Four PGIslanders sailboats ventured out in strong winds and 5 foot seas the first week of March and convened on the 11th at Marathon after several overnight stops along the way. Three of the cruisers stayed at the Marathon Marina and RV resort and one stayed at the Marathon City Marina. We all went out for dinner several times before the closure of restaurants. Two couples were able to go the Pine Island Flea Market, others took advantage and made repairs to their sailboats as well as went grocery shopping. We had a docktail get together to drink some wine, accompanied with light appetizers prior to dinner at the Lazy Days restaurant. Several of the restaurants visited included, 7 Mile Frill, King Fisheries, and King Seafood and Restaurant. Despite the progressive restrictions due to Covid-19 we all made the best of our stay in the Keys. Although we were not able to visit Key West due to the closure of restaurants we enjoyed our stay in Marathon. One member decided to cut their trip short and left after four days, arriving safely to Punta Gorda. Another member stayed a little over a week and decided to go to the Dry Tortugas. They arrived safely to Punta Gorda on Sunday the 29th.
The two other members made it to Punta Gorda on Saturday the 28th after staying three nights at the South Seas Resort and Marina. Although only the Scoop was open during our stay for take out and all other restaurants were closed in Captiva we really enjoyed our stay. The resort was only filled to 5% capacity mostly by owners and we practically had the beach and pools to ourselves. Even the Marina was sparsely filled with about 7 boats during our three day stay. We counted about 10 manatees. They were frolicking and enjoying the calm waters of the Marina. The resort operated with a skeleton team of mostly managers as most employees had been furloughed. The Marina was operated by the harbourmaster. The pool management team made did a wonderful job removing 70% of all pool lounges, disinfecting all pool lounges and public areas, as soon as someone would leave. They had plenty of hand sanitizers and restroom were spotless cleaned. The same can be said about the team of the Marathon Marina and RV resort who would sanitize all restrooms and showers twice a day, had plenty of hand sanitizers everywhere, and encouraged as well as practiced social distancing. The intention of South Seas is to bring back their furloughed employees once they get the all clear to resume business as usual. To help their employees during this difficult time the resort donated food to them.
It was good to be out and help the businesses. We all practiced social distancing since very few people were around.
Although we did not get to do all the activities we had planned this is a cruise that we will never forget and it was good! We enjoyed the adventure!
John and Ann Taylor on “Living the Dream”
Chuck and Trudy Millburg on “Hideaway”
John and Kiki Teter on “Kiki Pearl” - Cruise Co-Captain
Juan and Genevieve Lesieux on “Sea Bound” - Cruise Captain