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FMO / Nor-Tech 30th Anniversary Fun Run Jan 2nd

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Default FMO / Nor-Tech 30th Anniversary Fun Run Jan 2nd

Info / Roll Call for the FMO / Nor-Tech 30th Anniversary fun run to Marco Island - Saturday Jan 2nd

Attending Captains should read this information carefully to avoid any confusion.

This is FMO’s 15th annual Holiday Season fun run. Celebrating an even BIGGER anniversary is our run’s long time supporter and title sponsor Nor-Tech who is celebrating their 30 Year Anniversary in 2021. Let’s kick 2020 to the curb and start a yearlong celebration of SWFL powerboat building with Nor-Tech.

The fun run will once again be going to CJ's on the Bay in Marco Island. There will be 2 departure groups on this run. V-Bottoms under 90MPH will start at 10:45 AM with Cats and V-Bottoms over 90MPH departing at11:00 AM. As usual we will start the run from the south side of the Sanibel Bridge. Pete Boden will be flying the event and taking photos from the helicopter. The club pays for the helicopter and Pete in hopes of getting shots of all boats. If you take off before you are supposed to it is impossible for the helicopter to get us as a group.


If you are able to join us, Captains should post on our OSO event thread, e-mail Tim at [email protected] or our Facebook group page by 3 PM on Wednesday Dec. 30th. Both the dockmaster and the restaurant must know in advance how many are coming to prepare for our arrival. Far too many sign up at the last minute which impacts the slips we have available and food/staff preparation for CJ’s. Lets avoid that this year by confirming your attendance by the deadline, please.

This run is the 2nd designated fund raising event to help fund our FMO student scholarship program, we are asking that each participating boat donate a minimum flat rate of $100.00 towards this cause. Use this link to pay your donation for this event: https://ftmyersoffshore.com/ft_event...arco-island-2/ You will see the “Quantity “ button and “Buy Now” for that particular event. You must also have a current membership, if now you renew your membership donation is good for all of 2021.

Membership renewal: If you have not yet renewed your membership, now would be a good time to do so as the end of the year is approaching fast. memberships can be purchased at the link below: https://ftmyersoffshore.com/membership/

STARTING PROCEDURE: Captain’s please read carefully. From the Sanibel Bridge, the first of two groups will start behind Tim & Cyndees Silver Sunsation CC as the pace boat. Boats with a cruise speed of UNDER 90MPH will be led by Tim and will start at 10:45 AM with all other boats holding their position at the Sanibel Bridge. PLEASE DO NOT PASS Tim’s PACE BOAT UNTIL THE GROUP REACHES THE MIDPOINT OF FORT MYERS BEACH AND THE GREEN FLAG IS WAVED. At that point the helicopter will return to the Sanibel Bridge for the start of the second group. The second group consisting of all boats with a cruise speed of OVER 90 mph will start at 11:00 AM. The pace boat for the second group will be Don & Amanda Garner’s white 32’ Doug Whright Cat. DO NOT PASS THE PACE BOAT UNTIL WE REACH THE BONITA BEACH WATER TOWER AND THE FLAG IS LOWERED. The reason for this is to keep the boats together so Pete can get as many boats photographed and filmed from the helicopter as possible. Can you tell I am adamite about this!!

Route: We will run a coastal course that will take us past Bonita Beach, past Naples and on down to Big Marco Pass and into the Marco River. A half mile into the Marco River, turn right into the first canal (before Snook Inn) making our way in the marked channel to C.J.s on the Bay at the Esplanade Marina.

Dockage: The public dockage at The Esplanade is located along the seawall(see attached pic). The dock master will do his best to keep as much dockage open for us as possible but he cannot turn the public away. Some rafting will be required so please have lines and fenders ready on arrival. The slips are privately owned, so unless directed into a slip by the dock master, they should be avoided. Please make sure you show your appreciation to the dock master and slip him a few dollars as I’m sure we will have him scrambling. Even if they do not help you tie up they are working hard for us. Without them we would not be able to make these events possible.

Fuel / Distance: The distance from the Sanibel Bridge to the Esplanade Marina at Marco Island is about 45 miles each way. All boats are urged to leave with full fuel, particularly if you use high octane fuel that is hard to get. 90 octane ethanol free fuel is available at club sponsor Pelican Pier Marina in the Marco River, just beyond the Snook Inn on the right side.

Pictures / Video: Pete Boden will be aboard the helicopter capturing running pictures of your boats. In order to shoot as many boats as possible, ALL boats must remain behind the pace boat until we get to the Bonita Beach water tower and the pace boat for your group lowers the flag even if your picture has been taken and even if you do not want a picture. The reason is, if boats start taking off from the group others start to follow and the photo shoot is spoiled. Once boats get spread out all over the Gulf too much time is lost chasing them down. This will ensure most boats get pictured but with a big fleet some will inevitably get missed. Your best chance for a great picture and to be included in the video is to stay with the pack.

In the days following the event, Pete will post pictures on social Face Book. You will have the opportunity to purchase pictures in the days following the run.

Food: C.J’s will be serving us with a buffet style lunch and each participant will be responsible to C.J’s for their meal / drinks. Wrist bands will be given out as you pay for lunch prior to going though the food line.

50 / 50 draw: At lunch we will be selling 50 / 50 raffle tickets. As part of the Nor-Tech 30th Anniversary celebration we will have a bonus offer for the 50/50 availble to all of those purchasing tickets!!! Drawing proceeds will go into the FMO student scholarship fund. You must be present to win when the drawing takes place at around 2:30 PM. Please support your Club, and the good work we are doing.

Communication: Tim's cell is 630-363-1986, and Cyndee's cell is 239-238-0777. If you have any issues, concerns or questions feel free to call

Safety: Each boat captain is required to operate his vessel in a safe manner and is responsible for his/her crew and their safety. When running in the ICW please be aware that this can be a high traffic area and we ask that other boats be given a wide berth and that the rules of the road be adhered to. As always please no alcohol for the captains. Our event is concluded upon reaching our lunch destination. Everyone can leave when they are ready.


Sanibel Bridge: N 26 29 00; W 82 00 88.

Naples: ( Gordon Pass ) N 26 05 50; W 81 48 67.

Marco Island: N 25 58 38; W 81 46 25

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