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First Annual Fish-Tale Grady Club Rendezvous - Members of the newly formed Fish-Tale Grady Club had an Open House/Demo Day event. The club got together and enjoyed a cookout and discussed future events.
Blue Runners trip to Oriental - On a mid-January 2007 afternoon, when most of the United States was struggling under snow and ice, the Grady-White Blue Runners, based on the Crystal Coast of NC, took its first outing by water as a new Grady-White owners club. The club motored out of the Morehead City, NC Turning Basin, up into the ICW, and across the Neuse River, to Oriental, the "Sailing Capital of NC." The Grady-White Blue Runners are shown here gathered in the Turning Basin. Bob and Sandi Malone in "Sargasso" (far right) talk with Steve and Marian Hale in "Bodacious" (center) and Jesse and Evita Bizzell in "Jaz-Ma-Taz".
US Coast Guard Tour - Forty-two members, guests, and families of the Tampa Bay Grady-White Club toured the US Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater on August 26, 2006. They climbed into the cockpits and working areas of the USCG sea and land rescue aircraft, the C-130 "HERCULES" and one of their 12 state-of-the art Sikorsky HH-60 "JAYHAWK" helicopters. Clearwater is the largest and busiest of the Coast Guard stations. Their areas of operations include the Gulf Coast, the Caribbean, and the Bahamas. They were involved in hurricane rescues in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast as well as the rescues from vessels at sea. They also play a major role in the governments anti-drug and migrant smuggling operations.
Steinhatchee Scallop Warriors - A group of 94 members and guests of the Tampa Bay Grady-White Club met for the fifth annual Steinhatchee Scallop Warriors outting at Paceis Cottages and Sea Hag Marina in Steinhatchee July 26-30, 2006. The group included ten Grady-Whites and six "SOBs" (some other boats) along with thirty-four children who found scallops, starfish, sea urchins, whelks, live shells, and some interesting fish including a small nurse shark that the kept catching over and over at the dock.
Tampa Bay Grady-White Club - When poor weather was forecast for the east coast of Florida, the Tampa Bay Grady-White Club cancelled their trip to Stuart October 18th-23rd. Plans were quickly put together for a long weekend escape to the Captiva - Sanibel area by several of the members, Bill and Judy Eckerle took their Sailfish 282, Dream Maker to South Seas Resort. Joining them were Norm Englert and his sister Jill and husband Darrell visiting from Ohio. John and Dixie Buick came from Cape Coral. Also joining by car on Saturday were Greg and Wynemia Aterburn. Although no fishing was done, all enjoyed great meals at some of their favorite spots like the Bubble Room and the Mucky Duck. Two lunches were done by boat at Cabbage Key and Pine Island. They were blessed with beautiful weather and an abundance of wildlife, manatees, dolphin, osprey and sea turtles. This group enjoys Grady trips so much and hate to cancel, if they can get one boat in the water ---- they're going !!. Good Grady times, Great Grady friends!!
The newly formed Lake Erie Grady-White Owners Club enjoyed the festivities at Beaver Park Marina's annual Grady-White owners tournament. Marina employee and tournament host Bill Jeancola is very proud of the success of these events stating "what began as some sporting fun has blossomed into strong friendships among us all, we look forward to our events together. Grady-White owners are unique, passionate people who love their boats." Bill should know, he owns one too!
The Tarpon Coast Grady-White Club met on February 1, 2006. Several members gathered including Jerry Mroczkowski, Ron Bembry, Ben Knisely, Geri Bayse-Bembry, Norm Mingle, Joe Mercurio, and Harvey Goldstein.
Members of the Tampa Bay Grady-White Club enjoyed a recent cruise to Palm Island, June 2-5. Five Gradys and twenty two members cruised the Intracoastal Waterway to this favorite location near Boca Grade, FL.
Palm Island Cruise - Five Gradys and 22 members of the Tampa Bay Grady-White Club cruised to Palm Island near Boca Grande, FL, by way of the Intercoastal Waterway. Beautiful weather allowed all events to go wonderfully, including group meals, walks on the beach, pool time, expoloration by golf cart, fishing and of course Grady Camaraderie!
Grady Lady Tournament - For the second weekend in a row, a small craft advisory forced the cancellation of the Chesapeake Bay Grady-White Club Grady Lady Fishing Tournament but the weather was not going to keep these ladies from fishing. All the registered ladies met at the Calypso Bay Restaurant to compete in a very different kind of competition. Instead of their usual rods, tackle and bait they were given a plastic fishing rod rigged with suction cups instead of hooks. There were several species of brightly colored cardboard fish placed out before them. All the ladies had to do was make their best cast and hook into one of the winning fish. Following the event and we spent the remainder of the evening enjoying a delicious dinner and each other's company.
Gulf Stream Grady Group and The Great Munyon Island Outing. Seen here is Dave Groop googling how to use a Hula Hoop - with a contest between Dave and Joy Best, of course Joy is winning! Great participation at this club event with 12 boats and close to 50 people attending. They enjoyed burgers & hot dogs -condiments courtesy of GGG and always some great “share eats" by members. 2 generations of future Grady owners with the double “Twins.” Proof of Mom and Dad's passing on their fishing skills with a “catch." Photos courtesy of Rick and Brenda Phipps and Bill Mahoney on behalf of the GGG Munyon Island Committee. ** Join your Grady Club today!
Here are some shots from the South Florida Grady Group. -John Charos, Express 360 named Serenity.