On January 18th, the Marco Island Yacht Club will hold its annual gala event, the Change of Watch and Commodore’s Ball. New officers of the Bridge, a nautical term for center of operations, will be installed at the formal Change of Watch Ceremony. The festivities will then move inside to the beautiful Harbor Dining Room for dinner and dancing, overlooking the yacht basin, the Marco River, and the Jolley Bridge.
The time-honored installation ceremony, Change of Watch, is based on military tradition in which responsibility, authority and accountability are transferred from the current leader to the new commander. Outgoing Commodore Jeff Comeaux will hand over command to the new Commodore, Ray Rosenberg. At the Marco Island Yacht Club, this is signified by lowering the Past Commodore’s burgee (triangular flag) and replacing it with the new Commodore’s burgee.
The Commodore has overall responsibility for the cruising fleets, regattas, boating programs, matters relating to the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs and social activities. Commodore Rosenberg will swear to uphold the MIYC mission statement, “To provide an extraordinary member experience of boating, social events and dining in a beautiful and welcoming Club setting where fun and friendship flourish.”
The festivities commence at 5 PM with cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by a Change of Watch Ceremony and Evening Colors held in the Courtyard. Then the celebration moves upstairs with a gourmet dinner and dancing to the music of the Classi