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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