-12 boats. The Summer Series consisted of a Relay Race, Couples Race, a Practice Race, and the Sunfish races. The Emil Bulck award went to Ray Howe and Howard Arend.

The CCSC Sportsmanship Award was given to Jack D’Agostino this year.

In October the Florida Dept.of Natural Resources published its right to regulate all activities in Florida waters – 10 miles off the Gulf Coast and 3 miles off the East Coast. Their regulations will be in the name of ecology: manatee protection, and preservation of grass beds and coral. In addition, they would set a 72-hour limit on anchoring, mandatory use of designated mooring buoys (for a fee), and the curtailment of boating activities in certain areas because of “carrying capacity” or level of service.

“Concerned Boaters” stated it is illegal for Lee County to declare a 72-hour anchoring ordinance and urged boaters to help fight the ordinance. The News Press came out with “Lee County’s Live-Aboard anchoring ordinance was declared unconstitutional. Only the Federal Government can regulate navigable waters.”

A dock ordinance came before City Council in December, limiting the size of docks being built in Cape Coral.

1993

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        Commodore: Frank Foulke
        Vice Commodore: Betty Louw
        Rear Commodore: Lloyd Derrer
        Off-shore Fleet Captain: Jim Schnell
        Day Fleet Captain: Glenous Morman
        Secretary: Mary Zak
        Treasurer: Chuck Wheeler


Cruising is becoming more popular every year and this year there were some new destinations. Seventeen boats went on the January cruise to the Rod and Gun Club in Marco. There were twenty-four boats who headed up to St. Petersburg/Tarpon Springs in April and another group of boats went just to St. Petersburg in May. Twenty-two boats went gunkholing in the back waters of Boca Grande in December. There were eight cruises this year, including another trip to the Keys in November.

The Winter Regatta dinner dance, the trip to the dog track, the Roaring 20’s dinner dance, the Anniversary Boat Parade and lunch, the Halloween Party and the Change of Watch were all held again this year. In addition, the May general meeting had a fashion show, the July general meeting had the indoor sailing regatta again this year, and the August general meeting had their annual Pot Luck dinner.

The racing committee again discussed the handicapping system for fun sailors. There was the Winter Series, Spring Series with twenty racers, the Summer Series, and the Fall Series. The Summer Series had the Single-handed race, six boats entered in the Couples Race, six boats entered in the Fun Race, and eight boats entered in the Ladies Skipper race. There was no summer Sunfish races due to lack of interest.

The Emil Bulck Trophy went to Ray Howe on “Viva”, Spinnaker Class and Howard Arend on “Restless III”, non Spinnaker Class. Sportsman of the Year Award went to Betty Louw.

1994

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        Commodore: Elizabeth Louw
        Vice Commodore: Rudy Froeschle
        Rear Commodore: Fred Brown
        Off-shore Fleet Captain: Jack Miller
        Day Fleet Captain: Glenous Morman
        Secretary: Vera Foulke
        Treasurer: Steve Briggs


In 1994, some of the activities slowed down a bit. There were only four dinner dances, but there was a trip to the dog races, a trip to the Miami Boat Show, and a group who went to the Royal Palm Dinner Theater. There was no race at the 19th Anniversary Boat Parade, but 21 boats went to Town and River for the luncheon after the parade. There was the usual Pot Luck dinner at the August general meeting. There were twenty-six luncheon cruises this year, but only seven cruises. The attendance was down on the cruises. There was only one group to St. Petersburg with nineteen boats. The largest turnout was 23 boats on the Great Charlotte Harbor race/cruise in March.

At the Board meeting in January, the Board proposed to charge a $5.00 fee (non-refundable) per boat, when signing up for a cruise. There was opposition to this proposal at the January general meeting. This fee was to help the Cruise Captain with costs relating to the cruise. It was finally passed by the membership.

There was also major changes made to the By-laws this year. After much discussion, special meetings, the changes were accepted and approved by the membership in October.

One hundred fifty one member families now belonged to the Cape Coral Sailing Club. It was noted that Dick Bethel had been making a club calendar for the past six years. This calendar was distributed to the members at the Change of Watch Dinner Dance each year.

A new monthly magazine for boaters in SW Florida, called “Southwinds”, was distributed free for members to pick up at the general meetings.

Bill Todd was appointed to represent the club on Boating Information. He was reporting on new developments with the boating restrictions in the area.

The racing committee is now using “PHRF Adjusted by Performance” rating for the Club Racing category. The Spring Series had 18 boats competing, the Fall Series had 12 boats in its first race, and the Winter Series had only 8 boats in its first race, but 20 boats by the third race. After race parties are still at different homes and well attended. In December, dues were raised from $15 to $20 for the series fees, to cover expenses.

The Emil Bulck award, for best score in ten out of the fourteen races, was given to Ray Howe, spinnaker division, and Howard Arend, non-spinnaker division.

The CCSC Sportsmanship Award was given to Howard Arend.

Andy Anderson on “Energized” won the Charlie Varga award.


1995

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        Commodore: Rudy Froeschle
        Vice Commodore: Joe Holland
        Rear Commodore: Bob Reid
        Off-shore Fleet Captain: Herb Beatty
        Day Fleet Captain: Fred Hecklau
        Secretary: Vera Foulke
        Treasurer: Steve Briggs


The luncheon cruises had an added touch this year. Fred started the Popeye Award given to a recipient attending a luncheon cruise who had an unusual circumstance happen the day of the lunch. The Popeye burgee was designed by Zoe Todd and given out at the general meeting after the luncheon. There were only twelve luncheons this year, so there were twelve Popeye awards. The following are some of the outstanding ones: In January, the Popeye Award was given to Art and Mildred Kling on “Arts Ark” because they towed another boat home and returned to the Mariners Inn in time for lunch. In March, Clyde Ehmann won the Popeye award for efforts to come by boat during a tornado watch. In May, Ed and Alice Kroencke won the award because of a battle with a discharging pelican. In October, Jack D’Agostino won the Popeye award for being the only boat to go to the luncheon due to winds from Hurricane Opal.

There were four socials or dinner dances this year with seventy to ninety attendees. It was noted, that not only were the racing participants dropping, but so were the attendees to the socials. The Anniversary Boat Parade was held at Shooters after the parade. The August general meeting still had its annual pot luck dinner. The Social Committee recruited donated prizes for the Halloween Party.

