Hatteras Club Rendezvous – Bahamas 2018
Hatteras owners from across the U.S. brought their yachts, ranging from 45 to 90 feet, to the weeklong Hatteras Club Rendezvous in June. The itinerary took the fleet roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Eleuthera in the Bahamas, stopping for sun and fun at magnificent tropical islands along the way.
“We spent 10 days exploring four different destinations across the Bahamas with our customers,” said Hatteras Yachts President & CEO Kelly Grindle. “The locations were spectacular, the weather was terrific, and the boats performed perfectly. We couldn’t be happier.”
The Hatteras Club Rendezvous fleet left Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades Inlet on Friday, June 22, bound for Grand Bahama Island. The mix of motor and sportfishing yachts that participated in the 2018 Rendezvous included:
- M90 Panacera Snowghost – Florida
- M75 Panacera Quay II – Florida
- M60 Getaway – Florida
- 68 Convertible Showtime – Puerto Rico
- GT45X Reel Energy – California
- GT63 Hatterascal – New Bern, N.C.
After three hours underway, the fleet, led by the brand new GT63 Hatterascal, arrived at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club. All the vessels received complimentary washdowns from the marina staff, which we enjoyed at each stop throughout the trip. That evening, everyone gathered for a welcome cocktail party poolside with traditional Bahamian fare, cocktails and live Junkanoo music and dancing.
On Saturday, we arranged for a local catamaran to take the group snorkeling. Afterward, we all headed to a pristine beach for Bahama Mamas and a BBQ lunch. Ah – blissed out in the Bahamas!
Sunday saw the fleet move on to Chub Cay, a private island at the tip of the Berry Island chain that’s known for its outstanding fishing. That evening, everyone decked out their yachts for the Parrothead/Cheeseburger in Paradise-themed Yacht Hop on the docks, one of the highlights of the week. The contest for best décor, costume, signature cocktail, and tasting dish made for a very festive and fun evening.
On Monday morning, the fleet took off for the five-hour run to Harbour Island, Eleuthera, in the Bahamas Out Islands. Once again, the voyage was ultra-smooth aboard well-built Hatteras Yachts. Romora Bay Marina, our home for the next three days, welcomed us with boat washdowns, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
Rendezvous participants enjoyed plenty of free time to explore Harbour Island with its legendary pink sand beaches. But on Tuesday, everyone got together for the Amazing Race Golf Cart Tour, followed by a lunch at Romora Bay where we crowned the Amazing Race winners, shown below. The next evening, Coral Sands Hotel hosted the group for cocktails on the terrace, followed by an elegant dinner accompanied by live entertainment.
The Marina at Atlantis on Paradise Island was the final stop on the Hatteras Club Rendezvous itinerary. With the resort’s casino, water park (complete with shark-infested water slides) and shopping just steps away, there was plenty to entertain everyone, no matter their age or inclination!
On Friday, the Hatterascal took the group to Rose Island, a spectacular private island about three miles from Atlantis. Complimentary parasailing and Jet-Skiing were accompanied by a delicious lunch on the beach.
Saturday night’s awards dinner, held at Luciano’s of Chicago, a fine Italian restaurant on the waterfront in Nassau, gave the group an opportunity to get together, celebrate each other and share memories of the Rendezvous. The next day, the boats departed for the run back to Fort Lauderdale.
“We truly enjoyed getting to know everyone on this trip,” said Kelly Grindle. “We’ve started a wonderful tradition this year and look forward to announcing the destination for next year’s Hatteras Club Rendezvous soon.