Pirate Invasion to St. Augustine - CFCC - Central Florida Cruise Club

Pirate Invasion to St. Augustine

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 04:31 PM PST

March 12th - 14th
Cruise Leaders – Andy and Helen Carlin
Phone (407) 522-2730

We’re Baaaaack!

Spend a weekend of fun in downtown St. Augustine. Reservations have been made for the group at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina.

St Augustine Municipal Marina
111-E Avenida Menendez
St. Augustine, FL 32084
VHF 16/71
Web Site: http://www.staugustinegovernment.com/visitors/our_waterways.cfm

Please e-mail Andy@WeFixFlorida.com for all of the reservations with the Marina. Please include Captain’s name, how many in your crew, boat name, length, beam, power supply and whether you will be joining the
private tour.

Marina rate information:
$1.95/ft - 20 ft min.
$6.00/day - 30 Amp electric
$12/day - 50 Amp electric


Let the fun begin!

Friday Night: “The Invasion begins” (around 6:00 PM): Put on your “Pirate Garb” and grab a mug as the rum will be free flowing matey – if you’re old enough. Bring an appetizer to share and win a prize for the
best Pirate or Wench costume.

Dinner is “on your own” – If you’re still hungry.

Saturday 10:00 AM: For those that would like the “Nickel Tour” of the city, arrangements have been made with “Ripley’s Red Train” for a private tour. For $12/person and $4/child (up to 12 years old) - Come
see and hear all about “Historic St. Augustine”. This ticket is not
only good for the 1 hour private tour but once the tour is over you
will receive a ticket to ride the “Public Red Train” as often as you
like for 3 more days. Yes, you heard me right you can then use the “Red
Train” as transportation to any of the (22) stops it makes. Also,
included with the ticket is a free round of “mini golf” at the golf
course in front of the marina, as well as discounted tickets to any of
Ripley’s entertainment venues. http://sightseeingtrains.com/
(Must be a minimum of 20 people for the private tour and depending upon
overall interest in this CFCC may pick up some of this expense).

Saturday 12:00 PM: Take a cruise for lunch to Hurricane Patty’s located in the Oyster Creek Marina. http://hurricanepattys.net. For those that didn’t make it last year, the food was great and the atmosphere was even better. Hurricane Patty’s is a short run South on
the inter-coastal to the San Sebastian River just North of the 312
Bridge with a leisurely cruise up the river to the restaurant.
Reservations have been made for 12:30 PM so we will launch about 12 PM.
A 10% discount will be given to all club members.

Saturday Afternoon: Use what’s left of the day for shopping, site seeing or just relaxing.

Saturday Night (around 6:00 PM): Bring your favorite dinner or dessert and let the feasting begin.

Sunday: A leisurely day to head back home after finding a nice place in town for brunch.


On Friday around 1 PM, I will lead a group of boats from Halifax Marina in Daytona Beach up the Inter-Coastal to the Municipal Marina. When you sign up, please let me know if you will be following me on the
trip up. The name of my boat is Takin’ Five, and can be hailed on
Channel 68. The cruise from Daytona Beach to St. Augustine will take a
little less than three hours.

Launch Location: Halifax Harbor Marina
450 Basin Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32118
Info on Halifax Marina is available at: http://www.centralfloridacruiseclub.com/resources/halifax-harbor-ma...

If you prefer a closer ramp, an alternate would be the Vilano Ramp at St Augustine. This ramp is very nice, but the water can get a little “skinny” getting out. The deepest path is to the North (away from the

Alternate Ramp Info for St Augustine: Vilano Boat Ramp
GPS Lat: 29°54′42.37″ | Long: 81°18′30.56″
The Vilano Boat Ramp on the map is between San Marco Ave and the Vilano
Beach Causeway on May St. The Boat Ramp is very wide and can handle 4
trailers at a time.
There are 2 large floating docks, one on each side of the ramp.
There are new restrooms and parking is plentiful.
HOTEL INFO: (For drive-ins and/or anyone else)

If you prefer to stay in a hotel:

Arrangements have already been made with the newly renovated Holiday Inn and Suites located at 1302 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd St Augustine 32084. The room includes a fridge and microwave and is offered with
either (2) Queens or (1) King w/ sofa bed (based on availability). The
room also includes free parking, an on-site restaurant, room service
and a pool. For more information, go to www.staugustinehi.com. There is
already a block of 10 rooms set aside under Central Florida Cruise Club
at a special rate of $119.00/nt. Reservations must be made by February
28, 2010. Call 1-800-569-8008. After that date the discount will no
longer be available, and reservations will be based on availability.
The hotel is located 8/10 of a mile N. of Marina and if you take part
in the “Red Train” pass there is a stop just up the road from the hotel.



Caladesi Island State Park

Posted: 13 Feb 2010 12:49 PM PST

Cruise Leaders – Ana Baro and Lee Jones
March 26th thru the 28th

Let the Games Begin!
CFCC 1st annual “Corn Hole Tournament”
To Caladesi Island State Park

Spend a weekend of fun at Caladesi Island State Park. Reservations have been made for the group.

