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.