of the highlights of the year is when all the Sandpiper Owners get
together and Trailer-Sail. We travel from all over towing our Sandpipers
to the Rendezvous to have a fun weekend of sailing, and meeting others
Sandpiper owners with their families.
yearly Rendezvous includes a 3 night sleep over on the boats and was set up as
an introduction to overnight cruising. Usually the first night (Friday) is spent
at the docks which has shower and bathroom facilities and the second night
(Saturday) is usually at anchor, and the third night (Sunday) could be a
combination. Some folks who travel longer distances to arrive at the Rendezvous
extend it a bit by arriving on Thursday and departing on Monday or Tuesday. For
those who chose not to sleep aboard usually find overnight accommodations in
local Towns or Bed & Breakfasts close by.
Rendezvous are usually held in August. The locations and dates for each
Rendezvous can change from year to year which can add to the excitement and
allows for more to attend. Each Rendezvous has been a unique experience for all
those who attend and often share memories of past sailing events. At the
Rendezvous are fun events and a "Open House" event were Sandpipers
owners share helpful tips of sailing and demonstrate personal improvements added
to their boats (as some Sandpipers were built back in the 1970's).
can also click on any pictures to enlarge them or also check out
the Movies section of
Sandpiper 565 Rendezvous Gatherings.
15th Annual Sandpiper 565 Rendezvous 2019
The 15th Sandpiper 565 Rendezvous 2019, is being hosted by Dennis and
Joanne and will be held on Mazinaw Lake, Ontario, August 9-12.
Some can remember back in 2012 when the Rendezvous was held there and
everyone rafted at Dennis and Joanne's Cottage and we anchored at Bon
Echo Provincial Park to board the ferry to hike up the mountain, overall
making a fantastic sailing venue.
This year's rendezvous is being combined with the annual Sail Mazinaw
event for sailors on Mazinaw Lake. On Saturday, you may be sailing in
company with Hobies and CLs and boats of all descriptions.
This year's Sail Mazinaw & Sandpiper Rendezvous has a pirate theme. So
wear your eye patch and leave one leg at home.
Arrive Friday: at Brown's Tent & Trailer
Park August 9. Rig and launch your 'Piper, then park your vehicle
and trailer in the assigned parking location. The cost will be $5.oo
per night to park and that includes the launch. Pay at the park
Sail (or motor) about 1 km to the Richard cottage
(a diagram will be provided. Look for the masts). Dock and raft up
with the rest of the fleet. Bring your own meals for Friday. The bbq
will be available for your use. If you arrive early, you can day
sail from the cottage.
Saturday Morning: will be a crew breakfast
at Mazinaw Lakeside Resort. The staff will provide a scrambled-egg
buffet for $8.oo starting at 8:00am. Transportation will be provided
from the cottage to the restaurant. Attendance is optional, but you
will be expected to walk the plank if you miss this event.
Saturday Mid-Morning: there will be a
skippers' meeting to discuss the sail plan. There is no sail plan.
Day sail Mazinaw Lake and return to the cottage in time for Saturday
evening's potluck dinner.
Bring enough food for your crew (+1 more) and
share with the other pirates. Saturday evening will be a time to
socialize and pillage.
Sunday: will start with a pancake
breakfast provided by the hosts (and any captured crews). Sunday's
schedule will include more day sailing, visiting Bon Echo Provincial
Park, swimming at the sandy beaches, and even more sailing. We can
sail in formation, or each choose our own schedule.
Sunday Night: will be spent on the water.
The flotilla will anchor in Hungry Bay under a waxing moon. It is
well protected and will offer a serene sunrise. The Sandpipers
usually anchor out on Saturday, but the Sail Maz potluck dictated
that the fleet delay the overnighter until Sunday.
Monday Morning: after breakfast at anchor,
the fleet will break up and sail back to Brown's to pull the boats,
or you can stop at the cottage for final farewells.
host (Len Vachon) has
been working hard organizing this years
Annual Sandpiper Rendezvous and he has provided us
with a great location for our fleet to sail and to explore.
The final details are being wrapped up, with more news to come
Annual Sandpiper 2018 Rendezvous will be held on Friday
August 17 to Monday August 20, Rouses Point, New York, with a westerly location to allow
more locals from Quebec, New York, and Vermont to attend.
