This weekend is a favorite of many CMCS cruisers and racers. The cruise starts on Friday and the race is held on Sunday. As with many events, surprises always enter into the mix. Cruise leaders Ian Davis and Elise Missall had full intentions of arriving by boat, but due to an engine problem discovered on Thursday we had to arrive by car.
Getting up to ‘Tween Waters around noon on Saturday we found that not every boat had arrived yet and so we positioned ourselves at the pool to be on the lookout for sailors.
By mid to late afternoon we had the following boats secured in their slips: Buffy, Calusa, Chase the Clouds, Crystal Daze, Full Tilt, Jazzy Miss Cathleen, ProReNata, Salty Soul and Windy City, all with assorted crew. And some crew members, including racing crew arrived by car later in the day due to previous commitments.
Folks spent the day at the pool sipping refreshments or walking the beach, with some just hanging out on their boats reading.
The long awaited Happy Hour bagat at 5ish with great appetizers which eventually morphed into a sumptuous Potluck dinner.
And let the Karaoke contest begin! Folks were a little hesitant at first until they realized it was not the Academy Awards or The Voice, but rather a group of sailors making loud noises and having fun! We had incredible prizes for all categories, and some categories had ties!
Glenn Diedricksen started off with “House of the Rising Sun” followed by Scott Milligan and Eric Milbrandt with “Elvira”. Bill Debruin, a guest on Windy City, sang “These Boots Were Made for Walking” with female stomping assistance. Other outstanding singers were Patrick O’Keefe with “Summertime”, James Gallagher, Gary Blessing and Diane Fowler. There were many other great contestants, but these are all that our memory can account for as Ian was working the machine and I was trying to keep track of the many singers and the order in which they wanted to be heard. Yes, CMCS singers really got into the spirit of the moment.
As we had to leave Saturday evening, we have no information of the race on Sunday, other that Miss Cathleen was dismasted. Not a good thing at all…
A beautiful CMCS weekend with warm temps, a nice breeze and good friends.
Ian Davis Captain, Elise Missall Crew