2018 HURRICANE PLANNING MEETING

Hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30and it is time to begin making your plans! As you know, we have already had our first named storm of the year.
 
Please reserve the evening of Tuesday, June 12, 2018 to attend the marina’s annual hurricane preparedness meeting. The meeting will be held in the Riverfront Room, on the second floor of the Riverhouse Reef and Grill, at 6 p.m.  Light beverages and snacks will be served.
 
The meeting will feature a brief presentation of Regatta Pointe Marina’s formal hurricane plan that covers what is expected of marina personnel and marina customers in the event of a severe storm and includes some valuable information resource references. Also, Ed Massey of Massey Yacht Sales will share his knowledge and perspective about hurricanepreparation gained from his many years as a yachtsman and yacht broker. Finally, Tom Watson, a long term resident of Regatta Pointe Marina and an experienced sailor, will go over some invaluable tips on planning and techniques for securing your vessel in the event of a storm threat.
 
We are planning ample time for questions and discussion and strongly encourage you to attend this meeting.
 
Regatta Pointe Marina maintains and updates both a written hurricane plan and a separate “how-to” manual on securing your boat. The 2018 editions are available by clicking on the following links:
 

CLICK HERE FOR 2018 HURRICANE PROCEDURES

 

CLICK HERE FOR 2018 SECURING YOUR BOAT

 
A RSVP to this invitation would be appreciated so that we may plan for enough seating and refreshments. You may RSVP by replying to this email or by emailing me at the address shown below. Send your RSVP to Paul@RegattaPointeMarina.com

2018 Lionfish Challenge: Harvesting Florida’s Non-Native Fish Offers Rewards

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day, May 19; Challenge runs through Sept. 3

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 15, 2018 – Sign up now for the 2018 Lionfish Challenge and you could win up to $5,000 while helping rid Florida’s waters of non-native lionfish. The competition starts this Saturday, May 19. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) urges Sunshine State divers and anglers to register now at MyFWC.com/Lionfish. Once signed up, participants will have through Labor Day, Sept. 3, to enter catches via photo or by submitting tails to checkpoints located at select dive shops and FWC offices.

Participants who harvest FWC-tagged lionfish will receive a customized Lionfish Control Team long-sleeve performance fishing gear shirt. The first tagged lionfish that is removed from each of the 50 reefs will be eligible for monetary or product-based rewards.

Native to the Indo-Pacific and believed to have entered Florida waters from an aquarium release, lionfish are now established along the southeast coast of the U.S., Caribbean, and across the Gulf of Mexico. Due to its venomous spines, the invasive species has few predators and can negatively impact native fish and reef habitats.

In addition to the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water which donated $5,000 toward the effort, support for the program also comes from the American Sportfishing Association, Yamaha, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Coastal Conservation Association of Florida, the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Dive Rite, Narked Scuba, and Lionator Pole Spears.

Visit myfwc.com/lionfish for more information.

3 Easy, No-Cost Ways to Be Safer on the Water

National Safe Boating Week is May 19–25 (2018): With the start of boating season and next week’s National Safe Boating Week, May 19–25, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has three tips to get boaters thinking about safety aboard any type of boat.

1. Open up your boat for a vessel safety check: You may think getting a vessel safety check from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons can open yourself to problems. However, a no-risk, free vessel safety check does the opposite. It points out both the required and recommended items to have aboard, such as fire extinguishers, life jackets, distress signals, first-aid kits, and engine spark arrestors, and also helps provide a better understanding on the care and use of this critical equipment. Checks are done as a courtesy with no risk to the boater, so you won’t be in trouble if discrepancies are found. Go to https://bit.ly/1syhbDA to request a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary safety check or https://bit.ly/2I2uc8w for a U.S. Power Squadrons safety check.

2. Believe the numbers – take a safety course: Statistics from the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety show that only 13 percent of all boating deaths in 2016 occurred on vessels where the operator had taken a nationally approved boating safety education course. So take this number to heart – taking a boating safety course improves safety. The BoatUS Foundation offers free online boating safety courses that meet the education requirements in 36 states and also may earn you a boat insurance discount. Go to BoatUS.org/Free.

3. Give a safety talk before you head out: Taking out guests is half the fun of boating, but before you head out give a little talk about how to stay safe aboard your boat. Some important things to include may be how to distribute weight in a small boat, how to hold on when crossing a wake, how a tuber or water skier should safely reboard after being towed, how the VHF radio works and the location of important safety equipment. Also, give everyone a life jacket to wear or keep in his or her immediate vicinity. If you don’t have a right-sized life jacket for a youngster, borrow one for free at more than 550 locations nationwide from the BoatUS Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Program at BoatUS.org/Life-Jacket-Loaner.

Regatta Pointe Marina Wins “Best Marina” For 5th Time

For the fifth time in the last six years, Regatta Pointe Marina was named “Best Marina” by the readers of the Bradenton Herald in the annual People’s Choice Awards.  

Regatta Pointe Marina is one of more than a dozen marinas located in the Herald’s circulation area, including Bradenton, Palmetto, Parish, Anna Maria Island, North Sarasota and the surrounding areas.  Each year, readers are encouraged to vote on their preferred local businesses in categories such as food & entertainment, home maintenance and business services. Regatta Pointe Marina was named “Best Marina” in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.  In 2016, our marina was the runner up. 

Regatta Pointe Marina is also home to Riverhouse Reef & Grill, which won in the categories of “Best Waterfront Restaurant” in each of the last three years.

We would like to thank everyone who voted for Regatta Pointe Marina and Riverhouse Reef & Grill, as well as all of the customers, clients and partnering businesses that make this the best marina in the Bradenton area!