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.