CMCS

The Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society

Winner of US Sailing’s 2012 Outstanding Organizational Support Award

Here is a brief summary of this very active sailing club’s activities:

  • Up to twenty cruises every year. Cruises range from weekend events to two week extended jaunts. Check out our Cruising Schedule under the Cruising drop-down menu.
  • Eleven race events every year. There are a combination of buoy races and off-shore races. Check out our Club Racing Schedule under the Racing drop-down menu.
  • Besides our monthly socials / meetings, the club hosts several other social activities throughout the year.

Guests are always welcome to one of our casual monthly socials / meetings at 6:30 PM on the third Tuesday of every month (except January) at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Driftwood Pkwy., Cape Coral, FL. (No dress codes here.)  To learn more about CMCS, simply, scroll down on this page to view our online journal (BLOG).  You may also go to About Us for additional links, or email us by going to Contact Us.

Big News

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2013-01-24 US Sailing Award

January 24, 2013: Glen Vetter and Steve Romaine accept the “Outstanding Organizational Support” award at U.S. Sailing’s national conference in Clearwater Florida

 

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U.S. Sailing recognized CMCS with the 2012 Outstanding Organizational Support award.  The award is given annually to an individual or organization that has made notable contributions to promote public access sailing in the development and organization of sailing programs.  In addition, CMCS member Ross Webb won the Excellence in Instruction award for his work with the Edison Sailing Center.

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Upcoming Special Events

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April 16 – West Marine Community Day for Edison Sailing Center

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Sponsored by CMCS

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April 26 – North U at Naples Sailing & Yacht Club

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Recent Society Stuff

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March 21 thru 23 – Pelican Bay Cruise

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Sailing to Pelican Bay

2014-03-22 Beach PotLuck

Saturday’s Beach Potluck

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Nineteen boats joined the CMCS cruise to Pelican Bay this week, March 21- 23, led by Sunday Silence Captain Don Lawson and First Mate Joan Perkett. The weather was perfect for the cruise ranging from sunny to partly cloudy with temperatures in the lower 80s during the day- time and in the 60s at night.

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March 15 – Shrimp Festival Regatta

2014-03-15 Shrimp Regatta Results

Nice early winds turned into no wind as we wrapped up the third race in the 2014 Buoy Series.  Recording 3 of 3 races.  Thanks to Roger & Peggy Stafford for hosting the committee boat, Pro Joe Periard, Crewman Frank Wiedman.   Special thanks to Steve Roake for covering the committee boat at his race day was spoiled with engine problems…that’s Team Spirit!

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February 22 – Edison Gulf Regatta

2014-02-22 EGRFifteen boats came out for a beutiful day on the water.  The morning started with heavy fog, but cleared up by mid-morning.  The initial start was delayed due to a mysterious sinking of the Mark Boat up by Punta Rasa, but we heard that all hands were fine.  Unfortunately, the boat was not – UGH!

Not to be detered, our great committe boat crew made a slight repositioning of the course, and we used the good old government marks for what turned out to be an excellant course.

To top off the day, we had a fantastic after race party hosted by Brock & Barbra.

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February 14 thru 16 — Edison Festival of Lights Cruise & Oyster Fest

We had a great crusie to downtown Fort Myers during the Edison Festival of Lights.  We had 15-boats at Legacy Marina, and more than twice as many “Land Cruisers”.  Friday evening was the Appetizer Pot-Luck.  Saturday was busy with All You Can East Oysters at noon – a Pot-Luck Dinner – then time to watch the ciy’s biggest parade.  A couple members even ran in the 5K race before the parade.

The Oyster Shuckers

The Oyster Shuckers

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The Oyster Chefs

The Oyster Chefs

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Oysters Any Way You Wish

Oysters Any Way You Wish

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Service with a Smile

Service with a Smile

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January 26 — Chili Cookoff

Wow!  What a party.  What a great turnout of members.  And, what a tremendous selection of chili dishes.  Oveerall, we had 21-cooks – a new club record!

