Digging in for a “blast from the past,” we came across a few members of the Lake Country Yacht Club who reminisced about the club’s existence, based right here in Placid Lakes.
The group formed around 1985 with 35 to 40 members. They were a “trailered boat” organization and made Lake Placid its “home” lake and watery playground. This feisty group trailered their boats to area lakes and rivers. They ventured to Daytona, Sarasota, St. Augustine, and the Caloosahatchee River. They would gather at a predetermined restaurant after their jaunt.
One of the commodores at the helm of the Yacht Club was our Sandy Matthews, who with her husband, organized several of the excursions. Dick Adams also had a turn at the wheel as Yacht Club commodore. Names like Ed Alec and Tom Sides were also mentioned.
This was quite a navy, and continued for 18 years, having a wonderful time on lakes and rivers in Florida, and especially Lake Placid. The Yacht Club had visions of building a clubhouse and bought several pieces of property, which were later sold. Although the club disbanded, we can’t help but admire this past adventure, and pass it on.
A “Yacht Club” formed right in the middle of the state. Cool!
Lost on the sidewalk along Placid Lakes Boulevard: pair of glasses with black rims. If found, drop off at Placid Lakes Town Hall; Bonnie has the name of the owner.