Thursday, December 30, 2010

From the Entertainment Director

As outgoing entertainment director I would like to thank everyone who has helped me this year.  I really appreciate all you've done.  It has made my job much easier.

Going foward we do not have an entertainment director for 2011.  Since we are an all volunteer club we are asking for a few favors that will help make our events a success.  First of all if everyone would bring one gift basket or item for a raffle it would be greatly appreciated.  We now have storage for these items so if you would bring them in January or February it would be great. 

We have lots of decorations for all sorts of events most in marked boxes.  Your help and imagination is always welcomed and appreciated for decorating for events. 

Once again, a big THANK YOU for all our help in 2010.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Next Party!!

Merry Christmas to all of you in the C.I.Y.C. blogoshpere.
I hope all your Holidays are Happy and safe.

That being said we must turn our attention to what is truly important.
Our Next Party!!!!!

Saturday 01/01/11 is New Years Day.I will be cooking breakfast. We will be having:

French Toast
Bacon (turkey bacon as well.)
Fresh Fruit
Mimosa's and Bloody Mary's

I need to know our count so I can get the right amount of everything. Please let Colette or I know if you will be attending.

I also need a few volunteers to help with cooking and prep.

We will be serving at 10:00 so everyone can get a little extra sleep after what is sure to be an epic New Years Eve party.

Please let me know if you can help.


Dave Peck 

You can email me at 

Sunday, December 19, 2010

CIYC Joins in the First Annual Taylor Slough Lighted Boat Parade

After hearing from our Taylor Road neighbors that the San Joaquin YC Lighted Boat Parade was going to bypass Taylor Road and pass only the east side of the island, a bunch of boats got a quick decoration and full crews lined up for our own Taylor Road parade.  Staff Commodore Peck came up with something like a thousand lights, Red and Betty Griffith came up with an inflatable something. JoAnne had a decorated tree inside. Plenty of libations on the Happy Clown and the fun of 18 partying club members and friends gave us all a good start to the holidays.

Doug Fitch made the perfect Santa (by adding a lot of padding!) and Santa hats abounded.  

Why no parade on Taylor Slough this year, after 50 years of going around the island? SJYC apparently decided that grass in the slough and the fact that it is real dark on the west side of the island was too much (too dark?)  After the parade though, there were handshakes around and participation plaques for all.  And the dozen or so parties on the decks and docks of Taylor Slough waiting for lighted boats were made all the more festive for our efforts.

We understand that SJYC asked that CIYC join with them next year to put on the two annual round-the island parades, Christmas and Opening Day on the Delta. We just can't go out in the dark.  

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Don't Get Left Out of the Name Directories--Dues Reminder!

We have a December 31, 2010 deadline for club member information in the 2011 PICYA yearbook. We are using this deadline for the club's own 2011 Directory which should be available by the January 29th Commodore's Ball (don't miss this very special event!)

If you haven't completed the Dues Invoice form and sent it with your check and have changed your address, email address, cell numbers, etc., please email the updates as soon as possible to 2011 Treasurer David Oates and Communications Captain Steve Flowers. If you gave your check to Treasurer Schoff but need to update your contact info please send to the above and to me for my records.

Thanks--see you next year!

Ted Lyman
2011 Membership Director

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

From the Rear Commodore

We had a great November Disco Charity Ball.  A big thank you  to our kitchen volunteers – Betty and Red Griffith who prepared Friday Night dinner, Caro Green, Vern Green and Janet Panzer who helped with Saturday’s meal, and Chip Maguire and Bill Ritter who tackled Sunday Morning Breakfast.  We appreciate the support.
We are looking forward to the Christmas Party. 

December’s menu will be:

  • Friday Night – Sue Hanna is making Stuffed Manicotti, Salad and Garlic Bread   - $7

  • Saturday Night – Minestrone Soup, Baked Ham, Scalloped Potatoes and Dessert - $18


  • Sunday Morning Breakfast – $7

Fleet Captain's Navigation News - Bethel Island Bridge

JoAnne and I took the Happy Clown out for a winter cruise this weekend.  We decided to circle the island and check out the passage under the new bridge. All is well!  The old bridge is completely gone, pilings and every thing else. We knew that the new bridge was to be much higher than the old.  You will see that the highest point is at the southern end. We went under pretty close to the three concrete structures near the Marine Emporium docks where there was 21' of clearance at high tide. You can get more clearance if you get closer to the docks, but...
I watched the depth finder from the bridge to past where the Peck/Fine's keep their Cuvee. There was plenty of water at high tide, but it definitely gets shallow for about an eighth of a mile each side of Diablo Boat Works. The "bottom" here is probably grassy mud, rather that anything that would do damage if you touched. I found the deepest water closer to the Jersey Island levee rather than the Bethel Island side.

