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Volume 34 Number 9
September 2018 issue:
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The Next Potluck Meeting is at 6:00 PM
We are having our usual Summer Potluck on September 11th at 6:00 PM. Bring something to share and your own meat to throw on the BBQ. No speaker this time.
This is your Commodore speaking, playing "captain" hooky again.
Amanda and I are in the heart of provincial France; English is rarely spoken.
We are in Cahors, the home of Malbec. We are navigating up the river Lot. All the locks are manual. With hand cranking all the shutes and gates, I am definitely getting my aerobics. But, we've learned the secret. When we spy another boat heading our direction, we get right behind them. That way, we are in position to follow them into the lock (they will accommodate two boats), thus halving the work load. The beauty of it is that, after three days, we know all the other boaters on the river. Tonight we are moored at St Cirq Lapopie (Ron and Linda Battle's favorite). Next to us (stern tie, of course) are the Spaniards with their two kids and their Newfoundland named Wally. There are two boats filled with Germans, with whom we shared several locks together. Their two teenaged daughters didn't hurt the eyes while sharing lock duties. Then we have the Polish contingent who own their own Chateau BnB but like canal barging to get away from their guests. There is a boat of Brits (they didn't know about Brexit), and then there are the Belgians who have two very large and friendly dogs. There is even another boat of Americans (shucks, there goes the neighborhood) hailing from Ohio and Missouri. Why we even encountered a boat of Frenchmen. Sorta make you feel "international."
See you all at October potluck
This is your "commy" Laurent
On location in Cahors signing off
This newsletter blurb is being written in Echo Bay on the west side of Gilford Island in what is referred to as the Broughton Islands. This general area is at the south end of Queen Charlotte Strait east of the north end of Vancouver Island. This is an extraordinarily beautiful place with thousands of islands all covered by dense temperate rain forests. We are on our 20th day out and we have enjoyed spectacular scenery and have had some very interesting boating experiences. I hope some of our club members get a chance to make it up this way sometime in the future to experience this remarkable sailing area. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you when I return.
So far, no club members have volunteered to host a September Cruise. 8-( But if you plan to be out on the water on any particular weekend in September and would like to be sociable, please send me an email telling me the dates and your destination. I will relay the message to other club members so you can have good company and share the enjoyment with other club members!
Reminder--Blakely Island Turkey Fry Cruise Date Change:
Yes, we are already talking about the last cruise of the season. This cruise is one of the most popular and one of the funnest cruises of the year. It is hosted by Tracy and Troy Olney who always make it a weekend to remember. Please make a note that the dates for this cruise have changed from October 20-22 (as printed in the club roster) to October 26-28.
Fair winds and cool breezes to you all!