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VI Rendezvous - Sailing the Salish Sea

June Lazenby

June 8th, 2015

They arrived from across the Salish Sea.  Forty vessels and a hundred people.  Once they were landed, they shared food, stories, and songs.  They learned the names of local places and they replicated the handicrafts of the people.  Just like the First Nations people long ago…

BCA members from all three chapters, including those whose boats are still far away, all descended on Poet’s Cove at the floating dock to visit – renewing old friendships and making new ones.  There was no reason for anyone to be hungry all weekend – from the breakfast treats to the happy hour snacks and the full blown potluck Sunday evening – there was no doubt about the cooking skills of sailors.

'Doers' who came up from warmer climes

‘Doers’ who came up from warmer climes

The food was plentiful.

The food was plentiful.

Kudos to Vaughan and Rita Balaam for all the work that they did in organizing this event, on behalf of the Vancouver Island Chapter, and foraging for $4,700 worth of prizes, including 4 haulouts, that were given away after dinner Sunday evening.

Mixing and mingling for Happy Hour with appies on Saturday afternoon

Mixing and mingling for Happy Hour with appies on Saturday afternoon

Serenading the tenacious powerboaters Saturday night

Serenading the tenacious power-boaters Saturday night

There was time for an informal meeting of the Fleet 2015

There was time for an informal meeting of the Fleet 2015

Dreamers meet the Doers: lots of information shared

Dreamers meet the Doers: lots of information shared

Interesting First Nations facts about the Salish Sea

Interesting First Nations facts about the Salish Sea

First Nations handicrafts - bull kelp baskets

First Nations handicrafts – bull kelp baskets

Potluck dinner Saturday night had a creative and plentiful menu

Potluck dinner Sunday night had a creative and plentiful menu

Gathered around the campfire for songs and social time after dinner

Gathered around the campfire for songs and social time after dinner

Here’s where you can see all the photos from the rendezvous.

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  1. Rita Balaam says:

    Thanks June for posting and writing this excellent article. We are in the process of writing letters to thank all our sponsors: Canoe Cove Marina, Westport Marina, Leech ad McBride sailmakers, All Bay Marina, UK sails, Waypoint Marine, Vector Boat Yard, Island Yacht Watch, Gartside Marine, VanIsle Marina, and Trotec Marine Supplies, Rita and Vaughan.