Tuesday, December 31, 2013

We have a winner!

Mark Mighetto and David Larrimore entered their Lil' Tipsea in the Discovery Bay Lighted Boat Parade on December 14 and won 1st place in the medium boat catagory and of course they flew the CIYC burgie.  From the photos they sent the boat looks great so it's easy to see why they won.  Congrats to Mark and Dave.  Pretty cool for their first time in a parade. I'm hoping they will join some of our cruises this year.
        
Betty Griffith
ggriffsusa@aol.com
 



 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

From Ted Lyman

CIYC had its 2013 General Meeting at the Rusty Porthole on Saturday October 19th. We had

10 boats cruise in and nearly 50 people at the meeting and dinner. Thanks to Marsha and Curt

Hayes for planning all of this. I won't go into much detail about the meeting itself other than

to say that the membership approved the full slate of officers offered for 2014. Everybody

seems very happy to see Michael Christopher stepping into the all-important Rear Commodore

position securing strong club leadership through 2016.

One event that happened on the docks on Sunday morning is shown in the photo. Many of you

will remember the small plaque that hung on the clubhouse wall with Vince "Red" Martini's

picture and some very nice words inscribed about the key role he made in supporting his

brother Sam's efforts to build Caliente Harbor and clubhouse. Red was everyone's friend. He

died in 1987, but that plaque hung on the wall until we left the clubhouse a couple of years

ago. We knew that Red's son Bobby lived on Bethel Island so I called him and asked if he could

come to the Rusty Porthole so we could pass something along. He was extremely happy to be

given the plaque because it might well have been the last picture taken of his dad.

Bobby and Frankie Martini, the senior Martini's boys, were as involved in building that

clubhouse as anyone. Bobby was something like 8 when he started carrying materials and

helping out. He remembers most weekends running around the island and generally helping

out. Bob was really moved to receive the gift and the memories that it brought back from his

time working with his dad and uncle to build up Caliente Isle Yacht Club.

Ted Lyman

From the Commodore



September and October have been very busy months for Caliente Isle Yacht Club Cruisers. Ted and Jo Anne Lyman hosted a raft up at one of our old favorite haunts, Three River Reach. The weather was perfect and the water was still warm at 71 degrees so we could still cool off by jumping in and swimming around. It was a small, 5 boat raft up but we all had a great deal of fun. It was a fitting end for the warm waters of summer which soon gave in to the cooler fall temperatures.

Our annual Down Bay trip was attended by smaller numbers than normal due to the 34th America’s Cup being held in San Francisco Bay. It was impossible to get reservations in and around San Francisco for a large fleet, so many of our members made single reservations at various marinas in order to see and experience the America’s Cup races and events. Those who attended the Down Bay Cruise had a great time, although the weather didn’t cooperate for a planned trip to Bodega Bay, while those who attended the America’s Cup races got to see the most unbelievable come back in sports history, with Oracle Team USA having to win 8 races in a row to retain the cup. Hopefully, we will see the 35th defense of the cup return to San Francisco. The 2014 schedule for Down Bay is coming together nicely with further details coming soon.

Our second trip to Rusty Porthole was held mid October, with eleven boats showing up for the cruise out. Not bad for a Fall cruise. The weather was beautiful, much like Indian summer; we had a great time visiting on the docks and on our boats for the weekend. I imagine this was the last cruise out for many of us this year. CIYC held our General Membership meeting and voted in our new Board of Directors. If you missed this meeting, come to the Change of Watch event in December! We had close to 50 diners on Saturday night. The Rusty Porthole once again outdid themselves with great food, served in a timely manner, hot off the grill. The RP doesn’t charge docking fees as long as we eat dinner in the restaurant. Their breakfasts are great too and many of us ate at least two meals per day with them. I can hardly wait for April/May so we can come back again.

This past weekend Discovery Bay Yacht Club hosted their Halloween Party. CIYC was one of two yacht clubs that cruised in to celebrate this annual costume party. We had a respectable number of members who drove in while a few of us cruised in for the party. The costumes were amazing. The food was good and the party atmosphere with the ‘Spin Doctor’ encouraging the party goers to ‘get on up’ and get dancing was unbelievable. There was literally standing room only for most of the night. Seems like it must have been one of DBYC’s signature events held in 2013.

The next event will be Change of Watch held at the Boardwalk Bar and Grill in Discovery Bay. Rear Commodore Chip Maguire has set up a good menu at a great price. There will be a Membership Meeting to go over items that you may have missed at the October General Meeting at the Rusty Porthole. Stay tuned for further details.

