Hurricane Irma Preparations at Riverhouse

Hurricane Irma created a great deal of stress and tension for everyone in the state of Florida last week. At the Riverhouse Reef & Grill, we were force to suspend service for 3 days as we prepared for the worst and prayed for the best.  Thankfully, the Irma passed us by, causing only minimal damage.

As a restaurant located on an island at the end of Regatta Pointe Marina’s main pier, the Reef & Grill felt especially exposed in the days leading up to the storm. Particularly as early forecasts predicted a potential category 4 hurricane.  Our staff had to go over our entire property removing all items susceptible to strong winds or heavy vibrations.  We stored away all outdoor furniture, cleared our shelves of glassware and anchored items too large to move.

We were blessed to see Irma pass by much weaker than predicted.  Our area lost power, but only very briefly.  No food was lost, and our restaurant suffered only minimal cosmetic damage.  It took us just one day after the storm passed to get back up and running. Our hearts go out to those who were not as fortunate. 

Thank you to all our staff for all of their hard work in preparing for the storm, and for our customers who look forward to serving as we put this hurricane behind us. 

 

Prepping for Hurricane Irma at Regatta Pointe Marina

By Regatta Pointe Marina Staff

Hurricane Irma touched nearly every corner of the state of Florida last week, and with it came incredible challenges and uncertainty. The incredible preparation and teamwork of everyone here at Regatta Pointe Marina, including staff and slip holders alike, provided a comforting blanket of security during the frightening days leading up to the storm. Thankfully, Irma passed by while causing only relatively minor damage at our port.

Regatta Pointe Marina is the largest marina in Manatee County with 350 slips, as well as commercial facilities for more than a dozen businesses.  Preparing for a hurricane is extremely complex and challenging for our staff and customers.  Each year we update our hurricane procedures and post them on our ebsite, as well as hold a Hurricane Planning Meeting, which all customer are invited to attend.  (NOTE: This year’s meeting was held on May 30 at the Eagle’s Nest.  Be sure you’re signed up to receive email alerts to ensure you receive your invitation to the 2018 meeting. CLICK HERE to join our email list)

All of our slip holding customers are responsible for securing their own boats to minimize the risk of damage to their vessel, their neighboring vessels and the marina.  We place a document with information on securing boats for storms on our website (CLICK HERE to view).  We are very thankful that so many of our slip holders did a spectacular job preparing their boats, and in many cases helping each other to secure each and every docked boat prior to the storm. 

Preparing the marina facilities for the storm was a complicated task that tested our staff.  Nearly every inch of our property had to be combed over by our maintenance team.  Anything loose or vulnerable to high winds had to be anchored or removed in advance of Irma’s arrival.  Dozens of signs had to be taken down, outdoor furniture had to be hidden away and other structures had to be anchored to be made storm ready.

As we all watched and waited for Irma to arrive, everyone in our region was terrified at the prospect of a potential category 4 hurricane laying waste to our beloved home.  We were blessed to see Irma take enough of an inland turn to reduce the strength of the winds to that of a category 1 when Irma reached us.  Regatta Pointe Marina’s electricity was knocked out, but only for a matter of hours.  Our hearts go out to those who did not have such fortune.

Following the storm, many of our customers were gracious enough to post photos and information about the marina on the Regatta Pointe Marina Facebook Group.  The marina was back up and running after just a couple of days.  The effects of the storm are a little less visible with each day that passes.  But the community spirit that held Regatta Pointe Marina together through the storm feels stronger than ever.

Sailing Convention For Women Offers Great Opportunity To Learn

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CORONA DEL MAR, Calif., September 6, 2017 – Where do women sailors go to learn? The Sailing Convention for Women presented by Gail Hine will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, California. The daylong ladies-only series of shore- and boat-based workshops offer beginners and experts alike a welcoming environment to learn more about all topics sailing.

“Going Up the Mast” is just one workshop at the Sailing Convention for Women on Feb 3 at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar. (credit: Sailing Convention for Women)

“The convention gives women an opportunity to meet other women sailors, discuss options for more racing, cruising and daysailing, and find out about existing women’s sailing organizations and instructional programs available in their areas,” said convention creator/director Gail Hine. “We have something meaningful for everyone.”

Attendees select a combination of workshops that best fit their interests and abilities. Course instructors are top women sailors from all over Southern California, many of whom are U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captains. Workshops include: Welcome Aboard for Beginners, Diesels, Going Up the Mast, Introduction to Power Boating, Race Tactics, Docking, Suddenly Singlehanded, Weather, Sail Trim, Basic Navigation, Electronic Navigation, Maintenance Mania, DIY Canvas Projects, How to Heave a Line, Nighttime Sailing and Navigation, Winch Workshop, Spinnaker Rigging, Offshore Cruising, and Introduction to Sailing.

To top off the event, the featured dinner speaker is Deneen Taylor, an aerospace engineer for NASA’s International Space Station Program. A lifelong sailor and certified scuba diver, she owns a Hobie Cat and crews on J-boats in Galveston Bay, Texas. Six years ago, she co-founded Mantus Anchors, a fast-growing marine-supply company bringing innovative solutions to boaters.

The $200 (early bird) registration fee includes workshops, three meals, souvenirs and handouts. Prepaid registration is required as space is limited to approximately 250. To obtain a reservation form, email gail@sailingconventionforwomen.com or call 951-677-8121. Bookings can be made online at sailingconventionforwomen.com beginning December 10, 2017.