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Cat Cayer


Cat Cayer

A Sea of Wonder


Executive Chef

Brant Good

A Cat Cay Contest

What’s in a Name?





Cat Cay Yacht Club

1050 Lee Wagener Blvd. Suite 106 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315 Phone: (954) 359-9575 Fax: (954) 359-6427

The above address is used for all mail and small packages being sent to and from the

island daily.

For Reservations and Information you may contact the Cat Cay office phone in the

Bahamas at: (242) 347-3565 Fax: (242) 347-3564 Ft. Lauderdale Office Hours:

Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Island Office Hours:

7 days a week 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Cat Cayer Newsletter is published by Cat Cay Yacht Club Ltd., Cat Cay, Bahamas. Submission

of articles, announcements, or photos for publication should be emailed to Joanna

Santana at:


Printing courtesy of: Colonial Press


Happy New Year!


Friday, February 16th – Monday, February 19th

President’s Day Weekend

Friday, February 16Th

Drink Specials And Live Music At The Bu’s Bar

Saturday, February 17th

Poolside Cookout


Friday, March 30th – April 1st

Easter Holiday Weekend

Friday, March 30th

Good Friday Fish Fry

Saturday, March 31st

Commodore’s House Hop


Sunday, April 1st

Easter Egg Hunt And Activities For The Kids!

Date: TBD

Ladies Weekend


Saturday, May 5th

Share Holders Meeting

Friday, May 25th – Monday, May 28th

Memorial Holiday Weekend

Saturday, May 26th

Memorial Weekend Dinner Party


Wednesday, July 4th

Independence Day Celebration And Fireworks

calendar of events




Wednesday, August 1st

Lobster Season Opens


Friday, August 31st – Monday, September 3rd

Labor Day Weekend

Saturday, September 1St

Labor Day Lobster Fest


Thursday, November 22nd - Sunday, November 25th

Thanksgiving Day / Commodore Weekend

Thursday, November 22nd

Thanksgiving Day Dinner

Saturday, November 24th

Annual Wahoo Tournament

Saturday, November 24th

CCYC Commodore’s Ball

Sunday, November 25th

Family Turkey Trot


Tuesday, December 25th - Tuesday, January 1st

Christmas / New Year’s Eve Week

Tuesday, December 25th

Christmas Day Dinner

Sunday, December 30th

Cat Cay Winter Olympics

Monday, December 31st

New Year’s Eve Celebration

From your Island Manager

Dear Island Family Members,

Well, we certainly finished the summer season with a Bang! Just five days after the busiest Labor Day on record, Hurricane Irma paid a visit to our peaceful island paradise.

The storm was powerful and immense and although we were spared from a direct hit, we are still recovering from the effects of the storm. We were so very fortunate in that the buildings, docks, and airport were mostly un-harmed and only experienced minimal damage.

However, unfortunately the marina shore power systems, dock cross beams, island power grid, and the Victoria Patio tent were all either dam-aged or destroyed by the storm. Additionally, the loss of perishable food items, the disruption of business, and the cleanup expenses have added to the toll inflicted by Irma.

In times of adversity like this, many Clubs and communities can be over-whelmed and find it difficult, if not impossible to fully recover from the damages from a hurricane.

Fortunately our Club is blessed to have a dedicated Board of Directors lead by our President Michael Skenian. Mr. Skenian and Executive Committee Member Ed Downs, at the time of this writing, have spent almost 2 full months working on the recovery efforts for the Club’s critical electrical in-frastructure.

This important work will continue for the next several months until the is-land power grid and marina shore power systems are completely repaired and where appropriate, replaced.

I want to take this opportunity to share with you that Eddy Rodriquez and his construction workforce were instrumental in our island cleanup efforts. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their support during our recovery ef-forts.

I am very proud of the loyal and dedicated Cat Cay staff that have worked so very hard to get most of the Club operations back to pre-storm hours and standards.

Lastly, and most importantly, I want to thank all of our amazing Club Mem-bers for their support and patience during the storm and recovery efforts. The staff and I look forward to seeing you soon here on the island.



i n t h e


If you thought you noticed an extra delicious aroma

around our restaurants in the last few months or even tasted a new flavor in one of our dishes, well, you would be right. Or, in this case, you would be GOOD. That’s because in April of this year, Executive Chef Brant Good joined the Cat Cay family, and his presence hasn’t gone unnoticed.

A 39-year veteran of the restaurant and hospitality industry, Chef Brant began his career working as a dishwasher in a busy restaurant while still in high school. Even back then, his passion for the kitchen was evident and it did not take long for the restau-rant’s Executive Chef to take Brant under his wing. He quickly moved up the ranks, tasking himself to learn every station in the kitchen. This experience paid off and he was offered his first Sous Chef po-sition at the tender age of 19. Just two years later, he went on to his first Chef de Cuisine role. This time, he was working aboard a luxury private charter yacht in the San Francisco Bay area. As luck would have it, the owner of the yacht also owned the famed Pier 39 in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf district. He

took a liking to Brant—and his cooking abilities—and appointed him to be his Executive Chef.