Park address:
#1 Causeway Boulevard
Dunedin, Florida 34698
(727) 469-5918
Web Site: http://www.floridastateparks.org/CaladesiIsland/default.cfm

Please e-mail Anabaro@aol.com for reservations with the Marina and to let us know you are coming. Please include Captain’s
name, address, date of arrival, # of nights, how many in your crew,
boat name, length, beam.
Marina rate information:
$1.00/ft – No minimum. Electric included
$0.50/ft for seniors

As one of the few completely natural islands along Florida´s Gulf Coast, Caladesi´s white sand beaches were rated America’s Best Beach in 2008. Beach lovers can enjoy swimming, sunbathing and beachcombing.
Saltwater anglers can cast a line from their boats or surf fish. Nature
enthusiasts can spot wildlife while hiking the three mile nature trail
through the island´s interior or paddling a three mile kayak trail
through the mangroves and bay. Picnic tables and shelters are located
near the beach, and picnic pavilion has been reserved for the club
Saturday night. The park has a marina with electric and water hookups,
as well as a snack bar and gift shop. The 661-acre park is only
accessible by boat or ferry. Ferry service is provided by the Caladesi
Island Ferry (727) 734-1501 and departs from Honeymoon Island State


Friday Night: “Opening Ceremonies” on the dock for tournament sign ups (around 7:00 PM): Please bring an appetizer to share and enjoy the festivities. There will be “Mexican Train” games after dinner along
with socializing on the Dock.

Dinner is “on your own” – if you’re still hungry.

Saturday 10:00 AM: Ana might lead a “Power Walk” to the point for those wishing to get some exercise in. Lee will organize some surf fishing for the anglers in the group.

Saturday 12:00 PM: The official CFCC Corn Hole Tournament begins. This will be governed by American Corn Hole Association rules for play. The format will consist of a “Boat Team” double elimination ladder
tournament. Entry Fee is $5.00 per entrant ($10.00 per team) with prize
money awarded for the First place team. There will also be an “Open
Division” single elimination, singles tournament (Time and Weather
permitting). The entry proceeds for both tournaments will be split
50/50 for First Place Winners and CFCC. This will take the place of the
50/50 drawing.

Saturday Night (around 6:00 PM): A Low Country Boil dinner will be provided. Bring your favorite appetizer, side dish or dessert and let the feasting begin.

Sunday: A leisurely day to head back home.


On Friday around 5 PM, Whazzzup will lead a group of boats from ramp to the park and can be hailed on Channel 68.

Launch Location: Seminole Boat Ramp
1-4 West to I-275 South
I-275 South to SR 60 West (Courtney Campbell Parkway)
SR 60 West to Harrison Ave., Turn Right (North)
Approx. 1 mile to Seminole Ramp (on left)
Overnight parking $7.00 per night, Pay at Vending Booth
Office is no longer there. Information is from the office at Clearwater City Marina- they “think” the fee is still $7.



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Comment by Jim Sabia on March 19, 2010 at 12:45pm
St. Augustine Invasion

Posted: 10 Mar 2010 06:37 AM PST

Although we got some steady light rain on the cruise up, most boats arrived by 5 PM Friday. By 6PM appetizers were served on the dock, the rum was flowing and music was cranking. The “Invasion” had begun. One of CFC’s soon-to-be members’ Dee Forringer won the “Best Pirate Garb” contest. Hats off to one of our newest members’, Maria Wolek, for trying real hard. Sorry Maria, we said Pirate costume, not parrot costume. After “docktails” some went into town for dinner, some went into town, and some just went in.

Saturday morning “How Mary” provided the most delicious biscuits and gravy I’ve ever had for all to enjoy. Thanks again guys. By 9 AM the buzz of the upcoming tour was all around the dock. At 10 the entire group embarked on a fantastic tour of the most historical city in Florida.

At noon, five boats loaded up and braved the 20-25 mph winds and made their way to Hurricane Patty’s (appropriately named that day). Aside for some minor food issues and whole lot of wind, a good time was had by all.

With the afternoon to do as we pleased, some went in to town exploring and some stayed on the dock relaxing. Due to windy conditions, “Dinner on the Dock” was changed to “Dinner in The Laundry Room”. Hands down, dinner put Hurricane Patty’s to shame. Thanks to all for the delicious samplings and heavenly Red Velvet Cake. After dinner we all worked our way over to the mini golf course for a game of “Closest to the Hole”. Although tension was high and competition was stiff, Howard Sellars took home the gold with the only “hole in one”.

After the game, some went back in to town, some sharpened their skills with a game of mini golf and some just played games on their boats’.

Sunday morning came all too soon. Once again biscuits and gravy were served up for all to enjoy. Some folks left early and some of us hung out until the early afternoon. Those of us that were left had a community leftovers lunch on the dock and then headed out. The ride home was quite an experience even for the best of captains. With 30-35 mph winds the true challenge was getting the boats back on the trailers.

Another BIG THANK YOU to Howard Sellars for meeting those of us who went back to Halifax on the ramp and helping us through the gusts.

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