The Fleet will be Sailing on beautiful Lake
St Champlain launching from Rouses Point, and
staying at Barcomb's Marina, just south of the Canada/USA boarder. The Rendezvous
was to be held this year in Quebec but for simplicity and
reducing boat check-ins from two countries, the fleet rather
will be launching and sailing, on the USA side of the boarder on
the same lake.
The costs for docking and secure parking and
been arranged but costs for the flag production and other items
have yet to be determined.
This year, the Sandpiper rendezvous group will meet at
Lake Champlain, Rouses Point NY, just sought of the Canada/USA border.
The address is Barcombs Marina, 90 Montgomery
Street, Rouses Point NY zip code 12979,
Your organizer is Léandre (Len) Vachon 1429 rue Bernier St-Jean-sur-Richelieu,
QC J2W 1G3.
Home phone # 450 349-6141, cell phone 514 792-6141, email email@example.com
Schedule of events:
Friday, August 17
Arrive, launch boats at the Rouses Point Township
launching boat ramp located near the marina (located 500 feet) south
of Barcombs Marina and motor to the marina.
6PM, optional group dinner at a local restaurant
(to be determined).
Saturday, August 18
Mandatory skippers’ meeting before leaving.
Each skipper will be provided with two coloured copies (11” x 17”)
of the northern west quadrant of www.charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/14781.shtml.
On these maps the letters A to F were added to identify different
strategic locations to facilitate communication. For those with
Garmin Marine GPS, this chart14781 is the one to upload.
Sail southbound, about six nautical miles,
regroup at the beach, location identified as B on map2 to visit the
Saint Anne’s Shrine, swimming and lunch.
Continue sailing south and arrive at the
anchoring area for the night, to the location identified as E on
map2. Distance is about 9 nautical miles. Raft up for a group
dinner, each boat to provide own for food.
Anchor for the night.
Depending on the weather, we may choose to anchor overnight at one
of the other points identified as C, D and F or even sail back to
the Barcombs Marina.
Plan to be self-sufficient, as there will be no facilities on shore.
Sunday, August 19
Sail northbound, returning at Barcombs Marina.
Skippers should be prepared to motor if there is no wind.
6PM group dinner, at a local restaurant, or
possibly drive to Saint-Jean sur Richelieu (to be determined).
Monday, August 20
Have breakfast on your own, farewells and haul
Len Vachon has reserved for the group docking and
secured parking for vehicles with trailers at Barcombs Marina (vehicles
with trailers cannot be parked on the street). Skippers must complete
the required reservations at the marina on arrival. The cost for secured
vehicles with trailer parking is $40 US $ per days and $30 US docking
fees per day.
2018 Rendezvous Registration cost will be 35.00 Canadian $ for a flag,
payable to Len before August first.
Please confirm your participation to Len Vachon at
firstname.lastname@example.org with the
Home Phone number:
How many people in your party should we include for dinner reservations?
13th Annual Sandpiper
565 Rendezvous, (Event Review June 4/2018)
The 13th Annual Sandpiper 565 Rendezvous took place on Friday August 18
to Monday August 21, sailing around the American Les Cheneaux
Islands. The Fleet launched and hauled from the Hessel Marina located in Hessel Michigan,
just a 30 drive north-east of Saint Ignace and the famous Mackinaw Bridge.
Each skipper pre-paid and pre-made their their own arrangements for
their slips since Hessel was a state marina. This years host was
Mark and Lauren
Rowe and thus Skipper registrations were paid to Mark for the 2018
Rendezvous flag and maps to be handed out on Saturday's skipper
Friday: As each skipper and crew arrived
they launched and tied up their Sandpipers in the Hessel
Marina. Skippers then car pooled to
park their trailers at the community centre
a few miles north. Then at supper time
everyone headed up to the Islander Bar, just a
short walk from the marina, to eat and
Mandatory skipper's meeting was held in the morning
to discuss the sail plan which would cover
about 10 miles in a circular fashion around
the islands. The Fleet would sail southeast
around the larger Marquette Island stopping
for lunch and a swim in its southerly Voight
Bay. Then later the Fleet would sail again
east past Boot Island and Gravelly Island
and doubled back northwest over and around
Coryell island east over to La Salle
Island's (the second largest island)
Bay for a swim and Raft-Up. For dinner each
boat sharing some pre-made snacks and then
separated for security anchoring for the night.
