Cortez Classic Yacht Guild Inc
5726 Cortez Rd. West #127
Bradenton FL 34210
The mission of the Cortez Classic Yacht Guild is to restore a historic classic wooden ship to serve as the Flagship in the Gulf of Mexico region to make the public aware of the importance of CLEAN WATER and marine conservation, and teaching students and volunteers the woodworking craft.
CEO/Executive Director Rick Stewart
Board Chair Rick Stewart
Board Chair Affiliation Board, President
General Info
Organization DBA
Cortez Classic Yacht Guild Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2015
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2018
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
  • Obtained IRS 501c3 status for the Cortez Classic Yacht Guild Inc. 
  • Located a ship suitable to be the Flagship for the Gulf region.
  • Spoke at local civic organizations to begin public awareness of the Flagship restoration project. 
  • Have had CCYG and mission exposure via news articles and television airing.
  • Primary goal:  restore and sail a Flagship to make the public aware of CLEAN WATER, Marine Conservation, and educate students and volunteers in the woodworking craft and boat restoration. 
  • Move and exhibit the Flagship at ports and cities in the local area and raise awareness to the public of the importance of CLEAN WATER. 
  • Give presentations, use Facebook, Website and other social media to educate the public about the Flagship and the mission of the Cortez Classic Yacht Guild.
Needs Statement
1. Primary need:  Raise funds to move the Flagship from the water to land and begin the restoration of the ship. (approximately $16,000)
2. Secure ship on land with protective covering "shed" with video and alarm surveillance equipment. (approx $3000) 
3. Prepare brochures, write articles for news media, send out mailings. produce video via airborne drone. (approx $3,000) 
4. Restore the wooden sailing ship. (approx $900,000)
5. Return the ship to the waters of Bradenton/Sarasota. 
Background Statement
In 2014 Rick Stewart and Herman Kruegle saw a need to make the public aware of the importance of CLEAN WATER and Marine Conservation in the Manatee, Bradenton and regional area of Southwest Florida and the Gulf of Mexico region.
In particular we felt it was importance to help preserve and carry on the legacy of the multi-generational heritage of the small commercial fishing village of Cortez, FL. Cortez is located on the waters of Sarasota Bay, east of the barrier islands of Longboat Key and Anna Maria Key and is one of the few fishing ports remaining in Florida.
Adjacent to Cortez is the 93 acre preserve owned and operated by the non-profit Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH).
Rick Sewart, a master boat builder, is the manager of the fully equipped BoatWorks facility having the mission to build or restore wooden boats is located on the FISH preserve.
As a consequence the non-profit Cortez Classic Yacht Guild was formed with a mission to restore a historic sailing ship, and to bring to the publics attention the importance of CLEAN WATER in the region. In particular the San Francesco will dock in the Mid-Westcoast counties of: Pinellas, Hillsboro, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Collier.
During the restoration of the San Francesco and after it is fully restored and when it is visiting ports in the regional bays and Gulf of Mexico waters, it is the belief of CCYG that the general public, cities, and commercial industries will have a greater appreciation of the Importance of CLEAN WATER and Marine Conservation in the region. When the Flagship is fully restored and
operational, its value measured by regional economic and cultural impacts will exceed the magnitude of the original investment costs. It will bring visitors to Cortez, Bradenton, Sarasota and the region.  
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments The primary areas our programs will serve are the Southwest Florida bay and estuary regions, particularly the Sarasota and Manatee County coastal regions. A special and important location will be the historic fishing village of Cortez, Florida. Extended locations include Pinellas and Charlotte Counties, Florida.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Environment
Secondary Org Type Environment
Tertiary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
There are many entities encroaching on fragile condition of the waters, coastlines and rivers in the Gulf of Mexico region. These include land developers, pollution from land runoff and the commercial sector. It is the mission of the Cortez Classic Yacht Guild, Inc to make the public aware of the importance of Clean Water. The vehicle to accomplish this is to restore an historic wooden ship and sail it in the region as the Flagship for Clean Water in the region. 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
To restore a Flagship to sail the region funds are needed to move a ship from the water to land at the BoatWorks facility located in the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH) in the fishing village of Cortez, Florida. Its mission would be similar to that of Pete Seeger and the Clearwater sailing ship on the Hudson River, New York to rid the river of major industrial pollution. Our Flagship could accomplish a similar function and help maintain Clean Water in the Gulf of Mexico region. 
1. General: A comprehensive restoration program for sailing ships. CCYG volunteers have restored historic and other donated boats for the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH) in Cortez, FL.
2. Restoration: A historic schooner to be restored and after restoration this Flagship to sail the waters of Sarasota Bay and the West coast of Florida to educate the public of the importance of Clean Water and Marine conservation.
