Search This Blog

This is a blog about Peggy and Bob's Great Loop adventure which began in September 2008 in Lake Superior aboard "Baby Grand," their 32' Grand Banks trawler.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cruisers’ Net Rendezvous at Little Current 8-23-11

We’re here in Little Current for the Cruisers’ Net Rendezvous. Every morning at 9 a.m. we listen to the Net on Channel 71 and get the latest news, sports, local happening and call-ins from boaters throughout the North Channel. It is hosted by Roy Eaton. He is a retired school principal, an avid sailor, member of the Little Current Yacht Club and a shining example of Canadian hospitality. He watches over North Channel boaters like a guardian angel by keeping us all connected through the Net, offers his personal phone number to boaters in case our families back home have to contact us with an emergency and provides his home address so that our needed boating supplies can be delivered there.

Roy and the Net are also about having fun. The Net hosts an “Appy Hour” every Friday in July and August from 3-5pm at the Anchor Inn which even provides free hor d’oeuvres. We have not been far enough east this season to attend these but we are here for the end of the season Cruisers’ Net Rendezvous.

Roy organized a great line-up of excursions and classes for us. Roy is a lifelong resident of the area, and gave a very interesting presentation on the Trent Severn Canal, Georgian Bay and the North Channel, providing lots of local information and stories. Most boaters never see the mainland side of Manitoulin Island and Roy arranged for some tours, complete with his friends and LCYC members providing transportation. I chose to go on the Pepper Point Garden tour. As boaters, we see lots of wilderness up here but it was great to see the home garden of Jean and John Narozanski. We also visited Ten Mile Point Gallery which features First Nation art works. We learned more from a local expert on First Nation and Inuit art through a presentation about the vitality of their work. Bob went on the tour to a local fish farm, and will certainly consider buying such products now that he’s seen how clean the process is.

No rendezvous is complete without a potluck feast. There was plenty of food and good cheer and 124 boaters had a great time. There was no charge for any of the above activities, and Roy even arranged for the Little Current Municipal dock to give a 2 for 1 day price for the event.

Roy is such a modest man and always gives credit to others when praised. He is the inspiration for all of this and we are very grateful.

Blog Archive

Baby Grand

Baby Grand