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  What do you think of more of these informal, mid-summer anchor outs?  Anyone can call one and see who turns up.