We operate internationally, selling yachts all over the world. We’ve gone to the ends of the earth and back to list and survey new and pre-owned yachts as well as oversee our new yachts’ manufacturing processes in places such as Turkey and Australia. But no matter where our operations take us or what exotic locations lie ahead, Sarasota, FL will always be considered our home.
We are proud Sarasotans for many reasons, the strong boating community, the friendly people, the art culture, the amazing restaurants and the beautiful beaches are just a few.
Siesta Key produces one of Sarasota’s most beloved beaches and is where some of our brokers take their own families boating in their spare time. Its crystalline waters and soft rolling waves create a beautiful backdrop for a day on the water. The star of Siesta Beach, however, is not her water but her bright white sand. Soft, pure, fluffy, cool, silky and plush are just a few adjectives used to describe the key’s sand. It is treasured and adored by her island locals, not a pretentious way, but in a humbling we-can’t-believe-we-live-here-either kind of way. Siesta Key was even named Best Beach in America last year.
The sand is also what made Siesta Key the perfect site for the 2nd Annual 2011 Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Competition, which took place last weekend. The competition took place over the course of 4 days, comprising 12 teams of two master sculptors. These sculptors were all champions of international qualifying contests and hailed from Belgium, Canada, Italy, Latvia, The Netherlands, Romania, Singapore, Switzerland and the U.S. Amongst the competitors were the stars of the Travel Channel show “Sand Masters.”
This truly was the best of the best competing for the World Championship Title and for a great cause as all the proceeds went to benefit Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Programs.
Last year’s competition brought over 60,000 spectators and this year definitely held its own. Below are some photos from the weekend. The first few shots were taken by the Herald Tribune and Mote Marine, and the last few I snapped last night at sunset.
Click here to see more photos of the event.