Monday, May 13, 2019

History of FOG Rendezvous

A while back we published a list of our Rendezvous dates and locations, it is now time to update that list and add the latest events.
The beginning, way back in 2001, confirms we have been around a long time and still continue to enjoy our Fisher friends,old and new, at these fine events.

  • June 2001 - Roche Harbor
  • Sept 2001 - Bedwell Harbour
  • June 2002 - Friday Harbor
  • Sept 2002 - Semiahmoo
  • Juine 2003 - Port Sidney
  • Feb 2004 - no boat Conference in Vancouver
  • Sept 2004 - Victoria
  • Oct 2005 - Roche Harbor
  • June 2006 - Friday Harbor
  • Sept 2006 - Genoa Bay
  • June 2007 - Victoria
  • Sept 2007 - Reid Harbor
  • June 2008 - Otter Bay
  • Sept 2008 - Fisherman Bay
  • June 2009 - Deer Harbor
  • Sept 2009 - Port Sidney
  • June 2010 - Brentwood Bay
  • Sept 2010 - West Sound (OIYC)
  • June 2011 - Port Browning (10th Anniversary)
  • Oct 2011 - Deer Harbor
  • June 2012 - Victoria
  • Sept 2012 - Fisherman Bay
  • June 2013 - Friday Harbor
  • Sept 2013 - Deer Harbor
  • June 2014 - Poets Cove (Bedwell Harbour)
  • June 2015 - Roche Harbor
  • June 2016 - Ganges
  • June 2017 - Port Sidney
  • Sept 2018 - Anacortes (Cap Sante)

Reading over this list of events should bring back some terrific (and sometimes FOGGY) memories  and encourage you to plan for the next Rendezvous 
- September 2019 at Roche Harbor.   

We need your participation to keep this group alive - let's make it to our 20th Anniversary in 2021!

Rendezvous September 2018

Anacortes, Cap Sante Marina was the location of the fall rendezvous September 14 - 16, 2018

I can report that a very successful FOG Rendezvous was held with 8 boats and a fine collection of Foggers, Former Foggers and potential Foggers in attendance.  Here is a partial list (with apologies for any missing names):     
ADVENTUROUS, Art and Trish Herbert, Anacortes, WA
DANCING BEAR, George and Mary Lou Hestad, Lopez Island, WA 
HONU, Ron and Darlene Ulansky, Kamloops, BC,
KINGFISHER, Chris Boulsbee and Marilyn Campbell, Gabriola, BC
KIPPER, Don and Sally Hamilton, Victoria, BC
MOLLY BLOOM, Jock and Karen Warren, San Juan Island, WA
SCUTTLEBUTT, Ced(ric)  Marsden, Anacortes, WA
TERRAPIN, Rick and Mary Lou Hobert, Anacortes, WA
Former Foggers and Boatless Foggers: Dick Toft, Deb and John Morrow, Ken and Mele Pearce (with new twins: Abby and Zoey), Steve and Nan Simpson.

While the weather was changeable, everyone enjoyed the location, the ambiance and the food. Here are the highlights of the weekend:
-Re-discovery of the Cap Sante Marina with its huge boats and vibrant activity
-Meeting with new Foggers: Ron and Darlene Ulansky on Honu the 25 Fisher that has been rejuvenated by them
-Discovering Art Hebert and his wife Trish on their Northeaster Adventurous, and in his college classroom at the Skagit Valley Community College in Anacortes
-Meeting and greeting potential Foggers like John Thompson from Australia, and Alastair and Juli from Ontario
-Experiencing a Friday night at the Pub
-Meeting Scuttlebutt and Ced Marsden
-Savouring fresh caught crab caught and cooked by Ced.-Gathering in a huge tent out of the weather for drinks and a potluck dinner

The highlight of the whole event was experiencing some of the trauma and drama endured by Jack Gray from Port Townsend, as he shared his account of the sinking of his 25 Fisher: Tasya, five years before on Sept 13, 2013.  He was on his way to the FOG Rendezvous at Deer Harbor when he was struck and submerged by Hyak, a Washington State Ferry near the confluence of Harney and Upright channels.  The boat (and Jack) resurfaced with Jack and his dog emerging from the wreckage and rescue.  (For a full account read the Report of  the Washington State Ferry Board of Inquiry). For a copy of Jack's interview on NPR in 2016 click here
It was also a new moment in our history: the passing of the Chair (aka "Commodore") to Art Hebert from me. Art is a experienced marine engineer now with the Skagit Valley Community College in Anacortes,Wa. It was a special moment for both of us.  You will hear more about the "new" FOG in the coming months.

May you all find ways to make your Fisher part of your lives.