Quartet share adventurous jet ski ride to GB
Freeport News Reporter
Four daredevils made a trip to Freeport on Friday leaving Florida at about 10 o'clock.
Coming to Grand Bahama was no problem, but on jet skis?
The quartet were on quite an adventure losing their food and almost running out of gasoline before arriving at Sunrise Marina and Resort, the #1 resort in Freeport according to Triplaris.
Tristan Reeves and Aaron Leiter, of Texas; Dale Blackman, of New Jersey, and Brandon Cretu, of Pennsylvania were very happy and excited when found at the resort by The Freeport News.
Leiter said that the first 20 miles from Florida were pretty rough, which caused them to loose two coolers that carried their food supplies and drinks.
Cretu said they arrived with just a few bottles of water and some emergency rations.
Reeves and Leiter, the planners of the trip, said that they began devising the plan to make the trip across the gulf stream and by the time it was complete, Blackman and Cretu had decided to join them.
In the plans they decided two cans of gas would be sufficient.
Leiter said that after about 20 miles the seas got really calm and they even saw a few dolphins.
"So we jet skied with them," added Cretu.
"We did spend some time taking pictures of them because, how often do you get to experience something like that ..." Leiter added.
Leiter said that Murphy's Law was in effect on Friday because whatever could go wrong, did go wrong.
"We only packed two cans of gas and all of our gas lights came on about 10 miles out," he recalled. "We could see land and we said well, we are on reserves.
"We docked on a beach and we filled up about three gallons in each of our tanks and made it close to an inlet close to Xanadu where we ran out."
Reeves said that while Leiter and Cretu were waiting he and Blackman went to a street and caught a ride with someone to a gas station where they got the cans filled and they got to refuel.
He said, they were also sold another two cans of gas and so now they have one gas can per jet ski.
Another problem they found was that they could not find where they were going.
The group said they were using their smart phones to make the journey, but Google earth did not seem to have the marina correctly placed.
The four said they rented the jet skis and were to stay in Freeport for the weekend, to return on Sunday. This is was their first time here.
Leiter added, "it was filled with trials and tribulations, but it was absolutely thrilling though. For most of the trip there was no land mark."
"The best part of the trip for me was while in the middle of no- where and the water was flat as a mirror and the dolphins started coming up," said Blackman. "That was like wow!"
Resort general manager Ta'Shar Cuccurullo said, they intend to experience what Grand Bahama and the resort and Marina has to offer, inclusive of snorkeling and the nightlife before they leave.
She said they went to Port Lucaya on Friday night and really enjoyed themselves.
© 2012 The Freeport News