TINA Rendezvous Kingston August 2016
Another point of view
The Thousand Island Nonsuch Association met in Kingston on Saturday, August 13 for our annual rendezvous. After much planning and re-planning due to unsettled weather forecasts, our original destination of Kerr was forsaken. Three of the original 11 boats made their way to Kingston early Saturday: Outback(Brian & Joy Clinton), PurrDiem(Ralph & Patty Moorhouse), and Virgin Gorda(Joel Watt & Sandra McCulloch). Others were waylaid due to an assortment of maladies (both boat and crew, and weather), but there were 20 or more present for happy hour and 26 for dinner. We believe we may have set a new record for number of persons enjoying happy hour on one Nonsuch 30(Virgin Gorda)! This also included some lively music provided by Brian Clinton and Wes Cotton , (a hopeful future Nonsuch owner visiting from Maine), on guitar and fiddle! Right in the middle of this jolly time, the promised bad weather arrived - teeming rain. All ducked for cover on said boat - very cozy! God bless those spacious Nonsuches! Rain subsided in time for a liesurely walk to the foot of Princess street for a great dinner at the Merchant Tap Room. It was so nice to have former Nonsuchers , the Morriseys and the Banburys join us for the dinner!
On Sunday, Outback and Purr Diem departed for Kerr Bay, and were joined there by Puffin, where we spent a peaceful night at anchor. The Tina fleet now consisted of 3 boats, each crewed by 2 humans and one cat: 18 year old Jazz on Outback, 6year old Sugar on Purr Diem, and 4month old Siamese kitten Zeke on Puffin. Zeke created a bit of excitement early Monday by taking a swim in Kerr Bay, circling the boat and scrambling aboard via the swim platform! Good job, Zeke! Purr Diem was not without their drama, as their outboard refused to re-start after a trash run to the Stella ferry dock. Ralph rowed all the way back to the anchorage in Kerr bay - good job, Ralph! Once all were recovered nicely, we set off for Waupoos,Marina and managed to have a decent sail much of the way. All (minus cats!) enjoyed a lovely dinner at the Duke of Marlborough Pub. Tuesday saw us weathered in at Waupoos due to very high winds and rain. Puffin headed home on Wednesday morning to do needed engine work . Outback and Purr Diem opted to enjoy one more day on Waupoos. They plan on continuing on together to Oak Orchard. A big thank you to Sandra and Joel for organizing this Rendezvous.
Story by Patty Moorhouse, Photos by D.Bailey, T. Eedson