Prior Months' Events 

 Monthly Luncheon
April 6, 2017
Speaker: Father Ron Perkins 
   Port Chaplain Fr. Ron Perkins, will report on the latest news from Seafarers' House, a place of welcome inside Port Everglades.  He will share stories of the many seafarers and port workers who have benefited from the multi-faith chaplaincy that is now 27 years old.

Snapshot of Upcoming Events

April 28, 2017 ~ MICF 8TH ANNUAL SPIN-A-THON

May 4, 2017 ~ Monthly Luncheon @ Seminole Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL



June 3, 2017  ~ DINNER CRUISE



December 16, 2017 ~  HOLIDAY PARTY HILTON A1A

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  Club Worthy Info  

Charitable Efforts 





CONTACT:  Bill Husted,, 772.463.4825 (H), 954.980.8300 (C)


STUART, FL – Past Rear Commander William E. Husted has been appointed as the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) representative to the Florida Boating Advisory Council.  The appointment was made by USPS Chief Commander Louie Ojeda.

 The 18-member advisory council makes recommendations to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Department of Economic Opportunity regarding issues affecting the state’s boating community.  Issues include boating and diving safety education, boat usage and access, and boating-related facilities.

 In USPS, Husted had chaired the National Public Relations Committee and later the Government and Partner Relations Committee.  He now serves on the Public Affairs Committee as the Homeland Security team leader.  Currently a member of the St. Lucie River Power Squadron, Husted also had been District Commander for District 8, now encompassing 14 squadrons from Key West to Sebastian Inlet. 

 In addition to memberships in a number of South Florida boating-related organizations, he served on the Broward County Marine Advisory Committee (BCMAC) for 13 years.  Including Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Pompano Beach, Broward is the state’s second most populated county.  Husted was BCMAC’s vice chairman from 1997 to 2003.      

More Information:

Florida Boating Advisory Council –

United States Power Squadrons –

Bertish Completes Transatlantic Paddleboard Crossing

On Thursday, South African surfer and motivational speaker Chris Bertish became the first person to paddleboard across the Atlantic without assistance.

Bertish is no stranger to challenging feats on the water: he holds the 12-hour and 24-hour distance record for open ocean stand-up paddleboard; the 12-hour downwind distance record; and the biggest wave in recorded surfing competition. His arrival in Antigua marked the end of a three month, 4,000 nm, two million-paddlestroke journey, the culmination of years of planning and training. 

He departed Agadir, Morocco on December 6 on a route that would take him around the Canary Islands and across the Atlantic to Florida. However, due to an unfavorable weather forecast, he changed his destination to Antigua's Leeward Islands. He described the emotional moment of his arrival in a final logbook post: "As I approach the the outer limit of the bay at English Harbour and turn the corner  . . . still surging with inspired energy and adrenalin surges, the pain in my shoulder, hands and body, disappear and is replaced by pure sense of renewed energy, upliftment and joy," he wrote. 

"The last few days were super intense," he told the Times. "It's just so nice to be on dry land and not to have to worry about all the billions of things that could [go] wrong."

Bertish's "board" for the crossing was a custom 20-foot boat designed by Phil Morrison, a noted naval architect and sailboat racer. It has a watertight compartment forward for shelter and navigational equipment, and it was designed to be self-righting in the event of a capsize. He told the Times that it suffered multiple leaks and equipment failures, but he was able to keep it moving forward despite storms, high winds, exhaustion and injury (a torn rotator cuff). 
 Legislators Call for US-flag LNG Carriers

The House of Representatives will introduce a Bill requiring 30% of exported liquefied natural gas to be carried on U.S-flagged vessels.  However, there currently are no such flagged LNG carriers..

 2017 Officers & Chair 

Skipper: Michelle Otero Valdes
First Mate: Arlene Weicher
Yeoman: Hector Ramirez
Purser: Jonathan Dunleavy
Program Chair: Craig Liszt
Bosun: Raul Chacon
Actives Chair: Terry Jones
Historian: Tom Nolan
Seminar Chair: Charles Davant


About Us
The Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club is dedicated to the promotion of ethical business practices among the sea-going community as well as the circulation of accurate and useful information to the boating community. 

Our membership includes both professional and leisure boating enthusiasts, as well as industry experts and professionals in many disciplines from around the world.


Join Us
We welcome your interest in the Mariners Club and invite you to become an active member to the benefit of each of us individually and all of us as a community. The easiest way to join is to attend a monthly meeting as a guest of a current member.

Request an application form from an officer, complete it and mail it with your check for $50.00 to the Mariners Club for consideration by the membership committee.

Two sponsors are required. If you want to join and do not know an active member, contact
  Michelle Otero Valdes

Items of Interest

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Send all items to the 2017 Editor, Hector Ramirez at

A Side Note to All…
For a number of years now, the club has made it a practice to send all communications to our members via email. Recently a number of club members have expressed that they are having problems receiving some or all club emails. If you have any reason to believe that you are not receiving these emails please check the following:

1. Your membership profile

• Log into your membership profile through the club website:
• Check to see that your email and other contact information in your profile is correct.
• Check to see that the it says “Yes” next to “Allow Club Email”

If you are having trouble logging in or don’t recall your log in username or password, please contact the First Mate, Michelle Otero Valdes, for assistance. (Contact information below.)

2. Your email spam filter setting

• Make sure the email address below is on your spam filter’s list of allowed addresses.
• Be sure to add the email address below to your “safe sender” or “white list” with your e-mail provider.
• Make sure the following IP addresses are listed in your email system’s “white list”:

If you have checked the items above and are still having trouble receiving emails, please the First Mate, Arlene Weicher for assistance.

Arlene Weicher
FLMC First Mate

The Ft. Lauderdale Mariners Club Proudly Supports:

Boys & Girls Club of Broward County

Fort Lauderdale Sea Cadets, Spruance Division
Marine Industries Association of South Florida
Marine Industries Cares Foundation

MIASF Waterway Cleanup
MIASF Plywood Regatta
Seafarer’s House Fort Lauderdale
Shake-A-Leg Miami

Skills USA Program
McFatter Technical College

Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association