There were eight cruises in 1995. February and April were canceled due to bad weather in February and lack of attendees in April. The May cruise to St. Petersburg had seventeen boats going, but the biggest attendance was the March Charlotte Harbor race/cruise with twenty-five boats. This year was the start of the Bright Lights Cruise in October. This was started by Betty and John Louw and Marilyn and Al Shaw. “Throw away the stove and eat out.” This cruise was for the cruisers who liked marinas and restaurants.

One of the CCSC members, Art Snyder, built a cardboard boat and entered it into the 2nd Annual Cardboard Boat Race in July. The Cardboard Boat Race was originated and sponsored by the Nauti-Skippers Boat Club, and it was held on the beach at the Cape Coral Yacht Club

Guidelines for officers and committee chairpersons were put together by a committee of Betty Louw, Vera Foulke, Rudy Froeschle, and Joe Holland. This was the first time officers and committee people had job descriptions. Also, other business notations mentioned that Ed Kroencke has been doing the rosters now for years, and Ruth and Al Siskind are still the newsletter editors.

As for the racing, the Winter Series had twenty entrees, with the Gale Memorial Trophy (which was race #4) going to Robert Sharpe and Pete Odell. There was a Sunfish race in July with 25 participants and a Bar-B-Q afterwards. The Fall Series had only 5-8 boats racing. In the December Mainsheet a questionnaire was sent out to ask how we might increase the racing fleet. Various answers came back without a solid solution.

The Emil Bulck Award went to Howard Arend (non-spinnaker) and Lloyd Derrer (Cruising Class).

The CCSC Sportsmanship Award of the Year went to Dick Bethel.

1996

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        Commodore: Joe Holland
        Vice Commodore: Fred Hecklau
        Rear Commodore: Maggie Ibach
        Off-shore Fleet Captain: Joe Kedanis
        Day Fleet Captain: Chuck Kelly
        Secretary: Alice Kroencke
        Treasurer: Harry Fuller


Many new and innovative ideas were introduced in 1996. We joined and were accepted into the Registry of Yachting Clubs of America. The Mariner’s Inn agreed to be our host club for the Yachting Association. This membership gave us reciprocal privileges to other yacht clubs with some few exceptions.

Club membership increased to 170, and the Board of Directors decided to upgrade the looks and format, with new computer technology, of the newsletter. They appointed Gene Roeckers, in October, to join Al and Ruth Siskind as co-editor to make the master copy on his computer instead of the typed, cut and paste method. The name was changed to “Mainsheet” and re-sized to 8 ½” x 11”.

In September and November, a new member dessert was held at the Commodore’s home to welcome new members that came in to the club in 1996. Also, gold stars were put on new members name tags, so that other members would see they were new and come up and talk with them. In February, a pot-luck dinner was held at the general meeting and a mixer was introduced. The members drew a table number that indicated where they were to sit.

Fred Hecklau made arrangements for past Commodores to have their pictures taken for a display board. Fred made the display board for unveiling at the Change of Watch dinner dance.

Tervis tumblers, with the CCSC patches inside, were purchased to be given out to the racing committee to present as committee boat awards, and for the social committee to use as prizes at social functions.

The Winter Regatta Dinner Dance was held in February with 97 participants, March was the dog races, and April there was a Shipwreck Party, with some very talented members entertaining the group. The June Anniversary Boat Parade/Salute to the Commodore was held at the Sanibel Harbor Resort with 75 members attending, with 14 boats participating in the parade. Besides the Halloween Party and the Change of Watch, in November, forty three members went on a Norwegian Cruise Line to the eastern Caribbean (planned to go to the western Caribbean). The change of plans were due to a hurricane heading for the western Caribbean. Fred and Dottie Hecklau made all the arrangements for this club cruise.

There were two luncheon cruises a month planned during the high season and one luncheon every three weeks in the hot and rainy season. Therefore, there were seventeen luncheons with attendance of 30-84 people. In December, a luncheon gift certificate was given to the person who attended the most luncheons by boat.

There were nine cruises planned for 1996. Two had to be canceled due to bad weather. The February cruise went down to Shark River and up to Tarpon Bay. In April, there were twenty-four boats that went to St. Petersburg and in October, there were fifteen boats who went on the Bright Lights cruise. Tween Waters is now charging $5 to bring your dinghy to shore if you anchor out. The fee gives you the privilege to use their pool, tennis courts, showers, etc.

There were 128 boats in the club in May, 1996. Twenty boats raced in the Winter Regatta, but the Spring, Summer, and Fall Series were dwindling down. The Lady Skipper race in the summer was canceled due to lack of interest. The Fall Series had seven races, one class, which was non-spinnaker, and had only six boats entered. There were five Sunfish boats still racing this year. The race course changed this year due to the construction of the Midpoint Bridge. Ray Howe and Howard Arend won the Emil Bulck trophy again this year.

The CCSC Sportsmanship Award was given to Ed Kroencke for his contribution to the club over a period of many years.

1997

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        Commodore: Fred Hecklau
        Vice Commodore: Jim Schnell
        Rear Commodore: Pete Odell
        Cruising Fleet Captain: Sid Adler
        Day Fleet Captain: Chuck Kelly
        Secretary: Honey Costa
        Treasurer: Harry Fuller


The 1997 New Years Day raft-up had twenty boats, fourteen sail and six power. There were nine off shore cruises this year, including two to St. Petersburg in May. There were no cruises in April, June, August, and September. The Key West cruise in November had thirty-one boats.

There were eighteen luncheon cruises and one over-night cruise to Tween Waters, in September. Mary Bulck received the Charlie Varga award in December (attended the most luncheons by boat).

There were three dinner dances this year: the Winter Regatta Dinner Dance, the Hawaiian Social in November, and the Change of Watch Dinner Dance in December. There were three potluck dinners at the general meetings: one in February, along with a Craft Night, one in May, and the annual potluck in August. March was a busy month for the Social Committee: a day at the dog track, the Winter Regatta Dinner Dance, and a raft-up at Captiva Island. April had two social events: Casino Night and a rendezvous at Bimini Basin with a cook-out. June was the Anniversary Boat Parade and lunch at Sanibel Harbor, and in September there was a Beach Party at the Yacht Club pavilion.

