Boca Ciega Yacht Club

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Latitude 27° 44' 21'' N
Longitude 82° 41' 44" W

Located on beautiful Boca Ciega Bay in Gulfport, Boca Ciega Yacht Club (BCYC) is only four miles from the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico offering sailors easy access to west Florida's best cruising destinations as well as fabulous sailing on the protected waters of the Bay. BCYC members enjoy club cruising, racing and a full social calendar throughout the year. If you are not already a Member, we invite you to discover the many benefits of membership and join the most exciting and friendly sail club in Florida.

Upcoming Events

12/13/2018 6:00 PM • Downtown St. Pete
12/15/2018 10:00 AM • BCYC Clubhouse
12/16/2018 11:00 AM •
12/19/2018 • Boca Ciega Yacht Club
01/05/2019 5:30 PM • Saint Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Avenue, St Petersburg
01/19/2019 11:00 AM • BCYC Clubhouse

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33rd Boat Parade is One for the Books

This was a parade of superlatives:

  • 24 BOATS including a last-minute addition of a massive trawler-style yacht! But also, we had 12 - count 'em 12 - non-member boat registrations! 
  • Thousands and thousands of people lined up along the parade route to watch (and by all accounts which have reached me from folks on-shore, very enthusiastic crowds indeed)! A special acknowledgement to the crowds at Isla del Sol for hanging in there and greeting us with such joy!
  • Dozens - maybe hundreds - of Christmas parties at homes and condos all through Town Shores and Pasadena Estates just to see our parade! It seemed like half the high-rise patios were crammed with party goers hooting and hollering down at us.
  • Most importantly: we collected a huge pile of gifts for the Gulfport Police Department's Operation Santa PLUS a $600 check from donations made to BCYC to buy even more toys!

We spread a wholelotta cheer this year!

Now for the thanks... and there are many thanks that need to be given!

  • First and foremost, let's all rain down thanks to Samantha Ring and Kim Westerfield, co-chairs of this event! Even after 33 years, the boat parade is a big, big job with a ton of moving parts, and a lot of on-the-fly adjustments to make it all go. And go it did! Thank you Samantha and Kim! You rock!
  • Thank you to Officer Brandon Dillard of the Gulfport Police Department for honoring us as the parade's official Santa!
  • Thank you to Sergeant Burkhart for leading the parade in the police boat, along with Operation Santa folks from the City of Gulfport Francine Whitten and Cynthia Hayes!
  • Thank you to Renee Best, the Gulfport Gecko Queen for honoring us as a boat judge! Thanks as well to Ray Lastra who was also a boat judge!
  • Thanks to Larry Brown (this year's Commodore), Nick Southard (next year's Commodore), and Keating Floyd for being ambassadors with all of our wonderful sponsors!
  • A special thanks to James Masson, our Fleet Captain, who had his hands extra full with 24 boats (including the non-member boats that needed docking space for the Captain's Meeting)!
  • Thank you Patty Tishuk for handling registrations and prizes! Woot!
  • Thank you Cap'n Sandbar (Richard Walters), Guy O'Conner, and Karen Wacker for post-parade live entertainment... especially that completely hilarious rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas!
  • Thank you Elloise Ullman for dropping by to find out about club membership... and then staying to help out with the night's festivities!
  • Thank you to all the other folks to who made this thing go to in big and little ways: Asa Folsom, Lezlee Kramer, Russ Matter, Melissa McCue, Geri Angel, Suzy Floyd, Picot Floyd, Gary Gertis, Mary Simpson, Mike Cook, Debbie Roberto, Ellen Alexander, Meg Banitch, Bethany Keough, Mary Crawford, John Mcleod, Susan Mcquillan, and Carol and Marty Southard.
  • Last but not least, thanks to the Sponsors and Donors who's generosity made the toy haul huge and the spirits brighter!

A final note: the winners of the Best Boat contest were:

#1 Mirage - Sea Scout Ship #915

#2 Sandy Claws - Scott Hanson

#3 Dangler- Steve Wallace

#4 Connected to Water - Stefan Kaschkadayev & Wendy Shelton

#5 Annie B - Marty & Carol Southard

#6 Seahawk- Richard Walters

#7 Ocean Hiatus- Mark Robinson

#8 Ding Dong- Steve Clinton

#9 Aquasition- Nick & Betty Southard

#10 Bella Vita- Gary Gertis

Boca Ciega Yacht Club! We did a hell of thing this year.

Hurricane Michael Relief Concert Dec. 15

In all the excitement about the boat parade, let's not forget that we are still in the middle of giving aid to those whose lives were devastated by Hurricane Michael. Next up is the We Stand Together | Get Down benefit concert in Port Saint Joe, FL hosted by the Carrabelle Boat Club.

You can also make donations directly at the Samaritan's Purse website

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Captains of BCYC

It has been verified that the Pass-A-Grille Channel navigational aids have changed. Due to heavy shoaling the old G7 is now a Danger Shoal (diamond card) marker. The old R6 is now G7 (I assume the red light was changed to green - still flashing a 4sec - TBD). If anyone can find the actual "Notice to Mariners" which covers this change please forward it to the webmaster.

Check the City of Gulfport Website for Marina & Beaches status

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Boca Ciega Yacht Club‎
Latitude 27° 44' 21.0552'' N
Longitude 82° 41' 44.7252'' W
4600 Tifton Drive South   Gulfport, FL 33711   (727) 321-7295

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