Marlow’s highly anticipated 2014 Spring Rendezvous celebrated a record number of christenings in true Gatsby style.

Each year, members of the Marlow Marine Cruising Club (MMCC) swap stories and compare notes with old and new friends at the highly anticipated Marlow Spring Rendezvous. Celebrating the 19th consecutive year of festivities, guests arrived at the four-day event held April 24-27 and were greeted with a complimentary exterior boat wash accompanied by friendly and familiar faces. Sparing no detail, Marlow kicked off the weekend in grand style with a personalized tote bag gifted to members with their boat name embroidered on the front.

The premier South Seas Island Resort in Captiva, Florida, was the perfect location for MMCC members to share and celebrate aboard their Marlows during this Gatsby-themed weekend getaway. Buffet breakfasts on the immaculate waterfront lawn fueled each day’s events, such as a golf cart scavenger hunt around the resort, two half-day educational seminars with a round table discussion led by David Marlow, and six new boat christenings—a new record for this event. The newly christened vessel models included a Marlow 53, 58, 62, two 70s, and an 80. Guests welcomed new members into the Marlow family and celebrated current members trading up in size.

Friday night’s “Great Gatsby” party was in full swing, bringing the mystique of the Roaring Twenties alive with glitz and glam. Members paid careful attention to the professional dance instructors teaching the Charleston, with a Charleston dance contest following—let’s hope they videotaped that! A spectacular five-piece band entertained throughout the entire evening with the casino tables opened and active following the fantastic buffet dinner. Everyone’s pinstripes, lace and pearls set a festive tone for a truly Gatsby-inspired shebang.

Saturday night’s awards dinner on Sunset Beach was paired with yet another mouthwatering buffet and a time of fellowship among MMCC members. Outstanding prizes were awarded for event participation, original costumes, and overall ownership with friendly competition and laughter shared. Everyone said “Bon Voyage” on Sunday, with an impressive Marlow fleet cruising out into the Gulf waters until their return for next year’s 20th celebration, sure to be an epic event.

By Christine Carpenter, Southern Boating June 2014