A group of 65-70 Shellbacks and guests met at noon at Mimico Cruising Club for Moosemilk, the annual Shellback Christmas luncheon and silent auction. With a delicious lunch and some carol singing, everyone had a delightful time.
Judith Alltree and Dan Phannenhour: The Mission to Seafarers Southern Ontario (Hamilton, Toronto, Oshawa)
The mission to seafarers Southern Ontario covers the ports of Hamilton, Toronto, and Oshawa on Lake Ontario. Judith Alltree and Dan Phannenhour spoke to the Shellbacks about what their mission involves.
What came across very clearly was the vital importance that the mission has for seafarers in connecting them to their distant families and friends. Important to the job is the knowledge of the cultures that come through the port: Ukrainian, Russian, Philippine, Indian, and many others. The Wi-Fi connection that each Mission offers to the seafarers is critical for them to connect over Skype to their families. One story Shellbacks heard was of a man who -- over Skype -- coached his wife as she delivered their child while outside overnight at one of the Mission locations.
If we realize that 90% of everything we buy these days comes by ship, and is handled by 1.7 million seafarers worldwide, we realize how critical this group is to international commerce. Billions of people are served by these very few seafarers.
What the seafarers receive from the mission to seafarers is respite, welcome, and care: things in short supply when living such an itinerant life. The role of the Mission is to be the familiar face that seafarers can find when they come into ports on Lake Ontario.
The Rev'd Judith Alltree (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Executive Director and Chaplain for Oshawa and Toronto.
Pastor Dan Phannenhour (email@example.com) is the Chaplain for Hamilton.
World Cruising Club - Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club
Date: Thursday January 26, 2017
Main Speakers: Paul and Sheryl Shard
Transatlantic Crossing Part 4: Storms and Sargasso
Final leg of our ocean crossing sailing from the Canary Islands by Cabo Verde Islands to St. Lucia in the Caribbean, an area of frequent squalls and stormy weather. As we approached the Caribbean we demonstrate how to deal with the sudden increase and drop in winds to maintain a good pace to reach our destination. This area is also part of the Sargasso Sea, where large floating rafts of golden sargasso weed can ensnare a sailing vessel. We fought with weeds wrapped in the propellers and large clumps hooked on the rudder. We have a method to easily dislodge them.
The World Cruising Club meets the 4th Thursday of each month September, October, November, January, February, and March.
18:30 Sailors’ Dinner
19:30 Tech Speaker
20:00 Main Speaker
All welcome in a network for cruising info and experiences; free parking.
World Cruising Club
338 Howland Avenue
Toronto, ON, M5R 3B9
Note: Due to using email, year membership is $20/single, $25/couple. Single meeting is $5.00. The funds are for the speakers’ dinner.
A sailor and racer with extensive and varied background, Richard has gone from racing dinghies in the UK (Enterprises, Graduates, Wayfarers, Fireflies, Mirrors dinghies, Fireballs, Hobie Tigers, and others) to skippering the ships of the Toronto Brigantine (Pathfinder, Playfair, and Trident II). In addition RIchard has grown and strengthened numerous charities.
Richard entertained the group with a triad of amusing tales: running a brigantine aground oin the Bay of Quinte, rescuing a boat with a seized engine, and hauling his boat onto a trailer at the end of the season, with all the fiasco that entailed.
Interspersed with Richard's talented singing and guitar playing, the luncheon was highly entertaining.
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