Despite its crispy name, Burnt Store Marina in Punta Gorda, Fla., remains a perennial favorite fun run/lunch destination for Fort Myers Offshore, a well-nonprofit, college scholarship-fundraising club. But what the FMO event doesn’t have every year is ace photographer Pete Boden capturing all the action. This time around, they brought in Boden, who also happens to be the chief photographer for speedonthewater.com.
Canadian go-fast boat enthusiasts Brian and Janet Lundy and friends ran their Wright Perfomance 360 sport catamaran in the event (click image to enlarge). Photos courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Last Saturday’s Burnt Store Fun Run, which was not an FMO “designated fundraising event,” from the Sanibel Bridge to the popular destination attracted a mix of 27 high-performance center consoles, V-bottom sportboats and catamarans. It was the club’s seventh event of the 2017/2018 season.
“Locals in the area were told in advance of the run and lots of people came out to watch the boats enter the harbor and snap pictures of them at the docks,” said Meghan Brousseau, an FMO board member. “It was another beautiful day of boating in the Fort Myers area of Southwest Florida.
For a closer look at the FMO Burnt Store event, check out the slideshow above.
“A majority of the boat captains live in the Cape Coral and Fort Myers areas and travel what’s known as the ‘Miserable Mile’ portion of the Caloosahatchee River to get to the Sanibel Bridge,” she added. “After lunch at Burnt Store, the boats gathered for a raft-up in the Miserable Mile for a few hours of socializing.”
The FMO event, a beach raft-up and barbecue at Cayo Costa, is slated for March 31.