|Solaria being readied for the Catalina Rendezvous after a winter off.|
Ken, Rita, and Geoff find new uses for toothbrushes.
Friday, May 2
Another nice day, slightly overcast but dry and warm. We were located at the end of the guest dock and had a lovely covered pavillion with tables and chairs and a heater for our meeting space.
The attendance count by the Count came up with 10 C-42s and 1 C-34.
We invited other Catalinas on the dock to join us like the "Smelly Boys Weekend" group which consisted of 5 boats, three of which were Catalinas. Some came out for boat tours but missed out on the other bits of fun. One hopes we can improve the size of the fleet for next year!
Several of our ladies are into jewelry making and set up a "show and tell" in the pavillion. Lots of gals from another rendezvous down the dock came to look and buy.
End of Dock Jewelry:
|The Countess, Anne, Judy, and Sonia all displaying their wares. They had a good time selling and talking about|
|We had 10 C-42s and one C-34 for this outing with room for more. We will try for more Catalinas of all sizes next year.|
Maybe when they see this blog we will get more boats showing UP.
Photo by Deon
We decided to play in teams of 2 and do 'best disc' rules which means you play the best throw in the partnership. Kasee and Dan, Bob and John, and Greg got stuck with the Count....
Six really tired guys returned to the dock in the late afternoon......... just in time to relax and listen to Vince Townrow speak about sails.
|Bob showing good body English on the putt.|
|John going in deep for a lost disc.|
|First time disc golfers, not sure what they are in for.|
Bob, John, Kasee, Dan, and Greg
|Greg, Dan and Bob trying to figure out the best lie.|
Ullman Sails with Vince Townrow:
Vince Townrow, from Ullman Sails in Anacortes, came and talked to our group about the various types of cloth that are used in sails and the various types of cuts used to shape the sails. He talked about sail trim and costs of various sails including chutes, headsails, and mainsails. It was an interesting and very informative talk. Based on feedback, it seems he was a hit! I do know that the Count is looking forward to getting his new Ullman Sail. He ordered a 140% Tri-radial, Endurance cloth, leech and foot cords with hidden velcro clamping, with two telltale windows and furling reinforcement.
Curt , of Bristol Yachts in Oak Harbor, put on an amazing wine and cheese spread for us on Friday evening.
|Kurt of Bristol Yachts with his amazing spread of snacks and good tasting wines.|
He just does a better job each year!
Go to Oak Harbor to buy a boat. He does know his boats.
Photo by Ken
Saturday, May 03, 2014
THE GREAT POKER WALK
Roche Harbor Poker Walk 2014
|Ken having troubles retrieving his card from the Scupture Garden.|
Photo by Rita
|Don (from BC and 77 years young) and the Count wait in|
the heated party tent for the 2.5 hour Poker Walk.
|5 fat C-42s lined up for fun!|
Photo by Deon
|The Count waiting for a gin tasting at the San Juan Distillery. (Tough to find but worth it).|
Photo by Deon
|The still and gin tasting counter. Very fun with lots of tastes one wouldn't expect.|
|The hard apple cider tasting counter. There were 4 flavors of the cider made from the apples grown on site.|
Photo by Deon
Count Enrico taking apart his primary winch, showing how to lube and check a winch for annual maintenance.
It was an appreciative audience who assisted with handing parts and tools and most important,
Photo by Deon
|Amazing food in our lovely heated tent.|
|Brock, Heather (of Chevy), Don, Deon (of Telhillah)|
John and Jan (of Chevy)
and the Countess (from Jah Mon)
|Ruth and Mike (of Wanderin' Star) Greg and Sonia (in pink)|
John and Anne on the right (of Satarie)
Kasee and Dan (of Ritidian) at the end of the table.
|Mike and Russ (of Le Jouet) and|
Ken, Rita and Geoff (of Solaria)
|Don of Tehillah, being congratulated by the Count chooses the free night's moorage at Roche|
for his first place prize. His crew Deon went to the extremes and
ended up with a baby straight to win the Poker Walk.
|Deon preparing his hand by choosing his best 5 cards for poker,|
taping them on a paper with the boat name for the final submission.
We were bucking a 2-3k current of 'anti-water' in Speiden Channel and no wind but once into San Juan Channel we found 10k of wind and the sails came out to play. Solaria was the last to leave the dock but motored to the end of the fleet, hoisted her sails and ended up 3rd to Sucia.
Satarie with John and Anne found they were too slow with just a headsail but when they went to put the main up the wind came up as well!. 24k made them go to the lee of Orcas to hoist but even with the loss of about 3 miles they were still 2nd to arrive.
Chevy, a new boat (6 months) to John and Jan, with a green crew of Brock of Heather, found themselves rounding up two times when the winds piped over 20k. They were very excited about their trip to Orcas and nothing broke except his dink's motor shear pin so all was good. They were 5th to arrive.
Jah Mon was the first to arrive and the only one with a smallish headsail (115%). It was a perfect reach all the way for us. The rail threatened to dip a couple of times but dumping the traveler all the way got her feet solid and we trucked along, hitting a noted 9.2k through the water.
Click here to watch a bit of sailing
|Adding in 5 gallons of diesel to get the furnace working!|
Borrowed off Comocean for a very good price!
A major improvement in living on Jah Mon once that was lit.
~50s F at night!
|The Count, John, Geoff, Ken, Greg, Sonia, Rita, Lori, Jan, Heather, Anne|
Brock, and John.
The campfire at Sucia on Sunday night.
There was a bit of rain but it is the NW in the spring.
Photo by Rita (on a timer)
(Demry (sp), Donna, Larry, and Lori are the stars...)
Click here to see singing at the campfire
We have booked Roche Harbor for the first weekend in May again. We hope to see many more Catalinas there of all sizes. The party barge is heated and large enough for 2-3xs the number of bodies we had this time. Roche Harbor really went all out on the support with the tent, garbage pickup at the tent, water, power, tables, chairs, furnace, and all with a $.90 a night/per foot charge for each boat.
Put this on your boating calendar as a must do! Tell your friends!
The Poker Walk will be enhanced with more challenging clues and tricky clues.
We hope to get the Cat Toss back in the fray.
It is thought that we will have a pre-rendezvous gathering at Sucia on the Tuesday and Wednesday prior to going to Roche on Thursday.
Here is a mystery image, if you can see it you have a good system:
|Roche Harbor Store and Lime House Cafe behind the gardens.|
Photo by Don
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