The Board had gotten verbal and written concerns regarding the Club’s future direction in terms of powerboat to sailboat mix and was requested to address the question. It was noted that the mix had changed over the last few years, partially because CCSC members have switched from sailboats to powerboats for a variety of reasons. Of the thirteen applications received in 1997, nine were sail and four were power. In 1979, there were sixty-nine sailboats and three powerboats. In 1997, there were one hundred nine sailboats and twenty-six powerboats. At the May general meeting, a moratorium was placed on power and no-boat owners joining the Club for the rest of 1997. An Opinion Survey was sent out in the Mainsheet to all members.
The following questions were asked: -   Do you have concern about the mix of Power vs. Sail?
-   If yes, do you think there should be an upper limit placed on the number of powerboats in the Club?
-   Should ownership of a sailboat be a requirement for new applicants to join the Cape Coral Sailing Club?
-   Should ownership of a boat of any type be a requirement for new applicants?
-   Do you think a limit should be placed on the total number of family memberships?
- Additional comments……….
The majority of the members responded to the survey, and the results were that there was no concern over the power to sail issue, and they felt there was no need to modify or restrict the club’s make-up. The moratorium was rescinded at the October general meeting. The subject is permanently put to rest.

In May, Joe Holland announced we could have the Yacht Club for our meetings. This had been looked into because of the growing membership and the crowded room at the Sportsman Club at our functions. The meeting date would have to be changed to the fourth Wednesday of the month. Fred pursued this and made arrangements for the Club to move to the Yacht Club in January 1998.

In July, there were three entrees from Cape Coral Sailing Club members in the annual Cardboard Boat race at the Yacht Club beach.

The Midpoint Bridge, Cape Coral to Ft. Myers, opened October 18, 1997. The Cape Coral Sailing Club was asked to participate in the opening celebration. We had several of our boats in the boat parade that went under the new bridge.

In November, the Club purchased a memorial paving brick at the Veterans Midpoint Memorial statue, bearing the CCSC logo.

As for the Racing part of the club functions, the Winter Series had two classes, A and B, five boats in each class. Sunfish race fees went up to $15 due to the rising cost of trophies. The Cape Coral Cup went to Arnold Pfalz.

There were no summer races and the Fall series had seven boats. After-race parties were held at the Tiki Bar in the Del Prado Inn.

The CCSC Sportsmanship Award went to Gene Roeckers for all the work he has been doing on our newsletter, the Mainsheet.

The Emil Bulck award went to Pete Odell and Howard Arend.

CCSC dues were raised to $40.00 this year and the initiation fee was raised to $60.00.

New member desserts were held again this year in the Commodore’s home. For new members joining in 1997, this was a great way to get to know some people and feel comfortable in the club.

1998

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        Commodore: Jim Schnell
        Vice Commodore: Chuck Kelly
        Rear Commodore: Pete Odell
        Cruising Fleet Captain: Bob Bowser
        Day Fleet Captain: Eileen Love
        Secretary: Honey Costa
        Treasurer: Jack D’Agostino


As of January of 1998, the Cape Coral Sailing Club general meetings were held in the Cape Coral Yacht Club on the 4th Wednesday of the month.

In April, fifteen club boats headed to the Abacos in the Bahamas. Two boats made it, the others turned back or headed to the Keys. The ones that turned back or headed to the Keys felt the Gulf was too rough and it wouldn’t be fun. Jovalgin and Jamar made it over to the Bahamas but went at different times, from different locations, and never saw each other over there.

Cruising took a big hit this year due to weather. A truck was blown from the I-75 bridge at about the time we were planning a Franklin Locks cruise. The cruise was canceled. A dock at Goodland, Marco, was lifted out of the water during a tornado. That cruise was canceled.

There were seven cruises that actually took place that year. The largest number of boats (25) was on the Charlotte Harbor Race/Cruise in April. Mini cruises or Get-Up-and-Go cruises were put together on short notice. Those cruises went to Tween Waters, Franklin Locks, and Glover Bight.

There were three potluck dinners at the general meetings in 1998, and a craft show at the March general meeting. There were three dinner dances: the Winter Regatta, The November Hawaiian Dinner Dance, and the December Change of Watch Dinner Dance. In addition, there was a Casino Night, the Anniversary Parade/Salute to the Commodore and lunch at the Sanibel Harbor, and a beach party at the Yacht Club pavilion in October. Interest in the Casino gambling was dropping as indicated by only 57 participants at this social.

Al and Ruth Siskind announced their retirement “from the volunteer newsletter publishing world after 63 years from the lead typesetting, mimeograph, cut and paste eras, to the computer age,” quoted Al.

The Caloosa Cup was started in 1998. This race will be held in February, in conjunction with two other sailing clubs in the area, CMCS and Ft. Myers Sailing Club. There would be a five-boat minimum entrée from each club participating. There were 25 boats racing in this event, in two classes. The Class A was won by Ray Howe, and the Class B was won by a CMCS boat.

The total racing program grew from the previous few years. The Sunfish fleet had seven boats, with Cecil Hazen the overall winner. The Winter Series had 13-20 boats in the various races. Class A was won by Steve Romaine, and the Class B was won by Cecil Hazen. There were no summer races. The Fall Series had after-race parties at the Yacht Club Pavilion and the club provided beer and hot dogs.

A new member dessert was held in November with eleven new member couples attending.

The CCSC Sportsmanship Award went to Lewis Fierke.

1999

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        Commodore: Chuck Kelly
        Vice Commodore: Len Grassini
        Rear Commodore: Pete Odell
        Cruising Fleet Captain: Lew Fierke
        Day Fleet Captain: Eileen Love
        Secretary: Tom Martin
        Treasurer: Jack D’Agostino


In 1999, there were seven off-shore cruises, nineteen luncheons, and one overnight to Tween Waters for a dinner cruise. Sixteen boats with forty people attended this overnight cruise. Tween Waters now charges $1.45/ft. and the dinghy fee is $10.00, if you are anchored out and dinghy to shore.

There was an active social calendar this year. There were three potluck dinners at general meetings, a craft show at a general meeting, and a trip to the Miami Boat Show. In addition, a Gambling Cruise on the SeaKruz out of Ft. Myers Beach, the Anniversary Boat Parade and lunch at Sanibel Harbor, a beach party in October, and a canoe trip in December.

In July, Joe Holland made and entered a boat in the annual Cardboard Boat Race on the Yacht Club beach. He won the “Most Spectacular Sinking”, which was a $90.00 Sea Tow towing contract. Since he already had a contract with a towing company, it was auctioned off for $50.00 at the general meeting in July. The $50.00 was added to the club treasury.

