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    Southwest Florida Summer Ski Fest July 20-22nd 2007

    It's time for another Great year at Lovers Key Resort in Ft. Myers Beach Florida.
    This is an informal PWC get together that has grown into a multi-Group celebration of riders as well as a great vacation destination for all PWC riders.
    All PWC riders are welcome.
    Participating Clubs:
    Gulf Coast Riders-Tampa Bay
    SpaceCoast Jet Riders
    Naples/Ft. Myers PWC Club

    Schedule of Events for the Lover's Key (Fort Myers Beach, Florida):
    Southwest Florida Summer Ski Fest
    July 20th-22nd, 2007
    ****** This schedule is subject to change, but it will give you a good idea of the rides that we will be doing. Times are subject to change but are mostly centered around The rising and falling tides in the backwater Bays.
    Friday:
    For those who come early, of course we will be ready to ride !!
    7-8 AM: Continental Breakfast for those staying at -LOVERS KEY RESORT.
    All others hit your local 7-11 or Donut shop for a quick breakfast and get those skis in the water.
    8-8:30AM: launch and prepare to ride.
    8:30-10:30 AM EARLY BIRD RIDE
    "Tour of the local Bays and Backwaters"
    led by Todd Munch and TJ from Estero Bay through the Rivers and Creeks of the Estero Bay area, Natural Mangrove trails run right through the woods, deep into unexplored and uncharted areas you won't find on any Tourist Maps.
    This will be a nice tour open to all age groups, taken through the Backwaters and Bays.
    Max speeds in the public channels will be 30-35 MPH, with lots of woods and scenery surrounding on both sides.
    This is a true 2 Hour ride, it's not a huge distance away from the Resort, but it does cover a large area of backwoods trails and requires your full attention to safety and Lawful Speeds, we will let you know when you can Go Full speed, until then please stay with the group.
    You are in for a real treat here,
    Be led on a Trip back in time Hundreds of years into the deep depths of the Natural Mangroves Forests and Tunnels created by the Tidal Currents and Mother Nature. We will take a headcount of riders before we leave and at each stop along our journey to insure we have not left anyone behind in the back-woods. We will be entering single file into the tunnels and trails that few have ever seen. Please keep a safe distance between you and the ski in front of you for safety reasons in case the rider in front misses a turn or has to stop. Please keep your eyes on the trail and your finger/thumb ready for the throttle, as the turns are tight and you really need to slow down fast at times and at other times you will need to accelerate quickly and make sharp turns as the trail winds.
    This will be a nice opportunity to experience the quiet backwaters. Please stay in the marked channel at all times, as the water depth is extremely tide sensitive and you should be able to see the bottom in most places . We will be stopping at the end of each trail or River segment to make sure we have our complete Group and everyone is ok.

    11:30 - 2:00 PM
    LUNCH AT THE LOVERS KEY RESORT
    Feel free to purchase some grub at Flippers Grill, Daily Specials are great, Blackened Seafood or Chicken Sandwiches are highly recommended, Burgers are good there as well. Extremely nice Salads.
    The view from the Tiki bar overlooks the Bay and is simply amazing. Dolphins can be seen passing by and frolicking in the Waters.
    Enjoy the Resort's Pool and Hot Tub with Family and friends.
    2-4:30 PM Excursions into various territories around the Resort.
    While exploring the Area on your PWC, please stay in the channels in the Estero Bay area, this is a shallow area outside the channels and the speed limit inside the Bay is 25 MPH (we usually go 30 MPH in these areas.)
    5:00PM FRIDAY MAIN EVENT RIDE :
    "Tour of the local Bays and Backwaters"
    led by Todd Munch and TJ from Estero Bay through the Rivers and Creeks of the Estero Bay area, Natural Mangrove trails run right through the woods, deep into unexplored and uncharted areas you won't find on any Tourist Maps.
    This will be a nice tour open to all age groups, taken through the Backwaters and Bays.
    Max speeds in the public channels will be 30-35 MPH, with lots of woods and scenery surrounding on both sides.
    This is a true 2 Hour ride, it's not a huge distance away from the Resort, but it does cover a large area of backwoods trails and requires your full attention to safety and Lawful Speeds, we will let you know when you can Go Full speed, until then please stay with the group.
    You are in for a real treat here,
    Be led on a Trip back in time Hundreds of years into the deep depths of the Natural Mangroves Forests and Tunnels created by the Tidal Currents and Mother Nature. We will take a headcount of riders before we leave and at each stop along our journey to insure we have not left anyone behind in the back-woods. We will be entering single file into the tunnels and trails that few have ever seen. Please keep a safe distance between you and the ski in front of you for safety reasons in case the rider in front misses a turn or has to stop. Please keep your eyes on the trail and your finger/thumb ready for the throttle, as the turns are tight and you really need to slow down fast at times and at other times you will need to accelerate quickly and make sharp turns as the trail winds.
    This will be a nice opportunity to experience the quiet backwaters. Please stay in the marked channel at all times, as the water depth is extremely tide sensitive and you should be able to see the bottom in most places . We will be stopping at the end of each trail or River segment to make sure we have our complete Group and everyone is ok.

