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Points South Cruise to Panther Key
April 4 - April 9Free
Cruise Leader: To be Determined (Please Volunteer)
What an awesome Cruise South !!!!!
- We are heading to Panther Key in the Ten Thousand Islands, targeting to meet-up Friday Night (April 5) at 4:30 PM where we enjoy Happy Hour and a Seafood Appetizer Extravaganza. Our participating 1st Mates will coordinate the selection of the appetizers to be prepared. As we had enjoyed the Rum gig a few weeks before, you may want to select our favorite White Wines to share and compare.
Your home departure time will be up each Captain. You may choose to make it a long day to Panther or spend Thursday night in Naples at a Marina or just anchor in Champeny Bay. Others may choose a Marco Marina or the Factory Bay Anchorage.
- Panther Key is a good-sized anchorage between Coon Key and Indian Key. Common Sense will get you In—don’t cut the corners, There are multiple routes that you may take to get to Panther Key, and for those that have not been there before, we will be preparing some additional information to assist in your Pre-Sail Planning. Your mast height and draft will most probably dictate the safest and most enjoyable route.
- Saturday will find us exploring the area in our dinghies. White Horse has nice beaches, and Fakahatchee has ruins and a cemetery. It’s your choice, as this is very laid-back trip.
- After a fun day, let’s plan to meet again for Happy Hour on the beach at 5:00 PM, and then enjoy a Pot Luck dinner. Be sure to bring bug spray as the temperature and wind conditions will dictate how many bugs may decide to join in on our dinner.
- Sunday morning all will have breakfast on-board each individual vessel, and then the formal part of the trip plan will end. Never fear, however, there are lots of choices for Sunday and beyond:
- Head back North
- Head further South i.e. Little Shark River, Keys, or Dry Tortugas
- Hang around Panther for another day
- For shallow draft vessels, head up the Barron River to Everglades City for Sunday Night. Note that the route is suspect for deep draft vessels, but 4’ or so should be ok unless the tides/currents are extreme.
As of yet, I have not identified a Cruise Leader for this trip. In the meantime, if you desire to participate, please use the CMCS Sign-Up Sheet. I will also be available for sign-ups and any questions that you may have. As we get closer to the departure date, we will continually keep you posted with the latest news.
Looking forward to your participation in this fun-filled weekend
Roy Malkin – Rear Commodore-Cruising
BlownAway41@Yahoo.com or (763) 218-9369