MAK­ING WAVES

Cel­e­brat­ing South­west Florid­i­ans

Times of the Islands - - Departments - BY CRAIG GAR­RETT

It was a big leap from a pres­ti­gious law ca­reer to op­er­at­ing a tour of the Chicago sky­line. But Paul McCarthy never looked back, this fall cel­e­brat­ing the 30-year an­niver­sary of Cap­tiva Cruises, a tour line serv­ing from his ma­rina and other spots on Cap­tiva. A Notre Dame grad­u­ate, McCarthy be­gan as a tour op­er­a­tor in the Windy City in 1981, mov­ing to Cap­tiva in 1986 after va­ca­tion­ing here. “I wanted,” he says, “to give [our pas­sen­gers] the chance to ex­plore the unique at­tributes of the area, to learn.” Cap­tiva Cruises has evolved into a broader en­ter­tain­ment venue that in­cludes wed­dings and busi­ness events. Ul­ti­mately, though, it’s about is­land hop­ping to such places as Cayo Costa, Useppa, Boca Grande, Pine Is­land and Cab­bage Key, or “a unique ex­pe­ri­ence to re­mem­ber for a life­time,” McCarthy says of his line.

De­tails are at cap­ti­vacruises.com.

At a Glance

Paul McCarthy as com­modore of the Cap­tiva Is­land Yacht Club in Jan­uary or­ga­nized a club trip to Ha­vana. More than 80 mem­bers went.

McCarthy’s boats in 2004 were pi­loted in­land to sur­vive storm threats and Hur­ri­cane Charley. He started post-hur­ri­cane wa­ter rides to ease psy­cho­log­i­cal losses, us­ing weather ex­perts to ex­plain storms.

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