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2014 Catalina Rendezvous

posted Aug 15, 2014, 7:39 AM by Tartan-Owners Southern California   [ updated Aug 15, 2014, 8:05 AM ]
What a great rendezvous this year! We had 9 TOSCA boats attend, with a total of 22 people! They came from as far south as Coronado Island (Paul Ryan – Peter Rabbit) and as far north as Ventura (Martha Thomas - Corgi), both of whom single-handed their boats to the Isthmus. The San Diego contingency was well represented by Fred & Pascale Hayem (Taina) and Nico & Gina Jonville (Sans Frontiere), along with their families and friends. Marko Princevac & Sang-Mi Lee (Tangaroa) came from Newport Beach, and from Alamitos Bay were Frank & Patty Conner (Ka-Ata-Killa). Keith & Mary Fullenwider (Sanguine) sailed over from San Pedro. Long Beach was represented by two boats, Robin & Larry Goshorn (Imagine Too) and Laura & Don McLennan (Intuition). We missed Bill & Patty Solberg, who had last-minute engine problems, and Dave & Caroline Stege (we’re still waiting to hear the story on poor Caroline’s broken ankle!). 

The weekend started off with a mooring frenzy at the Isthmus. Despite all of Keith’s communications with the harbor master over the past several months, they had not set aside moorings for the group and the Isthmus was completely full. Tangaroa got a mooring at Fourth of July Cove, and Sans Frontiere rafted up to Taina Friday night. Not to be deterred from having fun, we found our way over to Sanguine, where we were greeted with flower leis and treated to some tasty Mai Tai’s (complete with umbrellas!) and appetizers. We then headed onshore, where we had a blast catching up with everybody at the outdoor patio behind Doug’s Reef. 

Saturday morning, Tangaroa and San Frontiere both got moorings in the Isthmus. After they were settled, a group hiked east over the hill to the USC campus. We were lucky enough to catch its Open House and even got to go inside its famous hyperbaric chamber (it treats about 20-25 divers each year who didn’t watch their dive tables closely enough). An amazing thing to see! And we learned that if you volunteer there, you get the added bonus of being able to use their moorings in a spectacularly beautiful private cove. Something to think about! 

That afternoon was spent swimming, relaxing and hanging out at the beach. There were some interesting characters on the beach which caught everybody’s attention and made for a lot of laughter later on. Then began a fantastic BBQ on the beach – everybody brought all sorts of yummy food to share – even a whole lamb roast cooked right there on the grill! 

The Tartan flag waved over the tables (and on the boats), and it was a blast! It was a great opportunity to really get to know people and to enjoy the beautiful weather on the island. 

Sunday, everybody was having so much fun that all the boats stayed on the island for at least another day – some even stayed for an entire week! It was a fun-filled, happy rendezvous. The membership is strong and vibrant. It would be safe to say that a good time was had by all.

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