August 20th, 2011.
Commodore’s Cruise to Mimico
This year, Vicki and I were well behaved the week before the Commodore’s cruise and the weather gods were most pleased and so we were thus blessed with a lovely weekend. While we did venture far afield – using Diane and Jonathan Bamberger boat for a rabbit start – ensured that we had a pleasant race from the Dufferin Mark to Gibraltar and then downwind to the finish line just off the entrance to Mimico. The winds provided great sailing and we all enjoyed the ride which was a wonderful prelude to the afternoon and evening festivities.
Many thanks to Linda and Keith Morley, who again did a fantabulous job organizing the event. No detail was too large or small for those two professional partiers!
The theme for the trip was “Black and White” and the creative outbursts were awarded by Linda and Keith. George Pettyan, skipper of Gaoh, was the recipient of both the Best Costume Award and the Commodore’s Cruise Cup for the boat with the best corrected time in the race.
In the late afternoon, we were joined by many partiers who were unable to arrive by boat, and our plates were heaped full with the wonderful pot luck treats that everyone prepared. For those who have never attended, the Club generously provides liquid libations which were certainly enjoyed by all.
On Sunday, after a leisurely breakfast buffet, we on Fantome prepared for a ghostly departure in extremely light wind. While entertaining the locals with our lengthy preparations for the doubtful drift out to the lake, a breath of wind built into more than just a wee puff at just the right moment allowing us to slip quietly out of the basin to the amazement of all. We arrived back to National just as the wind died in the early afternoon.
The weekend was yet another to remember fondly. All of us on Fantome enjoyed the camaraderie that is such a great part of our of our Club culture.