In addition to the other socials mentioned above, there were three dinner dances: the Winter Regatta, the Hawaiian dinner dance, and the Change of Watch.

There was a new member dessert held this year at the Commodore’s house, also.

Pete Odell and Jim Greene dramatically changed the racing program in 1999. Jim Greene got his US Sailing certification and the club’s new racing rules are now governed by “The Racing Rules of Sailing”. Jim Greene made a new Club Handicap, called Jib and Main racing, bringing CCSC up to the latest standards of US sailing. We joined US Sailing and Florida Sailing Association. We now had a US Sailing certified official in our club. It was brought before the Board to pay Jim to professionally organize the racing program. This subject started a lot of letters coming into the Board and lots of discussion. Paying someone to run our racing program was voted down. The Winter Series race had thirteen participants. The March Caloosa Cup we defended as winners and we kept the cup. Our club had the after-race party at the Yacht Club pavilion. They still held the Winter Regatta race again this year.

Terry Beasley resigned as Sunfish Captain before the Fall Sunfish series. They could not find a replacement. The regular Fall Racing series had fourteen boats registered to race.

The CCSC Sportsmanship Award went to Manny Gomez.

2000

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        Commodore: Len Grassini
        Vice Commodore: Pete Odell
        Rear Commodore: Tom Martin (as of May – Jack Ibach)
        Cruising Fleet Captain: John Sedig
        Day Fleet Captain: Agnes Gomez
        Secretary: Maggie Ibach
        
Treasurer: Jack D’Agostino


There were eighteen luncheons and ten long cruises this year. There were three potluck dinner meetings, three dinner dances (the November social was a Country Western), a gambling cruise, a hobby fair at a general meeting, a beach party, and the annual Anniversary Boat Parade and luncheon at Sanibel Harbor.

The Racing Committee brought some controversial discussions to the club again this year. Tom Martin resigned as Rear Commodore in May and Jack Ibach took his place. The Board approved paying fuel expenses to Jim Greene. In addition, Jim Greene wanted to put an ad in the Mainsheet from the Landings Realty to help with expenses of the races. This proposal went to the membership in May and was voted on in June by written ballot. An absentee ballot was in the June mainsheet. At the September Board meeting, Jim Greene wanted to obtain sponsor banners on Committee boats, and have results in the Mainsheet with sponsor’s name. Then the question arose as to whether we should have paid advertisement in the Mainsheet. A motion was passed that we have no ads or outside sponsorship in the newsletter, or in any form.

The Emil Bulck award, awarded annually to the best combined corrected time scores for ten out of the fourteen winter and fall series could be renamed the “Ray and Howard Show.” Ray Howe has won seven times since 1989 and Howard Arend nine times. They both won again in 1999.

The 2000 Winter Series had seven races with thirteen boats registered. We ran the Winter Regatta Race and the Caloosa Cup race again this year. We won the Caloosa Cup again and had 140 at the after-race party.

There appeared to be no interest this year in the Sunfish races.

Reta and Len Grassini produced a color sheet of pictures to be inserted in the Mainsheet each month. These pictures were of club events.

There was concern over the Sanibel Bridge’s safety - should they repair it or build a new bridge. Also, manatees are still an issue. A big concern and causing lots of criticism, was the speed zone through Little Shell Island of 25 mph. The 25 mph was a six-month trial by the State. Hang on if you try and go through there on a Saturday or Sunday, they said.

The CCSC Sportsmanship Award went to Jack Ibach.

2001

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        Commodore: Len Grassini
        Vice Commodore: Lew Fierke
        Rear Commodore: Jack Ibach
        Cruising Fleet Captain: Marty Finigian
        Day Fleet Captain: Aggie Gomez
        Secretary: Maggie Ibach
        Treasurer: Jack D’Agostino


After the New Years Day raft-up, the club sponsored ten cruises off shore and eighteen luncheon cruises. These luncheons are well attended with an average of 50 people attending. There is always one or two cruises to Tween Waters in a year. Tween Waters is charging $25 now to bring your dinghy to shore if you are anchored out.

The socials are about the same as other years with some changes in themes. There were only two potluck dinners at general meetings this year. We still went to the Miami Boat Show, had a craft show at the March meeting, had our Anniversary Boat Parade/Salute to the Commodore at the Sanibel Harbor, a beach party, canoe trip, and three dinner dances. In May, the dinner dance was a Cinco De Mayo, in November the dinner dance was called Red, White, and Blue, and, of course, the Change of Watch in December. In July, three of the CCSC members built cardboard boats to enter in the Cardboard Boat Race.

There was not much written about the racing this year. Jack Ibach announced we would not have a professional racing committee, but Jim Greene is still on the racing committee. We lost the Caloosa Club race in March and the winner was from CMCS. They got the cup and hosted the after-race party. Howard Arend was the winner of the Winter series. The results of the Winter Regatta is unavailable at this time.

The Mainsheet is now being mailed first class.

Gene Roeckers announced he would do shirts with the club burgee on the front and the picture of your boat on the back. Many members took him up on that.

Gerri Kahn suggested the club have mentors or sail-mates for new members. Each new member would be assigned to someone with a similar boat or similar interests. The members would volunteer to be mentors. The membership chairperson would match the new members with their mentors.

Ruth Siskind knit eighty little red Christmas stocking tree ornaments for the Change of Watch. She has been making tree ornaments for the Change of Watch for over ten years.

The CCSC Sportsmanship Award went to Bill Todd.

2002

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        Commodore: Lew Fierke
        Vice Commodore: Ginny Holland
        Rear Commodore: Jack Ibach
        Cruising Fleet Captain: Marty Finigian
        Day Fleet Captain: Aggie Gomez
        Secretary: Maggie Ibach
        Treasurer: Arnold Small


The New Years Day Raft Up at Glovers Bight had eleven boats and one dinghy.History/p3140001c There were twelve cruises this year. The Sailor Circus cruise and the St. Petersburg cruise left at the same time in April. Some of the Sailor Circus boats returned home from Sarasota and some joined the St. Pete boats up at St. Pete, and then went on to Clearwater. The Bright Lights Cruise and the Dim Lights cruise were both in October. The one went to marinas and restaurants, and the other never saw a marina or a restaurant.