Best Presentation - Teresa Roake's Swamp Chili

Best Presentation – Teresa Roake’s Swamp Chili

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Hottest Chili - Jane Pfeiffenberger

Hottest Chili – Jane Pfeiffenberger

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Best Original Chili - Diane Pfaff (Opps - the only picture was of Mike)

Best Original Chili – Diane Pfaff (Opps – the only picture was of Mike)

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Best Original Chili - Barbara Johnson

Best Original Chili – Barbara Johnson

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January 25 — Chili Cookoff Regatta

Click Here to see the Chili Cookoff Regatta Results

Click Here to see the Chili Cookoff Regatta Results

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The temperature was cool, and the winds were fickle, but the group of 13 boats got in two good races. The Committee boat, headed by Bob Duff, and our chase boat, headed by Ray Gherardini, did a stellar job working with the wind shifts and providing everyone with an excellent regatta!

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January 10 — Change of Watch

Watch Out for that New Commodore You Swabbies!

Watch Out for that New Commodore You Swabbies!

Our one formal affair of the year.  Cocktails, a sit-down dinner, entertainment, dancing, presentation of trophies, recognition of all the volunteers from throughout the previous year, and of course – induction of our new leaders.  Wow – even with such a long agenda, this group knows  how have a great time.  More pictures are on ShutterFly.

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December 17 — The Society’s Holiday Party

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The club is provided ham, prime rib, and fish.  Members brought all the sides and deserts.  We sang a few songs, elected our 2014 officers, and hung out with about seventy of our closest friends.

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December 12 — Lady’s Bridge Club Holiday Party

Several of our Lady's Bridge Club Members

Several of our Lady’s Bridge Club Members

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We had about twenty ladies of the Society in attendance for the “Pirates Gift Exchange” at the Governor’s Mansion.  Take a look at additional photos in our Shutterfly albums.

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December 7 — The Commodore’s Regatta with the Commodore’s Dinner that Evening

2013-12-07 Commodores Cup Results   It was another beautiful September day in SW Florida. Unfortunately, it’s December, which often has a little more wind! We were able to get one race in before the wind went totally off. The sea breeze filled in (what there was of it) around 12:30. It didn’t look like it was going to settle in any time soon and the course would have to be completely reset so we quit after one race. The True Cruisers took about 2.5 hours to cover 2.4 miles. Another race would have been a repeat, with finishers not getting done until around 3:30 or 4:00 PM (or maybe not at all) Better to leave on a good note! This was my last regatta as your Rear Commodore-Racing. Thanks to all of you for coming out today and over the last three years. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

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December 6 — The Society Donates $800 from Summerset to Ostego Bay Foundation

Steve Presents $800 Check to Joanne Semmer of Ostego Bay Foundation

Steve Presents $800 Check to Joanne Semmer of Ostego Bay Foundation

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Ostego Bay Foundation, located on San Carlos Island, provides unique youth education experiences of our local marine environment.

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November 27 thru 30 — Thanksgiving Cruise to Pelican Bay and Cabbage Key

A Great Thanksgiving Dinner at the Famous Cabbage Cay

A Great Thanksgiving Dinner at the Famous Cabbage Cay

 

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Despite the cool and blustery weather – make that cool and blustery for Southeast Florida – we had thirteen boats coming and going to Pelican Bay over the “Turkey Day” weekend. -

Friday's Get-together in Pelican Bay

Friday’s Get-together in Pelican Bay

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November 22 thru 24 — The Bob Macomber Book Signing Cruise

Macomber-Header-v2-   Estimates were that about seventy members of our little Society found there way to Past Commodore Bob Macomber’s book signing in St. James City.

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November 9 — Lady’s Race

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Lady’s Day Race Results

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Saturday’s Ladies Race was a big success in spite of the weather predictions! All six of the competitors had a great time and the party was a blast! Check out the results the results.

