Francine Messano hosted a fabulous Cruising Fleet event at Gulfport, FL from Friday, January 6 - Sunday, January 8. Two boats on mooring balls enjoyed stunning sunsets, four boats moored at the very convenient transient dock at the Gulfport Marina and one cruiser’s boat permanently resides at the marina. Fifteen people attend this Cruising Fleet event.
Friday evening Francine was there to welcome our cruisers coming in, everyone gathered at the marina for drinks, snacks, and great conversation. Afterward, some walked to downtown Gulfport and dined at the Drunkin Taco. Then many strolled Beach Blvd and browsed the shops and perused the vendors of the outdoor art fair. Saturday morning some had a leisurely breakfast on their boats, and some had a fantastic breakfast at the Lions Club at the marina, the best pancakes in town! The pace of the day was relaxed. Some met friends who live in the area, some enjoyed beach cocktails at the local bars, and some enjoyed the opportunity to go aboard various attendees’ boats. Love show and tells! The weather was absolutely perfect to do any outdoor activity. Saturday evening additional friends arrived and about twenty had a wonderful Greek dinner at the Neptune Grill. No plates were smashed but there was some fire! Flaming Greek Saganaki (brandy-coated cheese appetizer) was lit at the table, and we all yelled OPA! Some retired for the evening while others enjoyed cocktails and our own version of karaoke. Rock, rap, country, and some pretty spicy songs (what kind of sailors would we be without spicy songs) were sung by all. We had a final gathering on Sunday morning for the farewell. Several of us had a lovely breakfast at Stella’s downtown. Everyone set sail and started motors and were back to Davis Island Yacht Club by lunchtime.
February 24-26, 2023, our Cruising Fleet will visit SPYC, hosted by Steve and Greta Brooks! WOW! Greta has an amazing time in store for all!! Watch for the photos next log!!!
We have a Tall Ship Cruise planned for December 2nd – 9th, 2023 in the Caribbean!
If you are interested in joining the Cruising Fleet email CrusingFleet@DIYC.org or call Cary Collier Willis!