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critch22 posted 06-27-2003 03:02 PM ET (US)   Profile for critch22   Send Email to critch22  
Okay, here it is - for everyone who lives in/near Florida and has a whaler. Its the Boston Whaler/Columbus Day Regatta 2003 Float Party. Elliot Key - off Miami, October 11, 2003. This event has been known to get a little crazy (slight nudity), but it is definately a blast.

Anyone interested?


http://www.columbusdayregatta.net/official_notice_board.htm

Bigshot posted 06-29-2003 11:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I'm game.....anyone else?
critch22 posted 06-30-2003 07:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for critch22  Send Email to critch22     
Not looking good Bigshot :(............

Lot of Northerners/Pacificos on this site...

smirkless posted 07-01-2003 12:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
The date is still too far off for much of a response... but I'll be there.
Smirk :-)
Swellmonster posted 07-01-2003 12:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Licking my chops!
E posted 07-01-2003 04:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for E  Send Email to E     
Just bought my first Whaler (15 Sport) and it sounds like fun. Will make the trip from Central Florida
Al_A_Buy posted 07-02-2003 12:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Al_A_Buy  Send Email to Al_A_Buy     
I'm up for it.

Al W.

BTW - E - congrats on the Whaler. What are you doing on the 4th? I plan on going to the Melbourne fireworks and would invite you to raft up wih us....
A.

AllanR posted 07-02-2003 05:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for AllanR  Send Email to AllanR     
I would like to try it. Sounds like fun. I go to Elliot Key often in my Whaler(Montauk). Only problem is on Colombus Day the whole world goes there. Ramps/marinas can be a problem.
Draftmanswife posted 07-03-2003 10:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
I'm in fella's..
Janis
Bigshot posted 07-03-2003 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Where's Smitty? He knows the area well and maybe due to high traffic weekend he can scout out some ramps more North and we can caravan down to the festivities, etc.
LiquidDiet posted 07-08-2003 03:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for LiquidDiet  Send Email to LiquidDiet     
Columbus Day Regatta at Elliot Key is a blast. But if you want to be able to get a space for your trailer at Blackpoint or Matheson Hammock you need to be in the water the thurs or friday at the latest before all the weekend craziness. If anyone needs help in coordinating this event or any information about the south dade county area let me know.

LiquidDiet
Casey Powell

critch22 posted 07-10-2003 01:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for critch22  Send Email to critch22     
Hey Casey,
I started this thread because I think it would be fun, but I have never really organized anything. I live in Boca Raton and have limited knowledge of Elliot Key/Key Biscayne. I had planned to dock my whaler overnight in Ft. Laud. friday night and head down Saturday AM. I think there is enough interest to make it an event. Time is on our side. Any help you can post will me most useful.
Marshall
LiquidDiet posted 07-11-2003 06:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for LiquidDiet  Send Email to LiquidDiet     
Marshall,

Just let me know what you need help with. I have attended the Columbus Day Regatta for the last three years and have many friends that will be attending (all leaving from Black Point Marina). I will let you know that the run from Ft. Laud. is a long one, unless you have one of the larger Whalers.

I hope I can be of some service in coordinating this event.

Casey
LiquidDiet

critch22 posted 07-18-2003 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for critch22  Send Email to critch22     
bump
Bigshot posted 07-18-2003 11:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Let post die for now, we'll resurect it in late august.
Seawolf posted 09-07-2003 12:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Seawolf  Send Email to Seawolf     
Here it is again! Getting close.

Cruised over to Elliott Key to check it out. Beautiful place and just south of there at the bottom of Biscayne bay are very nice, kind of primeaval islands with great sunsets. World class fishing outside of Ceasars Creek I was told by the Park ranger that lives there on Adams Key.
Camping is allowed on Boca Chita and Elliott Key. The mosquitoes were thick as thieves this week but by October camping may be feasible. Good Harbors, easy docking. Lots of good places to anchor out.
Possibility of camping out also on one of the Stiltsville houses in northern Biscayne Bay.(no mosquitoes)
From Haulover inlet, the ICW is basically full speed ahead all the way down to Elliott Key, and you can tie up to the Bayside Marina in Miami for $10 for four hours to eat, stroll around and listen to some live music. Lots of competition and good cheap food. a happening place.
Of course, how crowded the boat ramps will be is the thing. I will get more local knowlege about how the ramps were last year and report back for those interested.
Barry

Swellmonster posted 09-07-2003 11:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Ahoy!
The 4 "Bs"! :)
chaimemet posted 09-07-2003 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for chaimemet  Send Email to chaimemet     
Brand New Watson Island ramps are just now being finished will probably be less crowded since being new they will not be known yet by the larger population.
Draftmanswife posted 09-08-2003 01:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Let get this thing together, so we can have a great turn-out. How about posting directions to the new ramp, and we can all meet there. As for accomindations, do we need to book a room now? Where? Went I went up to the Lake Erie rendezvous, some of us stayed in the same hotel, and that was just as much fun tail-gating in the lounge chairs as being on the boats. We should pick a "leader" who knows the area to take us to a spot so we can all anchor together and have lunch and libations. OK Allan and Casey, give us the juice...
Regards,
Janis
critch22 posted 09-09-2003 09:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for critch22  Send Email to critch22     
I think its a good idea to start a sign-up sheet, just so we know how many people/boats to expect. I have friends who will be around, but I want a killer "Whaler Only" photo for my wall and for this website. So would a roster be okay?

