yachtsmen’s association

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"Merry Christmas Everyone!  It's time again for our version of Christmas-in-July theme Yachtsmen's party!  This is a no-charge, BYOB, and bring an appetizer to share pot-luck event for all of you!  The 2018 event was great fun, and we're sure 2019 will be even better!  Hope to see you on July 20th! 

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We are currently on a wait list for boats larger and 36’, requiring power 50-amps or greater.

Wed., July 24

Anytime - Welcome Swim Party, lunch, cocktails, & swag distribution - Party by the pool, lawn games at Rattlesnake Island. Buffet lunch available on your own by the pool.

6:00 p.m. - Dinner at Rattlesnake’s Golden Pheasant Restaurant - Dinner featuring Wine Tasting & Entertainment, catered by Rattlesnake’s Chef Sonja.

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Thurs., July 25

8:30 a.m. - Breakfast at Rattlesnake Island Club on your own - Breakfast is available at The Golden Pheasant

10:00 a.m. - Head to Huron Boat Basin - Time depends on your schedule

4:00 p.m. - Shopping in Vermilion - If you wish, we will get you to Vermilion before dinner so you can visit the cute shops around the harbor there.

6:00 p.m. - Wine Dinner at Chez Francois - Ohio’s ONLY Five-Star Restaurant, and its our for the night. Multiple course meal and wine pairings featuring Duckhorn Winery. Cleveland’s Dave Young will entertain on keyboards.

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Fri., July 26

8:30 a.m. - Breakfast on the Dock - Enjoy breakfast with your CIC friends featuring the morning fare provided by our chef, Capt. Jerry Cohen.

10:00 a.m. - Waterfront Painting Class - Painting with artist Lindsey Buckingham, of Huron’s La Muse Art Studio. All art supplies will be provided.

12 noon - Lunch at Huron Yacht Club - Our friends at Huron Yacht Club have invited us to use their club for lunch.

2:00 p.m. - Bowling at Riverside Lanes - Yes, the Huron Harbor has a bowling alley. Join us.

6:30 p.m. - Four-Course Dinner and Fun at The Culinary Vegetable Institute - The “Veggie” Institute is on the vendor list of nearly every Five-Star restaurant in the USA. They grow those amazing one-of-a-kind vegetables you find on the fanciest plates. Entertainment by Tim Longfellow at the Piano

Sat., July 27

8:30 a.m. - Breakfast on the Dock - Gather for coffee and a bite before we head to Sawmill Creek.


10:00 a.m. - Sawmill Creek - Golf or Swimming and Lounging. - Enjoy the activity of your choice at the nearby Sawmill Creek Resort

6:00 p.m. - Christmas in July at Huron Boat Basin - Cookout & Party at the Harbor with Fleetwood Mac tribute band “Rumours”.

Sun., July 28 -

8:30 a.m. - Goodbye Breakfast on the Dock - Enjoy breakfast with your friends in the harbor before we head home

Yachtsmen’s Weekend

Option A: Chicken Only
Option B: Lobster Only
Option C: Chicken & Lobster
Cold hors D'oeuvre spread by large firepit
Cold salad 'canoe'
Clam Broth
Corn on the cob
Clams - 1 bag per person
Option A: Chicken Only
Option B: Lobster Only
Option C: Chicken & Lobster
Peach Cobbler for dessert

Thursday, August 8th - Lobster Bake

Enjoy a dinner prepared by CIC just outside and west of the patio (weather permitting). with entertainment by the barber shop quartet, “Take Note Quartet”.

Reservations are a must, as this will sell out quickly!


Yachtsman’s Competitors (and Spectators) Luncheon

This year’s luncheon will be held in the Harbor Room at noontime, with all competitors (and spectators) welcome!

Traditional American/picnic fare will be provided, priced at $14.95 per person by the Club. All Yachtsmen are welcome, even if you’re not in any of the competitions.

Team Competitions

We expect all levels of skill in our competitors, so please join in! If you are not currently on a Dock, we will help you “Adopt a Dock” for scoring towards the Yachtsmen’s Cup! Simply notify Jeff Rolf ( or call: 440-865-2467), and we’ll make sure you can find a great dock assignment for the scoring. All competitors will receive a special Yachtsmen’s Week 2019 Gift!


Golf Competition:

Start time - 9:00 a.m.
Format will be a “Step-aside” scramble, 9 holes, Shotgun start, 14 foursomes max., signed up individually. Fees will be $20 member fee for non-package holders, $10 cart fee for non-trail-fee members. For package and Trophy holders, standard rates will apply. We expect to finish around 11:30 a.m. Prizes for winning team and closest-to-pin shots. Sign up by August 2, 2019.


