Coming Soon: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12TH, 2019
SHELLBACKS EXCURSION to:
The Canadian Canoe Museum
910 Monaghan Road, Peterborough, ON K9J 5K4
Phone: 705-748-9153 Email: email@example.com
TOUR TIME: 1045 hours (~ 1 hour). You may wish to spend a bit more time seeing other parts of the museum and gift shop)
LUNCH TIME: ~ 1330 hours (Allows for travel time and a bit of extra time at the museum.)
LOCATION FOR LUNCH: ST. VERONUS CAFE
TRAVEL TO AND FROM PETERBOROUGH: You may wish to travel up on Tuesday afternoon and stay overnight or drive up early on Wednesday morning.
POSSIBLE HOTELS: There are several hotels that are within 2 km of the museum.
Additional trip, restaurant, and hotel details above.
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Paul Henderson took the Shellback Club through an entertaining personal history of his early sailing career sailing Sabot prams around Toronto Island, through his Olympic sailing and time in international sailing management (CYA, IYRU, ISAF Olympic Committee), and up to the present; including giving his views on the current selections of boats and events in upcoming Olympics. Paul's view is that Olympic sailing has headed too far into quirky sailing events in proprietary classes of boats and other sailing craft, and is taking the sport far away from what really distinguishes sailors on the race course: athleticism, handling strong winds, competition, and wind sense.
Also through Paul's talk were many references to his fascinating interactions with other sailing luminaries, Olympians, royalty, and celebrities.
Paul's pivotal role in sailing in Canada over decades has vastly improved sailing in Canada.
About Paul Henderson
Paul comes to Shellbacks with a huge background – far more than his ‘simple plumber’ status. It's not possible cover everything in this short bio, but here is a sketch of his achievements.
Paul graduated from the University of Toronto in Engineering and Business. He is a Master Plumber, Master Heating Installer, and Master Gas Fitter. He is retired as Owner and CEO of R.G. & Son Ltd. Mechanical Contractors. His company is known to be one of the most advanced and valuable service companies in its sector.
Most of us know Paul as an Honourary Life Member of the RCYC – a singular honour. He has held many positions in the sailing world, including being a member of the International Olympic Committee, President of the International Sailing Federation, and President/CEO for the Toronto 1996 Olympic Bid. He has been a Technical Delegate for Sailing in four Olympic Games, five Pan Am Games, and was ISAF President for Sydney & Athens.
His own sailing career has included being a member of the Canadian Olympic team for four Olympic Games. He was Canadian National Champion seven times, USA National Champion four times, and Champion in Bermuda, Holland, and North America. And more recently, Paul placed third in the 2017 Shark Worlds.
He has held various positions from President to Member and Founding Member in various organizations including the Toronto Racquet Club, Harbourfront Disabled Sailing Association, the Water Rat Sailing Club, and the Outer Harbour Sailing Federation.
Paul was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. However, this bio is a sketch; many other achievements have been omitted.
Ron Greiner led the Shellback Club in a rousing version of a shanty by Alexander Graham Bell. The lyrics are Bell's, and although it seems the musical score might be lost to history, Ron Greiner has composed musical accompaniment. His excellent operatic voice was the icing on the cake.
Aubrey & Judith Millard were back in town to regale the Shellback Club with another part of their Living the Dream series, this time Part 2 Caribbean Cruising – Cuba to Grenada.
Some of us never cruise, some spend weeks or months cruising; Aubrey and Judith Millard have been cruising non-stop for 21 years and counting. Along the way they have accumulated many fascinating stories, tidbits of advice, and beautiful photos.
This time the Millards talked about most of the idyllic Caribbean islands from Cuba and Jamaica, all of the Eastern Caribbean islands from Antigua to Grenada, down to Trinidad and Venezuela. They covered the colourful Carnival in Grenada and race week in Bequia, as well as the primitive tribes encountered in the Monamo River of Venezuela.