I may be listed as the originator, but don't have the experience to be the "Leader." Not that anyone nominated me...:)

Swellmonster posted 09-09-2003 01:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Its not like a babysitting job! We just need a local from the area that has good local advise and sound decisions and how to be a rocket scientist :)

Critch! Step up to the plate!

critch22 posted 09-09-2003 02:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for critch22  Send Email to critch22     
Im a plate stepper upper, I just don't actually know the area. The water at least. I could keep you safe on land in Miami, I'm just not used to the waters - thats all. I live 44 miles north, and the fishings really good up here, so I don't really fish down there. I am willing to do research, but I am not willing to mislead a bunch of good people from outta town... Therefore, if anyone here has "305" as their area code, they would be the key to this kingdom of fun.

PROVIDED: Hurricane Isabel, whose "northern turn" I don't see happening, doesn't ruin South Florida like her uncle Andrew did eleven years ago...

Swellmonster posted 09-09-2003 03:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Check out this link.....

http://outdoorsbest.zeroforum.com/zerothread?id=15562

Im searching.....

critch22 posted 09-09-2003 04:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for critch22  Send Email to critch22     
Nice pictures. There's plenty more I am sure - that would get you in trouble with the Florida Sportsman People. (Should you have some nice "candids" please send to critch22@yahoo.com)

Well, lets hope I can repair my Zodiac in time for the big weekend... Looks like the parking lot at Joe Robbie for a Jets game. Less the clothes.

Swellmonster posted 09-10-2003 06:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Hotels would probably be too much $$$$$.
Is sleeping on the lil Whalers an idea?

Check out this neat place..
http://www.jimbosplace.com/

Here are the watson ramps:
http://www.inshore.com/bramps/d02-wts.jpg

Ramp locations.......(South Florida)

http://www.inshore.com/br-dade.html

http://www.sailmiami.com/Fishing/Boat_Ramps/boat_ramps_dade.htm

Full Service Marinas:
http://www.co.miami-dade.fl.us/parks/marinas.htm

Maybe we can see Flipper down at the Miami SeaQuarium. Maybe that old Whaler from the movies will be there :)

critch22 posted 09-10-2003 09:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for critch22  Send Email to critch22     
Wow, great post! Lovin Jimbos Place...

I am going to brave it - and sleep on the boat. I have a pretty good anchor and a decent cabin... (21 W/A)

Anyone up for a roster?

LiquidDiet posted 09-10-2003 12:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for LiquidDiet  Send Email to LiquidDiet     
Sign me up to attend.
But I will be on my Grady White (I hope that is alright)
since I need somewhere to sleep.
LD
smirkless posted 09-10-2003 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Lived in Miami for 42 years and have been to several of the Regattas. Know the waters exceptionally well including a spot I always referred to ďa piece of paradiseĒ or ďslice of the BahamasĒ right down near Elliott Key. Hell even my kidís name is Elliott.

This thing would be best led by someone in the area but if nobody there claims the title or burden, I could do it. My best friend lives there. He would probably join us in his 23 Seacraft and can do research for us.

If the security has been improved at the new Watson Island ramp, that would be great. Another good choice would be the public ramp at Virginia Key.

Plan on putting in early on Saturday. I would recommend arriving in Miami on Friday afternoon.

Mask, snorkel and dive flag are good to have. Floats of all kinds. Waterguns and bumpers! Working anchor light (in spite of the 10 thousand or so boats at anchor). Fishing anywhere near the regatta may be too crowded. Same for skiing.

Let me know if you think Iím your guide so I can start to prepare. Smirk :-)

Swellmonster posted 09-11-2003 07:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
All right Smirkless!! Check out a few of my links to the Florida Sportsman. They talk about the bums at the ramps, selling the $8.00 parking tickets, try to help with your boat, etc.
Yepper! Jimbos on Virginia Key looks "Swell"

I cast one vote for Smirkless! Who seconds it?

Bigshot posted 09-11-2003 02:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Hotels?

I may be in.