Winter cruising is terrific; anybody want to lead a cruise sometime around New Year's?
- Ted

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It's 'Santa Sack' time again!!

This is a program put on to help the kids of Bethel Island that may not have much if anything at Christmas time.  If you would bring one toy, book or whatever you feel appropriate for a boy or girl to the Christmas party on December 11th it would help make their Christmas a little brighter.  It doesn't matter what age or sex you choose.   They prefer the  gifts unwrapped. Thank you once again for your generousity.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

From the Rear Commodore

We had a great Halloween event!  We want to thank everyone for the help in the galley – Marsha and Kurt Hayes, Jo Anne Lyman, Janet Panzer, Vern & Caro Green, and Sue Rossi and Bill Ritter. I hope I didn’t miss anyone.  We are so appreciative of the volunteer spirit in the club!  There isn’t an event that goes but where we aren’t asked if we need a hand.  Thanks again!

For November, we have our Disco Theme, Charity Auction, and Tower Park Cruise-In.

Saturday @ 4 PM - bring your 1970's retro appetizers up to the bar to share if you’d like.


Friday 11/12 - Betty and Red are making Chicken Noodle Soup, Caesar Salad and Garlic Bread - Yum!  $7.00

Saturday 11/13 - Colette and Nicole are making Disco Meatloaf with Cranberry Wine Gravy (brown gravy will also be available), Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Veggie, Bread and Dessert - $20   (We will make turkey meatloaf for those who don't care for beef – let us know.)  Vegetarian Option also available if needed - $15. 


Sunday 11/14 -  Chip's famous Blueberry Pancakes, Spiral Cut Ham, fruit, juice, milk and coffee - $7

Hope to see you next weekend!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

From the Entertainment Director - Halloween was a blast!

Halloween is now over and what a party it was.  The Middletons outdid themselves again turning our bar into a spooky dungeon.  It looked great!

The Sea Ray Club did all the decorating in the dining room and it too was awsome.  They are a lively bunch and we always enjoy having them at Caliente.

Don't forget the Disco Charity Ball on November 11.  It should be a fun time with a disco ball and disco music and dancing.  Sally Sue Christopher is in charge of the silent auction which is a benefit for the children of Bethel Island.  If you have anything you would like to donate please contact Sally Sue.  She always puts on an elegant display of the auction items.

The first weekend in December we will be at Caliente decorating the clubhouse for Christmas.  This is not an official club function but if you feel like it, come and join us.  We'll do a pot luck dinner that Saturday evening.

The Christmas party is on December 11th.  The Bourbon Brothers have volunteered to play their guitars and sing some Christmas carols.  Maybe we can get our new harmonica player to join them?   I hope you all can join us for a fun evening.

2010 Cruise Memories by the outgoing Fleet Captain--Ted Lyman

February--the Annual Winter Cruise, all the way to San Joaquin YC. Rained like the skies had sprung a leak. A dozen or so committed cruisers visited by car and had a fine time. Nobody asked to visit the historic bilges of the old S.S. Sutter (your loss).

March--Rio Vista's Delta Marina and dinner at The Point.  Some of our cruisers took off for Miner Slough on Mark and Kim's Cheyenne and didn't return for hours. Also didn't find the fabled "only waterfall in the Delta."  Everything in the Delta seems to be changing these days, even the basic geography.

April --Big turnout to the San Joaquin Power Squadron's island retreat on the river across from Delta YC.  Memory #1--JJ Panzer got engaged on the docks in front of everybody.  Wedding in the works.  Memory- #2---25 knot winds across our bows as we departed.  Nobody died.

Memorial Day--Huge turnout to the slough behind Hog Island, a fine anchorage across from Lost Isle.  Also two memories of note.  First--had to use several dinghies to push the mother of all water hyacinth islands out of the slough so the other half of the fleet could land.  Second--Lost Isle still closed. Probably for the better given the size of the Mai tais
they pour.

July Mystery Cruise--Following the informal gathering at Mandeville Tip for Hilton's Fireworks, a good sized group took the bait and headed for some coordinates that could have been wrong (but weren't).  Those that found the place, Cruiser Haven Y.C.'s private Commodore Island, reported that there was no free beer as advertised.