    7 PM-? RELAX, PARTY Meet new friends and share stories around the pool or in the rooms at the Lover's Key. There is a Hot Tub and a waterfall at the pool which is very refreshing.
    Please, there is NO GLASS allowed around the pool. Bring your own drinks but they must be in plastic or metal containers.

    Launch Area:
    Boat Ramp is 1/2 mile due South of the Resort, on the same road “Carl Johnson State Boat Launch and Ramp" (No Fee or Charge) Ramp is a FREE Ramp, NO Charge
    Watch the Dolphins or relax by the pool, as most will be arriving later. Food is available at the Hotel's Tiki Hut Bar/Restaurant- Flippers, or you can head a mile or two North to any Restaurant on Ft. Myers Beach.
    Have fun and relax, I believe there is a shuttle that takes you up and down the strip for a small fee, like 1.00.

    SATURDAY:
    SBT has promised to be there again this year, and they are bringing along a special guest:
    Special this year CJ, the SBT calendar gal, will be poolside to mingle and autograph calendars for all of you. If your not familiar with CJ please check out her work below. She’ll be modeling he bikini collection between 10 am and 5 pm. I hope you get a chance to talk with her.TJ was able to hang out at Dream Demo with her and shoot about 300 pic’s of her in action.
    http://www.sbtontheweb.com/video/2007preview.wmv
    7-8 AM: Continental Breakfast for those staying at -LOVERS KEY RESORT.
    All others hit your local 7-11 or Donut shop and get those skis in the water
    8:00AM-8:30 AM:
    Launch your skis and get them running and tuned up, head over to the Lovers Key Resort. Meet in the front of the Tiki bar at the Lovers Key Resort.
    Plenty of time later to relax, so please get out there and launch your ski, it'll be a fun day
    8:30 AM
    ROUND UP IN FRONT OF LOVERS KEY HOTEL BY 8:30AM-
    We cannot wait for those who slept late or who forgot to Fill up with Gas, Please Launch your skis with tanks full or fill up before 8:30AM.
    "Tour of the local Bays and Backwaters"
    led by Todd Munch and TJ from Estero Bay through the Rivers and Creeks of the Estero Bay area, Natural Mangrove trails run right through the woods, deep into unexplored and uncharted areas you won't find on any Tourist Maps.
    This will be a nice tour open to all age groups, taken through the Backwaters and Bays.
    Max speeds in the public channels will be 30-35 MPH, with lots of woods and scenery surrounding on both sides.
    This is a true 2 Hour ride, it's not a huge distance away from the Resort, but it does cover a large area of backwoods trails and requires your full attention to safety and Lawful Speeds, we will let you know when you can Go Full speed, until then please stay with the group.
    You are in for a real treat here,
    Be led on a Trip back in time Hundreds of years into the deep depths of the Natural Mangroves Forests and Tunnels created by the Tidal Currents and Mother Nature. We will take a headcount of riders before we leave and at each stop along our journey to insure we have not left anyone behind in the back-woods. We will be entering single file into the tunnels and trails that few have ever seen. Please keep a safe distance between you and the ski in front of you for safety reasons in case the rider in front misses a turn or has to stop. Please keep your eyes on the trail and your finger/thumb ready for the throttle, as the turns are tight and you really need to slow down fast at times and at other times you will need to accelerate quickly and make sharp turns as the trail winds.
    This will be a nice opportunity to experience the quiet backwaters and forgotten Creeks. Please stay in the marked channel at all times, as the water depth is extremely tide sensitive and you should be able to see the bottom in most places . We will be stopping at the end of each trail or River segment to make sure we have our complete Group and everyone is ok.
    Bring something to drink to replenish those fluids and quench your thirst.
    Even though it will be Saturday, you will be surprised at how quiet and calm these waters are.
    10:30 - 2:00 PM
    Relax by the poolside, take a ride in the Gulf of Mexico or tour around through the channels of Estero Bay.
    LUNCH AT THE LOVERS KEY RESORT starts at 11:30
    Feel free to purchase some grub at Flippers Grill, Daily Specials are great, Blackened Seafood or Chicken Sandwiches are highly recommended, Burgers are good there as well. The view from the Tiki bar overlooks the Bay and is simply amazing. Dolphins can be seen passing by and frolicking in the Waters.
    Summer Ski Fest Participants are welcome to enjoy Free Wings and Meatballs on Saturday Afternoon :
    We are currently looking for a sponsor for this part of the weekendlease PM me or call TJ at (239) 826-5216 to learn more details.

