Monday, January 27, 2014

CIYC's First Cruise Out of 2014 A Success

Twenty eight club members and guests joined the members of Oxbow YC and the Bayliner Club at the OBYC annual Crab Feed this past weekend.  While only three club boats cruised into the docks, with guests counted there were 15 of us on the boats and another 6 came by car on Saturday for the routine of dock gatherings, hors d 'oeuvres and accompanying gab fest.  The afternoon's excitement centered around Deanna Wilkins' arrival on Golden Time of Day.  She arrived with a family member on the helm who had his hands full with one engine out and a breeze off the port side.  Next thing he knew, the boat was headed down a marina fairway being  generally out of control. Ted  and Jo Anne Lyman were watching the looming debacle with  Joel Panzer.   Diane Shoff and friend Micky were out in a dinghy but were unable to get between the boat and the shore to help.  Someone said that we should do something to help.  Not likely from the docks, but one of the many guests from other clubs had a jet ski and he offered to take yours truly out to help Diana and crew.  Mission accomplished with lots of pushing by the jet ski guy and in the end without serious damage.  Once the boat was safely tied to the fuel dock, the mechanics on board diagnosed a faulty ignition switch, got that engine running and I managed to back all 52 feet into a slip. Then the party really started.  Three Panzers and two Daniels joined those on club boats for the party prelude to the crab feed frenzy a few hours later.  The dock group was joined by Bill and Sue Ritter and Dane and Honorfel Holweger with 6 of their family members at the clubhouse.

As any one paying the slightest attention knows, the weather has been beautiful for days (weeks, months?) and it was so this past weekend.  Little wind (except for when Ms. Wilkins arrived) and temps in the 70s.  You gotta love winter cruising in these conditions. 

Hope to see you all at the Commodore's Ball on February 15th at Carpaccios in Oakley.  This place has been visited by quite a few club members and all seem to agree it is fine dining that would rival some of the best of Bay Area restaurants.   Our Commodore has put together a full program including a live band for your listening and dancing pleasure.  See you there...
Ted Lyman

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

From the Commodore

Dear Caliente Members,

Hopefully you have read the flyer for the Commodore's Ball that Steve Flowers just sent out.  This is going to be a REALLY big evening for our club and I want to give you some additional information. I need to get an idea of how many people are planning to attend the Commodore's Ball on 2/15 so I can move ahead with the big plans your board has for this great evening!  Remember the fantastic signature events we once had in our own clubhouse?  I promise, this evening will rival anything we have ever done before, and best of all, no one will get stuck in the kitchen!  Priceless!

The venue, Carpaccio's, is absolutely wonderful.  This is a new gourmet Italian restaurant in Oakley.  We have reserved the upstairs  banquet room that is beautifully decorated in a Tuscan style.  The room has it's own bar, and lots of room for a band and dance floor.  Carpaccio's is preparing a lovely buffet with Pollo (Chicken) Marsala, Fetuccini Alfredo, Spaghetti alla Bolognese salad, and other great items.  The food at this restaurant is guaranteed to please everyone and has received rave reviews from numerous Caliente members.

And, we have a great rock band tentatively reserved for the evening.  Max Cruise is a popular cover band that has performed at many bay area venues and is well known for getting people out onto the dance floor.  We have negotiated a very good price for this band through one of our members. Time is of the essence and we need to decide if we are going to move ahead with the band contract.

So, let's get all dressed up,  dine in the company of good friends, and dance like nobody is watching us!  This will be a sweet opportunity to bring your friends, family and prospective club members to an evening where Caliente shines.  The venue has plenty of room to accommodate all the friends and family we might want to bring.  Send me an email or give me a call ASAP and let me known if you are planning to attend, and how many people might be in your party. Don't delay, I need your response...yesterday.

Thanks so much for your help. I look forward to a fabulous evening with my Caliente friends as we honor past Commodore Diane Shoff!

Jo Daniels