Sunday: After the
crews has breakfast and a swim, the sail plan was to meet for lunch
and a swim at the easterly Duck Bay on Marquette Island. Then the
sail back to the marina would be either of two
different routes that each skipper could chose from. Either the
windier and possibly faster open sail back on Lake Huron, or the
sheltered slower scenic inside route among the islands. Later back at
the marina for supper the Fleet assembled for a formal group dinner at the Les Cheneaux
Culinary School To swap sea stories and tales, consume fine food,
and barrels of rum? and to award those famous "Sandpiper Sailing
Monday: After each Skipper
and Crew had breakfast onboard they car pooled to pick up their
trailers and then hauled out their sandpipers many sad good-buys and
handshakes were made before departing home.
12th Annual Sandpiper
565 Rendezvous. (updated May 19, 2016)
T.B.A. The sandpiper registration and flag cost have
yet to be calculated.
Still working out group pricing and meal locations.
This years Hosts are Neil, Anne, and Rebekah, and together they are organizing this
years Rendezvous. Lets have lots of Fun and a Great time!
Since the Rendezvous is located in Northern Ontario and
the distance and time to drive there
is longer, our Hosts have added a new features, so select
your sailing vacation package,
for those who want to stay longer, to relax, to sail
more, and to explore before and after the Rendezvous call it a ..
Sandpiper 565 Rendezvous "Plus", "The St. Joseph Channel".
Exploring the waters of Sault Ste Marie, St Mary's
River, St Joseph Island (Richards Landing, Hilton Beach, Milford Haven)
and Bruce Mines.
Before each Departure, a Skipper Safety Meeting is
conducted, attendance required. At each port the Fleet grows in size.
Note: To prevent confusion, the North
Channel is of Manitoulin Island, whereas the North West Channel is of St
"Extended" Rendezvous, Sault Ste Marie.
of Sailing Time "
Arrive: on Wednesday August 17 at the
Algoma Sailing Club in Sault Ste Marie. Launch your Boats and park
your vehicles. Will return to S,S,M, on Tuesday August 24.
Meals: Enjoy BBQ supper at the clubhouse.
Sleep onboard and have your own breakfast onboard.
Depart: Thursday Morning for Richards
Landing Marina and then meet and greet the arriving Rendezvous Plus
Group, assist them in launching their boats and socialize.
Sail Plan: SSM-RL-HB-BML-MHA-HB-RL-SSM
(same route back). (Backup Option, 50 minute drive to SSM to pick up
trailer if not wanting to sail back to SSM, have to find a ride.)
Sailing Conditions: River sailing with
current, Lake sailing, and sailing in areas that may have
Scenic Views: International Bridge USA/CAN
spans, USA Locks, CAN Locks, Sault Ste Marie On/Mi, Freighters,
Shoal Island Lighthouse 1890, Richards Landing.
Side Trip: Parks Canada Lock, free.
Costs: Bridge fee from USA/ Mackinaw if
from USA, but Algoma Sailing
Club usage is Free. BBQ supper on Wednesday covered by Neil.
Notes: Expect some time delay when
traveling over the International bridge at Sault Ste Marie.
sailing in both USA and CAN waters need all safety gear for both
countries and all boat documentation, and personal documentation.
While sailing in USA waters in shipping cannel, do not touch shoreline nor drop any
anchor as have cleared Canada customs and are sailing (through USA) to
another Canadian port.
Will be sailing or motoring in areas of river
Sample pictures of areas involved.
AUGUST 18-23, "Plus"
Rendezvous, Richards Landing.
sail trip is very scenic and is a must see."
Arrive: on Thursday August 18 at the
Richards Landing Marina on St Joseph Island. Launch your boats and
park your vehicles. Then enjoy a swim at the WM Park beach just
minutes west of the Marina. (Those who sail down from Sault Ste
Marie will drop anchor at the park and have a swim before arriving
at the marina.) Will returning to R.L. on Monday 23.
Meals: Supper can be either at the Marina
Restaurant LaTerrazz Franzisi from the menu or on your own boat.
Sleep onboard and have your own Breakfast on your own boat.
