Cape Coral Cruise Club Aquamarine Palm Harbour Cruise, May 22-14, 2018

By Elise Lynch

Cruising in Southwest Florida is fun, but not without its’ surprises.  We had ordered “Chamber of Commerce” weather and received about 50% of our request.  Under soggy skies, eight boaters from the Cape Coral Cruise Club ventured up the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway for our May cruise to Aquamarine Palm Harbor.  Mike & Brenda Stewart, Len & Reta Grassini and cruise leaders Jon & Elise Lynch arrived by land yacht.  Boaters included Lee & Brenda Jetton, Joe & Kelli Miller, Pete & Donna Oiderma, and, last but not least, Tal & Kathie Leonard.  This may be one of the very few times that a CCCC cruise was led by landlubbers.
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South Seas Resort

Cape Coral Cruise Club Boaters Enjoy South Seas Resort & Marina

By Lee Jetton

South Seas Resort and Marina was the March cruise destination of the Cape Coral Cruise Club, with 17 member boats joining in the fun and activities. South Seas is always a popular destination, and Cruise Leaders Phil & Lyn Quick hosted a record 38 members and guests on board their vessels participating in the cruise.  Although 21 boats had signed up for the cruise, 4 dropped out due to illness, business, or mechanical issues.

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Cruise Club returns to secluded Useppa Island

By Terry and Laurie Carlson

Wednesday morning the 8th of November the marina staff at Useppa Island greeted the Cape Coral Cruise Club arriving boaters with both sunshine and calm seas for a wonderful cruise arrival. Eleven boats arrived at the Marina and were carefully nestled into their slips by the attentive Useppa marina staff. Cruise leaders Rich and Robyn McGloin greeted arriving members and assured a relaxing stay at one of the premier private islands in the area. Wednesday afternoon provided plenty of relaxing leisure time to explore the island along the winding, lush botanical trails. Some decided to lounge by the pool, walk the beaches or visit the historic Useppa Island museum.

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Cape Coral Cruise Club 2017 Spring Cruise Summary

The Cape Coral Cruise Club, founded in 1963, is unique among S.W. Florida boat clubs in that it owns a portion of a private spoil island on the Caloosahatchee River east of the Franklin Lock near Alva. Over the years a covered pavilion has been built where the members enjoy elaborate monthly picnics, bocce, horseshoes and other relaxing activities.

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April 2017 Cruise to Fisherman’s Village

It was great!  We had a final count of seven boats who found their way to Fisherman’s Village via the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway for our April 18-21, 2017, cruise. Three boats came all the way from Burnt Store Isles in Punta Gorda! In total, ten boats arrived after braving Charlotte Harbor on a somewhat windy day. We all made it safely and settled in for a fun-filled, three-day adventure.

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Cape Coral Cruise Club returns to MARINA JACK, Sarasota

By Joe Vizzini

A number of Cape Coral Cruise Club boats got an early start on this cruise by first stopping at either Palm Island or Venice marinas on Monday March 20th. Weather was “picture-perfect” for boating, and dolphins abounded in the GICW. The Venice boaters were able to explore the interesting sites in town, and partake of some of its good restaurant offerings.

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PINK SHELL CRUISE FEBRUARY 21– 24, 2017

– By Captain John Queen, Past Commodore, Cape Coral Cruise Club

The Cape Coral Cruise Club has monthly cruises to a variety of destinations in SW Florida. For the month of February 2017, that destination was the popular Pink Shell Resort and Marina on Fort Myers Beach. There was a good turnout with 17 club boats that made the trip ranging in size from 30 to 50 feet. Most of the boats arrived Tuesday, February 21st with fairly decent weather on their bow. Many boats waited until slack tide before arriving, as past experience knows, it is tricky trying to dock at Pink Shell in strong tidal currents. Since my wife Pati and I were the cruise leaders for this event, we were one of the first boats to arrive.  We slid “Semper Paratus” into slip 20 around 10:30 AM just as inbound current was subsiding.  Dockmaster Dave and his sidekick Craig did an excellent job in getting us and all other boats safely into assigned slips.

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Cruise Club returns to Legacy Harbour

By Michael Stewart

It was bluebird weather for the Cape Coral Cruise Club members taking part in the 2017 Legacy Harbour Cruise. All nine boats made it in, one boat being late while waiting for refurbished props to be reinstalled. First time Club cruisers, Bobby and Joyce Miller arrived is style with their prospective member pennant proudly displayed. Welcome to the Club!

