Our April/May cruise to Faro Blanco Marina and The Galleon Marina was a great time with members of MBYC.
On April 25th Cookin’ (Brent & Susan Cook), Nauti Buoy (Dave & Mary Ellen Mount), My Cherie (Jerry & Cherie Hoover) and Karine (Bob & Sandy LaMontagne) left Marco for Faro Blanco Marina on Marathon. We were joined by car that same day by Mike & Cindy Brown.
On the 26th Divergent (Bill Schroeder) joined us and Rudi & Dorothy Landwaard joined us by car. Taking advantage of calm seas, Karine departed early that morning for an overnight stop in Ft. Lauderdale as they began their trek north to Boston. A number of us enjoyed dinner at Lazy Days while Bill Schroeder took advantage of crab claws at Keys Fisheries.
On the 27th we were joined by Heartbeat (Larry & Jan Gates) and Hoosier Daddy IV (Dave & Jackie Cox with guests Andy & Linda Kelly) who arrived from Marco around noon. That evening all 17 of us enjoyed dinner together at The Butterfly Café at Tranquility Bay Resort.
The 28th was departure day for the Land Yachters when we wished the Browns and Landwaards a smooth ride back to the mainland on US-1. The Coxes enjoyed lunch with local friends and the rest of the boaters enjoyed a laid-back day in the marina.
On Thursday the 29th all six remaining boats headed to Key West via the Gulf side of the Keys for a smoother ride than our normal Atlantic route. We split up for dinner that evening with 8 of us joining Jerry Hoover for his favorite $19.95 lobster tail dinner at Two Friends.
Friday night found all of us at dinner at LaTeDa and most of us ended up at the LaTeDa cabaret show after dinner.
Divergent left for home to attend a Derby Party on Saturday and My Cherie and Heartbeat left for home on Sunday to begin packing for their northern homes in Indiana.
The Cooks, Mounts, Coxes and Kellys spent the next two days sightseeing, lunching at Louie’s Backyard and dining at A&B Lobster house that evening.
On Tuesday, May 4th, Cookin’, Nauti Buoy and Hoosier Daddy left Key West at 8:00 am in 2’-3’ following seas and were safe – but salty – back at our home port on Marco by noon.
Every person on this cruise, whether by boat or by car, had a really great time on this end-of-season cruise. We’re all looking forward to next season and hope more of you will join us.