RVYC Ladies Perpetrate Fraud by Tibbie Adams
The RVYC Ladies Cruise had their best cruise yet. 11 boats and their intrepid captains sailed across international waters to Roche Harbour for our yearly get together. Trish Lapp impressed everyone by sailing her large boat the whole way across, while others simply motored straight there. Friday night found 40 ladies dressed in pink, wearing costumes and a smile. Best costumes were won by Tara Smith and her crew, adorned in pink sailor outfits, crowned with hot pink sailor hats festooned with sparkling anchors. They kindly supplied pink devilled eggs and pink jello shots which really got the ladies excited. Marri Todd won the nautical quiz that contained difficult navigation and tidal questions. She did not show anyone her answers but announced excitedly, "I won, I won," which proves enthusiasm wins the day.
Saturday saw a variety of activities; some ladies headed to Friday harbour for shopping, others were led on a wild goose chase by Jan Hampton and the author, and fabulously fit Trish Lapp, led her crew on a long cliff climbing walk. Most women spent the afternoon by the pool lounging in the sun. Sonja and Molli, always lots of fun, entertained us with leaping off the dock for a swim and offering yoga classes.
Unfortunately, fraud was perpetrated by the ladies. A large yacht cut off one of our women as they approached the customs wharf, and when the shapely blond chastised the captain for this indiscretion, he offered her a free drink in recompense. She said she would be delighted, and could she bring her friends. He looked over at the small boat with one crew and said, "Sure!" "Excellent," she said, " there will be 40 of us." On Saturday night 40 ladies swarmed the decks of this large yacht and enjoyed watching the sunset ceremonies. The gentleman, somewhat pale and overwhelmed, graciously hosted us and benevolently opened his booze locker, which most regrettably was completely emptied. The kindly captain turned out to be none other than Drew Irwin , the owner of Philbrooks . Thank you Drew!
Many boaters at Roche were extremely impressed with the lady captains. One dad said to his daughters, "I want you to be just like those ladies when you grow up." Another group of men offered free rides next year on their huge racing yacht. Perhaps they are looking for some racing tips from Louise or Heather.
Sunday, the ladies enjoyed donuts on the dock and due to forecast 30 knot winds, quickly made for home across the strait. Certainly it was my worst crossing of Haro. We had 9! freighters in one hour to contend with, as well as 6 foot seas and 24 knots of wind. Waves crashed over the boat, water inches deep poured down the decks, and salt spray rudely hit me in the face. While I gripped the wheel in terror, and with the boat heaving and tossing, one of my gutsy crew, Val Baker, ran forward to untangle a line so we could haul in the sail. The most courageous captain must be Margaret Long whose outboard engine died half way across Haro. After a nasty bump on the head and in waves "the size of boxcars" she leaned over the engine, removed the top, got out her trusty Swiss army knife, removed the toothpick and carefully cleaned salt debris from the engine. The engine fired into life and another lady sailor returned home safely. And so concludes another memorable ladies cruise.