The Marco Island Yacht Club will hold its Commodore’s Ball and Change of Watch this Saturday, Jan. 25. It is an event the entire island anticipates every year.
The yacht club is the first thing visitors and residents see as they come onto the island over the Jolley Bridge. Regular flag ceremonies and the cannon’s roar draw crowds of spectators to see the Officers in uniform on those nights at sunset. The yachts that are regularly seen underway add a touch of class to our island paradise.
The commodore has responsibility for the cruising and racing fleets of yachts, regattas, boating programs, matters relating to the FloridaCouncil of Yacht Clubs and all social activities. He is regularly called upon to be a spokesperson for our community and to appear at public events.
The 2013 outgoing Commodore Jim Marr will perform the ceremony, swearing in Commodore Bob DeFeo for 2014. Marr fulfilled his duties, upholding the Mission Statement: “ To provide an outstanding, boating, social, and dining environment that is friendly, comfortable, affordable and invites participation.”
Last year was an important one for the club. The commodore’s development and membership programs surpassed the club’s financial goals, and membership grew to over 900. “Participate and you will be rewarded.” was the theme for 2013, and the members responded.