2016 Easter Sunrise Service

Island Easter Sunrise Service

Pictures by UseppaGin

A Benediction

Life is short.

And we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who make this pilgrimage with us.

So, be swift to love.

Make haste to do kindness,

Shower hospitality on friend and stranger,

Walk in justice,

That you may follow the path of mercy and love,

And the blessing of God


2016 Fire Department Fundraiser Part II

UIF&R Fundraiser

Useppa Island Fire Department had a very successful fundraiser Saturday night, March 19th, 2016.  We enjoyed a silent auction, T-shirt sales, and stuffed the boxes for raffle prizes!  UIFD will be able to fund the needed Golf Cart Ambulance and the exam and treatment room that were the goals of this fundraiser.  Special thanks to all those who helped make this a great event….  Guests, silent auction donors, raffle sponsors and all of our fire department guests.  Stay tuned for 2017 fundraiser details!

#405 Lot “E”: Collier Preserve

#405 Lot E, located on historic Useppa Island’s southern end offers unrestricted easterly views of the waters of Pine Island Sound. Take the opportunity to stake your claim on more than a half acre of prime vacant real estate onto which your island-dream-home could be constructed.

Half ownership of a dock which can accommodate boats with deep draft accompanies the sale of this lot.

This large and highly desired lot is being offered for sale at $495,000

For more information, feel free to call 239-283-4227 or email realestate@useppa.com

Useppa Property Company
Licensed Real Estate Broker
P.O. Box 640
Bokeelia, FL 33922

2016 Fire Department Fundraiser


Fire Department Raises Approximately $50,000

Photos by UseppaGin


Bidding, dancing, singing along with the band, Apple watches, paddleboards, bikes, fishing trips, paintings, and good friends…

Saturday night at the Collier Inn, was one of the best parties in recent memory.

Thank you to all who helped make it a success.

More details in Part II, but for right now, enjoy pictures of a community aglow.

2016 St. Patrick’s Day

A Toast to Saint Patrick and A Toast to Useppa

Pictures by UseppaGin & Paul Miller IV

Bless us and save us. The leprechauns were everywhere on the island celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day. And then the little green ones lined up and paraded up and down the beach.

T’was surely a day to be Irish on Useppa.

Stephan O”Kaufmann was the Ringmaster with Jan Sweeney and Aimee O’Lockhart at his side judging decorated golf carts trailing the Fire Truck along the water’s edge.

And the winners were….

1st Place: Best in Show

     The Becksteads all in green including rescue dog Dash

2nd Place: Most Likely to Give You Nightmares

      Laura Stokes and son Brady in the “Paddy Wagon”

3rd Place: Most Likely to Make an Irishman Proud

      The Wallingfords

4th Place: Most Unforgettable

      Brian and Mary McColgan

Sailing and Capsizing

Sailing and Capsizing

Catboat Rendezvous/Sandpiper ‘Worlds’

February 24-27, 2016

Story & Pictures by UseppaGin


It happens to all sailors, capsizing adds to the excitement of an event. No one plans for it. No one wants it to happen, but sometimes, the wind can trick even the best.

The afternoon breezes were challenging. Not everyone decided to sail, but those who did, those who dared, had a great time… even those in the boat that went over.

Dan O’Connell was the captain. Frank Greer was his mate. Everything was going well… until it didn’t.

The Marshall Cat flipped. Greer and O’Connell clung to its sides. Charlie Chapin in his boat was first on the scene. The Committee Boat “Snooper” arrived with Race PRO Bob Stevens in charge. While John and Cherry Hodges helped, Chapin maneuvered and threw the necessary lines to tow “Flying Cloud” into shore. Greer and O’Connell climbed aboard “Snooper.”

Just before reaching the beach, Geoff Marshall whose family built the first Marshall Cats, climbed aboard the water logged boat, and righted the sails to enable a smooth landing.

All’s well that ends well. The races went on. The winners celebrated. Frank and Dan thanked their friends for their help.

A community of sailors enjoying their time on Useppa.


Sandpiper Friday Sail

Sandpiper Regatta Day #2

Part I

Pictures by UseppaGin


Principal Race Officer (PRO) Bob Stevens the lead fleet out on the first day of sailing as the racing began in 10+ knots of breeze. All went well and the hearty sailors were rewarded with another delicious lunch at Bill’s Grille.

It was the afternoon when things got interesting.

Stay tuned for Day #1, Part II

Useppa Sandpiper Regatta

Useppa’s Sandpiper Regatta

Day #1

Bocce, Gutter Boats & More

By Useppa Island Yacht Club Commodore Jim Doherty

How much FUN can you have at a Useppa Sandpiper Regatta?

As with all sailing events, wind plays a major role in how the daily schedule unfolds. The first day provided too much wind, and a “lay-day” of shore-based activities ensued. It started with a spirited and competitive Bocce ‘Tournament’ in the morning, followed by a ‘Gutter Boat’ Regatta with lots of hot air propelling hand crafted boats down water filled gutters. Between the day’s activities was a sumptuous lunch at Bill’s Grille on the sun filled beach.

The day was capped off with dinner at the Tarpon Bar where stories of the day’s conquests dominated the conversations. An extra treat was a continuous photo gallery by UseppaGin of the previous regatta two years earlier.

The FUN just keeps on coming.

Next  …. the races