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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Canadian Tollycruisers
Hope to see you on the water in 2016 !!!!!
2015 Canadian Tollycruisers Rendezvous
Before giving a rundown on the events of the 27th Annual Tollycraft Rendezvous, I would like to acknowledge and send our gratitude to Terry Murphy and his wife Susan. Terry and Susan organized all of our club rendezvous from 1993 until 2014, when he sold his Tolly. They are now enjoying other methods of travel, and going much farther afield. We wish them safe travels and fair seas!
The annual Tollycruisers Rendezvous was held September 16th to 20th at Telegraph Harbour Marina on Thetis Island. For the first time in a long time, we were greeted with rain and wind – definitely more of a Fall cruise feel, befitting the Tolly’ween theme! Tents were up this year, providing a great place for people to gather regardless of the rain.
Although attendance was down slightly this year (36 boats, including one ‘honorary Tolly’, with 78 people), it proved to be a fantastic opportunity for club members, new and old, to really get to know one another. We enjoyed several pot-luck events, a costume party attended by everyone from Angel’s to Zombie’s, the annual Pet Parade, a (rather abbreviated due to weather) pitch’n’putt golf tournament, a bocce tournament, a poker run, a horseshoe tournament, and a boat hop! It was a jam-packed few days, with something for everyone.
The rendezvous commemorative item this year was a spiral-bound coffee table book of Tolly’s ‘Dream-Boat’ designs, organized by Jeff Adams.
A couple of special mentions:
Best Decorated Boat went to Hornblower (Stan and Bernice Wardill, with their crew Dwight Brett and Barb Wardill and special guest Gladys Gorosh)
Best Group Costume went to the crew of the Briar Patch (the Minions Jonathan, Lori, and Thomas Finch)
Pet Parade overall winner was Sophie from Hornblower
Corn cooked once again by Larry Schnetsky, with Doug Bell on butter duty.
Potatoes were cooked in a huge group effort, with people grabbing as many as would fit in their cooking devices and bringing them up for the big dinner.
Thomas Finch once again was our unofficial “official prize ticket puller”
Door/raffle prizes – raffle tickets sold by Cheryl Butler – great donations this year including everything from moorage to tequila to boat haulout and hull polishing
50/50 – sold by Gary Curtis (from the honorary Tollycraft, Magic)
Steve Monrad provided DJ services most evenings, but the weather didn’t cooperate for any concert on the dock. However, we were treated to a spectacular light show from Jolly Mon and Briar Patch!
Sunday morning Pancake breakfast – flipper Doug Bell had to be replaced; Kathy Bell and Carol Pizzey flipped, with Lori Finch on batter duty.
Coffee each morning prepared by Vic Pizzey.
Emcee duties by Phil Posehn
Special thanks to the whole organizing committee – Mark & Peggy McMaster, Phil and Maria Posehn, Bill Hennis, Jay & Vernessa Hartland, Jeff & Leanne Adams and Derek & Davida Smith, and to ALL the members who jumped in and really made this a group event!
With the wind that came up on Sunday, about a dozen boats decided to stay an extra night, resulting in a wonderful impromptu appetizer party on Tolly Time 3 . I am sure it was substantially lower in the water with 25 people and a whole lot of food onboard! Many thanks to John and Jane Semasko for welcoming all aboard!
Theme for next year: Tolly Hero – design and dress up as your own Super Hero!
Date: September 15 – 18, 2016
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The 2016 Canadian Tollycruisers Rendezvous
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We are planning some new activities this year but don’t worry there will still be lots of time just to visit with your Tolly friends!
The theme will “Tollyween” this year so start your decorating plans now.
By Terry Murphy
Spectacular sunny weather greeted 46 Tollycraft Yachts to Telegraph Harbour Marina on the weekend of Sept 11-15. Daily temperatures in the mid 20’s made it seem like a summer rendezvous. By Wednesday there were 20 boats at the dock and the crews enjoyed Marge Fulton’s famous Margarita Night. Marge and Ruby Olsen were there from Redondo Beach California even though Marge sold her boat earlier this year.
Most of the fleet arrived on Thursday in time for the Rib and Corn night which was held on the dock and was a great success once again. The best way to shuck corn is definitely by means of a Corn Shucking Contest. Steve Monrad, from Anacortes provided the evening entertainment singing and strumming on the back of his boat JOLLY MON.
