By Coastal Breeze News Staff
The Marco Bay Yacht Club held its 40th Annual Change of Watch on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Hideaway Beach Club. The Outgoing Commodore, Marcia Orsolini, introduced guests of honor, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95, Civil Air Patrol, and Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron. After thanking the club for her year, she passed the gavel to the 2014 Commodore, Charlie Skillern. The Change of Watch New Officers are Charlie Skillern, Commodore; Jack Barter, Vice Commodore; and Al Saunders, Rear Commodore. The Commodore’s Ball took place after the traditional ceremony.
A Presentation of the Fleet was held on Smokehouse Bay. Even on the heels of cool weather temperatures, 10 boats came out to represent the fleet while landlubbers watched from the Esplanade. Past and present bridge officers oversaw vessels from the deck as members cruised by in their boats. Each boat announced itself, the name of the captain, any shipmates and guests. As the boat passed, they were acknowledged with a salute from the officers. Lunch followed at CJ’s on the Bay.
The club’s objective is to encourage safe boating, the sport of yachting and to promote the skills of seamanship and navigation.