For Immediate Release
Contact: Gulfport Harbormaster 727-893-1000
Gulfport Chamber of Commerce 727-344-3711
Gulfport,¬†Florida offers many amenities that fit the needs of boating enthusiasts.¬† Situated on Boca Ciega Bay it offers a protected basin from the Gulf of Mexico.¬† Several World class racing regattas have utilized the launch conditions from the beach with wide stretches of open waterfront for racing.¬† Most recently, the Formula 16 Global Challenge was hosted by the Gulfport Yacht Club, November 10-14, 2009.
The City Council just approved that the 15 guest slips at the Gulfport Municipal Marina allow dockage for up to a two-week period of stay.¬† This Marina is fully equipped to handle the requirements of distance sailors and is only blocks away from a vibrant downtown with shops, restaurants and services.¬† Local businesses also provide a full compliment of marine services.¬†
The Gulfport Chamber of Commerce supplies complimentary boater packets with helpful information on where to find services. If needed, the Town has two Inns for overnight accommodations the Sea Breeze Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn and the Peninsula Inn and Spa.¬†
For day trippers, at the rear of the historic Gulfport Casino, there is ample free dockage for dinghies to large vessels for up to 8 hours, and within walking distance to the waterfront village of shops, restaurants and night spots.
The Boca Ciega Yacht Club has often worked in conjunction with other clubs to form raft-ups just off the coast.¬† Gulfport Beach has pavilions and other amenities for group events.¬† Weekly, monthly and annual events, festivals and Art Walks are a hallmark of Gulfport's quirky and¬†entertaining "Old Florida" charm.
From an individual sailor to groups looking for new places to explore, Gulfport is an inviting host for boaters.¬† With three Yacht Clubs within its city limits: Pasadena Yacht and Country Club, Gulfport Yacht Club and the Boca Ciega Yacht Club there is representation for all types of watercrafts.¬†
For more information on what Gulfport offers, contact:¬† Dennis Frain, Harbormaster, 727-893-1000 or go to www.exploregulfport.com and www.gulfportflorida.us.¬†¬†