Members of Fort Myers Offshore ended their 2020/2021 season last Saturday with the Cayo Costa Beach Raft-up and Barbecue. And as usual, the traditional season finale was the perfect, laid-back good-vibes ending to a series of events for the Southwest Florida-based ended nonprofit scholarship fundraising organization..
But this time around, getting there was no picnic. The issue wasn’t rough water, high winds or even spring rain. The challenge was tidal.
Despite low-water launch challenges, the Fort Myers Offshore crew finished the season in style with their Cayo Costa Beach event.
“Cyndee and I had a boat-full of people scheduled to be onboard with us for the Cayo Costa Beach Raft up so—wanting to ensure everyone on our boat was comfortable—we had reached out to fellow board member Amanda Gardner and her husband, Don, to ask them to pace the field for the start of the event,” said Tim Hill, the president of Fort Myers Offshore. “They graciously agreed to pace the scheduled fleet of 33 registered boats—and thankfully so.
“With a full moon pulling at the tides of Southwest Florida our boat ended up being stuck on our lift with not enough water to get it off in time for the 11 a.m. start,” he continued. “Typically with such a drastic tide swing we would take our boat off the night before and leave it tied to the dock ensuring that we can get out in the morning, but with dozens of friends in town for the spring break and Easter it slipped our minds.”
Friends from Indiana hosted the Hills on the their Sunsation 32 CCX center console, but they weren’t able to get on the water until 2 p.m. They ended up missing the raft-up.
They were far from the only FMO members, 23 of which made it to Cayo Costa Beach, who struggled with the low tide.
Check out the slide above to enjoy images from the final event of the 2020/2021 Fort Myers Offshore season.
“I received several phone calls and texts from other members throughout the morning experiencing similar problems with not being able to get off their lifts,” said Hill. “But once they got to Cayo Costa our members took advantage of warming temps and abundant sunshine. Club member Andre Flottmann grilled authentic German Bratwurst from his home country for everyone and board member Troy Schrik made sure everyone was entertained with music from his killer stereo in his 35 Baja.
“I can’t thank our amazing members and sponsors enough for a record-setting year, not only by attendance at events and new members but especially for their generous donations to our scholarship fund,” he continued. “Board member Cyndee Hill is working on putting together a weekend-long overnight trip for the beginning of May. We hope to announce details of that in the next week.”