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 fourteen 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.
Scroll down on this webpage to view a recap (BLOG) of what we do…

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.

USSailing LogoIn 2012 U.S. Sailing recognized CMCS with the 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.

Recent Society Stuff

June 18 thru 22 – Fisherman’s Village Cruise

It appears the only picture anyone took was of this fantastic sunset in Pelican Bay

It appears the only picture anyone took was of this fantastic sunset in Pelican Bay

We had a fun filled weekend up at Punta Gorda’s Fisherman’s Village Marina. Altogether, eight boats made the cruise, plus two “Land Cruisers”. It was a relaxing weekend with a total of three (or was it four) potluck’s / happy hours, and quite a bit of “hanging out” at the pool and on each others’ boats. Plus walks on the trail, and don’t forget the shopping.

June 6 – Lady’s Day Race

Yep - this is the FINAL Results - click here for an enlarged view (I was told the stain is actually shrimp sauce)

Yep – this is the FINAL Results – click here to view (I was told the stain is actually shrimp sauce)

Fifteen boats came out for a fun day of racing. The winds were not exactly cooperative, but did give us enough for two buoy races. We all had fun with this race with a special twist – a woman must be at the helm from start to finish. Later that afternoon our Past Commodore – Diane – and her husband Ray the Party Chef – hosted a fun gathering at their home. Some captains new to the event were surprised that scoring was an old fashion whoever crossed the line first. After all, every captain received a unique trophy for this unique event – and the whole idea was just to have a good time.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun!

Girls Just Want to Have Fun!

Our Hard Working Crew on the Committee Boat

Our Hard Working Crew on the Committee Boat

May 22 thru 25 – Danger Island Cruise

The Beachhead Was Firmly Established

The Beachhead Was Firmly Established

Twenty five CMCS boats gathered in Pelican Bay to celebrate Memorial Day weekend.  From grilling on the beach to Black Tie Croquet on the links style croquet field – all kept busy. The weekend was capped by the Chowder Cook off to raise money for Cayo Costa. The afternoon thunderstorms arrived daily only to cool everything off for pleasant sleeping.

I've Heard They Play This Same Game On the Island Just North of Here.

I’ve Heard They Play This Same Game On the Island Just North of Here.

May 9 – Estebel Night Race

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The racers had a beautiful evening, up until the very nice breeze died down to 3 or 4 knots. After a while, the breeze finally filled in enough to allow our two monohulls and two non-spin boats to make the “official” time limit. The true cruisers, in true cruising fashion, pressed on just for the fun of it. Remember, this is CMCS – if it isn’t fun, you’ll likely not find us doing it.

I Just heard a conch blowing on Sanibel – Dose it get better than this? Thank you Mr. Pim!

May 3 – San ‘Tweenie Coastal Race

Click on This Image to See the Full Results

Click on This Image to See the Full Results

What a “Sleigh Ride” and a test of seamanship for the six boats that made the start after a hard night of partying at “The Prom”. Winds were 15 to 20 knots out of the East – so we had protection from the barrier islands most the way. Then a surprise finish with a boat that was 10-minutes late getting to the start line taking 1st overall on adjusted time by only 2-minutes, 34-seconds over an almost 5-hour race. Many many thank yous to our members who assisted with the Start and Finish!

May 1 thru 3 – San ‘Tweenie Cruise

CMCS Burgees Everywhere - There Must Be "Gypsies in the Palace!"

CMCS Burgees Everywhere – There Must Be “Gypsies in the Palace!”

And quite a celebration is was! Twenty one boats and a good number of Land Cruisers made their way to  Tween Waters Resort & Marina on Captiva Island. Saturday evening was a fantastic potluck with a “Prom Party” to follow. We even crowned a King & Queen of the prom. Fortunately, nobody had a curfew to meet. You should most definitely check out the photos in the CMCS Society Page.

One Could Only Blame Themselves If They Went Away Hungry

One Could Only Blame Themselves If They Went Away Hungry

The Prom King & Queen!

The Prom King & Queen!

Our Gracious Host

Our Gracious Host

Our Fabulous Hostess

Our Fabulous Hostess

We Keep Tell Our Friends Up North About How Horrible Life Is In Our Bug Infested Swamp (NOT)

We Keep Telling Our Friends Up North About How Horrible Life Is In Our Bug Infested Swamp (NOT)

April 25 – Big Win at Naples’ Messmer Cup Regatta

CMCS's Vixen Bring Home Big Hardware from NSYC!

CMCS’s Vixen Bring Home Big Hardware from NSYC!

