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Boat Show Beginnings

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The show hasn’t even begun and already so much has happened. To kick things off right, Dockwalk held a party on Friday, October 22, at Bimini Boatyard. Due to heaving registration numbers, online registration was shut down around noon on Friday.  Although the party was set to begin at 8 p.m., crew eager to ensure a spot inside, began to queue up around 7:30...and then the flood gates opened. A line wrapped around the building, although most only waited for about 10 minutes, for two hours are crew poured in to get their first taste of FLIBS 2010.

The side parking lot tent glowed purple, green, pink and blue as OceanLED lights lit up the fun, not to mention the Advance Mechanical ice luge – a serious fan favorite. A few brave souls made their way onto the dance floor to boogie down the some of the DJs fierce tunes. Outside the front of the event, crew posed as they took photos with a custom Dockwalk sign, created by YachtSign.

Things began to wind down around midnight, an hour after the party was officially supposed to close, as excited crew popped out the door on their way to whatever adventure they could find, making sure they grabbed the latest issue of Dockwalk and a sponsor swag bag on their way out. Dockwalk would like to thank the more than 900 captains and crew and our fabulous sponsors, IGY Marinas, Advanced Mechanical, Chafe-Pro, Comfort Custom Mattresses, Dometic Group, Electronics Unlimited, Intellian, Lauderdale Marine Center, Nautic Crew, OceanLED, PI Marine and Yachtsign for helping make the resurrection of The Dockwalk Party a success.

If Friday night’s festivities weren’t enough, Saturday was chock-full of activities for captains and crew. It was a charitable day as crew attended Strike Out Cancer, an event for Ben Stubbs, an ex-yachtie with cancer. Lots of yachties and families turned out to support Stubbs and raise money for his medical and travel expenses not covered by insurance. With the help of Chief Stewardess Sereta Gregory, the event went off without a hitch as the entrance tickets doubled as raffle tickets, offering plenty of prizes ranging from restaurant gift certificates to a $100 Bluewater Books gift certificate. There was also a silent auction. The event was organized by Fluid Soul Cancer Foundation, formed in honor of Stubbs, but also to help any cancer patients.

After bowling, environmentally minded crew headed for The SeaKeepers Soiree. This extremely elegant event was held at sunset on the breezy patio of Grill 66. Live music, hors d’oeuvres, a table of tasty nibbles and a pour-your-own wine bar, ensured everyone was in a good mood. Many eco-concious yachties turned out in their finest cocktail attire, although the poor gentlemen in jackets seemed to be roasting under the setting South Florida sun. Money raised at this charitable function went to SeaKeepers Society for marine conservation programs. Graeme Lord of IYC led a live auction that included sport tickets and a private chef tasting and everyone was updated on SeaKeeper activities and encouraged to join the SeaKeeper Professionals, if they weren’t already members.

After the Soiree there was one more eco-event on the agenda. Crew and industry alike headed to Yacht Chandler’s for the second annual Save Our Seas event. A $10 donation didn’t hinder the masses, a thousand or so of whom clamored in for the revelry. There was plenty of delicious food for the eating and lots of libations for the drinking – not to mention ice luges, again a huge hit with the crowd.

A large stage was the perfect setting for an art auction, raffles – the door donated afforded everyone two raffle tickets and additional tickets were purchased for $5 – and a live band, who certainly got the crowd moving. The sea of people swayed to the music and cheered as raffles prizes were won. Magicians and dancers helped keep the event in the carnival spirit and attendees donned Mardi Gras masks adding intrigue. All of the monies raised for this event went to the Save Our Seas Foundation.

Sunday morning may have come too soon for many who enjoyed the jam-packed weekend. As we tick the events off our lists, look through the fun photos we’ve snapped and take a nap – because we all could use a bit of rest with the weekend we’ve had – remember…there is still plenty to come as FLIBS 2010 hasn’t even officially begun yet! Check out the Dockwalk Crew Calendar here to keep up-to-date on all of the events ahead.  

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