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2013 Cruise to Catalina generates enthusiasm for TOSCA

posted Aug 25, 2013, 1:25 PM by Tartan-Owners Southern California   [ updated Aug 26, 2013, 2:20 PM ]
TOSCA marked its 10th anniversary amid a gathering of Tartan owners at Two Harbors, Santa Catalina Island on August 9 through 11. The calendar move from June to August was well received; 50% of the membership attended, despite the inability of some loyal boat owners to participate. The directors also moved to make the event less formal, which worked to everyone’s advantage. All said, these changes made for a better cruise experience. The new look of TOSCA was evident this year. 

The Friday night event kicked off at the back patio of the Harbor Reef, where the bar and buffalo burgers were close at hand. Old members got a chance to renew friendships and new members were introduced. 

On Saturday, the group gathered for a hike to Ballast point and beyond before retiring to their boats for an afternoon of casual boat visiting and relaxation.

 At sunset, we were all treated to a wonderful pre-dinner party on the vessel Discovery, a 48 Ocean Alexander owned by Ted and Ann Gay. We are pleased that the Gays have stayed connected with TOSCA despite their moving to a power yacht.

The cruise culminated in our traditional Saturday evening dinner at the Harbor Reef, where we introduced our newest members, John and Linda Caspole (T37) who hail from Carlsbad, California. Tartan Yachts graciously provided TOSCA a grant for this event. Thanks Tartan!

Boats. Vessels arrived from ports spanning from Marina del Rey to San Diego. The weather provided arriving boats with unusually brisk sailing in the face of westerly winds up to 20 knots true. Greg Farah and Dave Ingles from Blue Pacific Boating brought Aspire II (T4300). Aspire II was available for owner visits during the event. It is one beautifully designed vessel. This year, it became clear that the best way to consolidate moored boats is to request mooring assignment in the east side of the anchorage. Only Wind Dancer (T3800) was left out of the party, being moored on the west side.

Sightings. The Tartan banners were flying high on all boats. At a glance, we really have a good-looking fleet that Tartan can be proud of. Fred and Pascale Hayem arrived with their new sailing tender to Taina. Larry and Robin Goshorn launched their half-shell hard tender to Imagine Too. Ted and Ann Gay’s yacht Discovery is one good-looking boat too.

Continuing 2013 Cruise Schedule. This year, we are offering additional cruises to the 2013 year. These include a cruise to White’s Landing, Dana Point, and the Channel Islands.  As well, please put the Saturday night of the San Diego Boat show (January 2014) on your calendar to attend our Mid-Winter dinner meeting. 

The directors and cruise chairperson Keith Fullenwider wish to thank all owners who attended and especially are grateful for the generous support from Tartan yachts.