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Paddle Club RVA Launches 2nd Season on James at Rocketts Landing

Paddle Club RVA, the first and only sip-and-cycle pontoon party boat in Richmond, is now booking for the 2023 season! Plus, Sea Suite Cruises adds Tiki Club RVA to the fleet in early spring.

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Sea Suite Cruises announces the launch of the second season of its popular cruise experience Paddle Club RVA on the James River at Rocketts Landing — booking cruises now for spring, summer, and fall!

For the 2023 season, Paddle Club RVA cruises will expand to an hour and 45 minutes – that’s a full 15 minutes more enjoyment on the water at the same price as 2022. Paddle Club RVA will once again bring a unique outdoor activity to Richmond, combining sipping-and-cycling, socializing, and sight-seeing on the scenic and historic James River. Following the success of the first season of Paddle Club RVA in 2022, the team behind Sea Suite Cruises is excited to once again bring this fun and adventurous recreational boating experience to residents and visitors of Richmond.

With Paddle Club RVA, passengers hop aboard a bright red, custom-built, 30-foot pontoon “cycle-boat” – featuring 10 cycle stations around a centralized bar plus ample lounge seating – and paddle their way up the James River while enjoying stunning skyline and water views, from just below the rapids at the I-95 James River Bridge to the northwest, back down to the quieter, calmer, leafier flatwater to the southeast. The boat is equipped with a motor if groups prefer to do more sipping and celebrating than cycling. With music, drinks, and friendly tour guides, Paddle Club RVA is a fun, festive, and memorable way to experience Richmond’s waterways with friends or family.

And later this spring, Sea Suite Cruises will debut Tiki Club RVA, which offers a one-of-a-kind “tropical vibes” excursion on the James River.

“I was born and raised in Richmond and grew up fishing on the James River,” said Sea Suite Cruises’ General Manager in Richmond, Mike Scearce. “When I first learned about Paddle Club RVA, I thought having an option to safely get out on the water with your friends, family, and colleagues to enjoy a few drinks was needed, as was giving people opportunities to get out on the James River to see the city from a whole new perspective. Sea Suite Cruises is excited to give Richmonders another season of fun and relaxation on the water with Paddle Club RVA – an on-the-river getaway on your own private, floating bar.”

Whether you’re looking for a unique date idea, a fun way to celebrate a birthday or family gathering, bachelor or bachelorette party, or corporate outing, or just want to get out on the James River with your favorite drinks and people, Paddle Club RVA and the soon-to-launch Tiki Club RVA are where it’s going to be in 2023.

ABOUT SEA SUITE CRUISES: Sea Suite Cruises co-founders Jack Maher and Jack Walten (“The Jacks,” as they are known) were born and raised in Arlington, Va. and have been best friends since they were two years old. The business-side of their journey began in 2018 when the then 24-year-old Jack and Jack launched Potomac Paddle Club, the first pontoon “cycleboat” in Washington, D.C. After adding more boats in Washington, D.C., they built on their success further in 2022 by partnering with local Richmond-based investors to launch Paddle Club RVA and form the parent company, Sea Suite Cruises. Sea Suite Cruises’ mission is to connect exciting people in exciting places around a suite of water-based offerings. After a successful first year in Richmond, the company has now expanded to further locations in the Mid-Atlantic such as The Wharf, Navy Yard, and Alexandria, Va. in the D.C. area, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and Annapolis.

For more information, visit our website at seasuitecruises.com/paddle-club/richmond-va or instagram.com/seasuitecruisesrva.

PADDLE CLUB RVA DETAILS

CRUISE DETAILS:
Group Size: 8 – 20 people
Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes

PRICING*:
Monday-Wednesday: $40/Person
Thursday: $45/Person
Friday-Saturday: $55/Person
Sunday: $50/person
*Pricing may change for holiday weekends and special events.