Depart: Friday morning for Hilton beach
Marina and then meet and greet the arriving Rendezvous Group, assist
them in launching their boats and socialize.
Sail Plan: RL-HB-BML-MHA-HB-RL. (same
route back) Narrows, Cliff Jumping, River, and Lake Sailing. (Backup
Option, 30 minutes drive to RL to pick up trailer if not wanting to
sail back to RL.)
Sailing Conditions: Small Channel, River
and later Lake sailing, strong current under St Joseph bridge,
currents in channel and river.
Scenic Views: Photos of Richards Landing,
St Joseph Bridge, Wilson Range Lights 1905, Whiskey Rock Cliff
jumping, Sister lighthouse, Hilton Beach.
Side Trips: Cliff Jumping off of Whiskey
Rock (east of St Joseph bridge). Ice Cream in Richards.
Costs: Richards Landing Marina (launch
$6.00, Slip $1.50 per ft + tax per night), costs for restaurant.
Notes: Expect some time delay when
traveling over the International bridge at Sault Ste Marie.
Notes: Will be sailing or motoring in
areas of river current.
"Traditional" Rendezvous, Hilton Beach.
"Relaxed open Sailing."
Arrive: on Friday August 19 at the Hilton
Marina on St Joseph Island. Launch your boats and park your
vehicles. Then enjoy a short swim at the adjacent campground.
Meals: Friday 19 and Sunday 22 Supper can be
either at the Tilting Hilton Steakhouse from the menu or on your own
boat. Sleep onboard and have your own Sat/Sun Breakfast on your own
boat. Saturday Lunch is at Bobbers from the menu or on your boat.
Saturday 21 Night share snacks at Milford Haven with a Fleet RaftUp
before separating for sleeping.
Side Trip by Car: Late Friday Evening Fort
St. Joseph Ghost Walk at Fort St Joseph
Joseph Ghost Walk: By Reservation, car pooling, travel time 40
minutes, must leave at 21:10 hrs, the last show starts
Depart: For Richards Landing Marina
(mainland), for lunch at Bobbers and Antique shops then Depart: For Milford Haven, anchor overnight (St Joseph
Sail Plan: HB-BML-MHA-HB.
Side Trip: Antique shop walk after Brunce
Mines lunch. Side Trip Swim: Colville Island beach swim, slightly north of
Sailing Conditions: All Open Lake Sailing.
Scenic Views: Hilton Beach, Islands and shore
line, McKay Lighthouse at Bruce Mines.
Costs: Hilton Beach Marina (launch $6.00,
slip $1.75 pr ft +tax) Bruce Mines Marina free, Milford Haven free,
Fort St Joseph $10.00, costs for restaurant suppers and Lunch.
Notes: Hilton Beach Inn/hotel
Accommodations are available; Notes: Milford Haven Anchor Overnight, no washrooms.
Enjoy a warm welcome from the ghosts ofFort St.
Hear tales of the past from costumed
guides and the eerie sounds of bagpipes and First Nation drums.
Come and meet the friendly spirits of
Fort St. Joseph and wander through the candlelit ruins of the old fort
and wonder if a War of 1812 soldier, an Aboriginal chief or a fur trader
just back from the bush might be peeking over your shoulder.
Listen as costumed spirit guides tell you
tales of former Fort St. Joseph inhabitants, all to the ghostly
background music of the First Nation drums and bagpipes.
Whiskey Rock Cliff Jump
between Picture and Sapper islands.
Click to photos to expand.
11th Annual Sandpiper
August 14-17, 2015,
Port Carling Ontario, on Lake Muskoka.
June 10, 2015)
years hosts are D'Arcy and Lynda Dunal who are organizing this years Rendezvous,
who have sent us this update, to keep you all informed.
will be arriving in Port Carling Friday August the 14, 2015. From about noon they will rig and launch at the Bailey Street launch ramp, and then motor up river to the District floating dock on the south side of Dukes. The District has been very accommodating, and we will be tying up there Friday and Sunday night. I prepared a float plan for them to illustrate how the moored boats will not effect navigation of the lock area. I've talked with Ken the Lockmaster and he will make sure we're tied up properly and will set up the washrooms so we can access them at night. Dukes Marine has also been most helpful in offering overflow spaces if they are needed.
