Thursday, May 28, 2020

SAMI to Celebrate 50 Years

For many individuals who live on Marco Island, the time spent on the water is probably some of the most enjoyable time of their lives. But when you speak of boating, there is a segment of that group that has a special place in their hearts for the art of sailing, and the time they spend aboard their vessels. A special time which allows the wind and the skill of the sailor to conquer the waters they ride above.

Nicholas Monsarrat, a well-known British novelist once commented that, “Sailors, with their built-in sense of order, service and discipline should really be running the world.”

Vince Tateo at the helm of the sailboat Ichiban in his early days of sailing. |Submitted Photos

Fifty years ago, a group established itself on the island and would be known as SAMI or the Sailing Association of Marco Island. They came together to share their passion for the art of sailing, while enjoying all the wonders that the waters of Southwest Florida had to offer.

In 1969, well-known Marco Island real estate professional Paul Tateo’s mother and father, Helen and Vince Tateo, became the founders of SAMI. Paul Tateo and his family will be special guests of the club when it celebrates the 50th Anniversary of its founding at the Marco Island Yacht Club on Sunday, October 27, 2019.

Vince and Helen Tateo.

Current club Commodore, Micki Gobeil will host the gala on that evening, with many present and past members in attendance. A number of the past Commodores will also be recognized for their contributions to the organization.

SAMI encourages the sport of sailing and promotes the science of navigation and seamanship among all who love to sail. In addition, it serves as a social organization that brings together those who share an interest in sailing and a participation in community activities.

A number of excursions are in the planning stages which will allow members to participate in trips and sailing in the numerous regattas that will be held in the fall and winter months ahead.

For more information regarding the 50th Anniversary Celebration please contact Micki Gobeil at 239-642-4241 or visit the SAMI website at to view their newsletters or download membership applications.

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