We've been planning this dinner ever since we saw Patti & Eric in Sandpoint, Idaho, in August. Finally it was time to meet kids and grandkids, see a new home and…
We Want to Thank Everyone Who Attended the First 2014 Ranger Tugs/Cutwater North Channel Rendezvous
We look forward to meeting up with many of the participants on the water in the future. Boats in attendance ranged from far away as Alberta, Fort Lauderdale, Rhode Island and Texas. This was the first time cruising the North Channel for 9 of the 15 boats.
Although we could not have had a successful rendezvous without those in attendance, there is lot that goes on behind the scenes well before the event starts and during the rendezvous. Thanks to Debby Turner at Little Currents Turner’s for suppling the Manitoulin Island/North Channel maps for our ditty bags. We also had donations for our ditty bags from Prism Polish, GMC Flint Assembly Plant and the UAW (including the bags), Ranger Tug hats and key fobs. Thanks to Reid Taylor for making arrangements for our dockage at Little Current Town Docks and use of the Pavillion, everything was delivered as promised.
One of the things when organizing a rendezvous, is that you never quite know for sure how everything will work out until it happens. Kelly, owner of Anchor Inn, did such a great job, the food was exceptional, everyone was extremely pleased with the quality and quantity… thanks Kelly for all your hard work, being on time (even though having to deal with a power outage during prep work), professional and on budget.
Roy Eaton, Little Current Crusiers Net coordinater, was very well received by our attendees. The very first night he hit the docks and delivered his own welcome bag to each attendee and it included Little Current information as well as free ice cream coupons and free pump out passes. A visit to his live Cruisers Net broadcast and his wonderful North Channel powerpoint presentation helped to enhance the even offerings to each Ranger Tug owner. Thanks Roy. Mark Coles, of Boating Georgian Bay, gave us a detailed history lesson of Georgian Bay and passed out some boat wax and some special BGB hot sauce.
Reed Yacht Sales and Lefroy Harbour Marine and Resorts were not only sponsors but they were part of our experience. Thanks to Paul Reed along with Ryan Stovold and Jim Ward for being in attendance and supporting our Ranger Tug community of boating. We truly hope our mass presence in the North Channel leads to positive things for both of their organizations.
Lastly, a special thanks to Jeff Messmer at Ranger Tugs for his rendezvous guidance, financial and promotional support as well as sending Kenny Marrs all the way from Kent, Washington to join us. We think he had a great time. Kenny always does a great job working to help Ranger Tug owners and this trip was no exception. Thanks Kenny for your support, your friendly smile and positive, professional, demeanor.
Mark and Jodi, on Irish Mist, took this amazing panorama of our boats at dock in Little Current. Thanks for sharing Mark.
Dave, on Bucket List has a Portland Pudgy dinghy with a sailing kit he had yet to install. He got lots of help on the dock today and Dwain helped him with the sailing mechanics after it they launched it.
Randy and Cindy, on I Think I Can, took these great photos (above and three below) from on top of the hill behind the marina. Thanks Randy and Cindy for sharing.