This past weekend was the Bluewater Cruising Association’s Annual Thanksgiving Rendezvous. As the Rendezvous is held at Thetis Island Marina – only an hour or so away from our home dock, it is an easy one to participate in. This year was our third visit, and the second with Julia and Charlie (the pup!) on board.
We headed over on Friday night with overcast skies and winds that changed directions every few minutes. The wind finally tucked in once we got out of the harbor and we took the opportunity to throw out the head sail – with rain coming and knowing we would be coming in after dark, we opted to not put up the main. As it was, we were trucking along at 5.8-5.9 knots under the headsail alone – we were going so nicely that I nearly missed the entrance to Thetis Island! We did have a bit of a downpour as we were heading over but the beautiful sail more than made up for it. We got to the docks and I backed us in while several members of the BCA came to take lines and help us get secured. And with that we were there and the weekend could begin.
The festivities were not set to begin until Saturday so we took Friday as a nice night to cook on board and curl up with our books – we had the little space heater going and lots of blankets to keep the cold at bay – our next project is definitely to install the heater though!
After a cozy sleep (polar fleece sheets are the best thing ever!), we had breakfast on board and then headed up to check out the day’s itinerary and check in to the Rendezvous. Saturday included a visit from the local Coast Guard Auxiliary – of which Owen was a member for 17 years. We had all toured the boat previously so instead we took off for a nice long walk, followed by some more book time. Saturday night was a potluck dinner – we went easy – opting to fry up some bacon and onions and cook up some perogies – as easy as it was, they were a hit and were gobbled up in no time. As is usually the case, there was a ton of food and it was all so tasty!
The club put on a couple of presentations in the pub Saturday night and then we all retired back to our boats to get ready for a packed day on Sunday.
We started with a breakfast potluck, followed up by a walk for us and then a scavenger hunt had us scrambling around deciphering signal flags, hunting for stones and tying knots. The hunt was intended to take about an hour but nearly everyone was done within a half hour – leaving a bit of downtime before the Turkey Dinner – prepared and served by the Pub. As usual, the Pub prepared a wonderful meal, made even better by visiting with club members.
Monday dawned overcast and completely windless – and not at all warm. We joined the club again for a coffee and a pastry and then headed out. By noon we were tied up at the dock and the weekend was over.
Once again I couldn’t quite bear the idea of packing the boat up entirely so we took what we needed and decided we will stay down there this coming weekend. The weather forecast looks wet and cool so it will be a great weekend to hide out below, get something yummy going in the oven and read a book or two – maybe even bring down a movie! We will need to take bedding, etc. off after that so that Owen can start to work on heat install, but it will be nice to have one more weekend of lazing away down there!