On a day that looked very much like more rain, Mother Nature cleared the sky, brought on the hot sun and blue sky to provide boaters with optimal conditions. Although water levels were okay currents were running strong making locking up somewhat of a challenge at times. Locking up proved interesting but we managed without any casualties to boaters or their crafts.
Some of our folk attended the kick-off celebration hosted by the Campbellford & District Curling & Racquet Club on Friday night. Appetizers were served at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner at 6:30 p.m. and an evening of music and dancing. The Donegal Fiddlers provided entertainment.
Early risers were treated to pancakes, sausages, coffee and juice Sat. morning at the Old Mill Park then proceeded to the launch ramp at the Campbellford Tennis Courts/Lawn Bowling. If you hadn’t already picked up your welcome package from Trent Hills then John Gullick made sure that each boat received this gift bag at the entrance. John then organized the launching at the ramp of 14 Disappearing Propeller Boats (Dippies) and 18 power boats from the Trent Severn Antique & Classic Boat Assoc. This proved quite an onerous task. The flotilla was scheduled to leave Campbellford at 10:00 am but ran about 30 minutes late due to such a large number of launchings to organize.
At Lock 15, Healey Falls everyone was given a boxed lunch and cold beverage - excellent food and much appreciated. After passing through Healy Falls Locks 16 and 17, and the required 10 mph zones we finally got into open water and enjoyed some speed towards Hastings. Some of the first boats made a pit-stop at Ronny Haylock’s. It is easy to find Ronny’s home because of the wonderful flowers blooming profusely in every corner of the yard and surrounding the house.
Last lock - Hastings #18, and after over five hours of boating it was on to docking space on the south side of the river. It is always wonderful to know that at the end of the trip there are so many helpers waiting on the docks to assist. Picnic tables were plentiful and so was the food – BBQ chicken, pulled pork, baked beans, potato salad, pasta salad, coleslaw, and pop or water. The service was excellent and the food – finger lickin’ good. After a long day on the water most people welcomed the opportunity to sit, relax, visit with friends, and enjoy excellent music by Radio personality & vocalist Shaun Savoy & multi-Award-winning Keyboardist Steve O’Connor.
We’d be sure to miss someone if we tried to thank everyone but we do know that a lot of individuals and organizations were involved in planning and executing this celebratory event. “You did a wonderful job and the members of the Trent Severn Antique & Classic Boat Association wish to thank each and everyone for your kindness & hospitality. We had a great time!!