By the age of 23, Brant was the youngest chef of a Mobil Four Star/AAA Four Diamond Restaurant in the United States. But, he was not done learning. By this time, wine pairings also piqued his interest and he began studying under several master sommeliers and spent a good amount of time training at the sig-nature Beringer School for American Chefs in Napa Valley to further his wine expertise.

But, while California had been great for Brant, he missed his home state of Florida and his family in the southeast. He switched coasts and settled in Geor-gia where he was the opening chef for a restaurant in Atlanta, Executive Chef at an exclusive country club and even part proprietor of a trendy brewpub in Buckhead. But after selling his share in the pub, Chef Brant decided to refine his expertise in private clubs and spent a successful ten years with Georgia’s Cap-ital City Club.

However, he was once again called west. This time, it was to take the helm of the famed Sardine

Facto-ry in Monterey, CA. His status as a top chef there also meant that he was invited to participate—not once, but three times—at the world famous Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival hosted by the prestigious publication of the same name. Knowing his extensive experience would only shine, Brant also tried his hand at a new concept, opening a fresh food market and café. His chic Wharf Marketplace was styled after the Pike Place Market in Seattle and under his guidance, the Market received numerous awards and honors including be-ing named Best New Business by the Monterey Coun-ty Chamber of Commerce.

But when an opportunity to be closer to family —and to continue to excel within private clubs—came up, Chef Brant took it. He moved to Tampa and started tempt-ing members’ taste buds at the prestigious Avila Golf & Country Club. But after two years, Brant received a call from a longtime friend and colleague—our very own John McCranie—with an offer he could not refuse. And the rest is Cat Cay history.

“Being on the Island is so very special and magical. When I was a child, I lived in Costa Rica and Hondu-ras and have always been fond of tropical living and yearned to live in a tropical location again!” said Chef Brant. “The unspoiled beauty, the absolutely wonderful membership, the laid-back lifestyle and being so close to my family in Florida made the decision to make Cat Cay my home an easy one—professionally and per-sonally.”

And his family are as important to him as cooking. To-gether with wife Cheryl, Chef Brant has two daughters, one son and three grandchildren. “They are my pride and joy,” he says. And now, Chef Brant is our pride and joy as he works on creating an outstanding gastro-nomic experience for every member and guest of the Club’s dining rooms. His goal for the Club? To create a menu that is a perfect complement to the breathtaking atmosphere and creativity of our island destination. So, now when someone says that we have a great chef at Cat Cay, we know that Brant Good is in the kitchen!


Growing up in Minnesota, Cat Cay’s resident marine bi-ologist, Ryan Stolee, spent quite a bit of time outdoors. Back then, his time was filled with playing sports, camp-ing with his family and even ice fishcamp-ing at his grandpar-ents’ lake house. But, because he was always interested in the natural world and had the gift of being able to pa-tiently observe and enjoy, he could also pass the time just watching the birds in his backyard or even the fish as they swam in his tank. And that patient observation is still with him today.

With that and the fact that he had always been fascinat-ed with ecology and foreign locations, Ryan optfascinat-ed for a major/minor in International Relations and Environmen-tal Studies at Calvin College in Michigan. After college, when he was looking to combine his interests and put his degree to work, he had the opportunity to be a guide at a marine biology field station on Andros Island, the

largest but least developed of all the Bahamas and the one island considered to have the most unspoiled and natural elements. On Andros, he would take students out for snorkels and dives by day and teach their classes and labs by night. There, amongst the vibrant coral and even more colorful marine life, his interest and experience in the marine field grew, as did his love for the Bahamas. He stayed several years and was subsequently promoted to Education Director at the field station. Expanding on his new marine knowledge, Ryan also took part in numerous research and travel expeditions during that time.

His interest in marine biology was really piqued after sev-eral amazing experiences including working with nesting leatherback turtles, swimming next to manta rays and having bull sharks visible on a dive. While these were monumental, it is not the only thing that he loves about his work. “Going out and finding little invertebrates and discovering all of the interactions and adaptations that happen in the ocean for balance and survival are just as interesting. Every time you go out on the boat or for a snorkel, you never know what you may come across,” said Ryan.




The land of 10,000 lakes is not

exactly where you would think you

would find a budding sea specialist,

but then again, maybe.

Pretty much an expert on the marine life of the Baha-mas, Ryan eventually found his way to Cat Cay in 2016. Here on the island, Ryan helps out with the Kid’s Camp activities by leading snorkeling trips and exploratory beach walks. He likes to map out the general idea of the program for that day but occasionally the weather or what the kids want to do dictates the agenda for the day. And sometimes, an unexpected visitor like a red-line blue sea goddess—a rarely seen sea slug with a vibrant blue color and a red ring—take center stage for the day. “It is especially exciting when the kids see these things for the first time. It is also great to see how they quickly grow in their snorkel abilities, going from nervous and unsure to free diving and pointing out cool creatures,” said Ryan.

