return home to NE-TS Public Page click hereLake Champlain 2008
by Barbara Garland
The 15th annual rendezvous on Lake Champlain was a relatively peaceful trip for most of us though there were some adventures by some. These are my memories of the trip.
Loyd and I arrived at the ramp Friday evening June 27 at around 5 pm. I expected to see a number of boats in the area – on the water or rigging in the parking lot. There were 2 trailers – no cars and Don, on “Off the List” just about finishing rigging. 15 minutes later my boat was rigged. I asked Don what he was doing and he said “going to Sonja and Franks for dinner and you’re invited too. What a great start to the weekend – getting together with 3 good friends and catching up on things that had happened over the last year.
Adventure 1 – Al had lost some of his brake capacity on his truck while launching and
“Karamal” with both he and Karen were “up the creek” – that’s the creek by Frank and Sonja’s - while his truck was being fixed. Sonja had helped him get his car to a garage. Saturday, Dan helped him get his car back.
We slept in the parking lot and when we got up, Don was off doing things and “Spice” with Dan and Linda had arrived. We headed out to Valcour; as we knew that 3 boats from PA were due to arrive over at Peru dock. Eventually “Karamal”, “Spice”, and “Mental Floss” joined “Whale” in the beach by Butterfly Bay on Valcour Island.
Adventure 2 - There was Jim - a new sailor to the group – and the last one into Valcour that night. The boat however was an original member of the group, which was then MOANE. As he came into the beach at a rapid speed, he hollered that this was his first time sailing the boat. We caught the boat and helped him anchor appropriately. He continued to have adventures all week, with a broken wheel. So as far as I know he spent the rest of the week at Valcour with other people stopping by on occasion to visit with him.
By Sunday night there were many more boats as they kept coming in over the course of the day. Thunderstorms were predicted all day and none appeared till after dark. We then had a 15-20 minute show of lightning and wind.
Adventure 3 – several of the boats stern anchors didn’t hold properly and there were several people scurrying around on the beach. This blow was a good reminder that storms can come up quickly on the lake.
As we were worried about afternoon thunderstorms on Monday, we did a discussion Sunday evening of where to head. So Monday morning most people headed to Deep Bay but the 3 PA boats, “Whale” and “Mental Floss” headed to Shelburne bay. We met Zussamen . The five of us had a nice sail for some of the day and then motored into a cove by Allen Hill. There were no storms. photo of 'Change of Heart'
Tuesday, I was determined to join the group at Burton Island. We all headed out but the others got tired of motoring and 2 of them stopped at Valcour and the other 3 went to Plattsburg for the night.
Adventure 4 - Roger and his granddaughters on “Cerulean” bought gas at a marina near Valcour on Wednesday and had motor problems. The bottom line was diesel rather than gas was put in his tank. He had the boat repaired in Plattsburg and then went to Valcour for the rest of the week.
Wednesday we hung out at Burton Island as we were expecting a storm on Thursday. The “big boats” had joined us on Wednesday and at breakfast Thursday morning we gathered around the table that had the 3 of the early members of the group. Charis – the Hunter 37 owned by one of the founding members, Bruce and Pam Foshay, will be headed off the lake and will be moored in Maine this fall and next year. We thanked them for all their support over the years.
Several of us went out sailing, 2 boats went out to lunch – don’t remember the name of the restaurant - with docking on the lake. Those who were at Plattsburg joined us, as did Tony on “The Beep”. 3 boats headed to Deep Bay. The highlight of Wednesday night was a sing along with Bill – on Guitar, Bob A on fiddle and Bob B., a new member from PA, on a Hawaiian Slide Guitar that he plays with one hand. The music inspired Bob and Pat from “Windsong” to do some dancing. We sang till quite late and all had a great time. photo of 'Mental Floss'
We hung out under the tent on the island most of the day Thursday. It was blowing quite hard and at breakfast we watched a sailboat come in. We helped him dock and ran into him at lunchtime. He was at a table under a tree and it started to rain. I told him he was welcome join us and started telling him about NE-TS. Steve, who lives in Pembroke, NH and trailers his boat – a Cape Dory, decided it was well worth $10 to join especially if we would be around on Saturday to help him haul his boat.
Friday dawned beautiful so we headed back to Valcour Island for the regular get together. We were able to see the fireworks from Plattsburg from there. We gathered most of the group together again and had another jam session with Bill and Bob B.
The beginning of adventure 4 – Quincy, one of the two dogs of Dan and Nancy’s, wasn’t feeling too well. photo of 'Charis'
The 3 PA boats were headed home so they left early Saturday morning. The rest of us took it easy and slowly headed out to Mallet Bay for a party at Frank and Sonja’s. This year several boats were staying for a few more days so there were many boats rafted off their house. Several of us hauled and were heading home early Sunday morning. Great party as usual. photo of 'Zussamen'
The continuation of adventure 4 - Sunday morning as we were heading out “Y’Not “ headed in with Quincy – still not feeling well . As we left they were headed to a vet’s about ½ hr away. We ate breakfast at a diner near the entrance to I89. Bill and Jeanne joined us. It was a wonderful week. We clocked 102 nautical miles on the GPS. Can’t wait till next year.
Sailing “Whale” a Mac 26 C
With Loyd as crew.
PS The finish of adventure 4 - Quincy had swallowed a piece of Abby’s collar and needed surgery to remove the obstruction in his intestines.
And Adventure 5 – Dan and Nancy’s van broke down, they rented a car to close on a property in NH and finally got home on Tuesday night.return home to NE-TS Public Page click here