Cape Coral Cruise Club Returns to Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina, Matanzas Pass, Gulf Coast
The Cape Coral Cruise Club is a group of dedicated cruisers who always provide unique reports from the marinas they visit. Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, overlooks the westerly banks of the Mantanzas Pass channel, west of marker #13.
Cape Coral Cruise Club Returns to Pink Shell Resort Marina
Taking advantage of SW Florida’s beautiful sunny weather and calm seas, 16 eager captains headed out the Caloosahatchee River toward Ft. Myers Beach and the Pink Shell Resort Marina February 16th for 3 days of fun, companionship and relaxation. Pink Shell is one of CCCC’s favorite destinations and this cruise is eagerly anticipated by Club members and fills quickly.
As a result of Pink Shell’s popularity, cruise leaders Gary and Kathy Taake always have a wait list of cruisers hoping to go. The lucky ones this year included Larry & MaryAnn Habich, Phil & Lyn Quick, Hal & Dee Moss, Armond & Pam Sikes, Phil & Pat Kryger, Ken & Anne Millisor, Jeff & Joanne Ziemer, Ted & Bev Hutson, Walt & Lynn Engle, Rusty & Marlene Glover, John & Linda Furey, Len & Sharon Palmisano, Bob & Susan Ibanez, Joe & Kelli Miller,and Paul & Stephanie Carrico.
Tuesday evening began with docktails at 4:30 followed by one of Gary’s famous entrees – grilled pork loins. The remainder of the meal was rounded out by potluck contributions provided by fabulous first mates. What a feast! Everyone outdid themselves in the food department and no one went away hungry. Too stuffed to do much bar hopping down the Beach, many were content to take on a hot game or two of cards. For some reason, this group is very competitive when it comes to table games involving quarters, nickels and dimes.
As is customary the cruise leaders provided a hot breakfast in a room provided to the Club by Pink Shell both Wednesday and Thursday morning for anyone ready to get moving by 9:00. The days were free to lounge by the several pools, ride the Beach Trolley, or walk to Times Square for lunch. Rumor has it that one establishment in the Times Square area has the coldest beer on the Beach!
Several members joined us by land yacht for docktails Wednesday evening. Kathy finalized reservations for the now-expanded group of 38 for dinner at Mantanzas on the Bay. Mantanzas never disappoints and every one enjoyed a wonderful meal. The highlight of the evening was a surprise birthday cake to honor Ted Hutson’s 85th birthday!
After another day of leisure, Thursday evening found the group scattered to various locations for dinner, followed by a final get together back at the marina for conversation and several hands of cards. This crowd is really competitive when it comes to card games. Plans were made for the next morning’s departures and everyone said a fond farewell. Another excellent Pink Shell Cruise gets logged into CCCC member’s memories.
The Cape Coral Cruise Club is open to new members who own a boat with overnight accommodations and reside in the Cape Coral / Ft. Myers area. For membership information please contact Phil Kryger at 239-541-0236. View a short picture video of recent Club activities and read additional Club information on its website, www.c-c-c-c.org Like us on Facebook.