Sailing & Social News (October 2017)

Columbus Day Regatta

By Sheila O’Neil

Columbus Day Regatta October 7th and 8th in Elliot Key is always an adventure; extended sailing in Biscayne Bay, challenges of the Featherbeds and other shallow waters entering the anchorage at Elliot, anchoring amongst tens to hundreds of other vessels, snorkeling opportunities, and parties 24×7. This year, participation for Columbus Day at Elliot Key was down due to Hurricane Irma. But, Sailing Singles of South Florida was there!
Whether it’s ten vessels or tens of tens vessels, Columbus Day Regatta and Celebration at Elliot Key is always a great gathering of sailors and celebrators!  Viking Princess and Irish Rover participated this year. The Grand made an attempt, but the weather was too challenging on Friday to make the Key by Saturday. Viking Princess took to the ICW on Friday and sailed Biscayne Bay on Saturday to make Elliot. After several hours of anchorage at Elliot amongst many motor yachts, Viking Princess noticed two sailboats anchoring. They pulled up anchor and approached these boats, one of which was flying a Vice-Commodore flag. We found,  the crew were members of Coconut Grove Sailing Club who had sailed the regatta that day!
SSSF rafted up with CGSC and made great friends; enjoyed the company, the sailing stories,  and a fantastic happy hour!  Club boats made way north on Sunday, sailing to Biscayne Bay, Nixon anchorage, then Fort Lauderdale on Monday. The sail home had great boating conditions and all arrived at the home dock with memories of another Columbus Day Weekend. Crew of Irish Rover included Captain Patrick O’Brien and Janet Pogozelski. Crew of Viking Princes included Captain James Bradford and Crew Sheila O’Neil and Christine Romanski.

Funny Phrases Sail & Raft Up

On October 15th, we had our monthly raft up. The theme was Funny Phrases. One boat, The Grand, sailed out of Palm Beach. Three boats in Broward rafted up in Lake Sylvia: Viking Princess captained by James Bradford, Val Hal with Capt Jay Thomsen, and Meridian2 captained by Capt Fred Van Everdingen.  The weather was kind, and a fun day was had by all. Viking Princess ventured out of Port Everglades, and sailed south, we had light winds, saw a navy submarine off the coasts doing an exercise, and a school of dolphins followed us for a  while. After our sail we joined the raft up, we swam in Lake Sylvia and enjoyed lots of delicious food and drinks.

Halloween Party

On October 20th, SSSF held a Halloween Party at Debbie and Stan’s condo rec room at Hillsboro Cove. The fun included Music by Robbie Williams, Dancing, Costumes, Prizes  and a Potluck dinner. Susan Cohoat won the best female costume.