PICKUP + DROPOFF LOCATION:
4708 Old Main St, Richmond, VA. 23231 | On the dock at Rocketts Landing right beneath The Boathouse restaurant and Island Shrimp Company

MISC
— The vessel comes equipped with a private bathroom on board
— Boat are equipped with Bluetooth-speakers, party lighting for night cruises, and built-in coolers + ice
— Cycleboat is BYOB (hard liquor not allowed, only beer, wine, seltzer, or canned cocktails)
— All cruises are staffed by a licensed master captain and deckhand
— 10 cycle stations on board with ample lounge seating

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Citizen Burger Turns Off the Grills

If internet rumors are to believed it might become an Indian restaurant. Again, this is only a rumor.

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The rumor was bouncing around and yesterday it became official with an Instagram post. Citizen Burger is no more.

What an amazing run! After 7 years in this location, it is time for someone new to give it a go. Things have changed so much since we opened, including buying this historic building, opening new concepts in Cville, partnering on more projects here, getting married, having a kid, going through a pandemic…just about everything that can change has.

The staff here was actually some of the best I have ever seen, and anyone would be lucky to partner with them. I thank you all. Sincerely.

It’s no secret that after Covid we went through a challenging period. It was so so hard. There’s no right answer in these transition situations, nothing is real until it is already done, but I know for sure that this decision had nothing to do with this staff.

While I am proud of everyone, it would be inappropriate not to single out Ernesto Gonzalez. When you’ve been doing this a long time, you know when someone is special and is going to go far, and this is one of those people. There were so many stand outs, but Kyle, Travis, Tony, Alex, Sam, and Ruthie helped make the place. I know people were drinking during our sendoff, but they gushed about all of you and I was so proud.

A number of the staff recently announced that they have an exciting new concept in the works, an idea that will be new to Richmond and I can’t wait to see it. As I told many of you, if I had a new place right now I would pitch this entire team to move to it. I apologize for not being able to.

We also want to thank our amazingly supportive guests. Carytown has been a special place for us. Thank you so much for the support over the years.

Most of you know what we try to do here with local and responsible products, and thanking hard working local suppliers is always warranted. Our 100% grass finished Timbercreek beef is second to none. The completely natural buns from ABC are the perfect compliment to the pasture raised beef. The Mountainview farm cheese always makes me smile. And what hasn’t been said about Sugar and Salt. Lastly, the local beer support was super strong with this one. There are many more, I thank you all, we thank you all.
We thank everyone.

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PREVIEW: Kickers Face Playoff Nemesis Chattanooga

Revenge is a dish best served at City Stadium. Chattanooga knocked the Kickers out of the playoffs last year and the Kickers are looking for payback.

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Opponent:  Chattanooga (2-5-2)
Date/Time: Saturday, June 3rd, 7:00 PM
Last Result: Kickers 1 – Tormenta 1

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Three Things to Kick About

  1. Vinyals Returns – Nil Vinyals came off the bench last Saturday so barring a training setback he should be in the starting lineup. With the midfielder back in action expect the midfield to look better and hopefully more in control of the ball. In theory that control should lead to more transition into attack and more goals.
  2. Everyone Scores – So far this year seven different Kickers have scored, with midfielder João Silva leading the pack with 3. The latest goal was a beautiful Olympico but Sukow that must be seen to be believed. Don’t whine at me that it was a cross. It goes into the books as a goal and will be celebrated as such. So far 8 goals have been produced by the midfielders and defenders. Meanwhile our forwards, you know the guys paid to put the ball in the net have racked up 4 goals.
  3. Hot Ticket – It does my jaded heart good to see the amount of support in the stands the team is getting this year. Every game so far has had over 5,000 in attendance. This is well over the 3,500 or so we averaged last year. I’m not sure what switch flipped in the community but I’m glad to see it happen. The drawback is longer lines for food and drink but the Kickers are addressing that with more trucks. If you’re looking for a drink don’t forget there are multiple beer stations you don’t have to go straight for the building in the center of the concourse.

Prediction

The Kickers had a tremendous season last year until their first playoff game. In that game, despite being a man up for the majority of the game they ended up losing to Chattanooga by a goal. The fans, coaches and certainly the players remember the night a little too well. A win would have meant hosting the Championship Game in City Stadium, instead, it ended with a crushing defeat. Revenge will be on everyone’s mind and Chattanooga is not having a great season. The Red Wolves sit in second to last place and have a -8 goal differential. If ever there was a time for the Kickers to rack up some goals and get their scoring mojo flowing this is it. I predict it will happen.