C’Ya on the water
Diane Shoff

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

From the Commodore

Well August has come and gone and Caliente Isle Yacht Club had a pretty full month of
events. With a “Past Commodore’s” cruise out to Mildred with 11 boats for a full raft up,
and the “Glenn Scrimger Memorial” annual fast boat cruise with over 29 participants at
the final stop, to the Labor Day Cruise out to Commodore’s Island. Just about everyone
participated in at least one event. The “Past Commodore’s” cruise was written up by our
part time cruise director and Rear Commodore Chip Maguire who did a fantastic job of
coordinating the cruise(see previous blog). Al and Nancy Laughlin once again organized
and led the fast boat cruise to several destinations on the delta including Sugar Barge,
Moore’s River Boat, and Spindrift for lunch. As an added surprise we ended up at some
of our newest member’s marina, Sacramento Delta BayMarina, which is just
downstream of Spindrift, where they graciously gave us some extra refreshments. It was
nice visiting their digs and getting to know them a little better. Roger Roelle wowed us
with his expertise in navigating his boat into his slip with the wind howling and the
current running. Ramming speed and he didn’t even touch the sides of his slip!
For our Labor Day event, Curt and Marsha Hayes sponsored, organized, and ran the
cruise out to Commodore’s Island which is owned by Cruiser Haven Yacht Club. The
Hayes, being members of both CIYC and CHYC, once again out did themselves planning
and running the many pot lucks and special events during the long weekend. Gary and
Janice Page graciously allowed ‘the girls’ on their boat for ‘girlie drinks’ on both
Saturday and Sunday evenings. From the sound of things, they had a spectacular time. A
couple of poker games were held for the guys and gals who prefer to bet their money at
games of chance. Colette Curtis-Brown and family once again took those fearless souls
who dared on their 3 person tube behind their jet ski. I often wonder what people think
when they see 3 old ladies laughing hysterically being pulled behind a jet ski. But, the
highlight of the weekend was the “jungle cruise” where Joel Panzer lent his dinghy to
pulling a bunch of fun loving ‘deltoids’ in various floating platforms around the area. The
‘schwan’ had to have been the most unique floaty and the costumes went from different
types of hats to full blown ‘fairy’ costumes. There were at least 20 people or more who
participated in this hopefully annual event. It was quite a site. Needless to say, we got a
lot of double takes and a lot of people were seen taking pictures of us nut cases. Once
again, thanks to the Hayes for putting on such a wonderful cruise out.
Next up is an anchor out to “Three River Reach’ hosted by the Lymans. If you missed the
Mildred island trip, please consider joining us for a fun time out on the water. There is
nothing quite like spending the night on the hook with all the stars shining above. Details
will follow. At the end of the mon

Thursday, August 22, 2013

October General Meeting

Caliente Members,

October’s general annual membership meeting and dinner will be held at the Rusty Porthole Restaurant this year.  Please add October 19th to your already busy calendar.  We will hold our meeting on the Porthole’s covered deck at 4 PM and then we will have cocktails at 5 PM and dinner as a group at 6 PM.  Drive in, or cruise in, either way we will have a great time!  If you choose to cruise in, the Porthole will again be extending overnight docking free of charge for Friday and Saturday nights with the purchase of dinner each night.  We have room for a maximum of 14 boats.

Rumor has it  there will be a “Caliente Karaoke Challenge” on Saturday night after our group dinner.  That ought to be a spectacle.  During our Opening Day Celebration at the Porthole last April, Caliente had a number of members perform musical numbers at the microphone.  Mark Sechler did a rousing rendition of  Frank Sinatra’s “ New York, New York” complete with Fedora and, well, really dorky shorts.  Very entertaining.  Then Jo Daniels, Kimi Sechler and myself intrigued the crowd with our rather “unique” version of  the Supremes’  “Stop, In the Name of Love”.  Kimi tried to steal the show and caused a terrible cat fight during the performance. To my dismay, Jody Lyman caught the performance on her cell phone, sent it to my son, and now he isn’t sure he wants to be seen at the Porthole with me any longer.  Not a problem.  Thanks Jody. 

So, mark your calendars and plan on a wildly good time at the meeting…. I mean the dinner, at the Rusty Porthole. The meeting will be cool too.  Look for the reservation flyer in your email and on the club website in September!
Cheers, Marsha Hayes

Sunday, August 18, 2013

2nd Annual Past Commodores' Anchor Out a BIG Success!