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November 2 — Festival of the Islands Regatta

Festival of the Islands Race Results

Festival of the Islands
Race Results

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Fifteen boats participated in a two race series out in the Gulf.  We had hoped for three races but the cold front caught up to us faster than anticipated. Brock’s post-race party had a great turnout. Our next regatta is the Commodore’s Cup on Saturday, December 7, which will be the last buoy race of the year.

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October 25 thru 27 — Halloween Cruise

Some of Our 2013 Halloween Award Winners

Some of Our 2013 Halloween Award Winners

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Eight boats participated in the “Scary” Halloween Cruise to Picnic Island.  Check out the November Chowder Chatter for more details.

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October 26 & 27 — NSYC Commodore’s Cup Regatta

CLICK HERE to Review the Final Results

CLICK HERE to Review the Final Results

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Over this weekend a number of our racers headed on down to Naples to participate in the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club’s Commodore’s Cup Regatta.

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October 11 thru 13 — Summerset Regatta

Summerset Regatta

2013 Summerset Regatta

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The 48th annual Summerset Regatta had 61 boats participating in two days of racing, with three great parties, and raising almost $14,000 for youth sailing in Southwest Florida! Check out the FINAL RESULTS.

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September 14 — Kayusa Cup Distance Race in the Gulf of Mexico

CLICK HERE for Kayusa Cup Results

CLICK HERE for Kayusa Cup Results

 

See the October Chowder Chatter for further information.

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July 4 – Independence Day Cruise to Franklin Locks

Society Members Relaxing in the Picnic Pavilion at Franklin Locks

Society Members Relaxing in the Picnic Pavilion at Franklin Locks

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Beautiful Sunset at Fisherman's Village

Beautiful Sunset at Fisherman’s Village

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June 14 to 16, 2013 — Fisherman’s Village Cruise – Good friends and great sunsets in Punta Gorda.

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2013-06-08 Ladies Day Race Results

Lady’s Day Race Results

 

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June 8, 2013 — Ladies Day “Drag Queen” race – check out the results.

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The Great Society Athletic Event of "Black Tie Croquet"

The Great Society Athletic Event of “Black Tie Croquet

- May 24 – 27 — Danger Island Cruise – Twenty four brave boats of the Society ventured to “Danger Island” for a weekend of beautiful weather, traditional Society athletics, great Chowder, and great company.

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Jerry Pim Memorial Estebel Night Race Results

Jerry Pim Memorial Estebel Night Race Results

May 11, 2013 — Jerry Pim Memorial Estebel Race – The race began in 15 kts. of wind from the southwest with 1-2 ft. waves. As the evening wore on, the winds moderated considerably and the waves a little. There’s nothing more fun than steep waves in a dying breeze! The 15 mile race was completed in less than four hours by all 10 starters!

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San Tweenie Race Results

San Tweenie Race Results

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April 21, 2013 — San Tweenie Race – Nine boats attempted this race out in the Gulf from just outside Redfish Pass down to San Carlos Bay.

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"The Grill" at the "Pavilion"

“The Grill” at the “Pavilion”

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April 16, 2013 — Grill Night at the Pavilion – As most of you already know, the Society’s three favorite activities are sailing, eating, and hanging out together.  Grill night includes two out of three, so it is well attended.  Oh yes – we also had a bit of a business meeting where we recognized all our volunteers from 2012, and tried to conduct a little bit of club business.

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Results from the Lou Tilley Fun Race (click on image to see results)

Results from the Lou Tilley Fun Race (click on image to see results)

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April 14, 2013 — Lou Tilley Fun Race – Another beautiful day for a sail on the Gulf! The Lou Tilley Fun Race had 8 participants.  Wind was from the south at 10-15 kts. Seas were 1-2 feet. The race was a reach / fetch to SC light, a distance of 1.75 miles on a heading of 260 degrees. The first race was 7.0 nm and took a little over an hour to complete. The second race was 3.5 nm and took about 40 min to complete.