Tennis Competition

Play will begin at 9:00 a.m., with expected finish at 12:30 p.m.
Matches will be held on the tennis courts east of the harbor in the condominium complex. There are no fees to play in the event. Prizes will be awarded to the top five players with the most accumulated wins throughout the event.


Rummikub Competition

Start will be at 1:30 p.m
New to our competitions in 2019, we’re starting the Rummikub based on the great fun and participation we had at Ski-Dock. It is basically a game of discarding your numbered tiles in mathematical patterns on the playing surface, and the first player to discard all tiles wins. Scoring is by negative points - those holding tiles when the winner goes out get charged the number of points on their remaining tiles. This is an indoor/tabletop game of mostly skill and some luck, is fast paced, and great fun. Not sure about this? Contact Jeff Rolf to chat or get a copy of the rules (


Pickleball Competition

Play will be from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Play will be held on the pickleball courts south of beach club road across from the marina. There are no fees to play in the pickleball event. Prizes will be
awarded to the top 3 players.

Beer Chug Competition

You must be signed up for the Beer Chug Competition before this evening, this is not a walk-up competition. Teams will be created by Dock Captains, and the rest of us will be spectators. Beginning at about 7:15 p.m., we will begin instructions and team support for the Inaugural Beer Chug Competition. No, we are not Put-in-Bay, this is not about getting people intoxicated, it’s a simple relay race. Teams will be fielded by the Dock Captains, with 8 persons, each (1) 12-oz beer from a solo cup in a relay. When the last person has finished their beer, the team place is noted - first through fifth place, and awarded points toward the 2019 Yachtsmen’s Cup competition. Plastic bibs will be provided for competitors. Each team must have eight persons consuming (1) beer each.
There is no charge for this competition.


Cocktail Party

The Yachtsman’s Week Annual Cocktail Party will begin at 6:00p.m. in the pavilion tent.

All yachtsman’s are invited!
Same as last year, the yachtsmen bring hors d’oeuvres to share, and CIC will offer a “Center-of-the-Plate” buffet to compliment hors d’oeuvres. The bar is “open” and paid for by your dues, the hors d’oeuvres you provide are also shared at no expense, and the CIC buffet (Optional) will be available for $12.50 (+Tax & Gratuity). The cocktail reception will end at 7:15 p.m., the same time as the beginning ofthe Beer Chug Competition on the grass at the east entrance of the Pavilion.


Saturday, August 10th - Commodore’s ball

Celebrating the service of Commodore Andy Winson and his wife, Liz.

Will be held in the tent at 6:00 p.m.
By now, you should have received an invitation, and an RSVP is required for attendance to this formal-attire event. Price is $115 per person. The theme of “An Evening Under the Stars” reminds the Winsons and all of us of the beautiful nights on the water and at CIC.


Sunday, August 11th - Commodore’s fleet review/boat parade

Weather permitting, begins at 11 a.m. directly in front (west) of the club.
Please join your fellow boaters with a slow pass and salute to Commodore Andy Winson and his wife Liz for their dedication and service to the Yachtsmen for the last four years. Jim Wildman will begin releasing docks beginning at 11 a.m., for their safe procession out the channel and past the Gemini. Jim’s staff will start reminding/checking with folks about 10 a.m. From that point we will tell them that we will start with F and G dock at 11 a.m. sharp, communicating with Jim Stouffer at the channel entrance, who will shoot the cannon as the dock captains go by. If there is not a dock captain going from a particular pier, Jim will designate one. We alternate from one side of the harbor to the other as needed until we finish at AA or Condo slips. Dock staff works in pairs prepping folks before Jim Wildman comes to release them. We do this via staff, not VHF radio. Jim’s staff will then assist boats coming right back in. All JP asks is that boaters wait until the harbor has emptied before they start coming back in.

As you can imagine, we (Jeff and Bonnie Rolf) are excited to support this years’ Yachtsmen’s Week planning, with both new and tested events.

If you have any questions, please let us know! Jeff at (440) 865-2467,; or Bonnie (216) 406-4053,


Friday Night Dinner Reception and Show

Cocktail/Dinner Reception 6pm to 7:15
This event is a Yachtsmen’s Potluck - hors d’oeuvres and CIC will provide a small, Irish Themed buffet - small main item with a variety of sides.

Catawba Island Club has been able to secure one of Cleveland’s longest running and most popular shows - Flanagan’s Wake.

Flanagan’s Wake is the hilarious interactive Irish wake that is one of the longest-running shows in Chicago theater history. The audience is transported to Graplin, County Sligo, Ireland, where they participate with the villagers in the telling of tales, singing of songs, and mourn the passing of one of their own: Flanagan.

Flanagan’s Wake Dinner
Bangers and mash and boxties
Guinness pulled pork sliders buns
baileys chocolate cake

Tickets to the show are $20 and include a complimentary beverage.

The complete 2019 Calendar of Events is available for download.