There were twenty-one luncheon cruises this year. This has become quite a popular function of the club. It seems everyone loves to eat, and it is a great way to meet your friends.

There were three potluck dinners at the general meetings. In February, there was a Key West Party at the Cape Coral Yacht Club pavilion. Besides it being a catered meal, there was a Jimmy Buffet-type guitar player, Jim Morris, who is well known in the area. In addition, there was a young magician, Alex Geiser, who entertained everyone at their tables. The Social Committee did a great job of decorating with a Key West car, etc.

In March, fifty-three members went to dinner at Hogbody’s and then to the Calusa Nature Center Planetarium to learn about reading the stars and to hear how our ancestors navigated by the stars.

There was a craft show at the March meeting, a canoe trip on the Peace River in September, and a Survivor beach party in October, with actual Survivor challenges.

In November there was a Riverboat Gambling dinner party at the Fireman’s Hall. In December, besides the Change of Watch dinner dance, the Anniversary Boat Parade/Salute to the Commodore was held. It was moved from June to December because too many had gone north in June, it is too hot in June, and it seemed like a better time to salute the Commodore when he is leaving office.

Gerri Kahn initiated the mentor program for all new members. The idea being to assign each new member an older member who can help the new people get involved in our many activities and be available to answer questions.

The racers in the Winter Series were: Bob Reid, Jim Davison, Peter Lenshock, Ray Howe, Jack Ibach, Howard Arend, and Lou Tilley. The Fall Series started late, on November 10. Ray Howe was the winner.

The CCSC Sportsmanship Award went to Charlie Covey.

2003

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        Commodore: Ginny Holland
        Vice Commodore: Gary Spencer
        Rear Commodore: John Steacy
        Cruising Fleet Captain: Ed Wilson
        Day Fleet Captain: Maribeth Wendt
        Secretary: Shirley Roy
        Treasurer: Arnold Small


There were twenty-one luncheons this year, averaging around forty people to a luncheon. There were twelve scheduled cruises this year, but the October anchor-out cruise was canceled due to a threat of a hurricane, even though, one boat went anyway. The December cruise to Boca Grande was canceled because Boca Grande changed the weekend of their Christmas Walk to the weekend of our Change of Watch. The cruises had some great titles. The January cruise was the “Shakedown Cruise” to the Franklin Locks. February had the “Go Fly a Kite Cruise” to Palm Island, and the March cruise was the “Clean the Bottom Cruise” to Marco/Everglades City. The Marco cruise may have had a first, all fifteen boats that signed up actually went on this cruise. That is not to say there were not boat problems. Of course, the March cruise was the “St. Patrick’s Day” cruise to Tween Waters. April had the St. Petersburg/Sailor Circus Cruise, May had the Naples/Marco cruise, and June was the Dry Tortugas/Key West cruise. July was the “Firecracker” cruise, September was the “Island Invasion” cruise to Useppa Island/Boca Grande, and November was the “Bright Lights” cruise.

Socials this year were a “Cape Coral Cup” beach party in February, a picnic at Picnic Island in May, which had fifteen boats with sixty people. In July the club went on the Big M gambling ship on Ft. Myers Beach, September was the canoe trip on the Peace River, and November was the Regatta Beach Party at the Yacht Club beach pavilion. December was the Anniversary Boat Parade/Salute to the Commodore and the Change of Watch. The kayak trip in March was canceled due to red tide. There was only one potluck this year at the general meeting in August and a silent auction at the meeting in March.

In January of 2003, the Cape Coral Sailing Club got its own Web Site. We also joined the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce and our web page had links to the Chamber of Commerce and the New Residents Club of Cape Coral.

In February, Cape Coral Sailing Club brochures were printed and distributed throughout the community. In addition, smaller CCSC tumblers and license plate frames were added to the Chandlery. Also, at the February general meeting, Pam Conti was given an honorary plaque to thank her for six years as Program Chairperson.

There was a By-law Committee that reviewed the By-laws this year and they were updated slightly. This had not been done since 1997. All job descriptions were updated this year also.

Ginny Holland compiled and organized all the records and the history of the Cape Coral Sailing Club and put all the records in the Cape Coral Historical Museum on Cultural Park Blvd. Anyone who would like to review them can go up there any Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday afternoon. (the Museum is only open three days a week)

Gene and Annette Roeckers announced their retirement as editor of the Mainsheet as of the end of the year. They have been the editors for the past seven years. Andrea and Paul Perisho volunteered to take over the newsletter as of January 2004.

There was a Winter Series race scheduled, with five races instead of seven. The Caloosa Cup Regatta was won again this year by CMCS and they hosted the after-race party. The Fall Series had six races, held on three different days. John Steacy, the Rear Commodore, formed the Caloosa Interclub Series races with the Ft. Myers Sailing Club. We had three boats entered, Ft. Myers Sailing Club had nine boats entered, and CMCS had one.

The Board decided to change the CCSC Sportsmanship Award to “Outstanding Member of the Year”. The winner this year was Carlie van der Kloet. A new plaque was made this year and given to Carlie, who will return it at the end of the year to be given to 2004’s Outstanding Member of the Year.

In addition, a plaque was made in honor of all the past Commodores of the Cape Coral Sailing Club and it was hung in the Yacht Club.

At the Change of Watch, a special recognition was given to Ruth Siskind and Bill and Zoe Todd. Ruth and Al Siskind were very active in the Club from the time they joined in 1981. They were on the Social Committee for twelve years, newsletter editors for nine years, and Ruth has made Christmas ornaments for over ten years, for every person attending the Change of Watch dinner dances. Al Siskind was the 1987 Commodore, besides being Fleet Captain, Photographer, Rear Commodore, Vice Commodore, Program Chairman, on many Board of Directors, made the Ship’s Bell, and made several trophies for the racing committee.

Bill and Zoe Todd have been with the club since 1980. Bill was Commodore in 1992, and before that, Rear Commodore, Vice Commodore, ran the Sunfish races, Program Chairman, and on many Board of Directors. For nine years he has been head of the “Political Action Committee”, which was changed a few years ago to “Boating Information”. Bill and Zoe have been on the Social Committee for nine years. Zoe designed the CCSC burgee and she has been on several Refreshment Committees, a Sunshine person for two years, and designed the cover to the club calendar in 1996 and 1997.

