Each February, there is an added air of excitement on the Aquamarina Daytona docks, which are lined with megayachts hosting private and corporate functions surrounding the Daytona 500 NASCAR race. This full-service marina on the Intracoastal Waterway in Daytona Beach, Florida, is just minutes from Daytona International Speedway, making it a popular destination for corporate sponsors, race team owners and yacht-owning NASCAR fans who come to town each year for the famous race and the week of events leading up to it. Several of the yachts in the sold-out marina even are named in honor of the stock car classic.
Referring to the Chairman of Trinity Yachts, who is also a longtime race team owner, Joe Egeberg of Yacht Brokers of Daytona said, “Felix Sabates was the guy who started it; coming to Daytona by boat for the 500. This was the place to entertain the corporate sponsors and house the drivers on board. Every year it’s gotten bigger and bigger.”
“We can handle the megayachts that come in for Race Week – we’re the only marina in town that can do it,” said Katie Baron Nullman, Aquamarina Director of Sales & Marketing. “They come back year after year thanks to the high level of service our team provides, 24/7.”
Aquamarina Daytona can accommodate yachts up to 200 feet in length, including covered boat storage slips, and also provides 24-hour fuel service. In addition, there is a boat service yard with a 55-ton Travelift on the property. The Chart House Restaurant, which overlooks Aquamarina Daytona, providing its patrons with a water view, is another popular draw for marina guests, who dine in and also take advantage of its dockside catering service.
On Tuesday, February 9th, 2010, Aquamarina Daytona and the Chart House co-sponsored their 2nd Annual Race Week Kick-Off Party for owners, guests and crew of the yachts in the marina, including seasonal and transient clients. Despite rainy weather, more than 100 guests turned out to enjoy the exceptional seafood and prime rib buffet prepared by Chart House Chef Bill Thompson and his staff, listen to the mellow music of guitar player David Ellinor and share stories with friends and fellow racing enthusiasts.
“We like the people here; we like all the dockmasters; we like the location,” said Roy Wilkes, who, along with wife Jane, berthed their 55-foot Fleming at Aquamarina Daytona and attended the Race Week Kick-Off Party for the second year in a row. “The Chart House is well located, and we always get work done [at the service yard] here.”
Crew off the yachts in the marina also enjoyed themselves at the event. “We were pulling in and got invited. This is great!” said Captain Mark Brundick, master of the 90-foot Broward Flight.
Nullman commented that one of the party guests had been a loyal marina customer for 21 years. “This is a great opportunity for us to thank everybody,” she said. “They’re all part of the Aquamarina Daytona family.”
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