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smirkless posted 05-12-2005 01:00 PM ET (US)   Profile for smirkless   Send Email to smirkless

Memorial Day Weekend!

Just a couple of weeks away and just after the Stuart event... what a rush! Not sure we are going yet but wanted to see who's on board with this one. It's at the Sarasota Hyatt. The rooms generally go for 249.00/night for a double and 264/night for a double with water view. Ouch! This may be without any discount. Anyone have any other hotel information; better rates, cheeper location, or other usefull info? Drove there and back in one day last year... not going to do that again!

Let's hear from you.
Smirk :-)

The Judge posted 05-12-2005 02:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
I'm registered already but not staying there obviously. There are a couple hotels nearby that are under $100 and I believe you can keep your boat at the Hyatt for free, did last year. I believe there is a Hampton Inn or something a few hundred yards down the road....look up mapquest or go the Whaler site and see what they offer like they did with stuart.
WhalerAce posted 05-12-2005 04:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
We stayed down the road at the Ramada last year -- since these four Whaler events are our entire vacation this year, we are going to spluge and stay at the Hyatt this year.

I noticed last year that the Stuart event was fairly informal and relaxed -- the Sarasota event seemed to be more upscale, as people even showered and changed clothes for the Saturday night supper. We had been boating all day and looked like something the cat decided not to drag in.

Had great times at both events last year, and looking forward to these as well.

We are about two hours from hitting the road for Stuart!

cmarques posted 05-12-2005 10:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for cmarques  Send Email to cmarques     
We won't be making this one- gotta work saturday and the last time I paid my way out of a saturday I got stiffed and the guy quit the same day.

Ward- we have had good luck several times staying at the Holiday Inn Sarasota Bradenton Airport- they usually run around $100 a night and kept my boat at their marina for $1/foot with a room- you have to put in at the downtown Sarasota (ringling?) ramp and it's about a 4 mile run to the canal they are on and about a 4 mile drive back up Tamiami Trail.---Forget all this - just checked Travelocity and they are all booked that weekend. Isn't that Memorial day weekend?


Swellmonster posted 05-15-2005 10:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
I drove down there today and scoured the area. Didnt find too much accept one place available for 79 and a larger for 99. I will book tomorrow and release the name... :)
smirkless posted 05-16-2005 06:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Yep, staying at the spot swell found. Thanks for the leg work!
The Judge posted 05-17-2005 03:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
Guys....they let you keep your boat at the hyatt for free(in or out of the water) so don't worry about parking.

This event although more expensive being no free beer, is usually a great show. Last year there were a ton of people and we all had a great time, even me & pat catching the smallest fish(looked like bait). I should have parking in my yard for an early comers as long as they don't start my new bulkhead before memorial day. Those of you know the drill. Can't wait to see if they do seafood again or if Stuart was just a lucky shot.

Swellmonster posted 05-17-2005 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
I reserved Friday, Saturday AND Sunday! This will be an awesome trip. Cant wait for the Busch N/A! :)))
The Judge posted 05-23-2005 03:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     

Me and Laurie on the 17' Newtauk(Buz Meg) Getting there Friday afternoon about 4ish.

Brian & kimberly? on his newly aquired 17' Nausett? will be arriving with moi!

Who else and when?

Swellmonster posted 05-23-2005 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
I hope to be down there not too late Friday Night....
The Judge posted 05-26-2005 02:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
Anyone else?
smirkless posted 05-26-2005 08:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Don't forget the smirk in Ol' Blue. Ethan and I will be at the hotel about Noon Friday. You can bet on Ace and Joyce being there. Any idea if Janis is coming? Leaving first thing in the AM... see you there!
cmarques posted 05-26-2005 10:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for cmarques  Send Email to cmarques     
Let my excuses begin- working saturday, nephew's 3rd birthday saturday night and our anniversary Sunday. We might take a drive out (boatless) on Sunday a.m. if anyone will still be around then and hang out a little while.


smirkless posted 05-31-2005 12:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Another good event! The Sarasota event seemed to be a tighter network or local participants for the most part which is how the Smirk ran off with the "most distance traveled" award. There were a few nice participants from Orlando but I guess it pays to live on the north side. The prize was originally a great water tube for pulling the kids but someone from our table convinced us to trade for the marlin print now hanging in my living room. A couple of minutes after winning that one, my raffle ticket landed us a new Northstar marine VHF radio. Thank God I didn't win the oldest Whaler or I'd be hanging from a yard-arm. I had previously told Will in an e-mail that that award should go to the next oldest Whaler should I win it again. My son Ethan checked out the hull numbers and discovered that there really was an older Whaler by probably less than 100 hulls. A variety of fish were brought in - no trophies to the CW gang this time.

The weather was hot and calm. We ran out about 10 miles but couldn't find the fish. Might have had the stereo too loud :-) Lots of Flipper impersonators and penis boats (marine mammal cuisineart).

Boated-out by Sunday and had to run home. Left Swell and crew to carry on. Didn't see Ace/Joyce even though they were signed-up.

Going to try the Beaufort Event. Lots of fertal territory for fishing and prize winning. See ya next time!

smirkless posted 06-02-2005 06:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for smirkless  Send Email to smirkless     
Brian, Nick's friend, crew and new (new-old) Whaler owner, also won an award for the youngest attendee (or whatever the award title was). Brian's new son, Jack (Capt'n Jack) was awakened from a nap to receive the award.

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