Rendezvous 2015
Rendezvous 2015 was a great success with 29 boats and 64 people registered. This was the largest turnout in the last 4 years and we are pleased to report that several registrants were new members, which is great. The most memorable part was, unfortunately, the weather. On Saturday we got the full blast of the windstorm that left over 700,000 people in the Greater Vancouver area without power. Winds hit 90kmh in Port Browning and there was a lot of scrambling and retying of boats. But there was no damage to any of our member's boats. However, one sailboat ran aground on the rocks and as far as we could tell, it was a write-off. Also, there were two power boats that dragged anchor and were on the beach, but they were pulled off, apparently without serious damage. Amazingly, power stayed on at the marina, but it was off over most of the rest of the island. Power isn't a factor for the restaurant and pub as they have a standby generator. The Friday evening social hour, or so, went very well with everyone bringing a suitable appie and meeting both new and old friends again. The weather for this event was still good. However, we started to hear wind and some rain early in the morning. We hoped it would blow through, but it just blew and blew some more. Then the wind stopped and the rain started. It seemed at first that it would just be a shower but it set in with a vengeance. Saturday, 17 members took the optional bus tour of the island, which was very much enjoyed. We stopped at the farmer's market, New to You, Hope Bay, drove through the golf course and finally, the Sea Star Winery, where we sampled wine and had lunch. While we were at Hope Bay we saw the effects of the wind which was whipping up 6 foot seas that were coming right into Hope Bay. Then we noticed a 41' Canoe Cove boat making its way south. It turned out to be the Besame. We watched, fascinated, as she hit wave after wave with spray flying. Eventually, we saw something we could hardly believe. On two waves, the Besame's hull was entirely out of the water for about two-thirds of its length! It is the first time any of us had ever seen daylight under a Canoe Cove boat unless it was on land. At that point the owner decided to turn around, which he did very well. They ended up going around the top of Pender Island and tying up at Otter Bay and then coming to the Rendezvous by taxi. If we had an award for sheer determination, they would have won for sure. While it wasn't intended as such, it was a great test of the Canoe Cove 41' and it proved that they are indeed a very strong boat that will take anything that nature can dish out. While the bus tour was going on, there was also our usual Open Boat where members visit each other's boat. This is alway a very popular event, particularly with the first time out members as they get so see the almost endless variety of boats built by CCM and they get to ask questions of other members who have had a Canoe Cove boat for many years, which they always tell us is a very valuable experience. Our Saturday dinner seemed in jeopardy, but, luckily we had the covered area for eating and thanks to the Royal City Yacht Club, we had two 10x10 tents as well so everyone and the food was under cover. Also, we were able to come up with some tarps so we could cover two sides of the tent preventing most of the wind and rain from coming in.The prizes were placed on a small stage that was there, that had a roof of sorts, so they were protected enough. We drew the door prizes before dinner and the raffle tickets after. Everyone went away with a prize and some had two or three. The meal was our usual Baron of Beef and/or Chicken plus the pot luck items brought by members, but this year instead of the BBQ, the marina offered to cook it for us in their convection ovens, which was a great help, and the meat was done just right. Sunday, a number of members took advantage of the excellent breakfast served by the restaurant, and then it was time to leave. However, the wind wasn't finished yet so most just went somewhere else in the Gulf Islands or stayed rather than try the Strait of Georgia or Juan de Fuca. But, the main thing was, everyone had a good time and we all left looking forward to next year, which we decided would again be at Port Browning. Alice and Terry took the following photos.
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