Don’t let the Canadian Contingent fool you—at Fort Myers Offshore and the Performance Boat Club of Canada, everyone is welcome. Photo courtesy/copyright Carl McBride/DPG Media.
Like diehard surfers seeking endless summers, a group of dedicated performance-boat owners from the Midwest, Northeast and Canada descends on Fort Myers, Fla., each year just before the first hard freeze of fall. They—plus a number of year-round residents of the famed Florida Gold Coast City—comprise the 100-plus members of Fort Myers Offshore, a nonprofit, performance-oriented boating club founded in 2008 that raises college scholarship money for deserving students.
And when the club’s season ends in April—just in time for the out-of-towners to miss Florida’s crushing late spring and summer heat and humidity—they head home. And whether they come from the Midwest, Northeast or Canada, they have one thing in common in their native environs: a short 12-week boating season that’s over before they know it. And not long after, they’re headed back to Florida.