PHOTOS: Marco Island Yacht Club’s Commodore’s Ball ushers in new leadership

First row: Frank Rinker, Stuart Curtis, Jim Marr. Second row: Jim Ferry,  Lois Dixon, Russ Rath. Third row: Gary Riss, Paul Sullivan, Mary Ann Klein, Don Mills, Dean Heard. The Marco Island Yacht Club met Saturday evening for the Changing of the Watch, installing a new bridge. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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First row: Frank Rinker, Stuart Curtis, Jim Marr. Second row: Jim Ferry, Lois Dixon, Russ Rath. Third row: Gary Riss, Paul Sullivan, Mary Ann Klein, Don Mills, Dean Heard. The Marco Island Yacht Club met Saturday evening for the Changing of the Watch, installing a new bridge. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

— The Marco Island Yacht Club has a new bridge. This does not refer just to the recently opened second span of the Jolley Bridge, which spans the Marco River adjacent to the MIYC’s headquarters.

In naval parlance, the bridge is the slate of officers commanding, although it would take a good-sized vessel to accommodate all of the white hats running the yacht club. Saturday evening, the MIYC held the Commodore’s Ball, to celebrate the installation of new officers, and thank the outgoing contingent.

Further confusing things, this occasion is known as a “change of watch,” which has nothing to do with Daylight Savings Time.

“This changing of the guard is the most significant ceremony sponsored by the club all year,” said MIYC spokesperson Laverne Davy. The new Commodore of the club is Capt. Stuart Curtis, who replaces 2011 Commodore, Capt. Frank Rinker. Rinker now joins the ranks of Past Commodores, becoming the 10th to attain emeritus status.

“I am honored and grateful for having been Commodore of the Marco Island Yacht Club during 2011. I am pleased to pass the Commodore’s flag over to our incoming Commodore, Stuart Curtis,” said Rinker.

Resplendent in their blue blazers and white caps, the officers met, as stated in the program, at 18:00 hours for cocktails, before the welcome and invocation at 19:00 hours. For you landlubbers, that’s six o’clock and seven o’clock in the evening.

As the members gathered on the terrace outside the bar downstairs, they watched a ketch motorsailer approach the yacht basin, gliding in until it came to an abrupt stop on running aground, with the tide not fully out.

“I’ve been aground several times myself at that spot myself,” said Rinker, who is captain of the “Barefoot Contessa,” a 47-ft. Catalina sloop. “I wish we could get someone to dredge that for us. We’ve got six feet of water at a zero tide, but with a negative tide, it can get down to five feet.”

Adding insult to injury, the considerably longer Marco Island Princess ghosted out next to the unfortunate ketch, who was not a local, or at least not a member, the officers said.

In addition to Commodore Curtis, the additional 2012 bridge and officers installed on Saturday include Vice Commodore Jim Marr, Rear Commodore Russ Rath, Extended Cruise Fleet Captain Lee Harkness, Day Cruise Fleet Captain Jim Ferry, Sailing Fleet Captain Lois Dixon, Port Captain Kathy Hershberger, Safety & Training Officer Earl Meier, FCYC Director Gary Riss, and alternate FCYC Director Torben Christensen. Harkness, Dixon, Meier, Riss, and Christensen have a headstart on learning their duties, as they filled the same slots in 2011.

Past Commodore Dean Heard instructed an outsider on the significance of the various insignia on the emblem worn on the breast of the officers’ blazers. The commodore gets three stars, the vice commodore two, and the rear commodore one. Gold stars indicate a currently serving officer, while silver stars denote a former commodore.

Of course, the real power at the MIYC may be held by Chairman of the Board Vicki Brethauer.

“One does the bridge, and one does the books,” said her husband Neil. “And on our boat, I’m the captain, but she’s the admiral.”

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Comments » 6

RayPray writes:

"Marco Island Yacht Club’s Commodore’s Ball ushers in new leadership"

>>> Till saw the photo, thought this 'new' might mean 'fresh' & 'youthful' leadership.

>>> Great to see no need to worry about any teens on board while these redoubtable commodores stumble around the poop deck....

happy6 writes:

klaus,,,the yacht club and the marina are 2 different entities...not that i give a flip.

friend1 writes:

Facts are facts gentlemen, please know them before you post such idiotic comments.Not that Klaus knows anything about what happens at the Yacht Club because he is off the mark, way off!

marco826 writes:

Have to agree with klaus, restaurant food and staff need lots of help...lots.

marco writes:

I want my money back ( $25,000 ) now!

Mayor_McCheese writes:

From the pictures, this group looks like they could use a gurney, not a bridge.

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