NOTICE TO SHELLBACK CLUB MEMBERS AND GUESTS The Shellback Club has cancelled the remaining dates of its Spring 2020 luncheon series, in recognition of the need for making all efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Keep well and we'll see you in the fall. Check in here and in the blog for further information and interesting sailing tidbits.
With that said, we are continuing to explore options for our June excursion. So far, they are:
* a guided walk in Humber Park East (sailboat pond, butterfly park, etc.) * a sail on the Brigantine * a tour of the Waterfront model - George Hume is checking its availability * a tour of Forty Creek Distiller and a visit to the Haida, now moored in Hamilton Harbour * any other ideas???? The date would probably be Wednesday, June 10th or 17th
Links to official information resources on COVID-19
Many sources of information are available on the topic of COVID-19. Listed below are the most authoritative for City of Toronto, Province of Ontario, and Government of Canada sources, as well as a dashboard from Johns Hopkins University illustrating the ongoing international situation.
The Shellback Club officially started in February 1934 and met at Eileen Bradley’s Tea House on Adelaide Street but had its roots earlier. Starting in 1924, some of the crews of large racing sailboats from RCYC met weekly in the summer to organize crew duties.
By 1934, these crew meetings had morphed into The Shellback Club as other sailors from Clubs in the area liked the idea of sharing lunch and sailing lore...and even singing a shanty.
Today, the Shellbacks meet weekly in the non-sailing season at the RCYC, 141 St. George Street. We start promptly at 1215 hours and finish about 1330 – 1345 hours. The guest speaker starts about 1245 hours. Come early to enjoy the company and a beverage.
To be a “Shellback” today only requires attending a lunch meeting and joining everyone in singing a sea shanty.
Paul Henderson inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame
Congratulations to Paul Henderson, Shellback and sometimes presenter to the Shellback Club, on his induction in to the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame! Well earned!