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2012 National Yacht Club Commodore's Cruise
August 31st, 2012 @ 09:53 AM EST by admin

Best Dressed Couple Prize-winners George Pettyan and Patricia Chinell. They read the poem at left to the assembled crowd.

The Queen’s Privateer

Oh better by far to live and die
Under the brave black flag I fly,
Than to play a sanctimonious part,
With a Privateer head and Privateer heart. 

Away to the cheating world go you
Where Privateers are well-to-do,
But I’ll remain as I’ve ever been
A Privateer of my noble Queen. 

When I sally forth to seek my prey
I help myself in a royal way.
I sink a few more ships, it’s true,
Even than a monarch ought to do… 

But many a King on a first-class throne,
If he wants his crown to his own,
Must manage somehow to get through
More dirty work than I ever do.


An enthusiastic group of approximately 70 NYC members headed for the Mimico Cruising Club on Saturday, August 18th to celebrate Commodore Piersig’s final term at the helm at NYC. Many Past Commodores attended the event, some by sea and some by land. The MCC docks were busy over this weekend as they were also hosting a group of some 30 boats from the Oakville Yacht Squadron. As a result, we were limited to 25 boats.

The weather was perfect for the event and a race was organized and overseen by our match racing guru Bruce Brown. Many boats chose to race all the way to MCC and they enjoyed fair winds on a glorious sunny day.

With all NYC boats secure, the group convened at water’s edge to enjoy a fantastic spread of food tastefully contributed by those in attendance. And what a scrumptious array it was! Exotic cheeses from St. Lawrence market, an amazing roast beef/horseradish and Yorkshire pudding concoction, home-smoked trout, a great crab dip and many, many more dishes were quickly consumed by the group as they enjoyed their favourite libations, good conversation and shared stories of summer activities.

As the food and drink flowed, the race results were announced by race official Brown. Bruce first acknowledged that Ian Hunter in Wind Dancer (a 33’ Nonsuch) would have been in first place had he only joined the race line. Bruce then proceeded to announce the race winners.

First place and the Commodore’s Cruise Trophy was awarded to Gaoh skippered by George Pettyan and aided by his valiant crew

Second place went to Fantome – Commodore Henry Piersig and crew

Third place was a tie between XS – Bruce and Lori Spragg and crew and Elsker Di – Ric Azzarella.

After the awarding of the winners’ trophy and flags, Commodore Piersig and Commodora Vicki were asked to judge best dressed attendees. This year’s theme was ‘Jubilee’ red, white and blue as a tribute to special events taking place in jolly old England this summer. Many participants were thoughtful about their attire but none so much as Patricia Chinell and George Pettyan (Gaoh) who for the second year in a row were hands down winners for the Best Dressed Couple Award. Their Privateer attire was original and inventive as the pictures clearly show. Congratulations Patricia and George! The Best Dressed Woman prize was awarded to Jasmine Lovric (Alibi) with Best Dressed Man going to Past Commodore John McNeil (Breakaway II)

After the awards ceremony, Privateers George and Patricia entertained the group with a short reading from Pirates of Penzance rewritten for the occasion.

The group continued its revelry into the evening and as the sun set, members wandered off for dinner aboard or at the excellent MCC dining room.

So if you are thinking about joining the 2013 Commodore’s Cruise, be prepared to race, dress-up in the most creative way possible to fit the theme, bring your favourite appetizer and book early. You won’t be disappointed. (and, yes, next year we’ll have more white wine!)

Submitted by Neill and Mary Lou MacMillan