The Florida Reef is the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States, and the third largest in the world. It is about four miles wide and extends for 170 miles. The barrier reef tract forms a great arc protecting Hawks Channel, where we will spend most of our time on this trip. Our planned itinerary will provide opportunities to explore the Upper Keys, and Duck Key in the Middle Keys. (We will leave the Lower Keys for another trip). There are more than 6,000 individual reefs, and they are 5,000 to 7,000 years old, having developed since sea levels rose following the Wisconsin Glaciation, the most recent glacial period.
This trip is perfect for those ready to escape winter in the northeast; eager for an adventure, which includes a snorkel or dive of these spectacular coral beds; and then indulge in some luxury and R&R at an elegant resort marina. We're planning a layover day at Hawks Cay Resort and Marina on days five and six. It is in the Top Ten Best Florida Resorts listed by Travel & Leisure magazine.
The starting point is historic, charming, and the best-restaurants-in-Miami neighborhood of Coconut Grove.
Our charter base is at Bayshore Landing Marina, Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida. Nine days of sailing, snorkeling and exploring the
marine preserves of the Florida reef lay ahead. We also plan to visit Key Largo, Indian Key, Rodriguez Key, and Pumpkin Key.
Day 1 - Saturday, Feb 2, 2019 - Fly into Miami airport - Arrive at
Florida Yacht Charters, Bayshore Landing Marina, Coconut Grove, Miami, FL. Crews
will assemble on designated boats, provision as necessary. There is a Publix and
a Fresh Market within walking distance of the marina.
Marina, pools, hot tubs, lagoon, restaurants, spa and
fitness center, shuttle service, marina grill.
Day 8 - Saturday, Feb 9, 2019 - Our destination today is back to Pumpkin
Key (23.5 nm); hopefully with a stop for just one more good snorkeling spot. Dinner
The cost of this trip is $1,350.00 per person (Skippers and Trip Leader $713.00). This price covers charter fees, insurance, and three (3) nights slip fees. Provisioning, fuel, and other incidentals are additional and will be handled by each boat's crew. A $200.00 deposit and Release of Liability and Zero Tolerance Form must accompany your reservation form.
Please make your check payable to The Sailing Club, Inc. and mail it, along with your completed reservation and release forms, to Mary Ann Gordon at the address below. Reservations will be processed beginning May 28, 2018 with a random draw of those received by that date. All reservations received after that date are on a first come, first served basis. A second payment of $575.00 is due on August 1, 2018, and the final payment of $575.00 is due on November 1, 2018.
NOTE: A special cancellation policy applies for this trip. Any cancellation after November 2, 2018 will not be eligible for a refund, unless a replacement is found.
A pre-trip meeting will be held at a time and place to be announced. All crewmembers should make every effort to attend in order to meet your crewmates, plan your meals, and make travel plans.
Please note that sailing conditions are dynamic, that your safety, and that of your crewmates, depends on your good physical health and agility.
Assistant Trip Leader
Mary Ann Gordon
2714 Packer Court
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
2006 South Branch Drive
Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889