’09 SW Florida Cruises

Sabre Yachts gathering in South West Florida February 19-20, 2009

DOWNEAST YACHTS IN SOUTH WEST FLORIDA

Because of high winds, the raft up planned for Pelican Bay at Cayo Costa Island was changed in favor of spending two nights at the Useppa Island Club.  The weather is great, but the wind is 15-25 mph.  Pleasant on land or at the dock, but a little chancy for a raft up.

We have four Sabres in the harbor for Thursday night with 3-4 more coming for Friday.  This includes a beautiful new 52′ Saloon Express from Boca Grande.

Keuka II and Persistance over the bow of Jevabem

Moonstruck a 42' Sabre Express next to a 36' Ellis downeast cruiser

Sabre Yachts and Yacht Registry, their area dealer, have been very gracious to participate with us.  Tomorrow there will be some prizes of Sabre logo gear
for the lucky attendees.

Dinner Thursday evening was at the Collier Inn with great food and lively conversation.

Some of the Useppa Sabre Group Gathering

Pictured from left to right Joe and Jan Staudenmayer, Ralph and Sandy Searles, Don Moon, and Lou Shaw.  Not pictured were Merle and Pat Graser along with Jim Farrell and Roxanne with Bailey their beagle.

Because of the weather, plans were changed by some, so the crowd was smaller than expected.  That did not dampen the spirits of those attending.  The island is beautiful with a “Pink Road” that runs its length.  Also there are nature trails and beautiful orchids and other flowers.

One of many orchid flowers on Useppa Island

The Pink Road at Useppa Island

The Pink Road Bridge at Useppa Island

Typical View from the Pink Road

One of the beautiful beach scenes on Useppa Island

Dinner  Friday was more informal at the Collier Inn.  Then the planned departure is by 11:00 am on Saturday.

Keuka II on the way home

Persistance on the way home

Over the bow of Moonstruck 2 New Sabre 42 HT Express---Sea Filly and Moon Shadow from Vero Beach

There was talk of another Sabre Group gathering by those attending and others that could not make it.  Southwest Florida is an active cruising area and a possible marina gathering with South Seas Plantation or Cape Harbor mentioned a possible venues.  Sounds good to Lou and me.  Maybe in the Fall.

Yes, Downeast boats are certainly picking up in popularity in SW Florida.

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