Clear blue skies and a stiff breeze greeted the 30 participants on 7 boats as they assembled at a predetermined GPS location in the Marco River to pick up their Rules Packets from the Hunt organizers, Tippy and John Cavanagh. The Hunt was now on with boats zigzagging in the river environs to locate and photograph items from a list of 75 people, places and things. Items such as “Cat” on a barge, two masted sailboat and a great blue heron were on the list, with 25 items worthy of “Extra Credit,” such as the Marco Island Princess – under way, or an osprey nest – with two ospreys. In addition there were 5 questions to lightly test the participants knowledge of boats and boating.
All items were located between Coon Key Light and the mouth of Capri Pass in the Marco River. Some members stopped off at waterside restaurants for lunch, others chose to anchor up and have a leisurely lunch, while others ate while underway during the four-hour event. Participants turned their digital camera cards in to the official scorer at 4:30 p.m. and all then returned to the organizer’s house at 6:00 p.m. fora great dinner. The results were tallied while all discussed where and how certain items were photographed. The winning boat was “Andy B,” captained by Andrea Battaglia, with Bryan Mordecai serving as crew.
The presentation of the coveted “Scavenger” trophy was made, and a fun filled day came to a close.
The Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron’s primary goal is to teach and promote safe boating to its members and the public. Basic “America’s Boating Course” classes are taught to the public while more involved classes covering charting, piloting, navigation, engine maintenance, electronics, weather and more are available to its members. Short and long boat cruises for members with large and small boats are scheduled, together with lunches, dinners, raft ups and fun events such as the Digital Scavenger Hunt. The Squadron, along with the U. S. Coast Auxiliary, offers free Vessel Safety Checks. This is a courtesy examination of a boat to verify the presence and condition of certain safety equipment required by State and Federal regulations. No citations will be given as a result of this safety check. Vessels that pass will be able to display our distinctive VSC decal. Membership information is available by calling Mary Carleen Ferry at 394-4884. SailFor a free vessel safety check, contact Alan Epstein at 389-1487.