On Thursday, January 29, 2015 more than 60 Azimut owners descended on to Key West to attend the 2nd Annual Southernmost Azimut Rendezvous. Many arrived on their Azimut yachts and a few chose to arrive by air. The Azimut and MarineMax team welcomed the attendees at a reception at Dante’s Restaurant and Raw Bar at the Conch Harbor Marina. Guest were encouraged to mix and mingle with their fellow cruisers as they enjoyed the poolside specialty cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvers. They were also treated to a spectacular sunset as the soiree continued well into the evening.
The following day everyone was encouraged to take part in a digital scavenger hunt. The participants were split into teams and sent out on electric cars to follow clever four line riddles that would lead them to historic sites where they learn interesting and fun facts about Key West. After deciphering the clues they were given photo challenges which they texted the resultant images to the judges who awarded points for each clue that was solved and challenge met. For some, it was a fun way to explore Key West and for other teams it got very competitive.
In the evening guests were invited to sunset cocktails and dinner on the pier at Ocean Key Resort. The beautiful alfresco venue was imaginatively lit with strands of lights and a canopy of teal paper lanterns. There was a well-attended open bar and the sunset did not disappoint. The dinner featured a carving station with a succulent whole roasted pig and a perfectly braised beef roast. The sated crowd was entertained by Key West Junkanoo dancers who put on quite a show. Later everyone danced the night away with a live band playing an eclectic mix of vintage rock and today’s hits.
Saturday morning Azimut and MarineMax hosted a private brunch at Truman’s Little White House. The structure initially served as the naval station’s command headquarters during the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II. In 1946 it became the winter White House for Harry S. Truman. Later presidents used it as a command post to respond the Cold War threats. It now stands as a living Key West museum and a place for our nation’s leaders to use as a retreat and a place for government business.
On their own for the afternoon, guests explored Key West or rested up for the evenings White Party Azimut/MarineMax Gala. The attire was semi-formal and those attending were encouraged to wear white with comfortable “island-style” dancing shoes. The event was held under the stars at the majestic Earnest Hemingway House. Special hors d’oeuvres and hand rolled cigars started the evening followed by dinner being served. The live band, open bar and plenty of high-end cigars kept people lingering well into the night.
The following morning breakfast was delivered to the boats in authentic Key West baskets filled with croissants, eggs, bagels, fruit and juice. Others appreciated a lavish Oceanside buffet breakfast at the Westin Hotel Pier.
The rest of the day was left open for more exploring and relaxing. At 6 PM the group gathered at the Rum Barrel for a Superbowl Party on the rooftop in the very heart of Old Town Key West. The Patriots made many attending very happy as Tom Brady won his fourth championship. Seahawk fans were openly disappointed by the final play call by Coach Pete Carroll.
The rendezvous ended with many new and old friends exchanging hugs and phone numbers with promises to come back for the 3rd Annual Southernmost Azimut Rendezvous.
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