Editor:  Doug Jones

April 2016



In this issue:
Florida Surprise
Commodore's Report
Membership Report
Education Report
Cruising News
Social Events
Events at a Glance
Sunshine Lady
Meeting Minutes

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Florida Surprise

Many people are aware that many years ago (hundreds of millions, actually) most of the continents we know today were all combined in one huge continent called Gondwanaland.  Well, it wasn't actually called Gondwanaland at the time, because dinosaurs didn't have language, but scientists have since called it that.  But I digress...

The theory of Gondwanaland was advanced when scientists noticed how neatly South America tucked into Africa.  They've since discovered many areas where the continents fit together like puzzle pieces.   But it wasn't until April 1 last year that the Oxford don B.M. Buezle recognized that Ireland fits beautifully into the west coast of Florida, as you can see from the composite photo above.

Critics of the theory have come up with all sorts of foolish objections, such as, if St. Patrick banished snakes from Ireland, why are there so many in Florida?   The answer, of course, is that St. Patrick came long after the continents split apart -- and there might have been stowaway snakes on Ponce de Leon's ships anyway.

A less foolish objection, and one that might save the day for the critics, is how Ireland could have broken off the West coast of Florida and snuck past Cuba and the eastern Caribbean islands to connect up with England.  Again, only the dinosaurs know.

Anyway, there's no mystery surrounding the success of the Seafarers.  Just check out the calendar for the coming months and you'll see that we combine boating and socializing better than any Oxford don can imagine.

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Commodore's Report: by Mike Clark

March started off busy once again for the Seafarers.  Beginning with a lunch cruise to Capt’n Con’s in Bokeelia, followed by a special outing to see the Tampa Bay Rays baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, a raft up on Yellowfish Lagoon and a cruise to Tween Waters that garnered so much interest there had to be two cruises to handle all of the folks that wanted to go.  Both cruises were 4 days and three nights.

April also looks to bring one or two overnights, a cruise to Palm Island, a Caloosahatchee River tour with lunch and education plus I am sure there will be lunch cruises and raft ups with possibly an anchor out in there somewhere.

The general meetings, as always, have been full of fun, great food offerings and tremendous educational programs.

What a tremendous group of folks to be a part of!

See you on the water or maybe the land!



Membership Report: by Gayle Clark, Director

With no new members this month, Seafarer membership holds steady at 295.

Although we are only 5 shy of our target membership of 300, the board decided it would be a good idea to keep the Seafarers Club in the public eye. With that in mind, Bev Riggs volunteered to represent us at the PGICA New Member reception on Wednesday, March 23rd. Thank you, Bev!


Education Report: by John Tiller, Director

Marinas’ Five Requests

According to a recent article, marinas have a “top five” request list, items which will make your stay at a marina better and improve the service of the marina.  The article from which the following information was summarized may be found at https://activecaptain.com/newsletters/2015-10-21.php

1.      Be accurate about the real length of your vessel, especially when reserving space in a T-head or alongside a dock.  In particular, include a bowsprit or anchor in the front and any dingy hanging off the stern.  Failure to account for total length needed can lead to overcrowding, an unacceptable space, or even loss of space. 

2.      Cancel reservations ASAP once you know you will not use the reservation.  Currently, most marinas do not charge for cancellations, but that will likely change if very many people fail to cancel unneeded reservations.  And, call the marina rather than email or text: it takes only a few minutes, but it makes the situation clear and ensures the marina gets the message.

3.      Review the marinas you use and keep the reviews updated.  Most marinas want feedback and will try to improve.

4.      Understand the marina’s power pedestal requirements.  Newer pedestals include a quicker type of circuit breaker, similar to GFCI outlets in your home kitchen or bath.  This is the result of newer code requirements, so it is the responsibility of the boater to ensure his boat works correctly.

5.      Use high-gain Wi-Fi only when necessary.  The use of higher gain signals can interfere with the other vessels nearby.  The article referenced above gives more thorough advice.