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The CMCS Crew Gathers at Palm Island Marina

The CMCS Crew Gathers at Palm Island Marina

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April 4 thru 7, 2013 — Cape Haze Cruise – fifteen boats made it up to Palm Island Marina on Cape Haze for a great weekend. We had to brave a little heavy wind on Thursday, but the rest of the weekend was great. Cruise leaders Ron & Shirley Maddix did a wonderful job!

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CMCS Boat at the Rod & Gun Club in Everglades City

CMCS Boats at the Rod & Gun Club in Everglades City

March 1 to 10 — Ten Thousand Islands Cruise – led by Wait Alexander, eight boats cruised down to Naples, Marco, Panther Key and Everglades City.

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2013-03-09 Shrimp Results

2013 Shrimp Festival Regatta Results

March 9 — Shrimp Festival Regatta – Another beautiful day (if not a little cool) on the water. The spinnaker and multi-hull divisions managed to get in 3 races in light air. Regrettably, the third race for the non-spinnaker and true cruising divisions was abandoned due to lack of wind. I hope no one was disappointed. The wind moved much further south than expected and was also lighter than we expected. As luck would have it, the breeze returned while we were picking up marks.

Click on the image to the right to view the Shrimp Festival Regatta Results.

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February 23, 2013 Edison Gulf Regatta Race Results

February 23, 2013 Edison Gulf Regatta Race Results

February 23 — Edison Gulf Regatta & After Race Party – the racers and a number of spectating day-sailors had great winds out on the Gulf.  The fleet had three really good races as the 10 to 15 kt winds clocked from SSE to SSW.  Only a couple minor incidents.   Barefeet had to send a crew member into the water to fend off an attacking crab pot.  Then one of Vixen’s crew members had sunscreen failure which resulted in quite a glow at the after race party.  A big Thank You to Vixen’s owners for another friendly after race party.  To view the Race Results, simply click on that image displayed on the left side of your screen.

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2013's Tuff Crackin' Oyster Shuckers

2013′s Tuff Crackin’ Oyster Shuckers

February 15 – 17 — Edison Festival of Lights Cruise – we had 13-boats take on the coldest weather of the year in Southwest Florida for this ever popular cruise.  No problem because we could “plug-in” and keep warm at downtown Fort Myers’ Legacy Marina.  Tuesday evening’s appetizers and happy hour saw as many “Land Cruisers” as we had “Boat Cruisers”.  On Saturday approximately 1,400 oysters were devoured by 60 oyster eaters.  Every veteran of this longtime cruise said this was our largest turnout, and the best tasting oysters yet!

Oh yes – Happy Birthday to Past Commodore Bob Duff!

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February 12, 2012 — Membership Meeting/Social – It was Member Appreciation Night. Which means the Society provided food to all members. The turn out was great with about 120 people attending!

 

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Non-Spinnaker Boats Prepare for a Start in the 2012 Chili Cook-Off Regatta

Non-Spinnaker Boats Prepare for a Start in the 2012 Chili Cook-Off Regatta

January 12th — CMCS’s Chili Cook-Off Regatta – the race fleet had a great time out in the Gulf of Mexico off Fort Myers Beach.  The weather was fantastic with 85-degrees, and mostly sunny.  The winds were varied, to say the least.  Race-1 – wind was near perfect, East 10-15.  Race-2 – wind was mostly East but variable.  Race-3 – we had a Westerly Sea Breeze (in January?).  Overall, the regatta really tested our sailing skills, but in a good way.

Take a look at CMCS’s Chili Cook-Off Regatta Results.

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2013-01-09 LBCJanuary 9th — Ladies Bridge Club – Biologist/Naturalist, Jonnie Gove, gave 12 of us a private swamp tour at Big Cypress in the western Everglades.  We ended the tour in a huge Gator Hole where Jonnie explained how the Gator catches his prey.  Luckily for us no Gators showed up.