Yacht Club Hosts Blue Gavel

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Vern Bendsen will be installed as IOBG president at Encinal Yacht Club.

Encinal Yacht Club is hosting the annual meeting of The International Order of the Blue Gavel (IOBG) today through this Sunday.

IOBG is an association of past commodores of recognized yacht clubs.

The association recognizes these past commodores of the international yachting community and unites them in order to promote the highest ideals of yachting and preserve its customs and traditions through social, educational and humanitarian programs.

Membership in the IOBG is by invitation. At present there are IOBG members in the United States, Canada, England, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines and the Marshall Islands.

The IOBG Humanitarian Foundation raises funds for boating related activities such as junior sailing, handicapped sailing, sea scouts and handicapped veteran boating.

Locally, the IOBG Humanitarian Foundation has funded part of the PICYA (Pacific Inter-Club Yachting Association) Annual Wheelchair regatta at Encinal Yacht Club; and an all-girl Sea Scout troop in Rio Vista, Calif.

Vern Bendsen is a member of Encinal Yacht Club. He is being installed as IOBG's international president at the meeting.

Bendsen is an avid boater. He and his wife, Linda, have more than 4,000 documented hours on their 36-foot trawler, cruising San Francisco Bay and the Delta.

He is a past commodore of Solano and Ben Ali Shrine Yacht Clubs; and a past commodore of the Pacific Inter Club Yachting Association (PICYA).

For the annual meeting Blue Gavel members will travel from Canada, England and from all areas of the United States.

Today IOBG members will tour the USS Hornet aircraft carrier; Friday will find them cruising on the San Francisco Bay on local Blue Gavel members' boats.

Encinal Yacht Club will be providing the meeting rooms for Thursday through Saturday meetings, the Thursday and Friday dinners; as well as the Saturday night formal installation and dinner dance.


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