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Cruise to Vero Beach & Indian Harbor Beach

SCYC October Cruise
Stuart, Vero Beach and Indian Harbor Beach

On Friday, October 9th, 2015 a smaller than normal fleet of Stuart Corinthian Yacht Club boats numbering just five departed Stuart via the Intracoastal Waterway for Vero Beach and the Loggerhead Marina arriving before noon. The size of the fleet was restricted due to difficulty reserving slips over the busy Columbus Day weekend. Long a favorite stop for SCYC cruisers, Loggerhead offers a delightful pool area, floating docks and a Captains Lounge that can be reserved for dining. The short distance makes for the start of a very relaxed weekend.

As the group arrived and boats were secured all went about the tasks that are part of cruising. Engine room checks, maybe a quick wash-down and putting up sun shades over the cockpit. Then, it’s grab a cool drink and head to the pool for the typical conversation and stories with friends. As the afternoon sun bore down on the group, several returned to their boats for a nap in preparation for cocktails at 5 PM in the lounge. Cocktails were followed by eating steaks, chicken or whatever, cooked on the grills in the pool area. This was in addition to a variety of selections provided by each crew for the pot luck dinner. A busy day means an early end to a great day of cruising and conviviality.

Saturday morning we were again up and ready for departure at 9 AM. The ride to the Eau Gallie Yacht Club in Indian Harbor Beach between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean was again delightful. Light winds and clear skies again meant an arrival before noon. The same routine applied at Eau Gallie as the prior day. Eau Gallie provided a very large pool with a restaurant and bar adjoining where several enjoyed lunch and a drink. Relaxation, whether at the pool or on a boat reading, was the byword for the remainder of the day. All met at the Yacht Club lounge at 6 PM for cocktails followed by dinner including excellent food and very good service.

After dinner a hearty group caught a cab and proceeded to Lou’s Blues, a local bar with great, loud music and a questionable reputation. Both went together to provide a fun ending to another memorable day on the water.

If it seems that eating and liquid refreshment is a large part of the activities enjoyed on SCYC cruises then you haven’t participated in a Club cruise. The real fun is the association between members and getting to know each other better. Even so, Sunday broke with clear skies and delightful late summer temperatures just so that we could enjoy the unbelievable Eau Gallie Sunday Brunch. Seafood, carving table with beef or ham, any kind of eggs or omelet, fresh fruit, pastries and delectable deserts all for the taking without limit. Too much for most humans to handle but we survived and happily paid the $17 per person tab. Incredible!

Sunday evening brought a gorgeous sunset while all 14 cruisers met for cocktails aboard Tartan, our lead boat. The group had brought along our personal troubadour and Paul treated us to his guitar and repertoire of seafaring and cruising songs. As the cocktail hour progressed toward evening several Eau Gallie Yacht Club members migrated from the pool or restaurant to Tartan in order to enjoy the music and singing or maybe get a refill of their chosen refreshment. The crews agreed that such days are what cruising is all about at Stuart Corinthian.

Monday again brought excellent weather for the trip back to Stuart. All arrived safely and agreed that we are indeed fortunate to enjoy the friendship of our fellow members and these delightful days on the waters of Florida. This was a great example of the Yachting Traditions at SCYC.