Editor:  Doug Jones

May 2016



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

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Happy Mothers' Day

Pan Pan, Pan Pan, Pan Pan - attention all male captains and mateys: Mothers' Day is May 8.  Forget this information and you will be calling out Mayday!

We men of the Seafarers know that as much fun as boating is, it is even more fun with spouses onboard - whether we are the captain or they are.  Like the proverbial tree falling in the forest, pleasure is so much more pleasurable when there is someone to share it with.

Speaking of sharing the fun - check out the calendar for May!  The Seafarers are not letting up, with two overnight cruises and one tour of a Rum Distillery.  So take Mom out for a little excitement this month!

To view the past 12 months' newsletters, click here (be sure pop-up blocker is off):
May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December | January | February | March | April |



Commodore's Report: by Mike Clark

As I sat back this week and reviewed the archives from the last number of years, in both the Waypoints and Commentator articles, it is amazing all the activities, both on the water and land based, that we have enjoyed over the last 10-11 years.  It also seems to get bigger and better every year.

April finished with a flurry with the second trip to Tween Waters, a trip to The Orange House Wine Bar, a Caloosahatchee River tour, lunch cruise to Bert's Bar  and winding up with a weekend at Palm Island Marina.

May begins the departure of our snowbirds, but not the departure of our fun and fellowship here in the Isles!  Besides our Happy Hours, there is a trip planned for Boca Grande, a lunch cruise to Don Pedro and a raft up at Pelican Bay.

Again, for all the wonderful members who have stepped forward to lead cruises, plan social events, provide food for our meetings and all the other activities requiring some involvement, we THANK YOU!!!!

Continue the fun and we will see you on the water AND on the land!



Membership Report: by Gayle Clark, Director

With late payment of dues, our membership is now at 297, just 3 shy of our target of 300.

A few members have inquired about the prices of replacement name tags and burgees. So here they are for all of you, as well as the prices for other Seafarer items.

Name Tags                  $10
Burgees                       $25
License Plates              $11.50
Decals                           $3


Education Report: by John Tiller, Director

Various Emergency Signaling Devices

An article in the February/March edition of BoatU.S. Magazine identified seven different devices for communication in an emergency, requesting a search-and-rescue (SAR) mission.  There devices, in general terms, are listed below.

1.      Cell phone;

2.      VHF radio with DSC;

3.      EPIRB

4.      Personal locator beacon (PLB);

5.      Satellite messenger;

6.      High-frequency radio; and,

7.      Satellite phone.

Each of these devices has advantages and disadvantages.  Over this and the following months, this space will discuss each of the types, starting with the cell phone.

Cell phone. 

Easy to use, most of us have at least one cell phone.  So, call and talk directly with the appropriate SAR entity, using your cell phone’s GPS to give precise location, problems, and conditions.

Of course, that assumes that you are in range of a tower with a clear signal.  Also, that batteries are in good shape and will last.  Oh, make sure the device does not get wet.  Sadly, the cell phone can only call one number at a time and not put out a general call/signal to all in the area.  Importantly, the Coast Guard does not want information via text or email.  I suggest you not rely on cell phones as your primary emergency device.

More next month on other devices. 



 Cruising News: by Joe Preece, Director

The demand for Cruising to ‘Tween Waters was so great that ultimately two cruises took place as scheduled.  Cruise #1, led by Bob Hiebner, included 14 boats scheduled for ‘Tween Waters and 4 more boats at the Captiva Yacht Club.  Ultimately 17 vessels and 34 Seafarers made the 3 night trip. Night one we had leisurely docktails and “Heavy appetizers”, followed by a  group walk across the street to offer a  “Toast to the sunset“   (Some followed that up about a half hour later by “Toasting the full moon rise” over the ICW.   Some Bocce was played both Thurs and Fri with some loosely organized competitions. The group enjoyed a dinner at the Green Flash Restaurant on Thursday evening.  Phil and Ginney Eaton were recognized as first time participants in a Seafarers Cruise.  Evening entertainment was provided by Mike Slattery, his fantastic guitar, and the ad hoc accompaniment of the Seafarer Singers.  The weather was better than average, good for swimming, relaxing , etc., except for about 30 minutes of a surprise squall about 5am one morning which made for some excitement  (underwear clad Seapersons adjusting mooring lines and fenders in the rain and the dark).  For more pictures of this cruise, click here.

 Cruise Two, led by yours truly, was not as scandalous but very high class. Night one was docktails and appetizers, night two was a classy dinner at the Captive Island Yacht Club and night three was at the Green Flash. We had great weather for all activities, especially the two for one Rum Runners, and no bugs at all during week two, week one cruisers eat your hearts out. Our group dwindled from 17 boats to six and maybe seven, a sighting of boat number 7 was not confirmed. A big Thank You to Scott Eason and Melissa Flores for hosting the after dinner party.

 The raft up at Yellowfish Lagoon had 10 boats and a good time in spite of the windy conditions and drifting anchors.

The infamous cruise to Palm Island is now set for Saturday April 30th through May 2nd and will be led by JR Clark. There are currently 16 boats and 31 members attending. Harry Ensley is leading an overnight cruise to Boca Grande Marina for May 20-22 with 13 boats currently attending.



Palm Island Marina Cruise
April 30 - May 2

Boca Grande Marina Cruise
May 20 -22

Social Events: by Bev Riggs,  Director

On April 19, 15 Seafarers enjoyed 6 wonderful wines with unique cheeses at the Orange House Wine Bar.  Thank you Mona for leading this social.

Jill Okray led us on a delightful cruise down the Caloosahatchee on Thursday, April 21.  The weather was perfect and a good time was had by all attendees.  Thank you Jill!  To see the photo album for this cruise, click here.

Thank you to Nancy Gamblin and Terry Mueller for the taco bar at April's meeting.  The fixins (as we say in Texas) were provided by Isabel and Annabel's restaurant on Marion.  We are now ready for Cinco de Mayo! 

I am still searching for a volunteer to lead the June BBQ.  Let me know if you are interested in planning this event. 




Alligator Bay Rum Distillery Tour

May 19

 Events at a Glance


Palm Island Marina Cruise
Social at St. Andrews Country Club 5-7 pm
Alligator Bay Rum Distillery Tour
Boca Grande Marina Cruise
General Membership Meeting PGICA 5:30 pm
Social at St. Andrews Country Club 5-7 pm

 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.


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