Kickers 3 – Chattanooga 0

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Tiki Club RVA Sets Sail on Saturday

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Sea Suite Cruises RVA is thrilled to announce the launch of its latest cruise experience, Tiki Club RVA (seasuitecruises.com/tiki-club/richmond-va), officially debuting on the James River at Rocketts Landing for the summer and fall season on Saturday, June 3, 2023 — which also happens to be the start of National Fishing and Boating Week across the country. Following the success of the first season of Paddle Club RVA (seasuitecruises.com/paddle-club/richmond-va) in 2022, the team behind Sea Suite Cruises RVA is excited to bring this fun and unique recreational boating experience to residents and visitors of Richmond.

Tiki Club RVA offers a one-of-a-kind “tropical vibes” excursion on the scenic and historic James River. Step aboard the custom-built, 40-foot tiki boat, complete with bamboo trimmings, a thatched roof, and a tiki bar that you can stock with your favorite BYOB drinks and snacks. Available for private charters and public tours, Tiki Club RVA is built for 30 passengers, and accommodates both single-passenger or small group tickets as well as private parties. Similar to Paddle Club RVA, Tiki Club RVA cruises are an hour and 45 minutes in duration.

With music, drinks, and water views of nature and the city skyline, Tiki Club RVA is a memorable way to sight-see along one of Richmond’s biggest attractions – the James River – with friends or family. “With the addition of Tiki Club RVA, along with Paddle Club RVA, we can’t wait to give Richmonders even more fun and relaxing ways to soak up the sun and experience the water,” said Mike Scearce, General Manager of Sea Suite Cruises RVA.

Whether you’re looking for a day out with friends, a unique date idea, a festive way to celebrate a birthday party, an outing idea for a bachelor or bachelorette party or corporate gathering, or just want to get out on the James River, Tiki Club RVA and Paddle Club RVA are where it’s going to be in 2023.

ABOUT SEA SUITE CRUISES: Sea Suite Cruises co-founders Jack Maher and Jack Walten (“The Jacks,” as they are known) were born and raised in Arlington, Va. and have been best friends since they were two years old. The business-side of their journey began in 2018 when the then 24-year-old Jack and Jack launched Potomac Paddle Club, the first pontoon “cycleboat” in Washington, D.C. After adding more boats in Washington, D.C., they built on their success further in 2022 by partnering with local Richmond-based investors to launch Paddle Club RVA and form the parent company, Sea Suite Cruises. Sea Suite Cruises’ mission is to connect exciting people in exciting places around a suite of water-based offerings. After a successful first year in Richmond, the company has now expanded to further locations in the Mid-Atlantic such as The Wharf, Navy Yard, and Alexandria, Va. in the D.C. area, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and Annapolis.

For more information, visit our website at seasuitecruises.com/tiki-club/richmond-va or instagram.com/seasuitecruisesrva.

TIKI CLUB RVA DETAILS

CRUISE DETAILS:
Group Size: Up to 30 people (available for both single ticket purchases or to rent the entire boat for a private party)
Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes

PRICING*:
Monday-Wednesday: $40/Person
Thursday: $45/Person
Friday-Saturday: $55/Person
Sunday: $50/person
*Pricing may change for holiday weekends and special events

PICKUP + DROPOFF LOCATION:
4708 Old Main St, Richmond, VA. 23231 | On the dock at Rocketts Landing beneath The Boathouse restaurant and Island Shrimp Co.

MISC:
— Bathroom: The vessel comes equipped with a private bathroom on board
— Boat is equipped with Bluetooth-speakers, party lighting for night cruises, and built-in coolers + ice
— Tiki Boat RVA tours are BYOB (hard liquor not allowed, only beer, wine, seltzer, or canned cocktails)
— All cruises are staffed by a licensed master captain and deckhand

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