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A Special Commissioning
IHYC Board of Directors, Flag Officers, and visiting Dignitaries lined up for the ceremony


Indian Harbor Yacht Club’s 130th Commissioning Ceremony on Saturday, May 4th, featured a tribute by Commodore Ted Graves to the extraordinary contributions of women members and a big surprise for one woman in particular.

That woman was Mary Alice Fisher Carmichael, the creator over the last ten years of most of the club’s on-the-water photography. Mary Alice is responsible for many of the slide shows displayed at awards dinners, Commissionings, member open houses, and other IHYC events. Almost all of the sailing photos in The Log, Yachting News and on our website are hers. At each Commissioning Mary Alice lurks with her camera, seeking to capture the right shot, so it was a splendid irony to see her own photo captured when Senator Blumenthal announced that she was the winner of the 2019 Andrews Trophy for extraordinary contributions by a member to the club!

A surprised Mary Alice Fisher Carmichael with her husband David (photo credit: David Ornstein)


It was a picture-perfect day for commissioning— 62 degrees and sunny. The newly-reinstalled Indian Head brass inset on the renovated south porch was gleaming in the sunshine. The club’s waterfront staff had labored mightily to get the club’s Ideal 18 fleet launched and dressed, and an impressive number of members’ yachts were also dressed for the occasion.

The entire fleet of Ideal I8s dressed and on the water for Commissioning.


Commodore Graves, the Reverend Ted Pardoe, and Fleet Captain Michael Millard kept the ceremony short and sweet. Following a more-than-usually exciting Kentucky Derby, more than 200 members and guests were treated to an extraordinary dinner.

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