Click here to download the full Race Results –> 2015 Messmer Cup

April 9 thru 12 – Cape Haze Cruise

Late night "Courtesy Transportation" to your boat (only if needed)

Late night “Courtesy Transportation” to your boat (only if needed)

Once again, we could not have asked for more beautiful weather. Most of our boats were up at Pelican Bay Friday evening for a Society Happy Hour on Dog Beach. By Friday evening we had sixteen boats in at Palm Isle Marina, and three more boats anchored out at Cape Haze. There was much to do between the fantastic marina pool, the state parks to the South and North. In addition to our nineteen boats, we had a good number of invading “Land Cruisers”. So many that we had 49 Society Members attend a Saturday evening dinner at Liverock’s restaurant.

March 20 thru 22 – Pelican Bay Cruise

Our Dinghies on Punta Blanca's "Dog Beach"

Our Dinghies on Punta Blanca’s “Dog Beach”

The fantastic weather brought out a very large crowd of twenty-nine boats (29) cruising up to Pelican Bay and Cayo Costa State Park. We had a great time exploring the area on foot, by kayak, by paddle board, and by dinghy. There was a large population of manatee in Manatee Hole. A dozen of our dinghies made the trek up Lover’s Lane for a relaxing time on the secluded South Beach. We all had a great time with great friends at what has to be (don’t tell anyone) one of the best anchorages in all of the U.S.

Quite a Crowd for CMCS's Saturday Evening's Happy Hour

Quite a Crowd for CMCS’s Saturday Evening’s Happy Hour (click to enlarge)

March 17 – March Membership Meeting

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We had a great crowd of over 90 people for the Society social hour, plus tonight we had a great presentation by Steve Colgate , world renowned sailor, instructor, promoter of sailing, and founder of the world famous Offshore Sailing School. His presentation reviewed his trips to Cuba – currently a very appropriate topic. Steve’s first trip to Cuba was in 1955, at the age of 19,  to crew on a 51-foot sailboat in a transatlantic race from Cuba to Spain. By far the largest vessel he had ever raced at that point. He explained how his 1955 trip and race was the inspiration that led him to a lifetime of sailing, teaching, and inspiring others.

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Steve’s second trip to Cuba was in 2014. for which he had many stories and comparisons to 1955 as to the current conditions but also the beautiful attitudes of the Cuban people.

It should be noted that Steve and Doris have been members and great supporters of CMCS for over a decade.

March 15 – All-You-Can-Eat Shrimp Feast

After Saturday’s great regatta, we were back at the Yacht Club on Sunday evening where about 100-members enjoyed an outstanding social hour and shrimp dinner with all the trimmings.

Click here to view the pictures on Shutterfly –> Shrimp Festival Pictures. (Unfortunately, our photographer captured no pictures of the copious amounts of shrimp that made the supreme sacrifice for the event.)

March 14 – Shrimp Festival Regatta

Click on This Image to See The Results

Click on This Image to See The Results

We had a fabulous day out on the Gulf for a great regatta! We had a total of eleven boats came out to race. We had great wind and simply prefect weather. Take a look at the results. Many of us have never seen a three race regatta with such consistent finishes.

February 20 thru 22 – Edison Festival of Lights

Friday Evening Cocktails and Appetiser Potluck on the Dock

Friday Evening Cocktails and Appetiser Potluck on the Dock

The Society had 13 boats and at least those many “Land Cruisers” attend our first cruise of 2015.  The location was Legacy Harbor Marina, located right in downtown Fort Myers. The major event (excuse for a party) was the Edison Festival of Lights.  Friday morning our vessels braved the cold (well, maybe not that cold) North winds to transit to downtown.  Then we kicked back and enjoyed the festive weekend.  A BIG Thank You goes out to our cruise organizers – Paul & Rose Ann!

Saturday Noon - All-You-Can-Eat Oysters

Saturday Noon – All-You-Can-Eat Oysters

Saturday Evening - Another Society Potluck

Saturday Evening – Another Society Potluck

The City of Fort Myers' Grandest Parade Kicks Off After a Fantastic Fireworks Display

The City of Fort Myers’ Grandest Parade Kicks Off After a Fantastic Fireworks Display

February 7 – Edison Gulf Regatta

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Click On This Image To View the Full Results

Sixteen boats came out for fantastic weather and completed four races.

January 26 – Chili Cook-Off

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Our unofficial crowd counters estimated “There’s about a hundred people here!” About a dozen chefs presented quite a chili feast. Keep in mind that we are very loose with food we call “Chili”. Voting was a difficult decision, but accurate despite taking place in Florida. The big spread of pot-luck dishes were not included in the voting, but were definitely devoured along with the margarita shots.

Grand Chili Organizer Candice Presents the 2015 Champion Chili Chefs

Grand Chili Organizer Candice Presents the 2015 Champion Chili Chefs

December 16 – Christmas Party

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Another dinner and lots of socializing and a little more singing.  What can we say – it’s that time of year.

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December 7 – Commodore’s Dinner

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Did you know sailors can sing and dance?  December 7, over 100 members gathered at the beautiful La Venezia Ballroom in Cape Coral to celebrate the Commodore’s Cup dinner.  The evening began with yummy appetizers and OPEN bar for two full hours; followed by a generous buffet and Tim Stier’s music.

