Commodore Welcome

Welcome to the Dunedin Boat Club website! You arrived here and wonder who are these people and what do they do, right?

What We are Not: We are not a fractional share club that offers memberships where you can take out their boats.

What we are: We are a group of boating enthusiasts that enjoys spending time together on and off the water. Our members are both power boaters and sailors, with a fairly even split. While it is not a requirement to currently own a boat to become a member, a love of the water and a willingness to become involved is key. Our primary focus is boating, member relationships, and community service. Our general meetings are held at 7:30 pm on the third Monday of the month at our historic building on the West wall in the Dunedin Marina. Come by and introduce yourself!

Our club was founded in 1929 and we celebrate 90+ years of tradition and membership. We are a group of likeminded boaters that enjoy time on the water. We offer and/or are involved in many social events throughout the year such as a chili cook off, a pig roast, a lighted boat parade and Mardi Gras to name a few. Covid has slowed us down, but we are coming back to life now and are starting up our fun events.

We have cruising events to various destinations in the area for day and overnight trips. We run sailing races throughout the year, including the Dunedin Cup Regatta. We also have a kayak group that sponsors monthly paddles at interesting places around the area. We have a book club that is highly active. We have started up an education committee to hold seminars on various aspects of seamanship.  We have a fishing group for those anglers in the group. We lovingly maintain our historic boat house with a building committee. We have members that serve on the Dunedin Maria Advisory Council. As you can see, our club has a lot to offer!

In addition to boating, the club works hard in the community and raises funds for many local charities and causes. We have a Charity Chair that is responsible for bringing requests or needs to our Board for approval of funds. We are the new Charter for the Sea Scouts local chapter, a division of the Boy Scouts of America, and we help out with Dunedin Youth Sailing. The club volunteers at the annual US Open Sailing Olympic Class Race series and other events. We participate in the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce and the Dunedin Council of Organizations.

So, a little bit about me, the current Commodore… My love for boating started on Lake Travis in Austin Tx where my ex-husband and I waterskied on our twin engine Wellcraft Nova. My job with Lotus Development Corporation took me to New England, where I learned to sail in Marblehead, MA. When IBM bought Lotus, I moved to CT to be closer to headquarters, and I lived in a condo in a marina in Stamford, CT Harbor. I had a Catalina 31 out back that I took cruising on Long Island Sound. I raced on various class boats out of yacht clubs in CT. I also have cruised around Greece, Spain, the BVIs and the Orcas Islands. Along the way, I earned a USCG Masters license and numerous American Sailing Association certifications. I am a member of the women’s’ sailing group, the Windlasses, and a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. I recently sold my boat and am always happy for an invitation to go boating.

I moved to Dunedin five years ago and I immediately got involved in the Dunedin Boat Club and became highly active. I have made many close friendships and certainly have had a lot of fun at our many social events! I have served as Secretary, Rear Commodore, Vice Commodore, and now as your Commodore.

I share a house with my daughter Jenna and our two dogs, Sailor and Lexi. I retired from IBM after 30 years, and now teach in an MBA program online at the Jack Welch Management Institute. In addition to my passion for boating, I like to read, play tennis, work out, and take walks in nature.

In closing, I am immensely proud to be the Commodore of the Dunedin Boat Club and look forward to meeting anyone interested in joining us. Any current members feel free to discuss any ideas you may have for the club. Please feel free to give me a call or drop me an email.



Sheryl Barnes
Commodore Dunedin Boat Club