When he’s not hunting fascinating sea creatures with the island’s kids, Ryan spends his time as a Senior Lab Technician for Florida International University where he studies seawater intrusion in the Everglades. On his weekends off, he also captains a boat in Key Largo and many times ends up on Cat Cay, his favorite home away from home.


Have you ever wondered why our island paradise is called Cat Cay?

Well, we have!

Was there a special seafaring feline that made an impression on someone? Was the island named after a particular type of boat that frequented the Bahamas? Was there a siren named Catherine, perhaps, that lured fishermen to the island? Maybe you know! We consulted with our unofficial historian, member Bruce Seabrook, and he said:

“I usually hear people say that the island was named after the cat line of a sail-boat but I have yet to find a nautical dictionary that includes such a term, even though the word cat does appear in other nautical terminology. There are cat boats (short for catamarans) and cat rigs but neither bear a resemblance to the outline of North or South Cat so I don’t think that was the reason for the name. Cat boats, however, tend to be very shallow draft and were probably used extensively for sponging and fishing around the islands in the mid 19th century so perhaps that is a more reasonable assumption.”

There are so many possibilities!

Cats have certainly popped up in many nautical tales, either as ‘ship cats’ brought on to catch errant rodents or as lucky charms that were able to predict inclement weather and bring fisherman home safely. Catamarans are common sightings around the island and could have been the namesake. Or, maybe the island was just home to a bevy of frisky felines!

If you know the real story or you can write one good enough to sound true, you can win DINNER FOR TWO at Cat Cay’s own NautiCat restaurant. Send us your story today!


• Submissions should be original and from members in good standing only. • Submissions will be judged by Cat Cay management and a select group of

island personnel.

• Cat Cay and it’s management reserves the right to use winning submission in future Cat Cay materials including website and newsletter with no additional compensation.

• Please send all submissions to jsantana@catcayyachtclub.com. Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2018.

What’s in a Name?

A Cat Cay Contest

Andrew Mylnarski knows golf.

Not only did he grow up with a golf course as his backyard, his father has been a golf teaching professional for the last 30 years. So, at 24 years young, golf has pretty much been Andrew’s life. And it shows. Growing up in Saint Michaels, Maryland, Andrew began playing golf at the age of 4, mostly with his father and older brother. He not only excelled at the game but loved it as well. Now, with 20 years of experience, he knows that those days with his dad served him well. His golf abilities landed him a scholarship to Ohio University in Athens, Ohio—where his brother also played—and there, he got serious and starting working his way to a professional playing career.

After his junior year in college, Andrew was in Miami working on an internship and perfecting his game. As luck would have it, he happened to meet Cat Cay member Kerri Topping. Learning about his experience—and especially his pas-sion for the game—Topping put him in touch with management on the island… and the rest is history. Andrew has now been one of the visiting professionals for four years. And he loves it.

“My main focus is making Cat Cay members enjoy the game of golf all while im-proving. I want to help improve scores but I have found that is easier to do when they have a smile on their face during the lesson,” said Andrew. “I don’t know if I have the ability to turn any members into professional golfers but I do have the ability to maximize their skills and get them to enjoy the sport,” continued Andrew. We are pretty sure his father would be proud to hear that!

On the island, Andrew is very active on the golf course. He plans and runs junior golf clinics, offers private group and individual lessons and hosts tourna-ments on most of the holidays that he’s there.

When not on the island, Andrew works as a product representative for Callaway Golf, the world’s largest maker of premium, performance golf products. That po-sition only makes it easier for Andrew to give his lessons an ultra-professional touch. He not only knows how to play the game. He also knows what goes in to making all the tools of the trade.

All that expertise has helped Andrew reach several top-playing accolades in-cluding shooting a career low and course record 64 (-8 under par) as well as be-ing named an Academic All-American while in college. He has also made three holes-in-one and even played 216 holes of golf (12 rounds) in one day to raise money for the Susan G. Komen organization.

Not unlike Cat Cay, Andrew currently lives in sunny San Diego, California, where it’s easy to spend your days outdoors. When asked about the long trek to come to Cat Cay, Andrew just said “it’s always worth it!” Cheers to that, Andrew! We couldn’t agree more.

C a t C ay ’ s G o l f P r o i s


Welcome To Our

New Members!

Alvaro & Adriana Guerrero

Miami Beach, FL

Sponsors: Mauricio Quirch and Guillermo Quirch

Christopher & Rebekah Kurzweg

Miami, FL

Children: Claire Anne and Chloe Elizabeth Sponsors: David Topping and Rick Herron

Inigo & Stacey Domenech

Coral Gables, FL

Children: Sofia, Sabrina and Isabel

Sponsors: Ernesto De La Fe and Ileana Platt

Joel Anderson

Florence, AL

Children: Ashley, Joel, and Kristen Sponsors: Robert Cury and Kurt Graves

Mark & Ronda Gensheimer

Boca Raton, FL

Children: Grace and Mason

Sponsors: Robert Cury and Kurt Graves

Enrique & Maria Cusco

Coral Gables, FL

Sponsors: Oswaldo Cisneros Fajardo and Ernesto De La Fe

Terrance & Louise Gregg

Miami Beach, FL



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