Tonight my wife, Pam, and I are submitting our application to the Fort Pierce Yacht Club which is at the end of the causeway that connects our beloved Hutchinson Island to the mainland. Now, just in case you might get the image in your mind that this is a black tie affair, nothing could be further from the truth. The FPYC, as they liked to be called, is waaaaay too cool for that! Like everything about our Hutchinson Island, they are really laid back and have left any pretentiousness at the door.
First of all, you do not need a vessel to join. However, you had to have owned one at some point in your life. You must also like boats, like doing things that boaters do, and you must enjoy the people that like to do the things that boaters do. Fortunately, Pam and I can say a hearty "Aye, Aye, Mates" to all of the above.
Secondly, if I did have a boat, the FPYC has no docking, mooring, or marina services! In my opinion, this club is set up they way all clubs should be. People first, facilities second. Not that FYPC does not have a great clubhouse. It sits on the shore of the Indian River in a spacious immaculate building that can easily accommodate over a hundred people at a sit down dinner. They have activities every week and a well stocked bar where a marguarita or fine ale will not break the bank. Also, all tips go to support the Sea Scouts in the area.
Anyway, as I was putting the finishing touches on our boating resume's, I was reminded of the lyrics of a song by Garth Brooks:
And I will sail my vessel, till the river runs dry. Like a bird upon the wind, these waters are my sky.
I'll never reach my destination, if I never try. So I will sail my vessel, till the river runs dry!
The song is always an inspiration to me, especially during times of anxiety and stress. Life has a way of throwing up road blocks and digging pot holes on our road to realizing our goals. I believe we all can look around at role models who influence our lives simply by the set of their jaw and the determined look in their eyes in the face of adversity. I have watched them live out these lyrics and so will I.
If this is the first time that you have read our blog, my wife and I come from a long line entreprenurial adventures. After the sale of our last business, we decided to relocate to Hutchinson Island, Florida from Maine. We live in a great community called the Colonnades. It is on the Indian River and only a short walk to the Atlantic, great restaurants, fishing, bicycling, and beaches. The Colonnades has a great clubhouse with almost daily events, an olympic size pool, tennis, shuffleboard, and their own marina where you can get a slip for an annual fee of only $500.00! Now that we belong to a yacht club and we can get a boat and a place to keep it.