Friday, October 30, 2020

Marco’s Oldest Yacht Club Holds Change of Watch


Rudi Landwaard receives his incoming commodore pins from outgoing Commodore Frank Mulligan. Photos by Steve Stefanides

Rudi Landwaard receives his incoming commodore pins from outgoing Commodore Frank Mulligan. Photos by Steve Stefanides

The Marco Bay Yacht Club (MBYC) will turn 50 years old this year, and it continues to live up to its reputation as one of the most active and fun clubs for boating and making great friendships.

The club is unique because they don’t own any slips, except those they keep their own boats in. Instead, on a regular basis members come together to enjoy some time on the water, or meet at a regular watering hole and socialize.

MBYC recently held their Change of Watch ceremony, where the present Commodore Frank Mulligan turned over his position to the incoming commodore for 2018, Rudi Landwaard. The festive gathering was held at the Hideaway Beach Club.

Rudi Landwaard, joined by wife Dorothy, is introduced as the new club commodore.

Rudi Landwaard, joined by wife Dorothy, is introduced as the new club commodore.

This year alone, MBYC has over 50 cruises and social gatherings planned for its membership, helping the club live up to its reputation as a “Fun Club.”

During the evening, MBYC made a $500 donation to the Civil Air Patrol for their dedication to safe boating in Southwest Florida.

The flag for MBYC, the oldest yacht club on Marco Island.

The flag for MBYC, the oldest yacht club on Marco Island.

Christmas Island Style made a special presentation to longtime member Bob Herndon, skipper of the boat Tennessee Waltz. Herndon received an award in recognition of his continued support of the Christmas Island Style Boat Parade. That parade had to be canceled this year for safety concerns, due to damage caused by Hurricane Irma to the en- trance of Collier Creek. Herndon and his boat, along with other MBYC vessels, are regulars in the annual parade.

Club members danced into the night, enjoying the hospitality of the Hideaway Beach Club and the great sounds of the duo, Cahlua and Cream.

For more information about the Marco Bay Yacht Club, visit www.marcobayyacht club.com.

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