Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Ft. Walton Yacht Club, Ft. Walton, FL to to Bay Point Bay Marina, Panama City Beach, FL
Wednesday, November 7, 2007 - Left Ft. Walton Yacht Club around 9:25 AM. Captain Kevin reminded the crew we were 5 minutes late from the designated departure time. It was a cool but sunny morning. Temperature was 42 degrees. Today's cruise to Panama City Beach will be approximately 68 miles. This will be one of our longer days on the water. Passed Destin, FL ( (Mile 227.7). Destin is a sportfishing headquarters, with many restaurants and marinas, but not an abundance of transient slips. Went through the "Grand Canyon, West End (Mile 253.5). The approach to this narrow waterway makes you feel like you are cruising into the land. As we made the approach a small waterway became visible. Bald Eagles are seen often in the area. Arrived at Bay Point Marina, Panama City Beach, FL. http://www.baypointmarina.net/. The marina is located only moments from the Gulf of Mexico and the Intercoastal Waterway via a well marked channel. The Bay Point Marina is located at the heart of one of the nation's leading resorts. Marina tenants and guests enjoy the many services at Bay Point Yacht & Country Club, Marriott's Bay Point Resort and Legend's Edge, A Marriott Vacation Club International resort. The Marina is served by a dockside, delicatessen, styling salon and barber shop, post office, bank, yacht brokerage office and Bay Point Real Estate Company. Debbie and Sharry are hoping for some little boutiques. The Marina Complex features its own complex of services and amenities, including a swimming pool, showers and washer and dryers. The Bay Point Marina is home to the Annual Bay Point Billfish Invitational Tournament, one of competitive fishing's most notable events. Each July upward of 30,000 visitors and guests flock to Bay Point to take part in the tournament's festivities. Bay Point holds the Florida state record for blue marlin. This 1,046 pound trophy was caught by Conrad Hawkins aboard the lucky 2 during the 2001 Bay Point Invitational Billfish Tournament. We had a wonderful dinner at 30 Degrees Blue Restaurant.
Posted by First Mate at 11:32 AM