2004

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        Commodore: Gary Spencer
        Vice Commodore: Ed Wilson
        Rear Commodore: John Steacy
        Cruising Fleet Captain: Pat Connor
        Day Fleet Captain: Verla Gerry (Jan-Mar) / Maggie Ibach (Mar-Dec)
        Secretary: Shirley Roy
        Treasurer: Mark van der Kloet


2004 brought more of the same and then some. There were twenty-one luncheons again this year, averaging around thirty people to a luncheon. One luncheon was canceled due to Hurricane Charlie, and one luncheon was a picnic on Picnic Island, attended by fifty people.

There were ten scheduled cruises plus the January 1 Raft-up at Glover’s Bight (with 15 boats). For some boats, the raft-up lasts for days. The January “Break the Ice Cruise” to the Franklin Locks had twelve boats participating, and the February “Go Fly a Kite” cruise to Palm Island had sixteen boats. There were also sixteen boats that went to Tween Waters on the “St. Patrick’s Day Cruise.” The “St. Petersburg Cruise” also included Clearwater, with ten boats participating. Four Club boats went to the Exumas in the Bahamas April 1 for two months, but only two stayed the two months. One boat had boat problems and turned back and one boat turned back after three weeks. As the weather gets hotter the cruising fleet diminishes. In May only two boats went to Marco. The June cruise was canceled due to lack of interest. July was an exception, the “Firecracker Cruise” to Ft. Myers Centennial Marina drew fourteen boats with more than sixty-five members attending, but half of those members went by 4-wheel drive. The September “Anchor Lights Cruise” to Bradenton was attended by four adventurous captains and crew. Hurricane Jeanne “got ‘em” up at Twin Dolphin Marina. The encounter did some boat damage but both the boats and crew came through amazingly well, and even said they had a good time. Since four hurricanes hit our area in various degrees, it did hamper the club’s cruising for a few months. The November cruise, “A Cruise Through History”, only had three boats going from Cape Coral, crossing the State of Florida, via Lake Okeechobee and the Okeechobee Waterway.

The Social calendar was busy this year, also. February 14 there was a Valentine’s Day Beach Party with Centipede Races, Groping Contest, and Love Boat races. Following supper, anyone interested, could practice the use of emergency flares. At the February general meeting there was a nautical “stuff” swap, silent auction, and craft and hobby show. March there was a Pot Luck at the general meeting. March also had twenty people attend a "look for Fossils" canoe trip on the Peace River. In July, thirty people went out on the "Big M" gambling ship. In October there was a Pot Luck at the general meeting and on October 30, a Halloween Party was held at the Cape Coral Yacht Club pavilion, with sixty-nine attending this event. The party ended with a Treasure Hunt around the beach, Yacht Club and fishing pier. The social calendar ended with the December 1 Anniversary Boat Parade and Salute to the Commodore, with the luncheon held at the Royal Palm Yacht Club in Ft. Myers. The Change of Watch Dinner Dance was at the Cape Coral Yacht Club on December 11.

The first Caloosa Interclub race series, held in conjunction with the Ft. Myers Sailing Club, was held in January, February, and March.. On March 20, the sixth Caloosa Cup Regatta was held with Ft. Myers Sailing Club, the Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society (CMCS) and us. The winning club runs the next years Regatta and hosts the post race party. This year’s host was CMCS. Ft. Myers Sailing Club won the Regatta this year. January 25 started the Winter Series of races. November 21 was the start of the Second Annual Caloosa Interclub series with the Ft. Myers Sailing Club.

At the January Board meeting additional sources of income was being explored such as 50/50 drawings at the general meetings, paid advertising in the Mainsheet (our newsletter), and once again selling the Entertainment books.

At the March Board meeting, Maggie Ibach became our Day Fleet Captain because Verla Gerry was moving. Also, advertising in the Mainsheet was authorized.

New this year, an enthusiastic group of kayakers appeared. Some bought their own kayaks and some people rented kayaks as trips were planned around the county.

The Outstanding Member of the Year Award went to Ron Miniter for all his help and active participation throughout the year, and for all his contributions in past years. The Charlie Varga Award went to Jack D’Agostino for attending the most luncheons by boat. These awards were given out at the Change of Watch.

2005

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        Commodore: Commodore: Ed Wilson
        Vice Commodore: Vice Commodore: Charles Bergman
        Rear Commodore: Rear Commodore: Joe Holland
        Cruising Fleet Captain: Cruising Fleet Captain: Arnold Small
        Day Fleet Captain:Day Fleet Captain: Jan Rogers
        Secretary: Secretary: Bonni Daigle
        Treasurer: Treasurer: Fred Hecklau


2005 celebrates our 30th anniversary. We did a fine job of missing those hurricanes this year without much damage. A possible first this year was that a general membership meeting was canceled due to a hurricane. Also, the general meeting date in November was changed to the fifth Wednesday evening so that the meeting would not be the day before Thanksgiving.

Luncheons still prove to be one of our most popular events, with an average of 30 + members attending either by boat or car. There were nineteen (19) luncheons this year plus a picnic on the Sanibel Causeway in May. Jason’s Deli provided a sack lunch to the 38 members who went by boat or car to the picnic.

The Club did not have a Vice Commodore until the Change of Watch in December. Therefore, no socials were shown on our club calendar for 2005, and by the time we got a Vice Commodore the calendars were printed. But social activities began in February at the general meeting. In place of a program, a game night was planned. March’s activity was to a baseball game at the Lee County Sports Complex to see a Twins/Pirate game. In April, after the general meeting, there was a fashion show, with our own members as models. In August, a trip on the Leisure Lady Gambling ship was canceled when a shrimp boat and Leisure Lady collided. However, the gambling party went on as planned at the Vice Commodore’s home. In September a group took a chartered bus to Ft. Lauderdale to go on the largest one-day cruise ship. There was one pot-luck dinner planned this year, for the October meeting. That meeting was canceled because the Yacht Club had no electricity due to Hurricane Wilma. So the pot-luck dinner was at the November meeting with music, free beer and wine, plus beautifully decorated tables with fresh flowers. On November 2 the Anniversary Boat Parade/Salute to the Commodore was held at the Royal Palm Yacht Club.

The cruising part of the club’s activities started out the year with the annual New Year’s Day raft-up. Each year more boats come out to Glover Bite for New Year Eve. This year nine (9) boats were there to welcome in the New Year, blowing their conch horns, among all the fireworks. Fourteen boats were at the New Years Day raft-up.

