Freedom Boat Club hosted a special day on the water on Sunday for children and their mentors from Big Brother Big Sisters. The group of 23 “Bigs” and 24 “Littles” climbed aboard six boats at the Freedom Boat Club docks at Beach Marine and then headed out. Freedom Boat Club members volunteered their time to take these special guests out on the water and to share their love of boating.
“The weather was just perfect for a day on the water and the kids and their mentors really enjoyed it,” said Lisa Almeida, co-owner of Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville. “Many of these kids had never been on a boat before, so it was really great to be able to give them this experience and to pass along a little boating knowledge to the kids.”
The group had planned to dock at Kingsley Plantation, but the captains decided not to stop because of the tide. Instead, they took the “Bigs” and “Littles” past Ft. George Island so they could see the boats rafted up for the day. Along the way, they saw dolphins and a manatee and passed by a large container ship.
The boat trip lasted about two hours. When they returned to the dock, the “Big” and “Littles” were treated to an ice-cream party sponsored by Mavi Waterfront Bar & Grill, a new restaurant at Beach Marine.
Freedom Boat Club is a proud supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters and launched a national campaign in 2016 to raise awareness and funds for the organization. Events, like this one, are part of the campaign to support the largest volunteer supported mentoring network in the nation. Big Brothers Big Sisters operates in all 50 states and in 12 countries around the world. It matches adult volunteers, known as “Bigs,” with “Littles,” children ages 5-17. For more information, visit www.bbbsnefl.org.
About Freedom Boat Club
Freedom Boat Club is the world’s largest members-only boating club. It is a simple alternative to boat ownership. Freedom Boat Club has locations locally at Beach Marine in Jacksonville Beach, Julington Creek Marina in Jacksonville and Camachee Cove Marina in St. Augustine. Members have unlimited access to the home club’s fleet and can reserve a boat using a member-friendly online reservation system. Member privileges are also available at any of the more than 185 Freedom Boat Club franchises throughout the United States and in Canada and Europe. Each provides a fleet of boats that come with less stress and a lower price tag than owning a single boat. Freedom Boat Club offers a variety of membership plans. For more information, visit www.freedomboatclub.com.