Over this past weekend, Powerboats Daily had the privilege of hanging out with Fort Myers Offshore for their Comrie Cancer Foundation/New Years Run. After experiencing the event, we realized that there is no better way to spend New Years Eve.
Thanks to Bill Forenski and his wife, Patience, we were able to ride along with FMO on Bill’s beautiful 2007 Lip-Ship Edition 38 Top Gun powered by Mercury Racing 525 EFI’s. For the run, we all gathered near the Sanibel Causeway to wait for the go-ahead from FMO’s founder, Bob Barnhart. Once Bob gave the signal, it was hammer down towards CJ’s on the Bay in Marco Island.
There were 56 boats that made it to the lunch stop at CJ’s on the Bay. It was impressive to see all of the performance boats that showed up for the holiday run. The spread of performance boating brands within the group was also impressive. Outerlimits, Fountain, Sutphen, Mystic, Nor-Tech, Statement, and Cigarette are only a few of the brands that were well represented among the group.
Once we were finished with lunch, Eric Belisle, FMO President, announced that Ft. Myers Offshore raised an impressive $8,000 for the Comrie Cancer Foundation.
Ft. Myers Offshore was formed in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) and since has raised upwards of $220,000 for the club’s student scholarship program, among other charities.
Being that the group was so big, we were surprised that everyone in the group was so close.
“This group is not your typical group of boaters,” Forenski stated. ” We all are very close and we usually hang out throughout the week at various events or parties.”
Powerboats Daily enjoyed our time with Ft. Myers Offshore, and it was very cool to join an organized, not-for-profit organization formed by offshore enthusiasts from all over North America. We are definitely looking forward to our next run with FMO.