On Friday our sailors will be touring around town, visiting the museum, shopping and exploring the lock area. We will be having a casual group diner at Grand Electric Muskoka. It's a perfect Friday night location as we can keep an eye on the dock and help any sailors who might arrive late to tie up.
On Saturday morning the fleet will leave Port Carling for a full day of sailing. Our route will be somewhat tentative, depending on wind and weather, but the plan is to head south down the Indian River then sail southeast through the Seven Sisters Islands then on to Beaumaris. After passing Beaumaris we will keep sailing south between Tondern and Squirrel Islands. From there we will make our way out into the middle of Lake Muskoka to watch the Muskoka Lakes Laser Regatta then circle Stonewall Island and head north towards The Kettles. We finish the day’s sail anchored in Long Bay where we will raft up for a community dinner, after which we will anchor individually for the evening.
Sunday morning sees us raising anchor and setting sail again. We will head into East Bay then north along the east side of Acton Island. From there the fleet will head back towards Port Carling skirting Mortimer's Point.
We expect to be tied up at the District dock late Sunday afternoon, and will be having a private dinner at Ella's Restaurant on the patio overlooking the Indian River, weather permitting. We'll spend the night on our boats and Monday morning after breakfast and presentations most will load boats onto their trailers.
10th Annual Sandpiper
565 Rendezvous, Pure Michigan!
August 15-18, 2014, Lake St Clair, Michigan. (posted
this year is the 10th anniversary of the Sandpiper 565 Rendezvous we all need to
celebrate and when you celebrate you want to do something real special and
different. For that reason we all going to Michigan for our Sandpiper 565
Rendezvous. Our Michigan Sandpiper Owners are really excited as its a first for
them to host this event plus they for once have the shortest drive to trailer or
haul their Sandpipers 565 Sailboats.
an anniversary year we also wish to smash and surpass the all time record number
of Sandpiper 565 Sailboats of ever attending an Sandpiper 565 Rendezvous event
(just got to beat that # of 11 boats) to celebrate it even more. With new
locations each year ensures that everyone can attend at some time a Rendezvous
event that is close to them. Also please remember to bring and fly all your
Sandpiper 565 Rendezvous flags that you have collected from each year attended.
If you don't have any, well be creative, make your own, fly the
This year our Host is Bob (his boat's
name is Latis) and combined with his Michigan Sandpiper friends they have
organized a busy Rendezvous for us all that will include many items plus river
and lake sailings. We will be sailing in the more protective waters of the
northern most part of Lake St Clair around Anchor Bay and over to the Bouvier
Bay area and possibly around the islands.
This years Hosting sailing Club we will be based out of is the
Star Sail Club (NSSC), which is located right on the mouth of the Clinton
River, has 300 members, and has been around since 1946. NSSC is a relatively
short distance to motor in/out of the lake. If your not familiar to the area
NSSC is just east of the city of Mount Clemens.
the Sandpiper rendezvous being in held in Michigan thus may require boarder
crossing for some and to reduce any problems one should ensure and have on hand
copies of the standard boarder documentations (eg: Passport, Nexus) for; each
person, vehicle and boat, safety items for (USA requirements), and knowing
beforehand which food items can be carried over (if unsure some may choice to
purchase their food items on the USA side). Having a pre-made list of all the
items and each's stored locations is a neat idea to be prepared for boarder
crossings to find things fast and to be organized. For more information do check
out U.S. Customs and Border Protection
and Canadian Boarder Services.
To pre-register and confirm that you will be attending do
visit Ken's Sandpiper
565 Rendezvous Registration Siteand
after your input your registration contact information an conformation email
will be mailed back to you.
Friday: Arrive at NSSC then launch from the DNR ramp
that's 1/2 mile east of the club, have dinner - cookout at the NSSC, and
possibly in the evening motor parade up the river to Mt Clemens.
Saturday: Breakfast and Skippers' Meeting at NSSC
then sail to Strawberry Island for a swim and lunch, then sail up one of the
channels and anchor in Bouvier Bay for the night.
Sunday: Explore Anchor Bay and then back to NSSC and
then get ready for dinner at the Crews Inn.
Monday: Breakfast and the Skippers Meeting, wrap-up
and good byes, then proceed to haul out at the DNR Ramp.
Cost Summary: its Cheap!
