611 Boating Club Road
Saint Augustine, Florida
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St Johns River and its
March 20, 2016
64th Annual Fish Fry
11:30am ~ 5:00pm
Come get a great meal & support
Youth Services of St Augustine
Take out is also available.
The St. Augustine Boating Club was started in 1948. We are the oldest continuous active club in St. Augustine and St. Johns County.|
The boating club was a dream of 3 men, Elmo Lopez, Carl Hohne and Jimmy Hughes. The first club members met at the Cordova Hardware Company. Annual dues were $.25. The first order of business was to secure some property for a club house. These gentlemen met with Mr. Francis Usina who owned an enormous amount of property at North Beach. Mr. Usina gave the club a small piece of property on the Intracoastal Waterway for $1.00 as long as the club remained a club. Mr. Jimmy Hughes donated an old building next to his store. The members of the club tore down the building and used the material to build a clubhouse. Several years past and the club bought some additional property adjacent to the property given to the club. In 1975 the club expanded and renovated the club to what it is today, the current property is a result of this addition.
The club was originally started as a social organization. There were a lot of boaters in St. Augustine and the club had a large group to draw from for members. During the early years the club had family boat cruises, family cookouts and picnics, plus there was always a Halloween Dance as well as a Christmas Party/Dance for the entire family. Within the club the ladies took a very active roll. They formed a women’s auxiliary and supported the clubs social activities. They would decorate for all functions as well as cook all the food. Many wonderful meals were had here. Many young girls learned to cook here. The minorcan dishes were the best of the best. In addition the club also supported boat racing for many years. The racers would travel the state racing at other clubs. In 1975 the club sponsored a National race that had been cancelled in New York. This was a 100 mile Marathon race from Jacksonville to Daytona and back to Jacksonville. The club received National recognition and was heavily supported by the City of St. Augustine as well surrounding cities. Also the club annually has a all you could eat Oyster Roast as well as clam chowder and fried fish every Palm Sunday. This function is still carried on today and next year will be the 62nd year dinner. As I stated above the club was a social club and has remained this way until the late nineties.
Starting in the middle to late nineties the advent of fund raising through fishing tournaments arose and continues on today. There are a total of 5 tournaments held out of the boating club. Each of these tournaments is charity tournaments that raise thousands of dollars each year. These tournaments are for local charities to support local folks in need. Alone the St. Augustine Boating Club tournament raised several thousand dollars for 3 local charities. In addition we also gave donations to the Fishing For Dreams, relief of the Katrina victims and we sent items to our troops in Iraq. There are also other charities we support. In addition we rent our club to the other charity tournaments at 1/3 the cost of regular rentals. The total charitable donations were in excess of $32,000 for 2006. Plus the facility usage for the other tournaments would exceed another $6000.
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