There were nine (9) cruises this year. January was the “Easy, Non-Breezy Cruise” to Franklin Locks and LaBelle. Ten boats planned to go but four (4) actually went. February was the Don Pedro Cruise to Don Pedro State Park, which is accessible only by dinghy or small boat. Nine (9) boats went, had a great time in spite of the red tide and having to wear masks to the beach. The annual St. Patty’s Day cruise to Tween Waters at Captiva, had fourteen (14) boats. Again, dinner at the Crow’s Nest at Tween Waters where everyone wears their green and drinks green beer. March 30 nine (9) boats left on the St. Petersburg/Clearwater cruise. Four days were spent at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and a week at the Clearwater Municipal Marina. In May there were two cruises, one to Everglades Rod and Gun Club with six (6) boats, and the other to the Dry Tortugas with three (3) boats. July 3-5 was the cruise to Centennial Marina in Ft. Myers with a pot-luck dinner before the fireworks on the 4th. Nine (9) boats went, housing twenty-six (26) cruisers, plus those who drove. October’s Charlotte Harbor Cruise/Race was cut short due to Hurricane Wilma heading our way. Eight (8) sailboats, sizes from 19’ to 38’ raced up Charlotte Harbor. Twelve (12) boats anchored off Gilchrist Park in Punta Gorda for one night. The scheduled breakfast was rescheduled to October 27 at the Cape Coral Yacht Club beach. Our last cruise of the year was to Sarasota. Thirteen (13) boats spent four nights anchored off Island Park in Sarasota Bay area, or at Marina Jack Marina.

The racing part of our club is not as active as other boating events. Our racing program is in combination with the Ft. Myers Sailing Club (FMSC). There were six (6) boats from FMSC and only one (1) from CCSC that qualified for a trophy. You have to sail eight (8) or more races in the series to qualify. CCSC had one boat, John Steacy’s “SUNRUNNER”, who qualified and won a trophy for 3rd place overall. The 8th Annual Caloosa Cup, an event between three area sailing clubs: Ft. Myers Sailing Club, Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society, and Cape Coral Sailing Club, was held March 19. FMSC successfully defended the cup. In February, several CCSC boats raced in the Edison Regatta sponsored by FMSC. There were thirteen (13) boats in the regatta. CCSC’s Ray Howe, and his crew on “GIGI” won first.

Our club was represented in the first Pirate Dinghy Parade on October 29. Ginny and Joe Holland dressed as Pirates and decorated their dinghy. The dinghy parade started and ended at Rumrunners in SW Cape Coral.

Our presence was known this year at the Ft. Myers Boat show in November. We had a booth and volunteers to man this booth for the four days of the show.

December 10 was our Change-of-Watch dinner dance. A ROTC team from a local high school presented the flag ceremony to start our program. The outstanding member award went to two people this year, Joe and Ginny Holland. The Charlie Varga award went to four people, since there was a four-way tie for who attended the most luncheons by boat. They were: “JAMAR” – Jack D’Agostino, “CHURCH BELLE” – Bill Church, “KATIE GIRL II – Vern Nurse, and “SEA FOX”- Charlie Covey.

2006

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        Commodore: Arnold Small
        Vice-Commodore : Charles (Chuck) Bergman
        Rear Commodore: Ava Farrar
        Cruising Fleet Captain: Judy Tomlins
        Day Fleet Captain: Mary Souza
        Secretary: Bonnie Daigle
        Treasurer: Fred Hecklau


The Cape Coral Sailing Club enjoyed another year with involvement mostly in cruising and luncheons. There was no club sponsored racing this year because there just was not enough interest in racing to form a fleet to compete.

The hurricane season was a non-event in 2006. But there were some stormy debates going on around the State regarding cruising issues. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) was involved in changing Florida’s laws in July, 2006 to limit what cities can do in restricting anchoring rights of cruisers. Our November cruise to Marco Island was challenged by local authorities trying to enforce anchoring restrictions in Factory Bay.

Again, the luncheons were popular social events. There were eighteen luncheons and two brunches in 2006. Fifty-five was the largest number of attendees to a luncheon or brunch, and that was to the Windjammers brunch in March. Most luncheons had 20-41 people attending, with 1-5 boats going. There was also a picnic on Picnic Island in May with 48 people attending, and twelve boats anchored off the island.

The social calendar was busy this year, also. There were four Pot Lucks at the general meetings, in January, April, August, and October, and the October Pot Luck/meeting was a costumed Halloween Party. In February, a baseball game at BMX Park was planned, and in March there was a beach party at the Yacht Club Pavilion with square dancing and line dancing. Also, in March there was a Tailgate Party at the stadium, where thirty-five people went to see the Minnesota Twins vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Anniversary Boat Parade/Salute to the Commodore went back to the traditional month of June, and after the boat parade in Glover Bight, had lunch at Rumrunners. Seven boats participated and sixty people attended the lunch. A small number of people went on the Big M Casino boat in July. Twenty-four people (12 canoes) enjoyed the canoe trip on the Peace River in Arcadia in September. Other club members drove up and joined them for the cookout afterwards. In November, forty-eight people attended another Beach Party at the Yacht Club Pavilion with square dancing and line dancing. To end the social events for the year, there was the annual Change-of-Watch dinner dance at the Yacht Club in December.

The cruising schedule began actually on New Years Eve with about five boats at anchor in Glover Bight. An additional half dozen or more boats joined those boats for the New Year’s Day raft-up. There was a cruise every month, except June, August, and September, and four weekend cruises: in February, March, September and October.

January was the “Icicle Cruise” to the Franklin Locks and February was the “Go Fly a Kite” cruise to Palm Island near Englewood. Seven boats attended both those cruises. The Tween Water’s St. Patrick Day cruise had eighteen ( 18) boats and many others joining the fun by car. April was our annual trip to the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and Clearwater, with six boats this year. Five boats signed up for the Dry Tortugas in May, three canceled, but two boats did go. July was the annual “Firecracker Cruise” to Ft. Myers Centennial Marina. Nine boats participated and twenty-nine people attended the 4th of July dinner and fireworks.

Again, in October there was the Charlotte Harbor race/cruise to Punta Gorda, anchoring off Gilchrist Park. There was no hurricane to spoil it this year, so there was a lot of dinghy exploring among other planned and unplanned events. The women on this cruise decided we need a women’s club within the CCSC. Brainstorming began, and by the first of January 2007, a club was formed, named Women Afloat. The purpose of this club is to learn and share boating experiences and knowledge. The women will meet in members’ homes or boats.

