Wednesday, March 30, 2011

From the Commodore

Hi Bloggers

The general meeting was well attended and very fruitful. I believe we are on track and extremely focused on our time line. Our foresight committee continues to work hard to bring us good solid ideas to consider as well as positive suggestions for future planning. I thought it was evident by their presentation at the General  Meeting. Our lease committee keeps on top all of board appointed issues.

We enjoyed the adventurous spirit of the Pittsburg Yacht Club who cruised in on that miserable stormy weekend to join us for our St Patrick’s Mardi Gras party. It appeared everyone enjoyed the event. We feed and hosted over 70 people. Carolyn Graham put together some wonderful prerecord dance music that had the crowd up on their feet.

How about our fine Irish cooks? Another outstanding Caliente meal. Thank you.

Marsha and Glen Peck/Fine brought aboard two wonderful new friends who share our interest alike… the love of boats and water. Jeff and Stephanie, we are looking forward to having you as part of the family.

The unpredictable cruise. Who’s going…. who’s not? Tis the question. All in all it was a fun event. Small in cruising fleet, large in group participation. It was great to see Deanna Wilkins and her son V out on the waters on board Golden Time Of Day. She looked sooo god on the water and out of that slip. Thank you to all of you who were able to driver over to Oxbow in show of support. Nice touch.

Oxbow was beautiful even under the gray clouds. The yacht club was friendly, accommodating and very social. Nice group of people. We were served a wonderful Cajun meal with authentic king cake for desert. The evening was a nice themed dinner party with new friends. Thank you Oxbow and thank you Caliente participants.

I know all the buzz is about the electric pole. The board has been extremely active working hard on the situation. Our mission is always to do what is in the best interest of the club. Please be patient as we needle through the logistics of the situation. In the meant time, I have postponed spring cleanup due to the outage. However, we are on for Opening Day.

Speaking of opening day, if you are a veteran, and plan to ride aboard Cuvee with Glen and Marsh please RSVP to me ASAP by email. I’d like to know who and how many are going so we don’t over crowd Cuvee. Also, since time is running out and Betty Griffith has been charged with a research project for the board could the veterans participating please make or wear a shirt or sweatshirt that depicts their branch of service. Hats are recommended too.

Anyone interested in helping to decorate, Cuvee will be at the club Friday before.

Lastly I committed to harbor management that I would remind all members that our pets/animals are not allowed by law to be inside the building, hallways or bathrooms. We can no longer invite our animal friends to come inside with us. Please keep your furry family members at home or on the boat.
See you at the club


Monday, March 28, 2011

Membership's Musings

We remain on target to attract a new member a month with the Board's acceptance of Jeff Irvine's and Stephanie Spurr's application. They live on Taylor Road and have a Carver named Did it Again. They will keep it on a private dock on Taylor Slough. Jeff is in the engineering field, working on the fast-growing wind farms we can see as we head downstream toward Benicia. Stephanie is a writer. I had a great conversation with both and compared notes with Stephanie about writing then (my era) and now.

For their good work in attracting these folks to the club, Glenn Peck and Marsha Fine received $50 in bar awards (these being especially nice tokens in a little red mesh bag put together by Betty Griffith.) You will soon see them everywhere in the bar as Glenn and Marsha splurge.

The membership campaign picked up even more steam at the St. Patrick's Day party. Not only did the prospective members I mentioned last month, Don and Lauri, attend the party, but another couple from the levee enjoyed the fun. Keep a look out for Molly and Dane also from Taylor Road. We expect to see their application soon. There are at least two other interested parties who plan to join in our upcoming cruise outs.

Finally, remember that we will host an Open House on April 9th, Opening Day on the Delta. Some 20 prospective members have received invitations, mostly boats in the harbor not yet members and others that Marsha Fine will identify along the levee. These folks will be around at the Opening Day party wearing special name tags. When you see them say howdy. You might be the next to pick up a quick $50 as have the Studebaker's and Peck/Fine's.

The Kitchen Chronicles

Hello Islanders.

Welcome to the First of Spring version of the
Kitchen Chronicles.

