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Evening Colors Ceremony

imgThis ceremony will be conducted at the Ceremonial Mast, located between the pool and spa. Evening Colors is based on naval tradition of lowering the colors (ensign and jack) at the end of the day. The British Navy conducted this ceremony as early as 1797, and the practice was adopted by the U.S. Navy in 1870. A similar ceremony, called Retreat, dates to the Crusades and the American Army began using it after the Revolutionary War. An early version has been traced to a New York yacht club in the early 1900s.

The purpose of an evening colors ceremony is to both signal the end of the day and to pay respect to and honor to the flag of the United States of America and the brave men and women that protect our freedom. The "Evening Colors Ceremony" reminds the participants and members of the sacrifices that have been, and continue to be, made for our country and the values it represents. It is a simple yet effective ceremony that is designed to inspire. 

Join us:

  • October 17, 2018 at 6:15pm
  • November 14, 2018 at 5:30pm
  • January 16, 2019 at 5:50pm
  • February 20, 2019 at 6:15pm
  • March 20, 2019 at 6:15pm
  • April 17, 2019 at 6:15pm


IOBG Christens Thies and Connie Pickenpack's New Boat, Serenity

The International Order of the Blue Gavel (IOBG) is an organization made up of Yacht Club Past Commodores. Our own P/C Peter Franck is currently serving as the IOBG District 8 President. Here at PIYC, the IOBG Chapter conducts a number of special events including the Fleet Review, Fleet Blessing, Memorial for Deceased Members, Evening Colors Ceremonies, yachting education programs and Christenings for Members' new vessels. 

On Saturday, October 1st, Members of our IOBG Chapter conducted a christening ceremony for Thies and Connie Pickenpack's new boat, Serenity. Please click here to see photos from the christening ceremony. If you are interested in having the Pelican Isle Yacht Club IOBG Chapter conduct a christening for your new vessel, please contact P/C Bill Pittman at jbnapleswi@aol.com or P/C Peter Franck at peterfranck@comcast.net. 

PIYC Hosts the IOBG Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers on October 7th & 8th
From: P/C Bill Pittman, President of PIYC's Chapter of the IOBG

Please click here to see photos from this special occasion.  

We are pleased to announce that Pelican Isle Yacht Club hosted the Annual Meeting of District 8, International Order of the Blue Gavel (IOBG) on October 7th and 8th, 2016.
The first event on Friday, October 7th was a backwater cocktail cruise at 4:45pm on board the "Pelican", followed by dinner at the Club. This is a great opportunity to informally welcome our visiting Past Commodores from IOBG Member Yacht Clubs. 
On Saturday October 8th, lunch was followed by a presentation by our guest speaker, P/C Joseph Tringali, renowned author of "Yachting Customs and Courtesies", who spoke on the topic of Traditions and the America's Cup: "How America's Greatest Sporting Event was Born in England, Almost Destroyed by an Irish Lord and Rescued by a Canny Scot".
The highlight of the meeting was Saturday evening with the installation of our own P/C Peter Franck as District 8 President. District 8 covers the entire state of Florida including 25 Chapters with 227 Past Commodore Members.
The evening's festivities began with a cocktail reception with entertainment beginning at 5:30pm, followed by an "Evening Colors Ceremony" at sunset (7:00pm), then dinner and P/C Peter Franck's Installation Ceremony. 
At PIYC, the IOBG Chapter conducts the Fleet Review, Fleet Blessing, Memorial for Deceased Members, Evening Colors Ceremonies and yachting education programs.



PIYC Immediate Past Commodore Tom Lachner was inducted into the International Order of the Blue Gavel on Friday, April 22nd 2016.





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