With a theme of Christmas in September,the decorations on the boats were fabulous. Lights, Lights and more lights along with an amazing assortment of very large Santa and Snowman blow ups. It really looked wonderful.
Friday morning brought more sun shine and many were up early to enjoy Coffee and muffins on the dock. At noon, Paul Coridor, Jay Bull and Jonathan Finch cooked outstanding Hamburgers which were served up with optional cold beer. After that it seemed that most people relaxed all afternoon working up an appetite for the evening Appetizer event, aka ‘Feeding Frenzy’. The food was plentiful and very tasty too. Following the party it was time for Door Prizes drawn by boat name and there were some good prizes including Moorage certificates, and a variety of boat stuff. Thomas Finch, (aged almost 5), assisted Terry Murphy in drawing all the names.
Once again, Steve played until 11 on board Jolly Mon much to the delight of a pretty good crowd on the dock.
Coffee and muffins were available on the dock again. Vic Pizzey was the official coffee maker each day and the muffins were provided by the Marina. At 2, it was time for the 2nd Annual Pet Parade on shore organized by Kathy Bell & Cheryl Butler from Nanaimo, with quite an assortment of dogs in various costumes. Steve Monad was the MC for the event and it was a real crowd pleaser. Following that was the 2nd Annual Tollycruisers Golf Tournament which Maria & Phil Posehn and Peggy & Mark McMaster put together. A very popular event and lots of fun for both participant and spectator once again.
After a rest everyone assembled around the BBQ’s for the annual dinner. Watching 40 or more men BBQ steaks etc at the same time is quite a smoky site. The Marina supplied wonderful Roasted potatoes, salads, dinner rolls and desserts to go with the meat.
It was then time for Raffle Prizes, 50/50 draws and an auction. Thomas Finch drew the tickets again. Alfredo Uncao did an amazing job of selling the 50/50 tickets again and there were two draws for $416 each. The first winner was Betsy Nickolls from Winslow, Arizona on board the ANY TIME. Betsy very graciously returned her winnings to the club. The next winner was Shannon Bridge from the RUFFINIT. She gave have of her winnings back to the club, another very generous and gracious gesture. Thank You Betsy and Shannon.
Prizes were awarded for the best decorated boats too. First prize went to Bob & Lynne Moore’s DOG PATCH, second prize went to Stan & Bernice Wardill’s HORNBLOWER, and third went to Jonathan, Lori and Thomas Finch’s BRIAR PATCH.
After all the raffle prizes were awarded, Jay Hartland, aka ‘the Anacortes Auctioneer’ auctioned off three items. First was a CBC Sports NHL Towel and hat donated by recently retired CBC Cameraman Ross Lukow. Next was a stained glass Tollycruisers Flag donated by Jan & Larry Schnetzky. The bidding for the stained glass got pretty furious but Marina owner TARA KAULBACK had a successful bid at $450. Wow. The flag will be on display in the Marina Store.
Finally, Jay started the bidding on a beautiful quilt designed, made, and donated by Mary-Ann Tennant from the RUBY TUESDAY. The winning bid came from Jay Bull at $600+.
A huge Thank You to Ross, the Schentzky’s and Mary-Ann for your generosity. And thanks to everyone who donated door prizes once again this year.
The evening continued with live entertainment and a lot of people enjoyed dancing in really nice warm weather. It was wonderful to see Gladys Gorosh up dancing and to see Bob Moore dancing with his granddaughter.
Sunday morning was another winner of a day and Jay Bull, Terry Bubb, Paul Coridor and Terry Murphy whipped up pancakes and mimosa for everyone who was hungry. We managed to do it without Marge Fulton who for many years supervised the event.
A brief meeting was held to decide on the theme for 2015…TOLLOWEEN! And the dates of next year’s Rendezvous are September 17-20. It seems much later but it is because of Labour Day being on the 7th. Interestingly, in 2010 and 2011 a similar late date occurred.
A great rendezvous, with great weather, great people and beautiful boats. It just doesn’t get much better!
To see a collection of pictures click on the “Rendezvous Gallery” button above or click HERE.
See you all next year.
Thanks to everyone who attended the 2014 Tollycruisers Rendezvous !
We look forward to seeing you again next year September 17-20, 2015 with the theme of “Tollyween”
Check back soon as we will have some rendezvous pictures, more updates, news and maybe even a few surprises. Don’t forget to take the Tollycraft Poll ans check out all the other areas of the website. We’ve updated and added a few interesting things.