Eleven Caliente boats with 24 crew members enjoyed what seems to have become an annual event. Mildred Island proved again to be as nice an anchorage as anyone would want.  With just a bit of wind and temperatures in the low to mid-80s,the weekend had plenty of people in the water.  They enjoyed floaties of all kinds,  a stand up paddle board and random dinghy rides to nearby Tiki Lagoon, dog beaches and the like.

Past Commodore Lyman’s Happy Clown was the first to arrive on Friday morning, getting anchored for Past Commodores Maguire, Curtis-Brown,  Sechler,  Calderoni and Oates (SYC) to join the "the stars and bars" club.  All Caliente Cruisers and their guests were settled by Saturday morning when the familiar activities got into full swing.  Lots of gatherings on swim steps, in cockpits and on decks saw a day of storytelling,  shout outs and laughs.  All of this was topped off with a happy hour and hors d’oeuvres party on guest boat Rally Time.  This boat was once named Pati "O" and is piloted by Ted Keffeler and Patti, former CIYCers, who joined the raft with Patti’s look alike daughter Ashley and their water-loving dog  Sofie.  Their 48’ houseboat proved to be the perfect party platform for the fun and Ted's grilled sausages.

The weather on Sunday turned even better, signaling as it does too often, time to haul anchor and depart. If you missed this anchor out, take a look at the pictures at  ciyc.org.  What do you think of more of these informal, mid-summer anchor outs?  Anyone can call one and see who turns up.


Monday, July 22, 2013

It's all about safety!


ESD (Electric Shock Drowning)

Introduction by Diane Shoff

Over the years BoatUS’s magazine, Seaworthy, has published enormously helpful and informative articles based on boating. Boating safety, boat operation, trailering safety, how to prepare your boat for a hurricane; the list goes on and on. July’s Seaworthy has a detailed article discussing and explaining ESD and how to prevent it. If there is only one issue of Seaworthy or one issue of BoatUS Membership eLine News you decide to read let it be July’s edition. BoatUS also has an Electric Shock Drowning Resource Center online with the above referenced article as well as many others. Please take the time to read at least one of the available articles. It just might save your life.



C’Ya on the water

 

PICYA Directories

The PICYA directories are here and I will have them for sale for $5 on Sunday at Commodore's Island.  They come in handy when you are cruising and see a burgie you are not familiar with.  All the PICYA burgies are in the front so you can find out what club they belong to.  All the clubs are in alphabetical order and give membership information as well as information on the club and it's officers.  It also lists the boat names of members.  In the back of the directory is an alphabetical list of names of members belonging to any of the yacht clubs and what page you will find them on.
 
There are a limited number available so if you would like one please let me know and I'll make sure to save you one.  Have a great rest of the summer.  Hope to see you all at Commodore's Island.
Betty Griffith
ggriffsusa@aol.com

General Meeting Info

Caliente Members,
October’s general annual membership meeting and dinner will be held at the Rusty Porthole Restaurant this year.  Please add October 19th to your already busy calendar.  We will hold our meeting on the Porthole’s covered deck at 4 PM and then we will have cocktails at 5 PM and dinner as a group at 6 PM.  Drive in, or cruise in, either way we will have a great time!  If you choose to cruise in, the Porthole will again be extending overnight docking free of charge for Friday and Saturday nights with the purchase of dinner each night.  We have room for a maximum of 14 boats.
 
Rumor has it  there will be a “Caliente Karaoke Challenge” on Saturday night after our group dinner.  That ought to be a spectacle.  During our Opening Day Celebration at the Porthole last April, Caliente had a number of members perform musical numbers at the microphone.  Mark Sechler did a rousing rendition of  Frank Sinatra’s “ New York, New York” complete with Fedora and, well, really dorky shorts.  Very entertaining.  Then Jo Daniels, Kimi Sechler and myself intrigued the crowd with our rather “unique” version of  the Supremes’  “Stop, In the Name of Love”.  Kimi tried to steal the show and caused a terrible cat fight during the performance. To my dismay, Jody Lyman caught the performance on her cell phone, sent it to my son, and now he isn’t sure he wants to be seen at the Porthole with me any longer.  Not a problem.  Thanks Jody. 
 
So, mark your calendars and plan on a wildly good time at the meeting…. I mean the dinner, at the Rusty Porthole. The meeting will be cool too.  Look for the reservation flyer in your email and on the club website in September!
Cheers, Marsha Hayes

Monday, July 15, 2013

Lil Toot!