    2:00PM Ride up to Ft. Myers Beach
    Round up as many Riders as we can and head into the Gulf of Mexico for a ride up to Ft. Myers Beach, and the World Famous Lanai Kai Hotel. This leg of the trip will be in the Gulf of Mexico "NO SPEED LIMIT", and may be rough enough for you hard core riders. We will stop at the Beach for a drink and some relaxation.
    This is a must do Ride if you are attending, please join us for this one!!!
    If it is too rough for you you can turn around and head back to the Resort, but please tell some other riders so we do not go looking for you or start a search party.
    5:00PM SATURDAY MAIN EVENT RIDE :
    "Tour of the local Bays and Backwaters"
    led by Todd Munch and TJ from Estero Bay through the Rivers and Creeks of the Estero Bay area, Natural Mangrove trails run right through the woods, deep into unexplored and uncharted areas you won't find on any Tourist Maps.
    This will be a nice tour open to all age groups, taken through the Backwaters and Bays.
    Max speeds in the public channels will be 30-35 MPH, with lots of woods and scenery surrounding on both sides.
    This is a true Nature ride, it's not a huge distance away from the Resort, but it does cover a large area of backwoods trails and requires your full attention to safety and Lawful Speeds, we will let you know when you can Go Full speed, until then please stay with the group.
    You are in for a real treat here,
    Be led on a Trip back in time Hundreds of years into the deep depths of the Natural Mangroves Forests and Tunnels created by the Tidal Currents and Mother Nature. We will take a headcount of riders before we leave and at each stop along our journey to insure we have not left anyone behind in the back-woods. We will be entering single file into the tunnels and trails that few have ever seen. Please keep a safe distance between you and the ski in front of you for safety reasons in case the rider in front misses a turn or has to stop. Please keep your eyes on the trail and your finger/thumb ready for the throttle, as the turns are tight and you really need to slow down fast at times and at other times you will need to accelerate quickly and make sharp turns as the trail winds.
    This will be a nice opportunity to experience the quiet backwaters. Please stay in the marked channel at all times, as the water depth is extremely tide sensitive and you should be able to see the bottom in most places . We will be stopping at the end of each trail or River segment to make sure we have our complete Group and everyone is ok.


    6:15 PM or so:
    MAIN EVENT DINNER AT LOVERS KEY, Either on the deck of Flippers Restaurant or On the outdoor patio, Bayside.
    ORGANIZED BY TJ AND MANAGER OF THE LOVERS KEY RESORT.
    TJ has organized a private buffet meal for our group;
    this will not be cold cut, hot dogs and burgers.
    Were working on a kid’s price. Non alcoholic drinks are included.
    All are invited. Please buy your buffet ticket when you check in at the Hotel.

    Please, there is NO GLASS allowed around the pool. Bring your own drinks but they must be in plastic or metal containers.
    Sunday:
    7-9 AM: Continental Breakfast -LOVERS KEY RESORT. All others hit your local 7-11 or Donut shop and get those skis in the water. Meet in the front of the Tiki bar at the Lovers Key Resort.
    9:00AM
    Mangrove run and River run:
    We know you may have done this ride already, but it gets better every time you go, these trails are to much fun.

    ROOM CHECKOUT.:
    For those checking out of the resort on Sunday,
    Please checkout of your rooms on time and load up your vehicles with your clothing and stuff.
    Even if you have checked out, you are still welcome at the Resort in the afternoon, feel free to use the pool and Tiki bar and you can come and go from their Beach.

    Monday:
    Gulf Run 11:00 – 1:00
    If we have some stragglers who didn’t want to checkout Sunday. We will be doing a Gulf ride down along the coast to Naples as long as the weather and surf permits us to. For the last two years it has been glass smooth out in the open water all the way to Naples.
    ******This schedule is subject to change, but it will give you a good idea of the rides that we will be doing. . Times are subject to change so ask before going to your room.

    Questions about rooms : please call the Lovers Key Resort Toll Free at 1-877-798-4879.
    Please mention with are with the Naples/Ft. Myers Jetski Club for the Club reduced rate. This is not a Hole in the wall or a "Campground like ' place, its a classy resort, so feel free to bring the family or spouse with you, there will be plenty of things for them to do around the pool/Beach and resort.

    Thanks, hope to see you all there,
    Todd and TJ


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    That sounds pretty cool, though I'm guessing some of the trails are too narrow for anything but a pwc? I think I'll have to check that area out sometime, any key shallow areas to watch out for even at high tide?

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