As the invitation to cruisers stated:
Once again, the waters, islands, nooks and crannies of the Salish Sea will become the backdrop for this year's cruise: Panama Canal in Four Days. Ken Christie will head up the indomitable Peterson Cup fleet which will gather as per tradition in Mark Bay, off Protection Island, Nanaimo, on Sat July 29. The Dinghy Dock Pub will be the first official meeting place, at 1600 h; following a libation or two, vessels will be measured and assigned the canal transit fee (rumoured to be $1200) and the agricultural clearance fee ($200). Advisors can be bribed daily with hot baked pies to be served at Appy Hour. And, of course, everyone gets a ZARP file.
Bright and early (!) on Sunday morning, the fleet will set sail, seeking adventure, good food, good grog and great company at the end of the day's voyage (destination to be determined by consensus prior to departure). During the rally, boats must use sails, anchor off (no docks allowed!), and all food and libations will come from ship's stores.
Kelly had a week to get organized and consult regarding gear, provisions and logistics. En route he sent SPOT messages from each anchorage - much appreciated as even when the next day's destination was decided upon it was subject to change. Saturday was a sail, motor-sail journey from Sidney to Protection Island across from Nanaimo to anchor and join the group. Sunday was a sail to Jedediah Island, anchoring in Little Bull Passage; plan was to stay and hike. Monday - sailed to Tribune Bay at Hornby Island instead. Tuesday - actually stayed at anchor and hiked the island. Wednesday - down Sabine Channel and across to Secret Cove on the mainland. Thursday - a vigorous sail back to Newcastle Island, with a wrap up gathering at Gina's Mexican Cafe in Nanaimo.
This year's participants were recognized at the BCA rendezvous on Newcastle Island and the Cup awarded to the Captain of SV Mischief.
|L to R: Heather, Kelly, Adam, Frank, Dawn (hiding), Peter|
|L to R: Dawn, Peter, Connie, Campbell, Jennifer, Ken, Russ, Loell|