Now that the blistering summer sun has peaked and the water is still warm, for some, this is the ideal time for open boats. Again, this year, the TSACBA was graciously invited by members; Roberta & Terry Philpot, to their place on the western shore of Chemong Lake. Just minutes north-west of Peterborough, the lake is about 15 km. long, part of the Kawartha lakes and the Trent-Severn waterway.
After the usual coffee, muffins, and greeting of old friends, we had eight boats in the water and were ready to go, by 10:00. On previous runs, we had ventured to Buckhorn and Pidgeon lakes and to the village of Buckhorn, but this year with an overcast sky and lake chop from a north-east wind, it was decided to stay on the lake and head for the northern tip, along the eastern shore. Those who didn’t bring boats, were invited to team up and go for the ride. It’s always a joy and puts smiles on our faces, to see lakeside residents, on their docks and shoreline, waving to us, as we pass by.
This year, new member Ryan Mathews, who just purchased a marina on the lake, offered a 2 for 1, at his ice cream bar, if we said, “Wooden Boats”, to the clerk. Good deal= Thanks.
During the morning run, TSACBA member Ken Lavalette, a keen sailor, took one of Terry’s sailing dinghies for a sail. It was a good wind and great idea. Not all of our crafts have motors.
After about two hours on the water, it was back to shore, where we found several more members. No BBQ, this year, rather a true pot luck. It was great with; salads, mains, desserts and even a big tub of pralines & cream ice cream. It was fitting that Roberta summoned us to eat with an antique bellows “fog horn”. I think not only are we keen boaters, we are also...Foodies.
After eating and a brief talk by John Gullick, our president, on the club’s future, we had free time to chat, go for another cruise on lake or meander through Terry’s eclectic museum, which changes every year. The Philpot’s residence, a former dance hall, is rather unique. It now houses a residence, a display area, a guest quarters and a workshop. In the workshop was an antique pump organ and a Peterborough Aqua Flyer, for restoration. In the display area there was some of his 24 marine crafts, (more were outside), many motors cars and other unique memorabilia.
As the afternoon passed boats were gradually trailered, and people bid there adieus. Thanks to the Phillpotts and all the members for the great comradery.