The last cruise of the year was to Marco Island where the cruising fleet of six boats were harassed by the Marco Island marine police, telling us to move out of factory Bay or be boarded as often as they wish to do so (to check safety compliance, they said). Some boats moved, some did not. But weather predictions, plus the unwelcome reception, cut this cruise short.

The Mainsheet, CCSC’s newsletter, was put on the web page this year, besides mailing out the hard copies to members.

CCSC participated in the Ft. Myers Boat Show again this year, mainly for exposure and to recruit new members.

The dues were increased $10.00 a year, from $40.00 to $50.00, starting in 2007. This was the first increase in ten years. There is no change in the initiation fee of $60.00 to new members.

At the October general meeting the slate of officers for 2007 was presented by the Nominating Committee. Nominations were called for from the floor and Chuck Bergman was nominated for Commodore. The Nominating Committee had nominated Arnold Small to be Commodore for a second term. So, for the first time in the history of the CCSC, it would be necessary for a paper ballot at the November meeting. A special Board meeting was requested by several Board members to authorize absentee ballots for the November election. Sharron Thompson, the CCSC 2006 Parliamentarian, was invited to the special board meeting and she pointed out that our present bylaws do not provide for absentee ballots on any issue that may come before the general membership. Chuck Bergman won the election in November. In December the nominated Vice Commodore resigned. So, going into the new year, the search was on for a Vice-Commodore (who is in charge of all social events.)

In October, there was a new member coffee held at the Commodore’s home. Attendees, besides Board members, were new members from 2004, 2005, and 2006. At the Change-of-Watch, the Member-of-the-Year Award was given to Lorraine Bergman. Two members became Life Members this year: Lloyd Derrer and Art and Donna Johnson. The Vargus Award (boat attending the most luncheons) was awarded to JAMAR – Jack D’Agostino. The award to the boat participating in the most cruises was given to “JUDY-JUDY,” Judy and Charles Tomlins.

2007

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        Commodore: Charles (Chuck) Bergman
        Vice-Commodore: Aggie Gomez
        Rear Commodore: Ron Miniter
        Cruising Fleet Captain: Jack Johannessen
        Day Fleet Captain: Maggie Ibach
        Secretary: Maggie Mitchell
        Treasurer: Charles Tomlins


The Cape Coral Sailing Club started 2007 with a well attended New Years Eve/Day party at Glover Bight. Seven boats partied New Years eve and seven more boats joined the group for the New Year's Day raft-up.

There was not enough interest in racing again this year, so cruising and socials, including luncheons, have been the club's focus. There were twenty luncheons and one brunch in 2007. In the winter months there were 30-40 people attending the luncheons and in the summer months, there were 11-22 attendees. Most luncheons had at least one full boat that attended.

There were only seven cruises this year. Power boats were finding the rising fuel prices and increasing marina charges discouraging. Twelve boats and thirty-one people went on the Franklin Locks cruise in January (otherwise known as the "Icicle Cruise). In February, eleven boats went on the "Go Fly A Kite" cruise to Palm Island. March had the very popular Tween Waters cruise with thirteen boats, and forty-eight people going to dinner on St. Patricks Day. (14 went by four-wheel drive) In April, about twelve boats went to Uncle Henry's on Boca Grande. The cruisers rented golf carts to tour the island. May was our annual cruise to St. Petersburg Yacht Club, and this year four boats went. Smoke from Florida fires prevented them from going up to Clearwater after St. Pete. At this same time, five of the regular cruising boats went to the Abacos, Bahamas, for two and a half months. (April, May, and half of June). Other than dodging two tropical depressions, and a lot of too-windy weather, they had a fun time. For the 4th of July, several boats rafted up to watch the fireworks in Ft. Myers. The next and last cruise of the year was the October Charlotte Harbor cruise with nine boats participating. This cruise is an anchor-out cruise. Since there was no wind for racing down Charlotte Harbor, several boats threw out their fishing lines. Unfortunately not enough fish was caught to have a fish fry.

This year an "Ooops Flag" was given to the cruising boat who experienced an "ooops" occurance on the cruise. After each cruise this "ooops" flag was passed on to the boat who earned it on that cruise.

A women's group within the sailing club, named Women Afloat, was started in January, but after three months, the group's members went cruising and then many went up north for the summer, and the group sort of fell apart. In the three meetings they had, they discussed their objectives, discussed provisioning the boat, and made classic tote bags.

In July the Board decided to put the club's newsletter, the Mainsheet, on our web page and e-mail it to members. Not all members were happy with that decision so it was then stated that anyone wanting a hard copy sent to them should call the newsletter editor and request it.

Again this year the club participated in the Ft. Myers boat show in November.

Social events this year consisted of thirty-nine members attending a Bocce Ball tournament and picnic in March, at Matlacha Park. Also in March, a tailgate party to see the Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates game brought out twenty-two members. June 23 was the date for the Salute to the Commodore boat parade at Glover Bight, and luncheon at Rumrunners. Fifty-seven people were on boats, and six people drove to the luncheon. Although it was the hot month of July, a good number of members went to the dog track races for the day. In September, twenty-nine members went out on the "Big M" casino gambling ship. Eighty people enjoyed the beach party in November, which included steaks, baked potatoes, etc. and CHa-Cha dance lessons after dinner. There were three pot luck dinners at the January, April, and October meetings. Two of the pot luck dinners had a theme. One was an Hawaiian theme, and the other was a Halloween party. Of course, the final event for 2007 was the Change-of-Watch in December at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. Eighty-four members enjoyed dinner and dancing besides the Change-of-Watch ceremony.

The Members-Of-The-Year were Maggie and Jack Ibach. The "Charlie Varga" award (boat attending the most luncheons by boat) was given to JAMAR, Jack D'Agostino.

2008

CCSCHistory2008.pdf

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2009

CCSCHistory2009.pdf

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2010

CCSCHistory2010.pdf

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2011

CCSCHistory2011.pdf

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2012

CCSCHistory2012.pdf

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2013

CCSCHistory2013.pdf

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2014

CCSCHistory2014.pdf

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2015

CCSCHistory2015.pdf

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2016

CCSCHistory2016.pdf

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For more, go to the Cape Coral Historical Museum………
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