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Old 04-19-2006, 06:22 PM
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Old 04-19-2006, 10:26 PM
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Old 04-20-2006, 04:51 PM
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Old 04-25-2006, 09:35 PM
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Just to update...

Due to overwhelming demand we have also hired the Captain Stacy and added a slew of private boats. We now have 106 troops on private boats and 115 on the head boats and about 600 for the cookout

This is going to be a great event!
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Old 04-28-2006, 04:41 PM
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Old 04-29-2006, 06:44 AM
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I would love to volunteer my time and boat. What do I need to do? I am open to take 3-4 on my boat.
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Old 04-29-2006, 08:27 AM
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John,
You should p.m. Squid Row or visit www.ncwaterman.com There are 50 troops on a waiting list and it is imperative that we get boats for them. Please help if you can!!!!!!
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Old 04-29-2006, 09:21 AM
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John,
Squid can be contacted either by a PM here or at NCW. The NVW site would be the quickest. If you have no luck let me know and I'll contact him for you.
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Old 04-30-2006, 10:19 PM
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Thanks EVERYONE!

John I got your PM and replied.

I also have some calls to return in the morning with requests to volunteer.

Considering we started this just a couple of months ago, with four or five guys and an idea, we really have come a long way.

Looks like 600 for the event.. 600 people!

Imagine what we can do next year, when we have time to really plan!
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Old 05-11-2006, 05:42 PM
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I just wanted to get this thread back to the top in case there is someone out there who might be interested in contributing in the form of a donation, volunteering for the event, or taking some troop(s) out on their boat.

This event happens in eight days!!

Tight lines.

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Old 05-11-2006, 08:50 PM
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Here is a bit of an update.

As of 5:00 this afternoon, I processed 275 registrations from our heroes for fishing. Unfortunately, there have been a lot of cancellations due to assignments and deployments.

From the looks of it we are going to take 240 of our heroes out fishing! Followed by a cookout for 600! Plus we have all kinds of activities for family members as well.

We have speakers including a retired General, yours truly, a member of the US House and the Commander of the USCG in NC.

We now have 57 Private boats plus the two head boats going out and have raised somewhere in the neighborhood of $28,000 in donations of services and funds.

Not bad considering we only had two months to put the whole thing together!
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Old 05-11-2006, 09:40 PM
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Thats awesome. I (being in SC) will obviously not be attending... however I appreciate all of you who have volunteered your time, money, and services to make this possible for us.
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Old 05-12-2006, 04:41 PM
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Truly an awesome effort guys, congratulations!

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Old 05-13-2006, 07:39 AM
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great job guys!! hats off to the civilian boat owners who are donating their time & fuel to say "thank you" to our military service personnel. You captains "Get It"
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Old 05-22-2006, 10:52 PM
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Well.. MAD is over and we had a great time despite the weather.

I am beat, but all I can say is wow! I am honored that I was allowed to help out with this event.

The miserable weather dampened the turnout a bit, but we still had approximately 350 people to feed at the cookout and right around 200 heroes fished with us.

363 days to MAD 2!
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Old 05-23-2006, 08:05 AM
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Congratulations on an awesome event for some truly awesome people!!!
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Old 05-23-2006, 08:54 PM
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This was a great event. It was a pleasure to spend the time with the fine young people that protect this country and us. Also, BIG KUDO's to the Coast Guard Fort Macon for the hospitality and hosting the event. They are a class act there and Eric Floyd and Captain Lee should be very proud of the group they have. An outstanding group of people always ready to go on a rescue no matter what the weather.
Sign me up again for next year!!!!
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Old 05-23-2006, 09:13 PM
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I woke up at about 4:30 A.M. and the cold I had been fighting for 3-4 days had won. I looked at the flags atop the Fisherman's Inn and figured that my guests would not be going offshore!! Guests arrived around 5:30 and I explained that we would have to go to plan B. Some folks had caught Kings on Friday pulling drone spoons around the #8 bouy. I thought maybe we could get there. As soon as I got out of the inlet I figured that might be a little ambitious. Then I heard Midnight Wind on the radio saying that he was about 2-3 miles offshore and he had had all he could take. We turned up Shackleford Banks and headed for the Hook. We got close to the Hook and it looked like a parking lot. We put lines in the water and the guys got 2 blues quickly. They were too large for bait so we kept trolling. Then it started raining so we went inside the hook. About this time my cold was really winning and my guests were both soaked. I decided to go to plan C breakfast at the Royal James in Beaufort. Never having been to Taylors Creek the back way I started following a bay boat that blew by me through Barden's Inlet toward Harker's Island. I guess I shouldn't have assumed he knew where he was going because we both ran aground pretty hard past Harkers and just before we made the turn toward Taylor's Creek. I was able to float off and then continue my trip toward Taylors Creek. My boat never would get back up on plane and at about 4000 rpm's the prop seemed to be slipping. We limped in to Taylors Creek and to the Beaufort Town Dock for breakfast. After breakfast we limped back to the dock at Fisherman's Inn. Unfortunately our day was done about noon.

We All watched the Hockey game. Too bad the Canes lost. We put the boat on the trailer and then we headed over to the station for food. Great food and fellowship.

We headed home after the food and I broke a rod backing into the driveway. I never leave them in the leaning post. Just tired I guess.



I can't wait till Next Year I just want a better Weather Committee!!!

My guests were Great!! I have already had emails from them thanking me for the trip.

Thanks to Dan, Rich, and the Cooking Crew.
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Old 06-06-2006, 01:36 PM
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I too had a blast even after getting beat up on the 30 mile trip offshore. I will definately be signing up for next year!!
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Old 06-06-2006, 03:39 PM
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Me and my two Master Sargents made it out of the inlet proper in my 19 footer...soaked! We turned around trolled the inlet to no avail. Puttered around in the turning basin and caught two sharks...headed back to Fort Macon for some chow and good times sitting up with Rich (Squid Row) until midnight swapping stories with the Coastie boys and girls, and I do mean boys and girls! I felt old at a svelt 37 Y/O. Spend both nights at their dock on my CC KeyWest. Had a BLAST and cannot wait to do it again next year!
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