The New Year’s Cruise this year went very well. Everyone went wherever they wanted and managed to gather at Fisherman’s Village in time for New Year’s Eve. We arrived at Pelican Harbor on the 26th after spending the holiday at S. Seas. Club boats drifted in and out over the next few days. Miller Time came for the Pelican, but not for New Years.
Some of us decided that it would be a good thing to get out and head to Fisherman’s Village before the predicted cold front with the typical winter high winds and low tides. We left on the 29th and were glad of it. Everyone else stayed tucked in safely at Pelican. Only one boat couldn’t get out when they wanted to because of tides, but they made it for the big night.
We had a dock party the night of the 29th. When it turned cold on the 30th, we were able to move into the community room, which was very comfortable. Food and drinks appear as if by magic and disappear the same way. New Year’s Eve found everyone gathered for snack hour at 5 that morphed into dinner. There must be some secret signal that goes out because without a word, casseroles and other goodies show up on the table. Dan Green did a fine job with his ham. He tried a new one that the Publix manager raved about. Bourbon/maple ham. The group fell on it like they had not eaten in ages. I guess you can put bourbon on most anything and they will go for it! There wasn’t much left on the ham bone that went to the Boy Scouts for soup.
We had some drive in members and some condo rental members to add to our numbers. The marina provided a fine band and more food/drink…The group ambled over there for the rest of the evening, fortifying themselves with internal antifreeze against the chilly night.
The morning of the first, most of the deeper draft boats escaped pretty early. Some went on home, some to Pelican. Everyone was partied out, so we skipped the beach party that night. A few of that group hung around for a day or so.
I’ve no photos to share. I guess after all these years it’s mostly the same people with the same boats at the same place doing the same things. It sounds repetitive, but remains so much fun. Fisherman’s Village has a lot to offer. It was a wonderful group and I’m pleased to report there were no boat or people casualties.
In no particular order here are the attending boats:
Bridget O’Toole, Ariel, Chase the Clouds, Air Boss, Gopher Baroque, Lazy Susan, Barefeet, Tyrolia, Samphire, Sol Adventure, Crystal Daze, Zydeco
Drive by “boats” were: Kestrel II, Jazzy, Judy Judy, some of Gopher Baroque, and some of Buffy..
M/S Bridget O’Toole