Cruising

2019/2020 Season

Southwest Florida Inter-Club

Cruising and Day Sailing Programs

From: GCSC Fleet Captain Cruising – Bob Diamond

We have Scheduled a full Calendar of Cruising Events for 2020. Please review our Events Calendar and Posters in this Issue. Then, please mark your own personal calendar with the Cruising events you wish to join. (Events with revised dates are marked.)

 

Some upcoming January and February 2020 Highlights :

 

  • Bahamas and Florida Keyes Cruise Skippers’ Meeting . Open to all Members interested in learning about our March Cruise to the Florida Keys and Exuma Cays, Bahamas. Thursday Evening 1/16. (Revised)
  • Pink Shell (Fort Myers Beach) Cruise. This is a Cruise to a Resort Marina Hotel with  “Drive To” events at the Marina, the resort Hotel and in town. Sat, Sun & Mon 1/18,19,20 – MLK 3-Day Holiday Weekend.
  • Our “Green Flash” Sunset Cruise on the Keewaydin Queen. All members welcome – No Fee – 40 seats available and Volunteers of local Clubs given preference. RSVP early for seats. Sunday 2/9.
  • Cruising in Florida, the Bahamas, The Caribbean and the Rest of the World on your Boat or a Charter– Presented at our February General Meeting Wednesday, 2/12.
  • Panther Key Pre-Cruise Dinner Party at ZAZA Mexican Restaurant on Marco – All Members welcome – a “Drive To” party. Friday 2/14.
  • Panther Key Holiday Weekend Cruise. This is a “Sail To” only cruise to an uninhabited Island in the Keys about 25 miles south of Marco via the outside route and for smaller boats, less than half that distance on the inside route.

 

We anchor in the harbor of Panther Key. Events include a Beach BBQ Lunch and an Evening Beach Bonfire with sundowners. Dink Ferry Service and Skippers instructions provided. All Power and Sail Boats Welcome. Sat, Sun & Mon 2/15,16 & 17.

 

Please review our Sailing Events Calendar below and Mark YOUR CALENDAR with your favorite events. Please see the Sponsoring Club’s Website and Newsletter Posters for actual event details.

 

Bob Diamond

1 239 404 4844

rmdiamond@aol.com

 

 

You Are Invited

Gulf Coast Sailing Club

Sailing Calendar

2019 / 2020

(As of 1/6/2020)

January 2020

  • 🚙 New Year’s Cup Regatta Skippers’ Meeting – GCSC    Friday          1/3
  • ⛵ New Year’s Cup Regatta – GCSC   Saturday      1/4
  • 🚙 New Year’s Cup Regatta Awards’ Party – GCSC  Sunday         1/5
  • 🚙 GCSC Members’ Meeting – River Park Com. Center  Wednesday  1/8
  • 🚙 Sugden Lake Sailing and training – GCSC Sunday          1/12
  • 🚙 Bahamas Cruise Skippers Meeting – GCSC              Thursday    1/16 (Revised)
  • ⛵ 🚙 MLK Weekend Cruise to Pink Shell – GCSC Sat-Mon        1/18, 19, 20

February 2020

Super Bowl Sunday  2020 –  Good Luck & Have Fun           Sunday      2/2

  • 🚙 Winter Commodore’s Cup Skippers’ Meeting – CMCS Friday        2/7
  • ⛵ Winter Commodore’s Cup Regatta – CMCS Saturday    2/8
  • 🚙 Winter Commodore’s Cup Awards Party – CMCS               Saturday   2/8
  • 🚙 Sunset Cruise on Keewaydin Queen for Club Volunteers Sunday      2/9
  • 🚙 GCSC Members’ Meeting – River Park Com. Center              2/12
  • 🚙 GCSC Panther Key Mexican Dinner Party on Marco          Friday        2/14
  • ⛵ Day Weekend Cruise to Panther Key – GCSC    Sat-Mon   2/15,16 & 17
  • 🚙 Sugden Lake Sailing and training – GCSC Sunday     2/16
  • 🚙 Offshore Regatta Skippers’ Meeting – GCSC Friday        2/21(Revised)
  • ⛵ Naples to Ft. Myers Offshore Regatta – CMCS Saturday    2/22(Revised)
  • 🚙 Spring Offshore Regatta Awards’ Party Saturday    2/22(revised)

10>⛵ Conquistador Cup – Punta Gorda                               Sat-Sun  2/29,3/1(Added)

