Saturday September 24, 2016 saw the Association's last “in-water” event of the year. The Chemong Yacht Haven run & pot luck is, in my opinion, the best event of the year. Chemong Yacht Haven is a unique setting that opens to our club members for this event with the gracious generosity of its owners, Terry & Roberta Philpot. It is nestled on the shore of Lake Chemong just across the causeway from Bridgenorth. Inside there are some very special vehicles from motorcycles, to classic canoes, boats, and cars. This year’s event was not to disappoint as we had a fantastic day on the water. The sun was out when boats and members started gathering early, in preparation for launch. Coffee was had, friends chatted, and the usual help was at the ramp guide the boats into the lake.
I counted eleven boats this year which was slightly down from previous years. However; there was no lack of enthusiasm. A restructuring of docks made it a bit of a challenge to find a place to tie-up but everyone seemed to manage. Shortly after 10 a.m. the group started to head up the lake to Buckhorn. We kept a steady and even pace to ensure the group would stay together. The return leg was a little more spread out as everyone enjoyed the sun, calm water, and crisp temperatures and some took the opportunity to explore other parts of the lake.
Once back at the Yacht club, a few of the boats came out right away while others just parked and headed to the pot luck table. Now, I’ll tell you, I‘m not really a buffet kind of person (I usually find just one thing I like)… but, as in previous years, this pot luck had an abundance of fantastic food. Every dish made your mouth water. There was everything from hot peameal bacon to ham, salads, stew, and more. Literally, something (really more than something) for everyone. And then there was the desserts’ table! A few more members joined the party on the lawn, having missed the actual boating part but, it was all good and it was all about people.
Between bites, the crowd chatted, told boat stories, talked about Kijiji finds, reminisced about prior trips this summer, and enjoyed the camaraderie of friends… all still basking in the sun. As the afternoon slid away, so did the crowd, happy, content and with another summer of boating behind them - but ready for the Christmas party!