On Saturday, January 19th, 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 Harbour 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 Robert Winterhalter will hand over command to the new Commodore Jeff Comeaux. 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 Comeaux 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 thrive.”
The festivities commence at 5:30 PM with a Change of Watch Ceremony that will be held outdoors in the courtyard, including a Colors Ceremony and concluding with the singing of “God Bless America.” The Change of Watch Ceremony will be followed with cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and dinner. After dinner, the club members and their guests will enjoy dancing to the music of the Classics II.