Sunday, September 22, 2019

Open Invitation to the next Apalachicola Cruise - November 10, 2019

Open Invitation

Point Yacht Club, located in beautiful Josephine, Alabama is sponsoring a cruise to Apalachicola, Florida.  The trip has been designed to be cruiser-friendly for both sail boats and power boats with the option to travel either offshore or on the protected ICW (see controlling bridge heights below).  

I am currently serving as Fleet Captain at Point Yacht Club, and we would welcome both members and non-members to bring your boat and join us on this wonderful laid-back cruise.  We plan to leave from Ft. McCree, Pensacola following the Blue Angels Homecoming show, which is scheduled for November 8-9.  We are leaving our start as "flexible" based on weather, but the goal is to leave on or around November 10 and arrive in Apalachicola on or about November 13.  Below are some notes on the trip.  If you are interested in joining us, please let me know so that I can include you on updates.  If you don't have a boat but would be interested in volunteering as crew, please send your contact info, and I will circulate the information to others that have signed up.

We made this trip in July and had a wonderful time - see the post immediately prior to this one!

Point Yacht Club

  Apalachicola Cruise, 2019

Tentative Schedule

·       Assemble, Blue Angels Ft. McCree            - November 8-9
·       Depart Ft. Mc Cree                                      - November 9/10/11 based on weather
·       Optional Stop, Destin Harbor                      - November 10/11 (40 miles)
·       Optional Stop, Panama City/St. Andrews Bay- November 11/12 (42 miles)
·       Optional Stop, Cape San Blas/St. Joe’s Bay- November 12/13 (24 miles)
·       Arrive Apalachicola                                     - afternoon November 13 (25 miles)

Trip Notes

Offshore to Cape San Blas, ICW to Apalachicola – controlling Bridge height: 64 ft
Inshore – ICW from Pensacola to Apalachicola – controlling bridge height: 48 ft

Note: schedule is based on offshore transit in daylight.  For boats transiting via ICW, similar stops or alternative stops are available (e.g., Juana’s, Navarre Beach, etc.)

Return at your own pace/schedule or in groups


Plan to arrive November 13.  Options for dockage/anchoring
·         Apalachicola Marina – we can get a 150 ft side tie dock (850)-899-3675
o   $2/ft plus electricity($7)
o   4 power connections
o   Could raft cat +4 monohulls (rafted)
·         Scipio Creek Marina $1.50/ft $30 water/elec/week  (850) 653-8030
·         Water Street Hotel and Marina (850) 502-5134
·         Apalachicola Boat Slips and Ramp (850) 653-6279
·         City of Apalachicola  - no power or water, priced similarly to marinas – contact City Hall
·         Anchor in River – note, tidal swing

Activities in Apalachicola

·         Group Dinner, Apalachicola Marina – Bring a dish to share
·         Group Dinner, local restaurant – Hole in the Wall, Tamaras, Owl CafĂ©, The Franklin/Gibson Inn
·         Local Bars – Ice Company, The Bowery, etc.
·         Return home at your own pace!

Our Plans

·         Likely stay in Apalachicola until Saturday, Nov 16
·         Depending upon weather, may continue on to Dog Island or St. Marks
·         Return Home

The more, The Merrier!

Other boats may join us in Apalachicola, returning from the Pace Offshore Challenge
Offshore race from Pensacola to Tampa/St. Pete, leaving November 1


Marina reservations are advisable in Apalachicola.  We plan to make a group reservation for Apalachicola Marina – first come , first served, 20% deposit needed
Neil Davies.   251-752-4133
Fleet Captain