December 6 – Commodore’s Cup Regatta

Click on this Image to See the Full Results

Click on this Image to See the Full Results

At first we had a good breeze. Then we had to wait about a half hour for the sea breeze to fill in. This gave us two more good races.  Overall, Multi-hull and Spinnaker classes got in four races, while the other fleets got in three.  In all, a great day on the Gulf for the twelve competitors!

November 26 thru 30 – Turkey Day Cruise

Thanksgiving Dinner at Cabbage Key

Thanksgiving Dinner at Cabbage Key

This cruise is becoming one of our annual traditions.  A great time was had despite a strong cold front pushing through just before the cruise began.  In all, thirteen boats enjoyed Pelican Bay and another great Thanksgiving dinner at Cabbage Key.  See our full report in the January Chowder Chatter.

November 21 thru 23 – Macomber Book Bash Cruise

Cockpit Cocktails and Rum Tasting Sip-Off

Cockpit Cocktails and Rum Tasting Sip-Off

Another great cruise off St. James City with a trip to Woody’s for Bob Macomber’s “End of Hurricane Season” party.  See the full report on page-5 of the December Chowder Chatter.

October 31 thru November 2 – Halloween Cruise

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Seven boats enjoyed a “spooky” weekend at Picnic Key.  See page-3 of the December Chowder Chatter for all the details.

October 17 thru 19 – Going North Cruise (abbreviated)

Enjoying the Beach at Pelican Bay

Enjoying the Beach at Pelican Bay

The Cruise was shortened to only go as far as Pelican Bay. Freestyle and Avanti enjoyed some of the best weather we have ever cruised in. Mid 60’s at night and low 80’s during the day. The stars at night were outstanding.

October 10 thru 12 – Summerset Regatta

CMCS’s – and arguably, Southwest Florida’s – BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR!  Over 64 boats participated.  Two days of racing and three days of parties (sailors seem to love parties).  The event involves both racers and cruisers.  Check out our SummersetRegatta.com website for all the details.  Plus, more pictures on Shutterfly.

Click This Image to View Saturday's Race Results

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Click This Image to View Sunday’s Cruiser’s Race Results

Friday Evening's Skippers' Meeting

Friday Evening’s Skippers’ Meeting

Preparing for a Start

Preparing for a Start

A Down Wind Finish

A Down Wind Finish

September 25 – Ladies’ Bridge Club Takes the ECHO Technology Tour

Ladies Bridge Club met at ECHO center with a good turnout of 12 for September Technology Tour. We learned various ways to clean water for drinking, various styles of PVC pumps for better function, including a modified bilge pump to make that job easier and many plants suitable for boaters needs, including the amazing moringa, whose seed purifies a liter of water, leaves with great nutrients & good taste.

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September 12 thru 14 – South Seas Plantation Cruise and Kayusa Cup

Chatting on the Dock at South Seas Plantation Resort

Chatting on the Dock at South Seas Plantation

We had 15 boats race and 16 enjoying the cruise to likely the nicest resort in the area.  What was forecasted to be a wet weekend turned out to no rain and great breezes.  It’s really hard to beat this combined racing and cruising event.

Click Here to view the Kayusa Cup Results

Click Here to view the Kayusa Cup Results

Kayusa Cup Finish

Kayusa Cup Finish

August 29 thru 31 – Gypsies in the Palace Cruise

The Great Tiki Hut

The Great Tiki Hut

Twelve boats of the Society set out from the safety of their home docks to brave tropical heat and scattered storms to enjoy a long weekend at the beautiful Naples Boat Club. Everyone was left on their own to explore the shopping and restaurants. Every effort was made to beat the heat including the air conditioned clubhouse, the bath water warm pool and extra help from afternoon frozen margaritas.  Check out Shutterfly for more revealing photos of the fun!

A Beautiful Pool

A Beautiful Pool

A Fantastic Lounge

A Fantastic Lounge

July 25 thru 26 – Summer Picnic Cruise

The Annual Summer Picnic

The Annual Summer Picnic

Six boats with twelve cruisers along with eighteen Land Cruisers had a delightful time at the Cape Coral Yacht Club.  See page-3 of the August Chowder Chatter for the full story.

June 7 – Ladies’ Day Regatta

Click Here to View the Race Results

Click Here to View the Race Results

It was a wild and crazy time out on the Gulf for this “just for fun” race.  A total of nine boats made it to the starting line, all with lady skippers on boats they do not ordinarily race.  Ray & Diane also hosted a great After Race Party.

May 23 thru 26 – Danger Island

Black Tie Croquet at Danger Island

Black Tie Croquet at Danger Island

The weather was perfect for the annual Danger Island/Memorial Day weekend. This year’s turnout was fantastic with 30 CMCS member boats participating.

See page-7 of the June Chowder Chatter for all the details!