RRC Report on summer in Northeast North America

 RRC Report on summer in Northeast North America

From Dick and Moira Bentzel: Regional Rear Commodores NE USA and Atlantic Canada

By Dick & Moira Bentzel - 08/11/2018

The brilliant fall foliage and chillier temperatures are indicators that most cruisers have either left New England and Atlantic Canada for warmer climates or have hauled their boats in anticipation of the winter that will be coming soon. The fall/winter months are usually quieter for OCC activities in this area than during the summer.

The Maine Rally continues to be one of the largest gatherings of OCC members. Held at the Camden Yacht Club in Penobscot Bay, 119 members gathered on Sunday, August 12 for a full day of activities. The day started with an excellent presentation by OCC members, Ed and Sue Kelly, about their historic completion of the two Great Loops of Europe and USA. A potluck social hour gave members the opportunity to catch up with old friends and to meet new members, followed by a catered luncheon featuring Maine lobster. Several members also attended a Jazz Concert held later that night. A 4 day Mini Cruise of Penobscot Bay started the next day, with 44 members gathering the 1st night at the Stockton Harbor Yacht Club to enjoy a potluck. After a short sail to Castine the next day, we gathered at The Wharf restaurant for a luncheon and then learned about the history of the town on a walking tour with docents from the Castine Historical Society. We finished the cruise with a dinner at the rustic home of RoRCs Pam MacBrayne and Denis Moonan. (Follow the link below to the Rally Photo Gallery.)

Next month is the Sixth Annual Newport Luncheon (December 8) being organized by Janet Garnier, PO Newport at Sail Newport's Community Sailing Center located mid-way into Fort Adams State Park. Rob Macmillan, co-founder of 11th Hour Racing, will be the guest speaker.

Big breaking news: discussions are taking place between us and the Nova Scotia POs about a potential OCC Rally there for next summer: John vanS has suggested dovetailing with the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and we are trying to work the OCC NS Rally dates to fit between the Southern New England Rally and the Maine Rally. Watch this space!

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