Penatanguishene, July 2011
Rendezvous 2011 was held at
Beacon Bay Marina
on July 9th (Saturday) and July 10th (Sunday) , 1 37, Champlain Road, in
Penetanguishene aka Penetang.
Rendezvous activities began with the arrival
of members and guests on Friday afternoon and evening.
Past Commander Art Hawkes and Beth Hawkes
arrived aboard Seahawke IV. Past Commander Mike Seitz arrived aboard Sirus
Sal. Mark Bialkowski and Karen Phillips sailed across the bay from Meaford
aboard Summer Duck, while Camista, crewed by Fred Quinton and Sally Whittle
was tied up, at the ready, across the way at Hindson Marine.
Resident at Beacon Bay were Rod Ackroyd and
Joani Horvath on board Narissa, as well as Wayne Young and Linda Ferraro on
Other members and guests arrived by motor
vehicle, including one motor home.
The official Rendezvous activities began on
Saturday morning with coffee, accompanied by an assortment of sweet loaves
and fresh fruit, followed a short time later by pancakes and sausages with
maple syrup. Following breakfast, all headed out on the waters of Penetang
harbour for an afternoon of boating. Five sailboats were involved in the
Activities included an exercise in
navigation, swimming and some just plain cruising.
At five o'clock, all were promptly back at
the marina and anxious to partake in the Commanders Punch which had been
concocted just in time. Happy hour was followed by a BBQ, western style. Oh
yes, did I mention, the theme for the evening was "Cowboy/Cowgirl". Let it
be known that 10 litres of the Commanders Punch was consumed in short order.
The BBQ menu included hamburgers/cheese burgers, potato salad, homemade
beans, Sally's salad and pies for dessert.
As the sun disappears over the horizon, the
mosquitoes get their turn to eat and consequently us humans must seek
protection. Most of us return to our boats for a night cap or two.
Weather wise, Sunday morning brings a carbon
copy of Saturday. Quite literally, a big sky. The only weather concerns
expressed were about the lack of shade. The menu for Sunday morning differed
from Saturday morning only in that we added the homemade beans that we
didn't eat the night before and the Sunday pancakes contained blueberries.
Following breakfast, Past Commander Mike Seitz conducted the blessing of the
boats. The remainder of the day members and guests were free to explore the
area. Unfortunately, Mark and Karen, aboard Summer Duck experienced engine
problems on their way back and had to be towed into Meaford.
On behalf of the Guelph Power and Sail
Squadron, and in particular on behalf of all who attended this event, I
would like to express my appreciation to the dedicated volunteers who made
the event a most successful one. Well done.
A special thanks to Stephen Cartwright and
Gerard Lyons of the Midland Power and Sail Squadron for taking the time to
To those who attended, if you have any
suggestions for Rendezvous 2012, we would very much like to hear from you.
Feel free to contact myself or any member of the Bridge.
Also on behalf of the Guelph Power and Sail
Squadron, I would like to thank Mike and Robin of Beacon Bay Marina for
hosting the event. All staff were most helpful and pleasant.
Guelph Power and Sail Squadron