Registration is $50.00 (USA) which covers a 2014 Rendezvous
Flag and 2 nights at NSSC. Note that in lieu of direct payment for staying
at the club, NSSC has asked that we make a donation to the Leukemia &
Lymphoma Society, there is a Launch Ramp fee of $7.00 (USA) if not MI
resident and the Parking costs is TBA.
Meals: Except for Sunday Night, All meals are your
responsibility, plan simple meals and pack light, makes eating or cooking
onboard easy. BYOB.
Friday: Dinner - bring something to grill on the BBQ
at NSSC. Saturday: Breakfast is as you want it. Lunch/snack is on your boat. Dinner
- at anchor, prepared on your boat
Sunday: Breakfast is at anchor, on your boat. Lunch/snack
- on your boat. Dinner is at the The
Crews Inn with entrees range from about $10 to $25
Monday: Breakfast - as you want
9th Annual, August 16-19, 2013, Lac des
Check out the pictures and videos of the 2013
This years Rendezvous has been announced for the
Two Mountains lake / Lac des
area, in western Quebec, north of Montreal between the Carillon and St-A. Bellevue locks.
CHS maps# 1510
Message from Yves, boat La Ribaude, our hosts:
Hi everyone, I have been thinking about the Rendezvous and it could go like this.
- Launching at marina Mariposa, on Rivière-du-Nord, St-André
d'Argenteuil. I have meet the owner last fall, He could accommodate 15 Sandpiper for launching and parking. May be a few space on dock, but anchoring by is possible. Just
$25 for launching and parking for the week-end. That is a very small marina. Marina is about one mile to the Lac-des-Deux-Montagnes.
- Sailing Saturday from the marina to Oka and back to St-Placide. I will see with the municipality of St-Placide if there can be an exception for eating and sleeping tied to their launching docks.
- Sunday, getting to the Carillon lock and back to the marina.
- The Sunday supper can be at my house that is on the Rivière-du-Nord, about 1 or 2 miles north the marina. Lucie and I would be glad to receive you even if the house will be still in renovation.
See you this summer
8th Annual, August 2012,
Mazinaw Lake, near Bon Echo Provincial Park.
Mazinaw is a lake of
extremes. It is deep, so deep that it may be hiding a monster of pre-historic
proportions. And yet, it has warm sandy beaches that shelf out forever. It is
surrounded by citadels of exposed bedrock. The most spectacular being Bon Echo
Rock, which towers 400 feet above lake level. The winds on Mazinaw Lake can be
gusty and variable and will pounce on an ill-prepared sailor. Or they can be
light and fickle and will whisper to a ghosting boat.
Lake is on Highway 41. Crews traveling via Highway 401, will take Highway 41
north from Napanee. Crews approaching from the west on Highway 17 will catch
Highway 41 at Pembroke. Crews approaching from the east on Highway 17/417 will
turn in Renfrew and head south on Highway 132 which joins into Highway 41.
The fleet will rig and launch from Smart's Marina at the extreme south end of
the lake. The cost to launch will be $5.oo IN and $5.oo OUT. There are no
services on the docks, but there is a cozy deck for the 1st night's
socializing. A barbecue will be available to grill something from your cooler.
It will be so great to renew ties with old friends and to make knots with new
the crews will make breakfast on their boats or on the deck. It will be
followed by a chart review of the lake. Then either as a flotilla or
one-by-one, the boats will leave to explore the lake's bays and shorelines.
Depending on the wind and wave directions, the fleet may anchor and raft at
mid-day just off one of Bon Echo Provincial Park's beautiful beaches. It
will be a great opportunity for a quick sandwich and a leisurely noodle
Saturday evening will
be spent rafted to the dock at the Richard's cottage near the north end of
the lake. The evening meal will be a fleet potluck. Barbecues will be
available, along with a stove and oven. Fresh fish from Mazinaw Lake will be
on the menu. If you are an angler, the catch could be extremely fresh. We'll
close the evening with a campfire.
we'll have an Aunt Jemima pancake breakfast before heading out onto the
lake. The fleet will sail to Bon Echo Park to explore its facilities. We'll
sign up for a boat tour on the Mugwump and get a close-up view of the
pictographs. We can get off the boat at the cliff-side dock and take the
trail and stairs up to the lookout on top of the rock. The Mugwump will pick
us up on its next circuit and return us to the park. The fare is $4.00 per
person. Lunch will be at the picnic grounds in the Provincial Park.