Check out this picture of Glen Peck's boat - Lil Toot!!  This boat is awesome!


August Raft-Out to Mildred

Hello Cruisers
 
We have a raft-out scheduled for August 9 to 11.
We will be heading so the Southwest end of Mildred Island.
We went there a couple times last year, and it is a very nice spot.
Not too much wind, plenty of depth, and a good anchorage.
 
This will be a very open ended event. Everyone will be on their own
for meals (too hard to do a group thing out on the water.) We will do a
sunset dinghy/cocktail cruise, and of course all types of water activities.
Bring your floaties, noodles, beach balls, inner tubes, water wings, etc.
 
Chip will help me coordinate this event, however, he wont be able to make
it out until Friday afternoon. I may not be able to get out until Saturday morning.
 
I could really use an early center anchor boat. Someone we can raft off of.
We will be anchoring so PLEASE, make sure all of your ground tackle is ready
to deploy, and in good working order. As you come in, you will be told which
side of the raft-out to approach and what side to rig lines to. PLEASE comply
with the instructions you are given, As per usual, monitor CH68.
PLEASE be ready to put out your stern anchor. You HAVE to have one to raft up.
 
Also, please be aware that the raft-up will break up at noon on Sunday. No early
departures from the midle of the raft. If you need to depart early, you will need to
temporarily anchor until all the boats are in, and then tie at the end.
Please be prepared to help with retrieving anchors on Sunday it's not fair to
expect one or two people to do all the "heavy lifting."
 
Let me know if you would like to attend. Please let me know when you will be
arriving, FridaySaturday, A.M. or P.M. If you would like to plan an event or
activity, let Chip or I know.
 
Let me know if you have any questions. This will be a simple weekend on the water.
So plan on coming out and relaxing. Your generator will thank you for it.
 
C-YA!!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Clean Boating Update!

New Oil and Fuel Pollution Prevention Boating Videos

California’s Boating Clean and Green Program provides tips on proper oil and fuel management to the state’s recreational boating community through two new instructional videos.

Videos include tips and tools to prevent oil and fuel discharges; how to report oil and chemical spills; how to properly dispose of used oil; environmental laws; and information on other clean and safe boating practices recommended for before, during and after fueling boats.

The educational videos are a great resource not only to boaters, but to boating marina and yacht club operators in their efforts of keeping their facilities clean. Please share these valuable resources by posting the videos on your websites. Videos may be viewed and downloaded at www.BoatingCleanAndGreen.com.
(look for DBW TV on that page).

The Division of Boating and Waterways and the California Coastal Commission’s Boating Clean and Green Program developed the videos in partnership with the San Francisco Estuary Partnership, the Keep the Delta Clean Program and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation. Staff developed the video content with assistance, review and support from a Technical Advisory Group comprised of members with the marine industry and boating associations (listed in the videos credits).

The videos were shot in October 2012 in Sacramento (Riverbank Marina) and in Oakland (Oakland Yacht Club and Marina Village Yacht Harbor).  During the fuel video shot, staff worked with Captain Tommy Holtzman (Boat Owner and US Coast Guard Auxiliary), his boat the “Shady Ladies” and his crew (John Derrick Jr. and Warren Golubski (Boaters and US Coast Guard Auxiliary) and Chloe Golubski, an adorable dog.  In the oil clean boating video, staff worked with Captains Robert J. & Susan Engelhart and their boat “Music.”

The Boating Clean and Green Program is an education and outreach program conducted through the Division of Boating and Waterways and California Coastal Commission. The program promotes environmentally-sound boating practices to marine businesses and boaters.

In order to watch the videos you can go directly to YouTube at:



Vivian Matuk
Environmental Boating Program Coordinator
California State Parks, Division of Boating & Waterways
California Coastal Commission
(415) 904-6905
Fax: (415) 904-5216
45 Fremont Street, Suite 1900
San Francisco, CA 94105
www.BoatingCleanandGreen.com

From Dave Peck

Hello Caliente Cruisers.
 
We just finished our respective July 4th adventures. I trust everyone had a
safe, fun, albeit HOT 4th of July. Well, recuperation time is over, time to start
thinking about our next extended weekend.
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We will be going to the lovely Cruiser Haven Yacht Club at Commodore Island.
 
I have a lot of info to give you, so I am going to put it in bullet form.
 
Dates: August 30 to September 02.
 
