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VI Fleet Rendezvous 2019

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Wyndspree
Huntingford 53 Ketch
June 15th, 2019

In preparation for many of the joys and challenges they may face offshore, a group from the Vancouver Island 2018/19 Fleet met at Port Browning over the April 12 -14 weekend. How better to get such an event rolling than with a potluck get together on the dock?

Saturday’s events included a typical cruising tradition of morning VHF check-in followed by a chance to fire up the HF radios and join the Great Northern Boaters Net on 3870MHz. This was supplemented by Gord’s fabulous cinnamon buns. After breakfasting the gang experimented with mast climbing techniques and examined how to best rig and use downwind jibe preventers or boom brakes as they prowled around each other’s vessels exchanging ideas.

Ken Newman ascends Ayomide and Gord Wolf “good to go” on Mojave.

At mid-afternoon Connie Morahan and Peter McMartin arrived on Cookie Cutter with Al Kitchen in tow to share in the festivities and join in aboard Ragtime for a potluck dinner.

Ragtime and Cookie Cutter with an exotic improvised temporary shelter that soon started to look too much like it wanted to be a sail.

The evening was made complete with music on the dock courtesy of Peter on the guitar, Daragh on the mandolin, Gord on the fiddle and the chorus of wailing sailors.

Some of the gang aboard Ragtime.

The evening was made complete with music on the dock courtesy of Peter on the guitar, Daragh on the mandolin, Gord on the fiddle and the chorus of wailing sailors.

Sunday morning opened with another VHF check-in followed by coffee and muffins on the dock to supplement the omelette in a bag feast prepared by the gang on Ragtime. After more good conversation and boat visits it was time to set the sails and head home.

All the fixings you could ever want in an omelette on Ragtime, while Susan demonstrates the omelette bag shake/massage technique and Ron serves as “pot master”.

Many thanks to Leslie and Don for joining us from Vancouver, to Connie and Peter for showing off the “Cookie” and ferrying Al to the event, to Joan and Ken for rescuing Daragh due to Chantey V’s “issues”, to Ron for coordinating with the marina, to Daragh for planning and shepherding the event, and lastly to the great group of cruisers who made this a success and such great fun.

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