Hosted by the Marlow Marine Cruising Club, the 18th Annual Spring Rendezvous was a great success. The event was held at the Ocean Reef Club, a private resort in Key Largo, Florida, running from April 25 to 28, 2013.
Marlow Marine Cruising Club 18th Annual Spring Rendezvous a Great Success
Members and guests arrived by boat, plane and car to attend this highly anticipated event. Guests were treated royally and everyone’s expectations were exceeded. The first of many surprises planned over the 4 day event was the exterior washing of their boat. Marlow detailers were ready to hop on board as soon as the vessel docked.
After members received their welcome bag, filled with all sorts of useful items, at registration, everyone’s attention turned to the evening’s Welcome Reception. A beautiful setting on the upstairs terrace lent itself to a gorgeous sunset and later a full moon with its light rays dancing on the water. The fancy fare of delicious Hors d’ oeuvres, seafood martini bar, and other delights were enjoyed by the members while renewing and creating new friendships. The musician delighted the crowd with his serenade of song and performance with a variety of instruments.
Marlow Marine Cruising Club 18th Annual Spring Rendezvous a Great Fun
The following two mornings of seminars were well attended with everyone absorbing new knowledge and reinforcing their knowledge of happenings in the boating industry. A hands on demonstration aboard the newest Marlow Explorer 66E yacht SEA FOAM was presented by Yacht Controller. Other select seminar topics included Medical, Electronics, Engines maintenance, Cruising Reports, and the ever popular round table discussions lead by David Marlow and crew.
Marlow traditional and ever-popular theme party this year was ‘The Wild Wild West’. Keeping in the spirit of the theme, a golf cart poker run Friday afternoon provided a head start on what lied ahead for the evening’s Western night. The cowboys, cowgirls, Indians, Tonto and the Lone Ranger, along with a multitude of other famous western characters invaded the main beach for the Wild West event.
Marlow Explorer 66E Yacht Sea Foam
After a scrumptious barbeque steak and seafood dinner, the live western band encouraged everyone to dance into the night. After watching an authentic Wild West show, those who desired to learn the art of pistol twirling, bull whipping and lassoing were instructed by the show team. Libations, dancing, bon fires, and s’mores rounded out the event.
The next day, the tradition of Christenings and Open Boats were preceded by a round of miniature golf and an old fashioned hot dog roast. The day moved into evening with the Awards Dinner celebration. Marlow guests relaxed and enjoyed the southern seafood festival dinner menu while listening to the western singer and guitarist. After the awards, the crowd was treated to a live tribute to Tim McGraw.
As Marlow bid farewell and wished happy trails to all at the Sunday breakfast, everyone was already looking forward to next year’s rendezvous and wondering where the 20th Annual Spring Rendezvous will be held. Time will tell and it will be announced later this year.