APYC History - Volume 1
In 1975 Venetian Marina was a cluster of block buildings sitting on dirt and stone driveways. The restrooms were primitive; the pavilion had overhead doors, metal picnic tables, and a fireplace; and, there were repair services. You could drive-up to your fixed dock, or push a metal grocery cart down one long concrete dock. There were many trees and much rip-rap rock edging the area. All in all, it was a friendly, partying marina that provided the site for the start of All Ports Yacht Club in 1980. (Tom and Diane Stieber have docked at Venetian Marina since 1975.)
APYC History - Volume 2
The "Articles of Incorporation" for All Ports Yacht Club were approved for filing on 3-13-80 at the cost of $25, and were signed by Lester J. Cabot (Sandusky), William J. Lewis (Mentor), and Richard L. Smolik (North Royalton). These three men served as trustees of the corporation until the first meeting was held to elect officers. Lester Cabot was elected Commodore in l980 and again in 1981.
APYC History - Volume 3
During Les Cabot's two terms as commodore the constitution and bylaws were written; the club was chartered in 1981; and the club became a member of GCBA, The Greater Cleveland Boating Association.
APYC History - Volume 4
Bill Lewis is temporarily listed as commodore for 1983. Past Commodore Howard Haag has provided corrections to
the club's list of commodores. However, he is not sure of the date for Bill Lewis. I am currently seeking information
APYC History - Volume 5
All Ports was not an active club for a short time. Mike Smith and others decided to reactivate the yacht club. Mike renewed the "Articles of Incorporation" and became the 1987 Commodore of All Ports. He and Lady Jody worked tirelessly to increase membership and participation. Commodore Mike Smith and Lady Jody joined Sandusky Yacht Club too, and he eventually became Commodore of I-LYA in 1996. His participation in All Ports dwindled as he assumed more responsibilities in other boating organizations.