A detailed blog of their cruising can be found here: http://www.veledaiv.ca/author/aubrey/.
About Aubrey and Judith Millard
Aubrey is a retired teacher and navy officer, and Judy a retired dentist. Aubrey got his navigation experience with his watch keeping certificate with the Royal Canadian Navy. He was also a Clearance Diving officer. Aubrey is a past Commodore of the Toronto Hydroplane and Sailing Club. Judy got her navigation experience with the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons from which she has a full certificate, meaning she has completed every course offered by the squadron. She has also been an instructor for the Toronto squadron for many years before setting off in 1998.
They have been full time live-aboards on their Ontario 32, Veleda IV since 1998. Veleda has been back only once in those past 21 years. The past few years they have been cruising the west coast from B.C. to Alaska, before sailing down to the Baja and the Sea of Cortes last fall. Veleda is currently on a mooring in Bahia del Sol in El Salvador for the summer. In the fall they will sail 500 miles straight down to Panama, then going through the Panama Canal and back into the Caribbean for a few more years.
Captain Jim Pound joined the Shellbacks to share his Adventures on the Nile. His trip focused on the Nile and sights along its route.
Jim and his wife woke after a night at the Mena Hotel to the sight of the great pyramids at Giza,
The Cataract Hotel at Aswan hosted Jim on his travels, and, back in the day, Agatha Christie.
About Captain Jim Pound
Captain Pound started his seagoing career in 1977 as a deck hand. In 1978, he enrolled in Georgian College’s Marine Navigation Program, graduating in 1981. Starting as a 3rd officer with Algoma Central Marine in 1980, Captain Pound was promoted in 1984 to Captain of the Steamer E. B. Barber, a self-unloading vessel in the Algoma fleet. Over the next ten years, Captain Pound sailed as Captain on various vessels within the Algoma fleet.
In 1994, he accepted a shore side position as a Deck Superintendent with Algoma. In 2004, he was working as Director, Operations when Algoma Central Marine and Upper Lakes Shipping merged their operations departments under Seaway Marine Transport (SMT). Captain Pound continued as Director, Operations for SMT until his retirement on December 1st, 2009.
In February 2011, Captain Pound came out of retirement to assume the position of Vice-President of Operations for Algoma Central Corporation after Algoma purchased Upper Lakes Group’s interest in Seaway Marine Transport.
Retiring again in 2014 he accepted an appointment to the Board of the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority in 2015, a federal crown corporation that oversees navigation safety on the Great Lakes; a position he currently holds. Captain Pound is also President of the Board of the Mission to Seafarers Southern Ontario.
Avid travellers, Captain Pound and his wife Monica have had the good fortune to see many parts of the world whether on ship, bus, train, car or foot. His trip to Egypt in 2017 was one such trip that brought all the history classes in school to life.
Danielle Doggett returned to Shellback Club after a year to update the Shellbacks on progess in the construction of Ceiba, a new schooner built literally from the ground up. Ceiba will be a 100% ecologically sustainable vessel, powered solely using the wind and a 100 percent electric engine. The electric engine will supply all of the ship's electrical energy, functioning as both a propulsion system in light wind and as a generator whilst sailing. The engine will be combined with modern batteries and solar panels so that all auxiliary power is renewably sourced.
Ceiba is now at the point where the keel is laid and the ribs are starting to be fitted -- three pairs were in place at the time of Danielle's visit.
Danielle was able to answer the most minute questions on the woods, construction methods, and overall project plan and timelines. Fundraising for the project is effected through donations in kind and the sale of shares in the project, which will on completion of construction become financially self-sufficient, carrying product from Costa Rica north, and from British Columbia south. Paying passengers will add to revenues.
A good update can be found at: https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/ceiba-schooner-s-keel-has-been-laid.
Full details on the progress of the project, its timelines, and investment opportunities, are available at http://www.sailcargo.org/vessel.
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