OCC Roving Rear Commodores' Report from the Americas

OCC Roving Rear Commodores' Report from the Americas

We are delighted and honoured to be appointed RoRCs and hope to live up to the high standards set by our predecessors.

By Reg & Nicky Barker - 23/10/2019

It is ironic that our appointment coincided with our laying-up Blue Velvet of Sark for 3 months so that we could return home for the first time in 2 years, prompted by a family wedding, followed by a month-long maintenance period at Chesapeake Boat Works in Deltaville, VA. Less ‘Roving’, more ‘Refitting’ Rear Commodores!

The trip home was great fun and, unsurprisingly, the month on the hard was, well, hard (work). However, there were several OCC boats in the yard and each evening the crews gathered to relive the horrors and triumphs of the day and to discuss plans for the next. Work hard, play hard – it’s a good motto.

Pleasingly, we relaunched on schedule and are now in Annapolis for the annual Fall Dinner and the boat show. We plan to spend October cruising the Chesapeake Bay, including the annual dinner at Mathews YC late in the month, before heading south.

Last winter we ‘did’ Cuba and the Bahamas; this winter we intend to visit and dive in the Honduran Bay Islands and Belize as well as the BVIs. We’ll come north again next hurricane season for the rallies in the Chesapeake Bay (a favourite of ours) and southern New England before making a break for Newfoundland – we ran out of time to get beyond Nova Scotia in 2018.

As we bounce around, we hope to join the dots between Port Officers and would very much like to meet up with as many other members as possible. If you see Blue Velvet of Sark on your travels please do come over to say hello. The kettle is always on and there are cold beers in the (newly renovated) fridge.

Photo: Relaxing with OCC members at Chesapeake Boat Works (left to right): Lisa Pollington (Wild Iris), Helen Savage (Grace of Longstone), Steve Kerswill (Innamorata II), Dave ‘Birthday Boy’ Savage (Grace of Longstone), Mark Pollington (Wild Iris), Carol Kerswill (Innamorata II), Nicky and Reg Barker (Blue Velvet of Sark)

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