History of Flotilla 68

Yonkers Flotilla 68 was started in 1993 by United States Coast Guard Auxiliarists Ted Donaher, Al Mastromarino, and Art Spinner.  Mr. Donaher was a graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy and a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  Mr. Mastromarino was a member of the Merchant Marine service during World War 2.  Mr. Spinner was a retired veteran from the U.S. Air Force.

After training the 15 people required to start a Flotilla, the Chartering (or "planking" as it's known in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard) was held on June 23, 1993.  Dignitaries from the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary were present along with representatives from the City of Yonkers. 

The Flotilla became active in boating safety for the public and taught the Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills and Seamanship Course with the cooperation of the Parks Department for a number of years.  Many boating enthusiasts joined the Flotilla and trained to become crew qualified, with some advancing to Coxswain.  In addition to Safety/Search and Rescue patrols on the Hudson River, members were active in specialties such as Communications, Vessel Examinations, Marine Dealer Visitations, and Aids to Navigation.

Flotilla 68 now has a diverse membership of over 40 members, logging almost 5000 hours of volunteer service in 2012.