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 sixteen 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 additional 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.
In 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.
In the News
Legislative / Environmental
from CMCS Vice-Commodore Jason Pim
Lots going on since May/June report, so I have tried to outline the many headlines/issues, but its still a long read unfortunately. (Hopefully this is the ugliest time of year and I don’t have to keep going on about this for long?)
- In mid-June, salinity in the Caloosahatchee reached critically low levels due to Lake O releases and other fresh water run-off. SCCF details and call to action >
- In just the last few days (June 20-26) possibly toxic algae blooms have exploded in the Lake. Nearly the entire Lake is now covered in algae. The Caloosahatchee in Labelle looks like this. The algae is now reaching the Franklin Locks (June 26) and headed our way. Calusa Waterkeeper is a leading voice on this issue and worth a follow or membership.
- During the same week, large fish kills are happening near SWFL Gulf Beaches. The worst seems to be concentrated from Sarasota to Captiva.
- Notes: Red tide (Karenia brevis) typically starts offshore and is totally different stuff than the blue/green algae blooms (cyanobacteria) incubating in Lake O. Nutrient rich outflow from the Lake and run-off from our coastal areas (plus high temps) all play a role in feeding both types of blooms.
- Opinion: FL Department of Environmental Protection, Army Corps of Engineers, South Florida Water Management, FWC, etc. all seem slow in their responses and announcements to these complex issues. However, anyone who was in Florida in 2016 could probably see all this coming.
- City Council Approved Bimini Basin Mooring Field (with no idea who will run it or what it will cost). Also, on Monday June 25, a contractor started on maintenance clearing the culvert from Rubicon canal to the Basin. This blockage was discovered while examining the poor water quality in the basin.
- I have heard from a reliable source that FDEP is poised to grant the permit to the city to remove the Chiquita Lock, possibly in the next few weeks. The Army Corps has not responded to inquiries regarding federal permits.
- Judge Clarifies Wording of FL Amendment 1 (2014) for state lawmakers who were misinterpreting voters’ intent
- 1,093 people broke a guinness world record on Fort Myers Beach.
A New Boaters’ App from U.S. Customs & Border Protection