Saturday August 3rd Yacht Club Fling to Manatee Island Restaurant via Auto Motorcycle or Boat .. Luncheon starts at 12:00 NOON special menu TBA .. .. Friday August 9th,10th 11th Annual Bahamas Fling to Lucaya.. BY Boat or by Bahamas Express High Speed Ferry in Lauderdale.. Staying at the Grand Lucayan or the Flamingo your choice...Sunday September 8th Marlins vs Washington Nat's…game time 1:00 bus leaves at around 10am…Then we have a FAU Football Game vs Tulane at their new stadium times and date to be announced…Please refer all questions to your Cmdr's…
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North Passage is bustling with new activities thanks to Commodore (and Captain) John Buckman’s creation of the North Passage Yacht Club. Officers include Vice Commodore Henri Desplaines, Rear Commodore John Melson, Secretary/Treasurer Gail Nicolaisen, Liaison Officer Mike Smith, Fleet Captains Nick Buckman, Allan Krul and Dan Wallace, Director Joe Migliorno, Historian Rick Bennette, and WebMaster Tony Yannuzzi. (http://www.northpassageyachtclub.com)
The 247 Yacht Club members are enjoying monthly dinner meetings (thanks to Linda Smith and Yachan) with guest speakers such as Artist Carey Chen, Brian Latell, ex CIA, sharing Castro’s Secrets, and Weatherman and Member Steve Weagle teaching us about Hurricanes. Each meeting concludes with an exhilarating raffle of fabulous trips and prizes contributed by our very generous sponsors.
In addition to all the partying, the NPYC has undertaken more serious missions. Many members participated in the CPR course and learned how to use the Yacht Club’s new defibrillator. The Club recently arranged for the Auxiliary Coast Guard to provide a Safety Check for 21 members’ boats which received Inspection Decals. The greatest coup, however, was having the Captain’s Class taught in the North Passage Clubhouse. Our new Captains, having attended 54 hours of instruction and passed a very difficult exam are: Henri Desplaines, Edward Desplaines, John Melson, Jim Coyne, Mike Sheeto, Laura McLellan, Dave Huber, Frank Cona, Mike Townsend, Eric Townsend, and Leo Steele. In gratitude for use of the Clubhouse the NPYC has donated $250 toward purchase of a large-screen TV.
The next NPYC meeting on April 2 will feature Felix Rodriguez, former CIA, who was involved in the Bay of Pigs and in the interrogation and execution of Che Guevara. Future activities include a Marlins game outing, a second Bahamas trip and lots more parties.
Boating destination gatherings with members in matching NPYC clothing have made quite an impact on North County. Within North Passage, the Yacht Club has brought together families from all Phases and instilled a vibrant sense of “Neighborhood”.
Coast Guard Safety Check by Officer Charles Reiner on Tuesday March 19th starting at 8AM.. I will assist him till 10AM then I have to go to work…Remember only those 20 members will be checked and given the free decal. There is still time to sign up.. just email me…also the AED device in the Yellow case is by my front door for members use in an emergency..thank Cmdr
Saturday March 16th at 5 pm the NPYC will have their 2nd annual fling to TIKI 52 on the Intercoastal. The owners Bill and John have added Brooke Eden from American Idol for our listening enjoyment. Brooke will appear starting at 4 PM so arrive early and stay late.. Please wear your NPYC colors thanks CMDR
The North Passage Yacht Club proudly presents CIA Officer Felix Rodriguez as their April 2nd NPYC meeting speaker..Felix is a former Central Intelligence Agency officer known for his involvement in the Bay of Pigs Invasion,in the interrogation, capture and execution of Marxist guerilla Che Guevara in Boliva and his ties to George H.W.Bush during the Iran-Contra affair.. He has flown over 300 helicopter missions in Viet Nam and was shot down five times.
He was awarded the Intelligence Star for Valor by the CIA, the Silver Star and received 9 Crosses for Gallantry by the South Vietnamese.He was a Colonel in the Army Special Forces. He is the President of the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association, a group for the Bay of Pigs Invasion survivors.He has been featured on 60 minutes with Mike Wallace and will show a 14 minute clip of the program for the NPYC members.Felix is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bay of Pigs Museum and Library in Little Havana,Florida..He is also the author of Shadow Warrior/the CIA Hero of a Hundred Unknown Battles and Daybreak at LaHiguera.
I was present at Felix Rodriguez's book signing and presentation at the
Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies (ICCAS) at the University of Miami recently and was totally awed by his revelations of historical significance..That is why as Cmdr I approached Felix and asked him to speak to our North Passage Yacht Club and community..
Felix will be doing a book signing from 1pm to 3pm at the new Copacabana Cuban restaurant in Abacoa on Tuesday April 2nd.He will be appearing at the North Passage Yacht Club in Tequesta at 6pm social / book signing and will give a presentation at 7 PM. The appearance is open to the public,seating is limited so please make a reservation by contacting Cmdr...... Johnfbuckman@aol.com
Hey, thanks to everyone who is sending or dropping off your dues.. We have until March 31st to keep the dues the same. Thanks...The Cmdrs are going to the West Palm Beach Fishing Club meeting tomorrow nite.. They have some great speakers on fishing the Bahamas, plus some resort info that we will relay to you at our Bahamas meeting on March 5th.
We are getting a lot of hits on YOU TUBE Castro/Brian Latell in case you missed the last meeting... I will have the Coast Guard here again after our next meeting so you can still sign up and get your 2013 sticker.. If you are working that day just leave keys and registration out so he can check lights... But you have to sign up. Congrats to the 10 New Captains we now have in our community... The NPYC Board and members want to thank the groups that let us use the Clubhouse for the 9 days and the NPYC will donate 250.00 toward the purchase of a Large Flat Screen for the Association. A special thanks to Yachan and her groups.
Spoke with Webmaster Tony and Web Administrator Vince and we should be up and running soon with our NEW and Improved WEBSITE.....
We need volunteers to be on a setup committee and a break down committee so Yachan can oversee what needs to be done.. Thanks for being such a great and active club. I will let u know the dates for our TIKI 52 fling and the dates for the Bahamas trips.. CMDR
Hey Gang. For all of the NPYC members that missed the meeting here is the YouTube of Brian's presentation. He was fabulous and thank you for all the nice emails I received from the membership. You're the best. Your support and participation at the meeting will make it easier to attract major speakers. Brian was completely unprepared for the warm welcome he received from such a Classy and Intellent group of people. This is a very unique group of people that make up our club. Thank you! IT ONLY GETS BETTER, so pay your dues. Thanks, CMDRS