Draftmanswife posted 09-12-2003 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
I'll second on Smikrless. What do you think Smirk, the 13 or the 21'er? I think the 13 would be good, as you can park it in the smallest spaces, but the 21 would be great for sleeping onboard. How about hotels? You'r in Big, you just don't know it yet...Janis
Bigshot posted 09-12-2003 10:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Should I bring the 17 or the 17? I think I'll bring the 17. I sure as hell aint sleeping on it so somebody find some cheap shelter.
smirkless posted 09-12-2003 06:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Okay, been working on some ideas with my friend Gregg. His dad has a converted shrimp boat with a huge flat deck and some cabin space. You couldn't ask for a better party platform and open air dorm. Gregg has to leave town tonight but will check with his dad when he gets back. This is usually a done deal. I think it has a shower too.
The hard part about hotels in Miami is securing your boat in the parking lot. We could possibly launch on Friday and either dock them at his dad's house or use the floating dorm in a cove nearby. This is all a little tentative until he gets back at the end of the week.

The boat ramp I was thinking of is at Crandon Marina on Key Biscayne. Probably the most secure ramp parking on that side of the bay. Its closer to the action than Watson. Jimbos is a possible destination for those who like to step back in time but not a good ramp. More later. Smirk

smirkless posted 09-12-2003 06:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Janis,
I think the 13 would be perfect. Easy to scoot around between the boats.
Swell,
Thanks for the site research!

Location: Crandon Park Marina, Take Rickenbacker Causeway to Key Biscayne. Located at Bear Cut Bridge, third from the mainland.
Waterway: Biscayne Bay & Atlantic Ocean
Condition: Very Good, New concrete docks, 7 ramps, double wide. Checked 05/98.
Notes: Causeway toll, Ramp fees, Restrooms, Marina, B&T, Good Parking.
GPS: CRNDON, 25.723661100, 080.1547427662

http://www.inshore.com/bramps/d98-cpr.jpg

smirkless posted 09-18-2003 12:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Hay! its also going to be Smirk's 50th birthday! So, of course there will be a keg.
Bigshot posted 09-18-2003 01:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
About time you brought some beer;)
Draftmanswife posted 09-18-2003 02:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
So Big, who's going to bring the carton of cigerettes?
>^..^< And I think you should bring the 17'. Or maybe the 17'er.....yeh just bring the 17'. Let's camp I gotta a great tent that sleeps as many as we can fit our drukin asses into....
JKT
Swellmonster posted 09-20-2003 12:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Just got back from Ireland. No whalers over there. A couple of weeks ago, we went to see the movie the Italian job, and missed the whaler scene. life is grand, on the return flight from Ireland, that was the inflight movie. Tossed back a few drinks, watched the movie and life was good!
Good to see progress on this activity!
Smirk, make that keg Guiness! ;)
Bigshot posted 09-20-2003 10:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
How about Killians or something that we won't puke from:)

Miller Lite works for me;)

Janis I will bring a tent, where can we camp?

I think I'll bring the 17'....actually if lodging is tight, I'll bring the Baja and sleep on that, I have "cruise-air" ya know.

Swellmonster posted 09-21-2003 07:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
My bet says there will be no land camping available in the "vacinity"....

Is it true that Miller lite is half the carbs of Bud lite?

How many "Flippers" were there? Biggy, what year was Luke Halpins "Sandy" whaler? I think it had the blue interior... Or was it the rangers boat?

Bigshot posted 09-22-2003 03:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Miller Lite has 3.2g of carbs. Bud Lite I think is 7.? and reg bud is like 14.
smirkless posted 09-22-2003 10:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Map of Regatta Anchorage area
http://www.geocities.com/wardswhaler/Elliott-Key.html

Boca Chita is a must see. It should have a large camping area and docks but it will either be very busy or may be closed. I never had mosquio problems at the regatta. Either too many people to choose who to bite or just seasonal break. Be somewhat prepared anyway.

Still working on getting the floating dorm / converted shrimp boat.

More later :-)

Bigshot posted 09-25-2003 10:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Can't make it! Gotta choose between Biketoberfest and the regatta....gotta go to Daytona with the boyz.
Draftmanswife posted 09-25-2003 03:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
Well, Big, you know I need a house sitter for that weekend to take care of my Dog and Cat...You know you have a place to stay....I might have to work that weekend as well, just don't know what the track is doing yet.
Janis
smirkless posted 09-29-2003 12:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Hope nobody is waiting for me to beg them to come down to the Regatta. Seems like thatís what it takes for some people. I had some pretty good things lined up including a, keg, barbeque, free t-shirts and a party boat big enough to sleep on but it looks like the participation is going to be low.

Iím still planning on rafting-up with a friend or two. Come down and join usÖ or be square (closest I get to begging). Smirk :-)

Whaler4me posted 09-29-2003 02:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler4me  Send Email to Whaler4me     
I am trying to get a friend to take his boat down to the party. It is too far of a ride in my 19' outrage from Lauderdale. I have never been, but have heard many interesting stories from people who have been.