August--A number of boats, some loaded to the max, braved the high winds of CIYC's 10th Annual Glen C. Scrimger Mystery Cruise and Poker Run (known as the Go Fast Cruise). Reports to the Fleet Captain suggested a wet trip but good times enjoyed by all.

Labor Day--For the 36th year CIYC showed up in force, something like 17 boats, on the docks of Stockton YC.  Winner of the annual CIYC Horseshoe Contest lost to the memory of this reporter, but it wasn't me and Chip. Plenty of horseshoes in the drink.

Down Bay--For the 26th year, we had a fine time on our Down Bay cruise. Cruisers were coming and going the entire time, making it hard to figure out who was where (somehow 5 of our cruising boats ended up in Mexico.)  Lots of stories but the sight of Joel Panzer and Don Breithaupt stopping suddenly in their dinghy only to have the wake wash fill the boat and their pants pockets sticks firmly in this mind.

Next up -  I'm done for the year but there will be an informal cruise the weekend of November 6-7 to PIttsburg. Check in with Staff Commodore Peck for details.

Over and out.

Monday, October 25, 2010

November Disco Ball and Silent Auction - Sally Sue Christopher

Don't forget that November's Disco Ball event also includes our annual silent auction!   

All proceeds from the auction will benefit the children of Bethel Island.  The funds we raise for YOUTHMAC help fund their water safety day for kids, the Fishing Derby held in November, a Christmas dinner at Scout Hall and Kite Day in the Spring.

We need donations to auction off at the Disco Charity Ball in November.  Past donations have included Marine electronics and labor, fine wines, theme gift baskets, wall art, printers, electric wine openers, hand crafted tables. illuminated frogs, a starter ski set for kids, books, music and even a hair cut.

Please fill out a description of your donation (link to donation sheet). Contact details for pick-up of your item are at the bottom of the donation sheet.  Better yet, bring your donation to the General Meeting on October 30th and talk to Sally Sue Christopher.

Remember this is not a garage sale or flea market.  We would like to raise a $1,000 or more.  Any donation, large or small, will contribute to our goal.  Be sure to pack money in your wallet when you are getting ready for the Disco party.  Hope to see some John Travolta or Bee Gee look a likes…maybe even a Donna Summers!  CIYC ROCKS!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Geocaching - by Diane Schoff

Gary Page and I went for our first attempt at finding some boats in caches near the wonderful anchorage of Hog Island on Saturday. We were unable to row to shore for the first one as the weeds and algae were so thick at times we couldn't move the dinghy at all. After about 20 minutes of struggling to find a way to shore we decided to give up on this particular cache and go for the next closest one. It still took us about 10 minutes to get loose from the algae and weeds. For our next try, we borrowed Phil Calderoni's dinghy which is more comfortable and faster than mine. Had to get out of the dink and get all muddy but the prize was finally claimed and logged.

The next day, Sunday, we added Ted Lyman to our crew and once again borrowed Phil's mighty dink. Our first treasure hunt took us to the rip rap levy across from Windmill Cove. Once again I volunteered to get out and look for the hidden booty. Unfortunately for me, I only had Crocs on and it was not an easy thing to be climbing over rocks in those soft shoes. I spent about 15 minutes scrambling around the rocks with directions from Ted and Gary who were dry and comfy in the dinghy. Why do I keep volunteering? There were about a bazillion hidey holes to stash the cache and I just couldn't find it. We finally gave up and I scrambled back in the dink to move on to the next hide. After passing 'Ski Beach' without incident, although Ted and Gary were getting stiff necks looking at all the hot mammas, we continued up 14mile slough and spotted the cache almost immediately as we were coming close to shore. Didn't even have to get out to make the grab. So after all that, we the Caliente Cachers were 2 for 4 this time out.

The second in a series of CIYC geocache hides has been published. This series will hide caches near to anchorages or docks which CIYC visits. The first was placed at The Point during our cruise out to Rio Vista.  I was hoping one of our geocachers in the Memorial Day raft up would take the initiative and go get a FTF (first to find) by grabbing CIYC 2:Hog Island. I placed the cache on Sunday evening and was out in the dink the next morning taking the pooch to the beach and I spotted two lone kayakers paddling by. Sure enough at 7:00 am in morning they had already paddled and found the cache.