Remember, Safety on the Water is No Accident



 Cruising News: by Joe Preece, Director

          Cruising Escapades:  

The weather has been improving and in early march two cruises were successful. Dick Nieberline led the Capt’ Con’s lunch cruise with 3 boats attending and 12 for lunch feasting on the seafood Chowda. Steve Tennis won the T-Shirt after a masterful trivia playoff.  Andy Nikitich led the Yellowfish Lagoon raft up with 10 boats attending and only a little wind but a soft sandy bottom causing anchoring issues. The two big boat cruises to ‘Tween Waters Inn in late March should be almost complete. Bob Heibner and I will report on these as they finish up.

Andy is planning a raft up in Pelican Bay for April so watch your calendars for the day and time. Horst Huelsemann will lead a two night three day trip to Palm Island on April 29-May 1.  Ralph Steele is working on a lunch cruise to the Fishery for April 27, Harry Ensley is planning an overnight cruise to Boca Grande Marina for May 20-22 for 10-12 boats only. Andy Nikitich is planning a lunch / beach cruise to Don Pedro.



Tween Waters Cruise #2
March 30 - April 2

Fishery Lunch Cruise
April 27

Palm Island Marina Cruise
April 29 - May 1

Boca Grande Marina Cruise
May 20 -22

Social Events: by Bev Riggs,  Director

Welcome to Spring!  Even though it is beautiful here in PGI year around, I still get excited about Spring.  We have such beautiful weather to enjoy the many Seafarer activities. 

Play Ball!  That was cry for 19 Seafarers who attended the Tampa Bay Rays game on March 9.  Although the Rays lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, everyone had a great time.  The beer was cold, the sandwiches hot and the seats were in the shade!  The game announcer even welcomed us!  Thank you Mike Slattery for planning this fun social.           

Thanks to Nancy Gamblin for providing the delicious main course at our March meeting.  If you would like to "take charge" of a meal for the general meeting, please let me know.  It is an easy way to provide a meaningful (we love to eat!) service to our club.

Join the Seafarers on April 21 for a day of fun cruising along the Caloosahatchee River. The paddle wheeler leaves from the Ft. Myers Yacht Basin at 1300 Hendry Street at 11:30 a.m., returning at 3:30 p.m.  You will enjoy an all-you-can eat buffet luncheon with a cash bar. Narration is provided for sightseeing as well as music for singing and dancing on three decks.

The cost for the cruise is $57.21 per person and includes the 4 1/2 hour cruise, luncheon, taxes and gratuities.    Please reserve your spot on the Seafarers' website and then phone Capt. JP Cruises directly (239-334-7474) to make your payment by credit card, identifying yourself as a PGI Seafarer.  Advance payment is required and you will receive your tickets at check-in.  There are complete details on the Seafarers' calendar.  Thank you, Jill Okray, for coordinating this social event.

Other upcoming socials include a wine tasting at Orange House, a Murder Mystery Train event and a June BBQ.   We need a volunteer to lead the BBQ.  Let me know if you are interested in planning this event. 




Orange House Wine Bar

April 19

Caloosahatchee River Tour

April 21

 Events at a Glance


29-May 1
Tween Waters II Cruise
Social at St. Andrews Country Club 5-7 pm
Orange House Wine Bar Social
Caloosahatchee River Tour
General Membership Meeting PGICA 5:30 pm
Fishery Restaurant Lunch Cruise
Social at St. Andrews Country Club 5-7 pm
Cruise to Palm Island Marina

 The Sunshine Lady -
Marsha Rutherford

While our own Cynthia Cowdrey is laid up, Marsha Rutherford has graciously stepped up to fill the Sunshine position.

If you hear of anyone who is ill or hospitalized, or of anyone who has lost a family member, please contact Marsha at marsharutherford@yahoo.com.


Membership Meeting Minutes -- Click here to view.


  Original Newsletter Layout Design:  John Magnin