  • ⛵🛩 Bahamas Cruise to Exumas – Will Discuss – Dates Open – Call Bob Diamond 1 239 404 4844

 

March 2020

  • ⛵ Day Sail & Raft Up Champney Bay, Naples – GCSC       Saturday    3/7(Hi Tide @ noon)
  • 🚙 GCSC Members’ Meeting – River Park Com. Center            3/11
  • 🚙 The Classic Regatta Skippers’ Meeting – GCSC Friday          3/20
  • ⛵ The Classic Regatta – GCSC Saturday    3/21
  • 🚙 Classic Regatta Awards Brunch GCSC – NSYC                   Sunday       3/22
  • 🚙 Sugden Lake Sailing and training – GCSC          Sunday       3/29
  • ⛵ Cayo Costa Cruise – SAMI       Thursday   3/26,27,28,29

 

April 2020

  • 🚙 Bud Light Skippers’ Meeting – SAMI  Friday          4/3
  • ⛵ Bud Light Regatta, Buoy Races – SAMI   Saturday     4/4
  • ⛵ Bud Light Fun Pursuit Distance Race – SAMI Sunday       4/5
  • 🚙 Bud Light Regatta Awards’ Dinner – SAMI Sunday       4/5
  • 🚙 GCSC Members’ Meeting – River Park Com. Center               4/8
  • ⛵ Day Sail & Raft Up Champney Bay, Naples – GCSC                 Saturday   4/11(High Tide @ 2:45 PM)
  • Easter Sunday 2020                                                                         Sunday      4/12
  • 🚙 Sugden Lake Sailing and training – GCSC        4/19
  • ⛵ Point South Cruise to Panther Key – CMCS     – Tues 4/16-4/19
  • ⛵ 🚙 Sanibel Marina Cruise – SAMI             Fri – Sun.      4/24-26
  • 🚙 Messmer Cup Regatta, Skippers’ Meeting – NSYC                  Friday          4/26
  • ⛵ Messmer Cup Regatta – NSYC           Saturday      4/25
  • 🚙 Messmer Cup Awards Brunch – NSYC              Sunday         4/26

 

May 2020

  • 🚙 GCSC Members’ Meeting – Harold’s Place   Wednesday    5/13
  • 🚙 Most Memorable Regatta, Skippers’ Meeting – NSYC   Thursday        5/14
  • ⛵ Most Memorable Regatta to Tampa Bay* – NSYC   Fri & Sat         5/15,16
  • 🚙 Most Memorable Regatta Awards’ Party – DIYC  Sunday           5/17
  • 🚙 Return Regatta to Fort Myers*Skippers’ Meeting – DIYC        Thursday       5/21
  • ⛵ Return Regatta to Fort Myers* – NSYC & DIYC   Fri & Sat        5/22,23
  • 🚙 Return Regatta Awards Party – Bonita Bill’s Ft Myers Beach Sunday      5/24
  • ⛵ 🚙 Punta Gorda – Fisherman’s Village Cruise – SAMI              –Tues. 5/21 -26

June to August 2020

See our Summer Events Schedule to be Published in the Spring of 2020.

Notes:

  • Please see Sponsoring Club’s Website and Newsletters for actual event details.

Local Sailing Clubs:

CMCS – Caloosahatchee Marching & Chowder Society – www.cmcs-sail.org

DIYC –   Davis Island Yacht Club www.diyc.org

GCSC –  Gulf Coast Sailing Club  www.gulfcoastsailingclub.com

MIYC – Marco Island Yacht Club – www.marcoislandyachtclub.net

NSYC – Naples Sailing & Yacht Club – www.thensyc.com

NYC –   Naples Yacht Club – www.naplesyc.com

SAMI-   Sailing Association of Marco Island – www.samisailor.org

SPYC –  St. Petersburg Yacht Club –  wwwspyc.org

 

  • ⛵ The Sail Boat icon indicates an event that requires a boat to participate. Power Boats are welcome on Cruises, Raft Ups and as spectator or support vessels for Sail Boat races.

 

🚙 The Automobile icon indicates an event that can be driven to. These events offer a great way to participate even if you are not a boat owner or on a crew. All GCSC Members and Members of affiliated Clubs are welcome to join in the fun at all of our events.

 

  • * The May Regattas to/from Tampa Bay will have a “Cruiser Sail Along” with FREE Dockage in Tampa Bay for both Racers and Cruisers.
  • ⛵🛩 Bahamas Cruise to Exumas – Will Discuss – Dates Open – Call Bob Diamond 1 239 404 4844