While 4th of July was a bust for us, Gary, Betty, and I managed to grab a couple of caches while anchored out at Mandeville over Labor Day weekend. The three of us jumped in our dink and found two more river caches close to the Mandeville anchorage. The first was on the west side of Three River Reach, and was difficult to get too since there was so much hydrilla blocking the river. Gary was our hero and managed to ford his way into the shore, pulling Betty and I sitting high and dry in the dink. After a few minutes of searching I also got out and waded around and managed to spot the treasure. The second cache was even more exciting.  Once again, Gary was da man and stumbled out of the dink to search for the cache. He had to climb up a tree which is not usual, but sometimes necessary for water caches that have to stay dry no matter what the tide. I am not sure Betty and I would have been quite so adventurous. The description of this particular cache, had warned us to be careful, that there may or may not be a garden of illegal vegetation growing near ground zero. Sure enough there was some strange looking plants growing right around the corner. Luckily, Betty had a baggie to stash some of the unusual vegetation so we could show off our find to our fellow boaters. We didn't get shot at and we returned to the raft up with our booty. A successful trip once again. CIYC was two for two on this trip!

Once again, if this sounds like fun to you, get a hold of Betty, Gary or myself and we will be happy to include you in our treasure hunts.

Friday, October 1, 2010

From the Fleet Captain

CIYC's 26th annual Down Bay Cruise is moving toward the finish line as I write this from the guest dock of the Napa Valley Yacht Club. We have been to some pretty nice places over the past week and a half, Benicia, Vallejo, San Francisco, Alameda, Tiburon and now Napa. Tomorrow we leave for the Martinez YC and their Oktoberfest Party.

What have been the hightlights of this cruise? Weather, weather, weather. Absolutley perfect. Mid to high 80's everywhere. Just a couple of days of morning overcast here on the Napa River. Following the weather, I'd have to say that seeing the opera Aida performed on the big screen at AT&T Park via a live simulcast from the real SF opera house was a highlight of the trip for sure. Just a few of us from the club and 32,000 others in the park watched the show in 80 degree temperatures as a full moon rose in the East. We also had several sightings of schools of porpoises in the bay -- a first for this fleet captain.

We've had fine dining, great bike rides and walks and terrific people watching at every destination. Happy Pappy took a bunch of disabled vets out for a trip on the Bay for the annual Wheelchair Regatta. We've had time and distance contests on a couple of legs and for the umpteenth time the Oates on Adventure won the coveted CIYC 2009 4th of July tee shirt prizes (Marsha, get ready to empty out another box.)

So far we've had no serious mechanical problems and no groundings, except for Happy Pappy's dinghy shaft hitting something very unforgiving up the Napa River, stopping the boat abruptly and throughly soaking Joel Panzer's and Don Breithaupt's pants. Unlike when I fell in the water at Pittsburg in February, only to come to the surface with a number of cameras focusing, nobody got a good picture of the Joel and Don show. Speaking of pictures, watch the website for a bunch from this cruise.

While this cruise is the last planned for the year, we may try to get a spontaneous cruise organized later in the year. Watch this space!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Welcome to our new Islander blog!

Fellow Caliente Island Yacht Clubbers, it has been a while since the last Islander was published and that is going to be remedied by providing you with a format that is more up to date.  We will be going more and more electronic with our communications from here on out on a monthly basis.  Our web site offers an opportunity to keep you informed with timely and important articles written by key officers as needed, the calendar of events and cruising out schedule as well as topics of interest and of course we will continue to post pictures that show what a fantastic and fun loving group we are.  

This is turning out to be quite a year for the Club.   The positive energy in the Club has been very apparent with amount of work an improvements that have been made as demonstrated by the look in the bar thanks to Glenn Peck, the new ice machine thanks to Joel Panzer, the new sound system thanks to Gary Winewroth, and the sprucing up inside out of the club that was motivated by Kim Sechler.  The owner of the Caliente Harbor has done a lot to improve the building and marina with still quite a bit more needing to be done.

This has been a year of challenges for the Club, however, especially regarding maintenance, growing membership, participation in our events by our members and other clubs, and just trying to keep the finances of the club in balance.  We are about to have our Ansul fire suppressant system upgraded.   While expensive it assures that the club will have a working galley that is critical for revenue generation.  The bar improvement is a very visible showing of our commitment to the success of the Club and making life a lot easier for our bar tending volunteers.  Having a good sound systems helps to provide good entertainment without having to have a DJ or band for every event.  The Club looks as good as it has ever been.

Our goal is to keep the Club going on along viably for as long as possible.  In order accomplish that, the Board has been identifying and evaluating options for the Club moving forward.  I am encouraging all of you to come to our General Meeting at 1:30 PM, October 30th to elect the new Board for 2011, hear about our plans and time lines, and help us to become a more successful club whatever future course we wind up taking based on certain realities that will unfold over the next several months.              