The St. Patrick's Day/Mardi Gras party turned out to be a
memorable event. I would like to thank everyone who helped
out this weekend. Bob Graham, Chip Maguire, Vern Green
and Nicole Curtis-Brown. The corned beef and soda bread
were terrific. I would like to also mention Mark Sechler
and Bill and Sue Ritter for helping out Sunday morning
under rather trying circumstances.

We had a great time with our guests from Pittsburg. We laughed
danced, ate and tied up boats in the driving rain. Which brings
me to mention one uninvited guest, the weather. We had some of the
worst winds I have ever seen at Caliente, Wicked!
Unfortunately the wind did do some damage, most notably knocking out
portions of the Islands electricity. We lost power to the front porch,
the dinning hall, heads and the galley. Harbor management and our Port
Captain Joel Panzer braved the inclement conditions trying to locate the source
of the problem, but to no avail.We have rearranged some things to supply
electricity to the fridge and freezer but the rest of the galley is down. We have
to assume going forward that this may not have a quick fix and plan accordingly.

So I wanted to let you know that we will be making a few changes to our
Opening Day event. Friday night we will have no "soup line." For those of
you planning on coming Friday, we will do a pot-luck dinner in the bar.
These are always funs so bring something to share. Please remember
if you need to heat something, you will have to do it on your boat, we have
no microwaves. Saturday will be catered, so there will be no problem.
Sunday we will do a Continental breakfast with coffee, rolls, etc. Cost will be $5.

One more note. Saturday, April 2nd will be a Club Clean-Up weekend.
We will be getting started around 9:00. Please come and help out.
I will be getting Pizza's for the worker bees. We will also be providing
sodas and perhaps Barley and hops cocktails.

Please let me know if you will be coming to Opening Day ASAP so I can get
the caterer a final count. There is a flyer on the website.
Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks and C-Ya At the Club!


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Opening Day is getting close!

Hello Islanders.

Here is the flyer for Opening Day, Saturday April 9th.
Dinner will be served at this event at 6:00 since it will
be a long day. We are doing a special dinner, roasted
island style pig and chicken. We will have other island
treats as well. Since we are having this professionally
done, we need an accurate count. Make your reservations ASAP.
Also, I need to know if you are coming Friday night or
Sunday morning. Do not "assume" I know you are coming.
I am only buying enough for those who sign up. The
left overs are first come-first served.

This is going to be a fun event. Come out and help us decorate
Cuvee and celebrate the "official" start of Spring.

Call me with ANY questions.

Thanks, and C-Ya at The Club.

Here's a link to an interesting article about the weed problems in the Delta

The state finally plans to do something next month about an aquatic weed that has been choking waterways and drawing complaints around Bethel Island and Discovery Bay for a decade

Click here to read the article

Thursday, March 10, 2011

From the Safety Officer

On June 18 we are having our Martini/Founder's Day celebration. During the day we will be having vessel safety inspections by the Power Squadron's vessel safety examiners. They check for various safety items on your boat and make recommendations that will make you a safer boater. When you pass the safety inspection you receive an official sticker for the current year to be placed in your boat's window. The Coast Guard can board any vessel any time but you are less likely to be boarded if you have a current sticker.

To find out the specifics on what is required to pass you can go to the San Joaquin Delta Power Squadron's website at On the left, bottom click on vessel safety inspections. You can then click on a link for a "virtual" safety check and it will go through the steps. If you are interested in having your boat inspected on Martini Day please contact me ASAP so we will know how much time we need and how many inspectors.

Boating season begins for Caliente cruisers at the end of this month. Let's all have a great and SAFE season.

Update from the Cruise Director

Are you ready for some cruising? Ready to get your boat out on the water and get a little sun on your face? We have a great line up of cruise outs for this year. We now have a cruise schedule tab on the CIYC web site. Just click there to see the calendar and information on upcoming cruise outs..........the easiest thing of all is all you have to do to sign up is just email me at Our first cruise out will be to Oxbow in just a few weeks. Bring your beads, mask and feathers for a Mardi Gras party!! Be sure to check the schedule we have just added a cruise out to DISCOVERY BAY in early May!! This should be a wild weekend with 3 events at the Discovery Bay YC. The one thing that brought us together is the love of boating. I hope to see you out on the water enjoying your boats and all the great friendships we have made.

Carolyn Graham