Wednesday, August 27, 2008

At Last! christened at last

What a great time we had when our extended family and best friends gathered at Port Whitby Marina to christen our TomCat!

We invited godsons Kris Holdenried and Michael Powell (left and right in the photo centre) to help us formally christen At Last! Here's the prayer we used:

Captain: Almighty God, who guided Noah in the building of an Ark, and calmed the raging sea,
Kris: We call upon you to bless those who have prepared this vessel for service, and to bless all who are present for this christening
Mike: We call upon you to protect and preserve those who sail in her, and surround them with your loving care.
Admiral: I hereby christen this vessel . . . At Last!

Heck, it was just like a Formula One podium after a GP with champagne spraying everywhere! To be truthful, it was our favorite cava, and the spray was directed at the name on the hull.

After the ceremony, a traditional Baltic buffet prepared by Chef Ingo at the Latvian Centre was laid out for our 42 guests who devoured the salmon two ways, smoked white fish, sauteed sole, marinated herring, smoked turkey, pastrami, salami, marinated mushrooms, great rye bread with unsalted butter, salads this way and that way, piragi perfectly shaped and baked by dear friend Ive, and enough sweets to make your mouth water at every remembrance for weeks and months to come. Thank you, Kristine, for the extraordinary butter tarts and squares, and Marty, for the splendiferous chocolate cake.

Later, we opened At Last! for tours, and with the co-operation of Captain Mick Flynn, we were able to offer harbour cruises on Coho Connection, his vintage Chris-Craft.

A good time was had by one and all. We enjoyed putting the celebration together as much as our guests enjoyed partaking in the festivities.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Bon voyage, Spirit of Canada!

The speed of our TomCat 24 paid off in spades the other day when At Last! was the only vessel from Fairport Yacht Club that was able to locate and catch up to Spirit of Canada as she reached down Lake Ontario to begin a voyage to France and the start of the Vendee Globe singlehanded nonstop round-the-world race.

Fairport Yacht Club hoped to send a flotilla to greet Derek Hatfield, Spirit of Canada's skipper, soon after he departed his home port at Port Credit Yacht Club. Close to 10 yachts left the dock but were unable to catch up with Spirit as she reached along at 10 knots. Only At Last! managed to rendezvous with the Open 60 some five miles offshore.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Skyman the sailor

We had a fun day aboard At Last! when Skyler, our 9-month-old grandnephew, came boating for the first time. It's something we will want to do every year around the time of his father's birthday. The proud parents, Kris and Jooli, are shown with Skyler in the forehatch of the TomCat.

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