Vice Commodore Update

As all of you have seen, our new back bar is in, running and extremely efficient.  This new unit is a life saver.  It has provided some much need space allowing more than one or two people to be able to move around behind the bar comfortably.  All the alcohol can be kept in one place underneath the unit and the high end items to be brilliantly displayed on top.  The lights add a touch of ambiance the bar was missing.  Now that the high end stock is on display sales are increasing a bit.  Glen you out did yourself.

I could use someone who is creative to finish off the last few tasks. The end of the bar where the frig unit is now sitting needs some work.  Members of the 11th Board if you are interested in finishing off the project please get in touch with me.  I would like to have the project completed by the time our guests arrive for the Halloween party. 

Speaking of Halloween, the bar will be some what busy all day with meetings.  CIYC will be using the bar area during the morning and first part of the afternoon, The Sea Ray group will be using the same area for their meeting during the second half of the afternoon right up until 5:00 pm.  Please avoid the bar until all meetings have concluded. 

We have been asked to open our bar at 2:00 pm.   Anyone who can break away for a few hours to help out and bartend I’d sure appreciate the help, especially since I am looking at a 10 (hopefully) 12 hour bar day.

We have planned a pre Halloween contest.  All you have to do submit a special drink suggestion with a creative Halloween name.  Email the name of your drink idea and the ingredients to me no later than the 20th of October to be eligible for the contest.  Winning drink will be feature the night of the Halloween Party as the Specialty Drink.   Contest winner will receive $10.00 in drink tokens.  Please email your suggestions to

See you in October


From the Entertainment Director

The year is nearing an end already but we still have four events left.  Next is the Hallowen Party on October 30th.  It should be well decorated with the Middletons who are in charge of making the bar all spooky and the Sea Ray Club will be doing the dining room.  They always do a good job as well.  We are having DJ Suzette as our music source.  She always plays great tunes.   Please put on your best disguise and join us for a ghostly good evening.

November brings us to the Disco Charity Ball on the 13th.  Diane and Michelle have volunteered to do the decorating and music for this event.  There will be a silent auction that evening also.  If you have anything you'd like to donate please let Sally Sue Christopher know.   So, put on your disco clothes, especially your dancing shoes and join us for a fantastic night.

The Christmas Party will be held on December 11.  This will be a traditional Christmas theme with the clubhouse all decked out.  We will have Christmas music via iPod and just maybe I can talk the Bourbon Brothers and their new harmonica musicians into strumming out a few Christmas carols.  Not an event to miss!!

New Years Eve is on ...December 31.  Big surprize.  DJ Steve Perry will be entertaining us that night.  He's been to Caliente several times and has always done a great job.  Since it will be our last big fling of the year just get all dressed up and sparkley and help us ring in 2011.  (Can't believe it's almost here.)

For all of you who have run an event I owe you a HUGE thank you.  Also, lots of you have stopped by to help with setting tables or breaking them down, decorations and helping with the new iPod system and gift baskets.  A big thank you to all.  You have no idea how much help it has been.

Hope to see you all at as many events as you can attend.  What makes our club so great is our fantastic members.  Let's  keep it going.

From the Rear Commodore

We had a great September Western event (click here to see all the photos), and hope that everyone enjoyed the Rib Eye Steaks or Chicken Breast dinner.  I want to thank Marsha and Kurt Hayes who helped in the galley, Brice and Nicole who helped serve, along with our lone high school senior, John, and my son Curtis who manned the BBQ.

We are looking forward to the October Halloween event and the Sea Ray Club Cruise-In.  We anticipate the galley to be 100% up and running.  I hear the Halloween decorations will be fantastic again this year, Betty has booked a DJ for after dinner, and we plan on having a great weekend.  Hope to see you!

 October’s menu will be:

  • Friday Night – Pork Chili Verde, Rice and Beans - $10

  • Saturday Night – Choice of Herb Roasted Filet Mignon with Red Wine Sauce or Boneless Chicken ala Marsha (thanks Marsha Hayes), Red Potatoes, Veggie, Salad and Dessert - $20 


  • Sunday Morning Breakfast – Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, O’Brien potatoes, juice,  milk, rolls, fruit, etc. - $10 

I need galley volunteers for the November event (11/12-14).  I will be in a class all weekend and will not be at the club.  Betty Griffith’s has volunteered to cook on Friday, and Colette can cook on Saturday, but is willing to step aside if we have anyone itching to cook.  We are in desperate need for Sunday morning breakfast cooks!!    Please let me know if you are an early-bird riser and are willing to handle the Sunday morning breakfast.  Thanks!