SECTION B - News-y & Cruise-y

Rick Tinsley


Rick Tinsley, Dockmaster at Aquamarina Daytona, took part in our last edition's  Dockmaster Speaks feature in which he told us about his historical work on the interesting maritime history of Daytona Beach and his marina. His research includes the beginnings of Daytona Marina and Boat Works over 100 years ago!  The yard was an emergency ship-builder for our government during WW II.

We spoke with Rick recently and learned that although the publication of the book is not yet complete, he has opened a museum at 645 Beach Street and has  set up a 501C3 non-profit corporation and a great web site:

Local boating folks and visiting cruisers have taken a great interest in Rick's history. We can all visit the web site now, and plan to check out the museum on our next visit to Daytona.

Bimini Water Sports Launches New Sports Center at Big Game Club

ALICE TOWN, BIMINI‹ JUNE 4, 2012‹ To better serve the public interest in a wider ranger of family-oriented activities on this popular Bahamas out-island destination, Bimini Water Sports and the legendary Big Game Club have jointly announced new services for both guests and visitors to the island.

Former professional kiteboarder and water sports instructor Chris Quinn and yoga instructor Summer Farrell, owners of Bimini Water Sports, today announced the launch of a new Water Sports Center located on-site at the Bimini Big Game Club in Alice Town. Quinn, who had previously operated a similar business, said todayıs re-opening will provide a variety of new activities, including instruction and tours for stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and kiteboarding as well as boat rentals and yoga classes.  Quinn said the instruction and tours for all skill levels are available on a daily basis. [MORE]

Miami Watermen Complete First Ever Crossing of Gulf Stream on
Stand-up Paddleboards

Bimini-Miami Blue Water Challenge Raised Awareness for Surfriderıs Rise Above Plastics

MIAMI BEACH, FL‹JUNE 11, 2012‹ Starting with a first paddle at the docks of the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina to a final stroke landing just north of Haulover Beach in Miami Beach, Miami Watermen Bill Whiddon and Thaddeus Foote made history Saturday, June 9th, becoming the first to cross the Gulf Steam on stand-up paddleboards.

The pair, paddling to raise awareness for Surfrider Foundationıs Rise Above Plastics campaign, battled rainsqualls, searing summer heat and the natural northern drift of the Gulf Stream, to complete the 60-plus mile epic journey in 17 hours, 11 minutes and 43 seconds from the first stroke to the last.

"It was paddle, hydrate, eat and paddle more,² said the 58-year-old Whiddon.

"We did battle a 40 minute tough squall with the first hour of leaving the Bahamas and the seas went from flat to three-foot swells breaking into us.” {MORE]


Thad Foote Bill Whiddon at Big Game Club COPY

TURN KEY MARINA on Duck Key is once again named DUCK KEY MARINA. Phone number remains the same as on Chart 14. You may want to jot it down in the print version ... page 84.

ATLANTIS Paradise Island is having some specials including their Amazing Summer Special with Beach Tower rooms at $199 per night ... travel between now and August 9. Between August 10 and September 3 other rates go down as low as $99 per night on the Last Days of Summer special. Then, between September 4 and December 19 there's another Fall special with Beach Tower rooms as low as $99.
Call 888-877-7525 for all the room specials. Sometimes it's nice to know there's a hotel room handy when the bunks aboard get crowded!

IT'S TIME for reminders on these earlier-announced Fishing Tournaments ...

C-QUARTERS MARINA in Carrabelle will be sponsoring their 8th yearly Kingfish Shootout which benefits the Leukemia Research Foundation on the first weekend in August. Marina contact is 850-697-8400 and more details can be found on their web site’s Tournament page

C-QUARTERS also hosts Youth Fishing Tournaments – next one scheduled for July 21 – open to all kids 16 and younger. They are sponsored by Jimmy Crowder of C-Quarters Marina, and local businesses.


The 2nd ANNUAL FLORIDA MARINE FLEA MARKET & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL, September 7 - 9 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach.

Contact 954 205 7813 or check it out at



 Ladies, Lets Go Fishing, the No Yelling School of Fishing continues to do a great job teaching, and the ladies learn and have fun at the same time.   One More Seminar is scheduled for this year ...

Islamorada - November 9-11.

Details for all their events are on their very interesting site:

Phone is 954-475-9068; Fax is 954-474-7299.

FREE FISHING: One more of Florida’s “license free” fishing Saturdays for residents and nonresidents remains: Sept. 1 – Saltwater. (Refer to April NEWS for more info.)


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