Monday, November 29, 2021

Sailing group does more than sail and socialize



Today, instead a column on Cruising Life, I would like to introduce you to our  local organization: Sailing Association of Marco Island, known as SAMI.

The purpose of the SAILING ASSOCIATION OF MARCO ISLAND shall be to encourage the sport of sailing and promote the science of navigation and seamanship among all who love to sail.

Neva Nolan, a member of SAMI, has written the following article giving an overview of Sailing Association of Marco Island:

Some 41 years ago a small group of sailing enthusiasts, headed by (among others) Vincent Tateo and Emilio Meyer, got together and called themselves “The Association.” Their purpose was to provide companionship while cruising and to socialize during the planning of upcoming voyages. The name was eventually changed to Sailing Association



of Marco Island and the membership has grown to more than 130.

During its existence, SAMI has sponsored monthly cruises and races for sailors of all levels. Along the way, SAMI has provided funding assistance for Civil Air Patrol, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Marco Island Historical Society and provides toys at Christmas for kids in Immokalee.

SAMI is particularly proud of its part in the MICKYS (Marco Island City Kids Youth Sailing) program which provides sailing lessons for boys and girls as young as 9 years. Membership is open to folks who enjoy the sport of sailing and boat ownership is not necessary. Meetings/Socials are held monthly.

CRUISE OR RACE? If you are member of SAMI it can be either or both. A few weeks ago members of the Sailing Association of Marco Island cruised up North to

Brigadoon rounding a mark with Jabu in hot pursuit in the Bud Light Regatta 2009. Photo by Harvey Spriggs.

Brigadoon rounding a mark with Jabu in hot pursuit in the Bud Light Regatta 2009. Photo by Harvey Spriggs.

enjoy Ft. Myers Beach’s “Cruiser Appreciation Day”. Free hot dogs, beverages, and music were provided. That Saturday night on the other side of the bay, more music, dancing and great food were had.

At most destinations, cruisers have the option of anchoring their boat or using a permanent mooring-ball or taking a slip in a marina. In the case of the first two, dinghies are used to get from boat to boat and to shore. Sometimes for various reasons, some members can’t sail their boats to a particular destination so they “land Cruise” (Drive cars) and still join in on the fun.- Neva Nolan.

For more info about meetings and membership call BJ Henning at 389-4495, and visit SAMI’s Website

Frances is a Commodore of the Seven Seas Cruising Association and a member of Sailing Association of Marco Island.

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