3. Education: Many volunteers have participated in hands-on boat-building under the supervision of CCYG leaders. Education program to be expanded to and classroom instruction provided by experienced volunteers and invited professionals. All education to include knowledge of the importance of CLEAN WATER and Marine Conservation.
Budget $50,000
Category Environment, General/Other Marine Conservation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Adults K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success Students and volunteers working at any level will improve their skills and knowledge through hands-on building and restoring wooden boats in the BoatWorks shop at the FISH 501c-3 preserve in Cortez, FL. These skills will make them more capable of securing jobs in the market place requiring experienced woodworking and carpentry professionals.
Long Term Success Educate the public of the importance of CLEAN WATE and Marine Conservation in the local Sarasota/Manatee waters and the Gulf of Mexico regional waters.
Program Success Monitoring Utilizing our experience of building and restoring wooden boats and ships (as well as many land based wood restoring applications), we have created tasks and timetables to ensure the restoration projects are completed within expected time-frames and funds.
Program Success Examples A suitable ship is being acquired to serve as the Flagship to sail the local and regional waters. Since no other Flagship is sailing the waters in the region, the ship and education it will provide will enhance coastal marine life, insure cleaner beaches for the public. It will give students and volunteers an opportunity to learn the woodworking trade for marine, and land based jobs.
Program Comments by Organization CCYG has secured a historic sailing ship the San Francesco, a 70ft. schooner built in 1870 in Italy. The ship is registered in the United States and is docked in Cortez, Florida. The  San Francesco is to be restored to be the FLAGSHIP in the Southwest Florida Gulf of Mexico regional waters to educate the public of the importance of CLEAN WATER and Marine conservation.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Rick Stewart
CEO Term Start Jan 2015
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Career and recognized as a world class wooden boatbuilder and restorer of historic wooden boats. Manager, Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH) BoatWorks restoring wooden boats, supervising and teaching students and volunteers the woodworking craft. Many published articles on examples of restored wooden boats.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 4
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Presently seeking collaborations with other environment organizations and  sponsors having a mission statement that includes restoration, protection and maintenance of the waters in the Western Florida Gulf of Mexico region and making the public aware of the importance of CLEAN WATER.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization
Rick Stewart and Herman Kruegle are "ACTING" AS THE "EXEC DIR /  CO EXEC DIR"
CCYG is a new non-profit seeking to promote public awareness of the importance of Clean Water in the waters in the Sarasota/Bradenton FL region. We face the challenge of obtaining funds to restore the historic sailing ship San Francesco, and after restoration sailing same ship in the regional waters. CCYG is reaching out via news media. Articles have been published in local papers in Bradenton and Sarasota counties local television networks have aired information about CCYG. Presentations have been made to local Rotary Clubs and individuals.
Board Chair
Board Chair Rick Stewart
Company Affiliation Board, President
Board Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Herman Kruegle Retired
Linda Molto Board, Treasurer
Rick Sauer Board, Treasurer
Rick Stewart Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 63
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 25
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 0
Governance Comments by Organization CCYG is a young non-profit having 4 Board/Officers and is seeking new Board/Officer candidates having experience in finance, legal, fundraising and promotion.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $25,000.00
Projected Expenses $20,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose Secure a historic sailing ship and relocate it to the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH) in Cortez, FL. The ship is to serve as the Flagship for educating the public of the importance of CLEAN WATER and Marine Conservation in the Manatee, Sarasota Counties and Gulf of Mexico region.
Campaign Goal $50,000.00
Campaign Dates Apr 2016 to Dec 2016
Amount Raised To Date 6000 as of Mar 2016
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$11,447----
Administration Expense$0----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.37----
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$0----
Current Assets$0----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$7,247----
Total Net Assets($7,247)----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $4,200----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0----
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.00----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization At present there is no "Flagship" bringing to the attention of the public the importance of CLEAN WATER, Marine Conservation, the heritage of wooden boat building, and the dangers of additional water pollution caused by land over-development along the coast of Southwest Florida and Gulf of Mexico regions. Funds are needed to secure and make seaworthy the San Francesco 1870 schooner, to be the Flagship sailing vessel in the region. The primary mission of CCYG is to emulate the pioneering campaign of the singer Pete Seeger along the Hudson River. His organization built and sailed the schooner "Clearwater" and raised funds to force cities and  commercial companies to reduce or eliminate pollution. At present the organization Riverkeeper under the leadership of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is carrying on the mission of Pete Seeger. Likewise the primary mission of CCYG is to partner with like-minded conservation organizations and to sail the San Francesco to preserve our waters.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information was taken from the organization's Federal 990-EZ. 
Nonprofit Cortez Classic Yacht Guild Inc
Address 5726 Cortez Rd. West #127
Bradenton, FL
Phone 941 730-9551