Sunday evening will
be spent anchored in a bay, or back at the cottage or on the dock at Smart's
Marina. We've always prided ourselves at being flexible and adaptable.
Monday will be
haul-out from Smart's. Before the boats leave, we'll meet on the deck for
the close-out and farewells.
Registration fee will be $30, and includes Rendezvous flag. Other charges
have been outlined above
7th Annual, August 2011,Toronto Islands.
RENDEZVOUS 2011 SUGGESTED PLAN
(updated June 19, 2011 from D'Arcy Dunal)
To many people, Toronto is……..
Full of Action
Distinctive unique neighbourhoods that make living in a bib city feel like a small
Beautiful parks on natural waterways flowing through natural ravines and valleys.
But to sailors Toronto is also…
Full of Sailors of every kind of craft
Steeped in Sailing History
At the edge of one of North America’s largest fresh-water lakes
Tranquil anchorages minutes from one of Canada’s busiest business
Island communities laced with lagoons where boats and bicycles are the main forms of
For a short weekend in August, the Sandpiper fleet will get a small taste of all these
exceptional water’s edge features that make Toronto a very special place to sail.
FRIDAY AUGUST 12, 2011
Boats arrive during the day and make their way to the Queen City Yacht Club (QCYC)
where the fleet will be spending the first night.
There are two options to rig and launch:
Rig then launch by ramp at the Jamestown Sailing Club located on Cherry Street in the
Outer Harbour. From this locations it’s a 3.5km sail to QCYC. Cars and trailers can be
parked for the weekend at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) city station parking
lot located 1.2km from the Jamestown Sailing Club. The RCYC city station is also
located on Cherry Street overlooking the Inner Harbour.
Rig then launch by crane at RCYC city station. From this locations it’s a 1.4km sail to
QCYC. QCYC has very graciously offered our fleet the use of their fine club for the weekend.
Friday evening would be spent casually getting together.
SATURDAY AUGUST 13, 2011
A relaxed skipper’s meeting would be held at the Island Community Hall just across the
lagoon from QCYC. The island community runs a small cafe there, serving excellent
coffee and fresh baking.
After the skippers meeting we would set sail for a cruise around the island. The direction
we sail would be determined by the prevailing wind of the day. For example if the wind
is a westerly, the fleet would sail into the outer harbour, gunk holing along the north
shore (Cherry Beach) then west along the southern arm towards the southern beaches of
Wards Island. Weather permitting; we would anchor there for a swim.
After our swim we would continue around the islands, cruising by Ontario Place then into
Toronto Harbour where we would sail alongside the city (north) side of the
After our circumnavigation of the Toronto Islands we would head into the lagoons of
RCYC and tie up in the Shark basin on the South island. We will be met there a member
of the Shark fleet (my brother) and the two Dunal brothers will give the Sandpiper fleet a
brief walking tour of one of the oldest yacht clubs in Canada. The club is one of striking
contrasts from the verandah of the storied old clubhouse you can see some of the most
high tech racing sailboats around, including solid wing catamarans.
After our tour, we will be treated to an esteemed sailors drink, the dark & stormy. We’ll
also learn the history of this venerated sailors drink and its’ Canadian connection.
The South island has barbeques so we would enjoy a shared dinner there. After dinner,
we would head east from RCYC to Sunfish Cut, a narrow channel between Algonquin
Island and Snake Island. In this protected lagoon we would anchor for the evening.
1) I’m still checking on other places to anchor for the night so the Sunfish Cut
location may change.
2) There is a possibility that we may be able to spend the evening at the RCYC. The
South island is a peaceful quiet corner of the club and has excellent bathroom and
3) QCYC is hosting a barbeque to raise money for Cancer research. It is a short
walk from any of the above locations across the islands to the club if sailors
wanted to partake in this event.
SUNDAY AUGUST 13, 2011
After a very brief meeting, we would head back out into the harbour and sail west to
Wards Island where we would motor between Harlan’s Point and Muggs Island.
