On Saturday, March 5th, the Marco Bay Yacht Club celebrated their annual Presentation of the Fleet. It was a beautiful day for the parade of boats to gather in Smokehouse Bay in front of the Esplanade Marina.
Commodore Sandy LaMontagne, Vice Commodore Linda Gagnon and Rear Commodore Charlie Erker, along with a few guests, were onboard the vessel KARINE to greet the fleet. The ceremony started with the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance. The club’s history was enthusiastically given by Linda Sandlin. Alan Sandlin, Club Chaplain, gave the invocation and Blessing of the Fleet.
The Club joined in a moment of silence to honor those members who had passed and roses were placed in the water in their memory. The Fleet Captain, Brent Cook, then acknowledged that the Fleet was ready for review and led the procession. As the boats approached the Bridge Boat, the Captain identified his boat, himself and those aboard. The Bridge then saluted as they passed. There were 7 boats plus a jet ski participating in the review.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the boats were docked at the Esplanade Marina where they and the many members who watched from land enjoyed a wonderful luncheon at CJ’s on the Bay.