Winnie Rendezvous 2005
By Roger Jones
The Winni Rendezvous
for 2005 was a success. Four boats and two crew arrived on Friday
from noon to 4:00pm. We had a great time setting up first timers
Nancy and Harry Sechman's boat. They are the third owners and the
first two apparently didn't know what
they were doing and gave up. By the end of the weekend Nancy and
Harry were well informed and ready to go to Allen Harbor on June
10, 11, and 12
Roseanne and Roger crewed with Barbara Garland as neither of
their boats were ready for the weekend. Roseanne Carr and her
husband plan to be at Allen Harbor with their new boat now that
Roseanne knows the ins and outs of rigging it.
Chuck and Helen Healey led the group to the best restaurants
in town and daughter, Brianna, kept us up to date on her dance
activities. We had two nights of great eating. The first restraint
stayed open until ten o'clock to accommodate our gabbing.
Karen and Allen Hill brought us up to date on their Florida
sail and showed us just how to live for and extended time on
a Mac X. While sailing on the lake Saturday Douglas and Wendy
Bejarano joined us. We had very nice weather and steady winds
for our sail to Weirs Beach where we walked around enjoyed the
sites and ate lunch. On the way back Barbara Garland showed us
how to make the Mac 26D sail itself. As usual she sailed circles
around the group of us. We got back by 4:00pm just as the rains
By 7:00pm the boats were tucked in for the evening, Doug and
Wendy were waved off to their home in Vermont and we settled
down to a wonderful dinner in an expensive restaurant.
We hustled back to our boats and me to my van for a sound nights
sleep by 10:00pm. Rain drops lulled us to sleep all night.
By Sunday morning we were tired of rain drops but they were
not tired of us. We could see there would be no sailing that
day so we read,
gathered together for tall stories, and sang happy birthday to Harry. By mid
afternoon we had retrieved all the boats and were off to our respective homes.
I had a great time despite the weather and I think everyone else did also.
A big thanks go to Barbara, Chuck, and Al for all the help
and instruction they gave the rest of us. In total we had
five boats three crew and twelve people in all attending.
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Note: Lesson learned from Rick Dieffenbach, Lady-in-Red
26x. I arrived at Winnie on Thursday. When I launched the
Lady, I discovered that the dealer who replaced
my steering cable last fall had hooked things up backwards.
It was an exciting two minutes while I maneuvered in close
confinement to other boats trying to figure out why Lady was
moving the wrong way! So, we left Winnie and returned to
Lesson Learned: Be prepared for life's twists and turns.
You never know when a right turn will take you left, and