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Southwest Florida Yacht Club – February & March 2016 Cruising

Our cruising program was full steam ahead in February and March with a combined six cruises! In February we had our Valentine’s Day Fleet-In at our home base, Pincher’s / The Marina at Edison Ford in Fort Myers and a cruise to Tween Waters. The Fleet-In coincided with our annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance where everyone enjoyed a great meal and dancing to live music. The Tween Waters cruise, always a favorite, featured a sand sculpting contest amongst teams of cruisers. There were four unique creations with the Mermaid (shown below) winning the prize.

Valentines-Committee Mermaid

March featured four back-to-back-to-back-to-back cruises to Pink Shell, Cape Harbour, South Seas, and Boca Grande. This concept allows our cruisers to attend one cruise, all four cruises, or any combination thereof and lets them optimize their time on the water.

Each cruise had unique activities to offer. At Pink Shell we had dinner at a waterfront restaurant, attended the Shrimp Fest, and had a potluck dinner complete with a large game of Left, Right, Center.

Pink-Shell RightLeftCenter

Cape Harbour was all about relaxing and enjoying the shops and restaurants. South Seas featured a Saint Patrick’s Day theme and everyone enjoyed the party, the pools, and great company. Finally, the Boca Grande cruise was timed for the annual Cart Parade, as well as dinner and shopping in town.

South-Seas Boca-Grande

Our tradition of being a very active cruising club continues. April has back-to-back-to-back cruises to Pink Shell, Marco Island, and Naples. In May we have our annual Mother’s Day cruise to South Seas, a Snook Bight cruise, and a 2-week Key West cruise with multiple stops along the way. It is no surprise that Southwest Florida Yacht Club is “The Cruisingest Yacht Club in the USA!”©

If cruising is one of your passions, come check us out at our home base, The Marina at Edison Ford/Pincher’s in Fort Myers. If you are interested in participating in a trial cruise or attending one of our monthly meetings to see what we’re about, please contact our Vice-Commodore, Harvey Steele, at (239) 671-8887 or hsteele@handeecleat.com.

Much more information, including our cruise schedule, is also available on our website www.southwestfloridayachtclub.com. You can also visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SouthwestFloridaYachtClub.

Southwest Florida Yacht Club – “The Cruisingest Yacht Club in the USA!”©

SFYC1 Southwest Florida Yacht Club (SFYC) has been a very active cruising club since its inception in early 2012. Our cruise program is year-round and last year we had 32 cruises to over 25 destinations! Our fleet travels ranged from Everglades City in the south to Tarpon Springs in the north. In addition to these cruises, we also participated in a Celebrity Caribbean cruise and our monthly Lunch Bunch outings that are accessible by land or boat.

SFYC2

As can be seen on our cruise calendar, we are not slowing down this year. For 2016 we have 37 scheduled cruises to over 25 destinations. Our cruises range from 3 days/2 nights to 2 weeks in length and include a Keys cruise and an East Coast cruise. Several short cruises are frequently scheduled back-to-back so that members can maximum their time on the water. An example itinerary is Pink Shell – Marco Island – Naples in April.

Each cruise has one or two couples that act as cruise leaders. By sharing the responsibilities, each cruise enjoys the energy, enthusiasm, and creativity to make it special. Several cruises have themes, such as our “Touch of Class” everglades cruise or take advantage of local festivities such as Shrimp Fest on Fort Myers Beach or the golf cart parade on Boca Grande. No matter how long or short, busy or laid-back, every cruise offers our members the chance to enjoy cruising with other boaters. Cruising with your Yacht Club provides a unique opportunity to develop uncommon relationships with your fellow cruisers. It’s no surprise that “Cruising” is our members’ most valued activity. It is also no surprise that Southwest Florida Yacht Club remains committed to being “The Cruisingest Yacht Club in the USA!”©

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If cruising is one of your passions, come check us out at our home base, The Marina at Edison Ford/Pincher’s in Fort Myers. If you are interested in participating in a trial cruise or attending one of our monthly meetings to see what we’re about, please contact our Vice-Commodore, Harvey Steele, at (239) 671-8887 or hsteele@handeecleat.com.

Much more information, including our cruise schedule, is also available on our website www.southwestfloridayachtclub.com. You can also visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SouthwestFloridaYachtClub.