At least for the moment—but one likely to carry well into next week—organizer Tim Hill is beside himself with joy and satisfaction. Yesterday’s Fort Myers Offshore Fun Run based out of Cape Coral, Fla., came off even better than Hill and his wife, Cyndee, had hoped it would. After the disappointment of having to cancel their Roar Offshore Fort Myers powerboat race, which would have run this weekend, Hill and company were elated to produce a 35-boat event that raised more than $6,000 for the Fort Myer’s Lion’s Club.
“It could not have gone any better,” said Hill. “The Friday night VIP party was supposed be outside, but it rained so me just moved it indoors and carried on. The next day, the weather was great with just a few clouds here and there and two-foot chop on run to the Village Brewhouse (in Punta Gorda) for lunch. Everybody raved about the food.
“And everything was right on schedule,” he added. “Stu Jones of the Florida Powerboat Club joined us and even he said, ‘Tim, you’re on the money with your time.’ The award ceremony was awesome with live music and we raised a lot of money, thanks to many generous people, for the Lion’s Club. They were hoping for $2,000. We delivered three times that, thanks to our participants.”
Said participant Bill Buchanon who ran his 29 Fountain, “Tim and Cyndee Hill hit it out of the park.”
Among those participants was Bill Buchanon of North Fort Myers, who ran his 29-foot Fountain sportboat in the event. A Fort Myers Offshore member and regular participant at the annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run and other events, Buchanon was thrilled was thrilled with happening.
“It was phenomenal—Tim and Cyndee hit it out of the park,” he said. “It is in my top of events of those I went to this year.”
Check out the slideshow above to enjoy more images from the inaugural Roar Offshore Fun Run.
That kind of feedback, particularly from a seasoned go-fast boating event participant, was music to Hill’s ears. And the success of this weekend’s event feeds right into his long-term plans.
“This run will be the weekend before Roar Offshore Fort Myers Beach next year, and it tie into the community of Cape Coral,” he said. “It will be weeklong festival of speed on the water.
Don and Amanda Gardner treated friends to a day on the water in their Doug Wright catamaran.