Mimico Cruising Club members Tanis and Peter Boger led the Shellback Club on a whirlwind circumnavigation of the world. As it took the Bogers and their children five years to complete their travels, their lunchtime presentation to the Shellbacks necessarily omitted a few details.
Sailing on their boat Wind Woman, the Bogers traveled from Toronto down the east coast of North America, through the Caribbean, across the Pacific and Indian Oceans, around the Cape of Good Hope, and back to North America. En route they experienced many adventures and their children went from youngsters to teens.
Back in Toronto, the Bogers have spent the intervening years cruising locally on Wind Woman, which they still own and sail.
About Tanis and Peter Boger
Tanis was born in Port Arthur but her family moved to Montreal when she was six. She was ten when her father built a sailing pram for her to sail out of their cottage on the St. Lawrence near Gananoque, where the family spent each summer. Peter emigrated from Germany to Montreal when he was 11. When they met in their late twenties, Peter, an engineer, read one sailing book and became an instant expert. Regardless, he too was hooked and for their engagement he gave Tanis a 16’ Tanzer called “Diamond”. Tanis was much happier with it than any ring. They moved from Montreal to Toronto in 1974, as did many Quebec Anglophones.
In Spring 1975, they chartered in the (then relatively unspoiled) BVIs with close friends – their first experience of a keel boat and the cruising life. That winter in Toronto sitting together in front of a crackling wood fire with brandy flowing, the two couples made a pact to circumnavigate together. The other couple divorced but the Bogers started searching for a bigger, ocean-worthy, boat. They found it in the Goderich 41, a bare hull steel cutter. Wind Woman was commissioned in 1983 after Peter dedicated almost every spare moment for five years to finish her.
In 1986, Peter and Tanis resigned from their management positions and sold their Bloor West Village house. The first week of September they and their home-grown crew, Jennifer age 8 and Alex age 6, left Mimico Cruising Club on their trip around the world. Five years later they returned to MCC in July 1991.
On their return, Peter and Tanis both found employers with whom they stayed to retirement. They settled in Etobicoke where they live still. Their pre-teen children integrated back into “real” school, completed university, married extraordinarily suitable life partners, pursued so far successful careers, and Jennifer at least has produced two grandchildren. Extra points for Jennifer.
Peter, Tanis, and Wind Woman are still active sailing members of Mimico Cruising Club.
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