Sound like a trip one has to do.

Bigshot posted 09-30-2003 03:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Too far from Lauderdale?
Whaler4me posted 10-03-2003 11:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler4me  Send Email to Whaler4me     
Yeah, my 1977 outrage has that flat bottom, by the time I got there I would be black and blue, I guess I could trailer down there, and take my chances with the ramps.

Any guess as to how many of us are going yet ?????

Bigshot posted 10-03-2003 02:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Being Oct. can't you run the ICW down on plane? How far south of Miami is this gig?

I can't make it unfortunately. My wife is still in bad shape with her back and she won't be able to attend. I am however gonna be at the Kice? Island one so whoever is around make 1 or both.

Swellmonster posted 10-04-2003 09:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
My funding is falling apart. I need new tires on my truck to tow safely that far. Its a $600 weekend before I even hook up the boat, closer to a grand by the time I would get back. I wants to go, but not enough dough!
smirkless posted 10-06-2003 11:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
The run down from downtown Miami with all the boat traffic would be about 45 min. Usually, due to various distractions (boat races, white sand bars, girls, beer) its likely to take 1.5 hr. youíll want to hit a boat ramp on Saturday morning; as early as possible.

If you haven't been to this event, I canít describe what its like seeing a party of about 10,000 boats! There is something about waking up on board, making a cup of coffee (or cracking another cool one) and having the Miami Herald newspaper delivered boatside.
One of the reoccurring themes is always to outcook the neighboring boats. Bring your best chow to throw on the barbe!

The best anchorage is near the end of the race on the west side (so you are looking east away from the sun). Bring lots of ice and extra beer. You can always sell what you donít drink cause other didnít bring enough.

Itís always more fun to raft-up. Weíll be there. Probably use the 23í Seacraft. Iíll give out my cell# to anyone coming down. Let me know. Smirk

Seawolf posted 10-07-2003 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Seawolf  Send Email to Seawolf     
How can we all hook up, those of us that will be there? I would appreciate some cell phone numbers or to know which channel to monitor. I'll be camping out on one of the stiltsville houses either Friday or Saturday night. No mosquitoes and no tent necessary. Just hope a thousand other people don't have the same idea. Elliott Key is about 7 miles south from there. Whoever plans to be there, please e-mail a phone number so we can rendezvous.
Thanks,
Barry
dspinosa posted 10-12-2003 06:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for dspinosa  Send Email to dspinosa     
hi miami,
is there any chance of swowing a whaler owner of a 71 outrage from boston a little southern hospitality. I will be in delray beech from january 6 to the 20th. maybe a little fishing and if you are ever in the boston area I could reciprocate the favor.

dan

smirkless posted 10-18-2003 09:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Well, you probably don't want to hear this but the Columbus Day Regatta was great. Probably the only exception was that not one of you came to raft up.

My friend Gregg from Miami & I had his dad's converted lobster boat with its huge flat deck covered by awning, 12íx20í roof, 6 bunks, and best of allÖ head. There probably only about 6,000 boats this time. No jet skis allowed. The rule to anchor 75í from other boaters and raft up no more than 5 boats was done by Noon on Saturday. We were hoping one of you would show up so we would have a mobile boat to cruse around in but so many boats were cruising by us we felt like we were moving. We raged water fights from the deck for over 2 hoursÖ man were we sore from all of that. If naked women (and occasionally men) were what you were looking for, there was an abundance of that; mostly just people having fun. It was supposed to storm up in the PM but the weather was almost perfect the entire trip; we had a nearly cloudless sky the whole time. About 5:00 PM my friendís son and his friends showed up with fresh fish and lobster from the reefs so we dragged out the full size barbeque. Stake and veggies were also on the menu. No barbarians aboard this boat. Greggís son and crew had to go back to Miami late. Gregg & I to crashed on deck leaving 6 bunks empty and enough room elsewhere for about 10 more tired soles. The next morning it became apparent that about half the flotilla had left for home during the night. We had our eggs, bacon and coffee with the sunrise. Since we did not have a generator and TV on board, we headed back about 10:00 to catch some games.

Thanks for selecting me to head up this rendezvous that wasnít but I had a great time anyway. See you next time.

Swellmonster posted 10-24-2003 07:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
I am trully regretting not being able to attend that wonderful outing. That bash is so me!!
I just got penalized 23% rate on my cc for being 60 days late.
So, life suck right now, credit got damaged and I didn't make the show, and my truck still has bad tires...
smirkless posted 10-24-2003 11:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Good thing nothing in life ever stays the same for very long. Now that I am 50, my friend says... "The good thing is that you pick up speed on this side of the hill". How great is that!!! Smirk :-(

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