Exploring the lagoons of this side of the islands we’ll see The Island Yacht Club, Long
Pond where rowing events are held, the Island School, and the original island light house
(rumoured to be haunted. We would head back out into the harbour by Deep Pikes Cut
passing the Muggs Island Bird Sanctuary.
Depending on time we might engage in some very casual pacing around race marks that
are permanently anchored in the harbour. Racing in Toronto Harbour is very exciting
with its boat traffic and neat gusts generated by the streets between the business district’s
We would head back to QCYC in the late afternoon. Our Sunday dinner would be at the
Rectory Café, a short walk from QCYC.
1) I’m working with the Rectory’s manager to see if we can have a similar laid-back
evening to last year’s Rendezvous. The plan at present would be to have snacks
while mingling and enjoying casual conversations on the café’s patio. The patio
has clusters of tables so we would have a relaxed fixed price meal there too.
As in past years, we would have our closing ceremony Monday morning. QCYC is
closed on Monday’s but the Vice Commodore has told me that he will arrange for us to
have a key in case we need a dry area for our presentation. We could also use the
Community Centre café for this. After the presentations, the fleet would sail back to the
mainland where they would de-rig.
6th Annual, August 16-18, 2010 FroliQUE
The 2010 Rendezvous was held at the
Club de Voile de Grande Riviere (CVGR)
Lac Deschene, Aylmer
Quebec (Ottawa River). Eleven Sandpipers (22 people) attended the
full weekend. We tried to break the record for the most boats attending
but tied again with last year total. But then there was one local
Sandpiper owner that sailed for a part day making it 12 boats with 23
people. There were 4 other Sandpiper owners that dropped by and just
briefly visited bringing the total to 17 Sandpiper Owners attending, which
in itself is a record.
5th Annual, August 14 - 17, Bayport
Marina in Midland Ontario
The 2009 Rendezvous was held in
Midland Ontario utilizing the Bayport
Yachting Centre facilities as home base. The Bayport
facilities were top notch, very clean, and the staff were very helpful.
Bayport also helped out the Rendezvous with a reduction in price for the
The Launch and Haul out used the
public boat launch located beside the Midland Sailing Club which was
next door to Bayport.
Some of the Rendezvous highlights were;
Sailing to the top of Beausoleil
Island Provincial Park.
Sailing back down and over to Giant's Tomb Island (but when only a few miles away
the entire group decided that there were closer swimming areas.
Swimming as the hot weekend temperatures
was 31+ degrees F.
A Chance of winning a new set
of tanbark coloured sails (main and jib) that CL Sailboats donated.
They were won by John Cunningham.
Bayport Yachting Centre
Dinning Out on Friday and
Making New Friendships.
Examining new boat tweaks,
ideas and improvements.
This year had the highest turnout
of Sandpipers, 12 boats that attended with only 11 that sailed.
August 8 - 10, Lake Ontario, Bay of Quinte (Belleville to Picton) 2008.
Bay of Quinte
This year includes 26 miles of Sailing. Launch at the
city of Bellville and haulout at Picton. There is a message
thread on the CL forum on this event.
3rd Annual, Lake Rosseau (Village of Rosseau,
Muskoka Area) 2007.
Same great location with 9 Sandpipers attended and 20 miles
of sailing. This year on the the second night at anchor will have access to a primitive cottage bathroom and wood
fired hot tub. The Village of Rosseau is located at the north end of Lake
The lake is smaller than others, but has much to offer the trailer sailors. It’s
beautiful small village is not as commercial as
many areas in Muskoka but offers much more to do. Rosseau offered clean clear water
with no weeds. Excellent low slope ramp for launching. Excellent mooring with washrooms and showers. Covered gazebo in case it
rains. Public dock adjacent to park with superb sandy beach. Muskoka Lakes Marina located next to the public dock. The marina is set up
primarily for powerboats but they do have other supplies including charts.
Rosseau General store, Post Office, LCBO / Beer Store, Several bed & breakfasts
in the Village, and Farmers market on Fridays. muskoka_lakes_map.htm
2nd Annual, Gananoque area in
the Thousand Islands. 2006
. Rafting Up for the Night
Arriving at the dock
A fun filled weekend with 6 Sandpipers
1st Annual, Parry Sound, Big Sound
First design of Sandpiper T-Shirts
With 7 Sandpipers attended, one highlight was
the pig roast.