Our 2022 objectives were to get ‘cruising activities’ back to normal (like pre-Covid) and to get newer Club members involved.
Club Cruising is very much back with 4 popular cruises: Round Salt Spring Cruise, Local Gunk Hole, Ole Fart (a very popular new focus), and Victoria. Early optimistic planning was for a series of 8 cruises; 3 were deferred for 2023 planning when resources proved unavailable. While numbers were lower than hoped for (pretty normal), enthusiasm and spirits were notably high. Only the Pub Cruise had to be cancelled due to Covid.
Education/Training/Entertainment program has been active and popular
Starting in the Spring, great interest and attendance at two ‘Boat management skills’ seminars addressing topics for newer and experienced boaters – multi aspects of ‘boat handling’ plus ‘Aids to Navigation’ refresher.
Back off the water this Fall/Winter: A multi session Zoom course on Weather (Dennis Fortin) and 2 in-person seminars on Battery Basics/Myths (Steve Pal) have proven highly popular – special thanks to Dennis and Steve plus to Stewart and Cheri Reid for facilitating these seminars – more coming up in the New Year. Wonderful to meet lots of newer member participants.
Of important note and particular Club pride, Doug Manton and SISC Wharfinger staff delivered a season of very popular Reciprocal hospitality to dozens of visiting boaters!! Super thanks to Karen Laidlaw for Recip Program management and especially to Doug and his crew of Duty Wharfingers!
While achieving moderate success relative to somewhat lofty objectives, Cruising 2022 leaves us ‘smiling’. A ‘yours truly’ hi-lite was the Ole Fart Cruise; a truly remarkable super senior group of SISC stalwart ‘Club builders’ sailed off in all their glory!! Bob Jones n Dorothy Finnigan were the blazing stars of the ‘Ole fart’ universe hosting the best GnT party ever!
Huge thanks go to newer members Jon n Janet Taylor/Victoria Cruise and to Stewart n Cheri Reid/Seminar organizers plus special congrats to new cruiser Ted Baldwinson and Barbara for persistence in gaining a plethora of new skills and experience – who says an ‘ole SSI dog can’t learn new tricks’!!
We’re getting ready for SISC Cruising 2023!