The National Marine Customer Appreciation Party for yacht captains and crew is held annually in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Each year there is a unique fun theme like last year’s Yachtoberfest (Octoberfest) and this year ‘s Yachts of Pink. This epic event is the highlight on every yachtie’s social calendar and is not to be missed. Unfortunately last year we still had guests aboard so I was very excited for my first National Marine party!
This year’s Yachts of Pink / “Save the Ta-tas” Pink Breast Cancer Awareness theme was a great success. Colour themes work so well. Combine that with a great cause and you get awesomeness!
The day before the party, we had the go-ahead to attend the party so needed to find some pink attire. A few of us headed to the closest Party City to find some pink dress-up gear. We came back armed with pink bow ties and braces, wigs, masks, glow sticks and more.
Our yacht is currently undergoing some work at Rybovich Superyacht Marina in West Palm, Florida, which is about an hour long drive from Fort Lauderdale. This, however, was not a problem in the slightest. The amazing guest services staff organized a bus and shuttle to drive us down to the party and back again at 3am the next morning. They provided free pizza and Red Bulls to prepare us for the night before we hopped on the party bus kitted with coolers of beer. Thanks Rybo for organizing a great pre-party and for getting me back to my boat in time to do Sunday watch duty (not advisable in 3 hours sleep).
It was such a great night reconnecting with old crew and yachtie mates. Unfortunately there were so many people scattered across the appropriately large venue so I didn’t get to see everyone. I think I was a bit preoccupied with the free drinks, live bands and dance floor. Overall it was an excellently executed party but I wouldn’t expect anything less from National Marine. 🙂
I had to damage-control and leave my new camera safely at home so these are a few photos that I captured on my iPhone. Excuse the poor quality.
The Pink Party was definitely a highlight of this yachting season. I wonder what next year’s fun theme will be?