Members enjoy cruise of Biscayne Bay
By Ron Beasleyx- Photos by Emerito Pujol


It was a balmy, breezy star-lit winter Miami night with just a hint of a chill in the air – a perfect evening for the Southern Automotive Media Association’s second annual holiday boat party cruise on Biscayne
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More than 50 SAMA members and their guests boarded the festively-decorated yacht MT Celebration in Coconut Grove on Sunday evening, Dec. 7, and then sailed out onto Biscayne Bay to kick off the 2009 holiday season. It marked the second successive year that SAMA has hosted its annual holiday festivities aboard the Celebration, captained by veteran skipper Mike Dudik, head of Miami-based Floridian Yacht Charters www.yachtcelebration.com 

Auto manufacturers General Motors, Chrysler, Hyundai, Nissan, Infiniti, Jaguar and Land Rover sponsored this year’s holiday bash, and all who attended expressed their thanks and appreciation to the sponsors for continued support of SAMA.

Party-goers dressed in their holiday-party best began lining up at the Dinner Key docks shortly after 6:00 p.m., and boarding started shortly after 6:30, with the recorded sounds of an island steel-drum band playing in the background. Two bars were open – one in the lower dining room and another on the upper aft deck – and hot hor d’oeuvres were served as the lines were cast off and the Celebration got underway. A disc jockey played non-stop music on the top deck and a delicious buffet dinner of roast pork, roast beef and roast turkey with all the trimmings was served.

It was a beautiful South Florida evening and the weatherman cooperated by providing just a hint of a chill in the air, and not a drop of rain.

After departing Dinner Key, the Celebration first sailed east across Biscayne Bay before turning north to Government Cut, then west toward Downtown Miami, where the partiers were treated to the beauty of the city’s skyline illuminated in its holiday finest. Captain Dudik then cruised the Celebration slowly along the shoreline to allow SAMA members the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Magic City , and then turned south and headed back to Coconut Grove.

By all accounts, it was another wonderful SAMA event.

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