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.

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.

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Recent Society Stuff

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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.

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March 20 thru 22 – Pelican Bay Cruise

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.)

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March 14 – Shrimp Festival Regatta

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Click on This Image to See The Results

Click on This Image to See The Results

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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.

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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

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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

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February 7 – Edison Gulf Regatta

Click On This Image To View the Full Results

Click On This Image To View the Full Results

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

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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

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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.

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December 6 – Commodore’s Cup Regatta

Click on this Image to See the Full Results

Click on this Image to See the Full Results

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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!

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November 26 thru 30 – Turkey Day Cruise

Thanksgiving Dinner at Cabbage Key

Thanksgiving Dinner at Cabbage Key

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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.

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November 21 thru 23 – Macomber Book Bash Cruise

Cockpit Cocktails and Rum Tasting Sip-Off

Cockpit Cocktails and Rum Tasting Sip-Off

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Click This Image to View Saturday’s Race Results

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Click This Image to View Sunday's Race Results

Click This Image to View Sunday’s Race Results

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

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

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Friday Evening's Skippers' Meeting

Friday Evening’s Skippers’ Meeting

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Preparing for a Start

Preparing for a Start

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A Down Wind Finish

A Down Wind Finish

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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

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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.

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Click Here to view the Kayusa Cup Results

Click Here to view the Kayusa Cup Results

Kayusa Cup Finish

Kayusa Cup Finish

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August 29 thru 31 – Gypsies in the Palace Cruise

The Great Tiki Hut

The Great Tiki Hut

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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

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A Fantastic Lounge

A Fantastic Lounge

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July 25 thru 26 – Summer Picnic Cruise

The Annual Summer Picnic

The Annual Summer Picnic

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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.

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June 7 – Ladies’ Day Regatta

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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.

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May 23 thru 26 – Danger Island

Black Tie Croquet at Danger Island

Black Tie Croquet at Danger Island

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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!

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May 16 thru 25 – Dry Tortugas Cruise

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Only two of our intrepid cruisers made it down to the remote Dry Tortugas keys and Fort Jefferson.  They had beautiful day, and even spotted a real Mermaid for the first time.  The Fort is more awesome than ever.  The brick stabilization project is almost complete.

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May 15 thru 16 & 18 thru 19 – Races from Naples to Key West and back

"Miss Cathleen" - 1St Place True Cruising

“Miss Cathleen” – 1St Place True Cruising

Several of our hot-shot racers brought home the hardware from these hotly contested offshore races.  Along with the two crews pictured here was “Wicked Wicked Ways” with 1st place in Non-Sinnaker.

"Air Supply" 3rd Place Non-Sinnaker

“Air Supply” 3rd Place Non-Sinnaker

 

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May 11 – San T’weenie Race

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Winds were good, bad, good for the 2014 San T’weenie. Mother’s Day was the victor in that more than half the scheduled fleet stayed home or chose to beat t back home early to celebrate.

Thanks again to Kevin Wensley with Offshore Sailing School for commanding the starter position.

Seven boats started, with 6 boats finishing.

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May 8 – Ladies’ Bridge Club Kayak Adventure

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Great paddling trip to Tarpon Bay with lecture, info & guide pointing out sights along the way. FUN TRIP!

Chek out additional pictures on ShutterFly!

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April 21 thru 25 – Panther Key Cruise

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Ten boats of the Society cruised on down to Panther Key in the 10,000 island.  Check out the details on page 6 of the May Chowder Chatter.

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April 3 thru 6 – Cape Haze Cruise

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Thirteen boats of the Society ventured up to Palm Island Marina, via Pelican Bay, for a most enjoyable cruise.  Read all about the cruise on page 5 of the May Chowder Chatter.

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March 21 thru 23 – Pelican Bay Cruise

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Sailing to Pelican Bay

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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

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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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March 16 – Society Gulf Outing

This is actually a club Day Sail in the Gulf of Mexico.  Not to be confused with batting a little white ball around a chemically enriched pasture.  Three sailboats participated: Windy City, Chase the Clouds, and Sea Isle.  All three boats were enjoyed a robust sail. (It is always a good idea to learn how to steer in heavy weather.)  This along with a fantastic lunch at the Pink Shell Resort who has offered us free docking for a lunch stop (no – the lunch must be paid for).

These Gulf outings are open to all members.  Simply watch your email for a message from our Commodore that she’s got the itch to simply go for a sail.  The process is that people with boats, and a hankering to sail, take out other members (first come first serve) who would also like to go for a sail.  Our Commodore does a little match making among those who reply to her.  Then the agenda is: meet at the boat’s slip / day-sail / lunch at a designated location / day-sail / dock back at the boat’s slip.

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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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