Reservations: Space is limited on the island to 15 boats. Additional space is available
at King Island resort, a short dinghy ride away. Reservations will be accepted on a first come-
first served basis. You need to send me a check with your reservation. I cannot hold spots
without payment sorry :(  .
 
Cost: $25/night. Total of $75 for the weekend. For those of you who have not been there, we
have to stern in. It is a very narrow channel between the island and another small Tule island.
We have to stack up and pull in. Once there it is impossible to get out without moving everybody
beside you out first. So, you have to stay all three days. If you need to depart before Monday A.M.
you will need to make arrangements to stay at King Island. You can of course join in for
all activities.
 
Activities: Our hosts for this event are Curt and Marsha Hayes. Marsha will send out an itinerary
a week prior to the event. For now, we are planning pot-luck dinners, but something more "formal"
may be planned. If you would like to organize an activity or meal, let Marsha or I know. Marsha
will also send out the facilities rules as the date gets closer.
 
Gourmet Beer Tasting: No Charge, the members will supply the beer. Details to follow.
 
PLEASE: Send your checks/reservations to me at:
 
2284 Winchester Loop
Discovery Bay, CA 94505
 
 
Hope you can all make it.
 
C-Ya!!!!!

From the Commodore

Caliente Isle Yacht Club had a successful cruise out to Ox Bow Marina on June 21st-23rd. Those boats who cruised on over to the Ox Bow guest dock had a wonderful time visiting, eating, and of course partying for two days. Marsha Fine had bargain basement prices on some of the Ships’ Store items on ‘Cuvee’, and many deals were made. The highlight of the weekend was a Spaghetti Feed but on for our traditional “Martini Day” otherwise known as “Founders Day”. Historically, the Martini’s or the Dufrane’s would cook and serve the members spaghetti dinner at the club. Since we no longer have our own club house, Ox Bow was kind enough to lend us theirs. As a thank you to our members, and to Ox Bow for hosting the party at their club house, Caliente Isle Yacht Club put on a free spaghetti dinner for both clubs’ members who chose to participate. Our Rear Commodore Chip Maguire had a great galley crew including Mark and Kim Sechler, Rob and Kim Scott, Bob and Kevin Graham, all who literally sweated bullets while cooking in the heat. It was quite hot in the club house, not to mention the galley. Many members helped out with hauling items (and people) in their cars back and forth from the guest dock to the club house. The meal turned out fantastic with both homemade regular and turkey meat balls. Ox Bow came up with a wild game in which we all got to make complete fools of ourselves trying to get as many people under the limbo pole in 10 minutes on a rolling thingamajig. You were allowed to put as many people on the thingamajig as possible and still make it under the limbo pole. Anyway, we lost in a hotly contested battle to Ox Bow Yacht Club. Personally, I think it was rigged with their skinny people against our not so skinny folk. But we had a great time anyway. Thanks to our friends at Ox Bow Yacht Club for coming up with such a fun game and hosting this event.

The Independence Day celebrations were well represented with CIYC boaters and their friends. Three separate raft ups of mostly Caliente members were present and accounted for at Mandeville for the traditional Hilton fireworks display. A few members braved the 100+ degree heat and traveled to Stockton Marina to catch the doings there. Still others, myself included, decided to stay in the docks where air conditioning was in constant use and cruise around to visit those at Mandeville. Other than myself becoming a second degree member of the Caliente Isle Precision Diving Team, and drowning yet another Iphone, I believe the fourth was relatively free of mishaps and accidents for our members.

July is traditionally ‘officers month off’ so other than an impromptu raft up or BBQ, the calendar is free for our members to enjoy the summer boating, gardening, camping, or just relaxing. August brings an anchor out at Mildred Island so have your anchors and lines at the ready.

See ya on the water.


Diane Shoff

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Glenn Scrimger Go Fast Cruise

Hello Caliente.
 
It's July 4th weekend, hope everybody has a fun and safe 4th. Happy Birthday America!!!!!
 
Al & Nancy Laughlin are working on the details for the upcoming Glenn Scrimger Go Fast Cruise.
 
This is the information you need to know.
 
Date: August 24th
Time: 11:00-ish
Place: Meet at Sugar Barge for a beverage and further instructions.
 
This will not be a Poker Run. Just a chance to get together and run our small boats. Let me know if you will be attending and if you have space for riders, or if you need a ride. We will be visiting some iconic Delta Destinations (for those of you who do not speak fluent River-Rat, that means Dive Bar.)
 
That's it for now. If I told you more I would have to kill you later.

So enjoy the 4th and let me know if you are in.
 
C-Ya!!!