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The Algoma Sailing Club at the Tall Ship History Feast.
Reported by Neil Trudel.
The Tall Ship History Feast weekend in July of 2013
had 3 tall ships that arrived and docked with each conducting on board tours
at the Roberta Bonder Marine and Park site.
At the same time within the park housed a host of war
of 1812 enactors complete with enactment village displaying in their tents
many of their occupations of that time frame and all protected by a garrison
of British Solders that fired their rifles and cannon on the hour,
followed by the voyagers firing their muskets, and also celebrated by public
group dancing with the Metis dancing at the Metis Village.
The overall event was sponsored by the War of 1812
Committee and the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site.
"It was busy weekend and quite encouraging and
successful to have the Algoma Sailing Club represented at the Tall Ship
History Feast with many different areas of the club were highlighted.
Everyone who worked at the display tables got to see the tall ships for
Because the theme was Tall Ships it was deemed by some
members of the Algoma Sailing Club that we should be involved. The problem
was that since the Tall Ship event was occurring at the same time of the
famous MacMan race only a few volunteers would be available to help out.
Those that did worked hard to construct a display area within a short time
period and to double man the display area for the weekend.
The Algoma Sailing Club Fleet also had the honour of
sailing and escorting the tall ships when they passed the sugar island ferry
location in the the St. Mary's River over (west) to the Roberta Bonder
Marine and Park.
"It was quite different and loud being on the
river between the boats when the cannon barrage and salutes between land
and sea occurred, it's something you'll won't forget for a long time."
The club display area had 4 areas of interests.
- The display table: which was covered with a chart,
and had placed around it; 4 large sailing race trophies, Laptop movie of
the race to Richards Landing, a video Picture Frame that displayed and
rotated 120 photos of the club in 12 different themes, River Race
schedules, boom and shells and sails info, and 8 different sailing
- The Display wall: had the club ASC banner logo, ASC
and CYA pendants and flags, international racing rules, MacMan info, and
- The Rope Tie-ing table: on loan from Parks Canada
had a knot trying station that allowed 6 people at once to tie knots
complete with instructions on how to do so. Around this station had more
information on the tall ships, and ASC membership forms.
- The Racing and Sailing Pool that was built just for
this event was 8 feet x 8 feet in size and had 10 dual mast tall ships,
and 5 triple masts ships. Complete with some navigation hazards (rocks)
and channel markers in the middle.
The Sailing Pool was a hit for the younger kids and
their moms and dads, the knot tying was used by teens and adults, and the
display table and wall were good for those who were more interested in
sailing and about the club. We had a member of the Sudbury sailing club who
really enjoyed our display area and wanted to purchase the boats to use at
their club in addition to parents who also wanted to buy them. We discovered
many other out of town visitors from other sailing clubs.
The cool weather worked well for us and the many folks
who had directed questions to us in talking to them have shown that for next
year we can have a potential of possible new senior members and associate
members. Plus there were a possible 8 adults and 8 kids who indicated and
wanted to partake in future sailing lessons in the BOOM sailing for the next
Some input or questions from the public were as
follows and hence our clubs website was discussed as a way to obtain more
- When are we getting smaller boats?
- More awareness about our club, location, and races.
- Public inquires as are we filling the void since
closure of RYTAC.
- Folks want sailing lessons.
There was two requests from other non-profit
organizations (Parks Canada, Old Stone House) in wanting us to bring the
pool to their community events, hence we could promote the club even more
but using a smaller display for faster setup. Hence Norm has agreed to start
making the second Tall Ship Fleet when needed (grin) :)
I would like to say Thank You to the following persons
who helped and manned the display area for 21 hours in shifts plus another 4
hours of site and pool setup/teardown.
- ASC Shirts and Logo Branding was by: Brenda and
- Setup and Teardown: George & Brenda, Norman.
- Display Manning: Bert & Betty, Norman & Anna,
George & Brenda, The Dionis Family (and Micheal obtained work hours for
- Charts: Louis
Additionally the following; George, Louis, Norman and
Neil were pressed into emergency service and were very helpful for the Sault
Ste Marie Historic Metis Council in scrubbing, washing, cleaning, and
setting up a full size canvas Tee-Pee (that was incorrectly stored wet) for
the Metis Display at the Tall Ship Festival.
When we were ribbed and teased "what do
sailors have to with setting up Tee-Pee tents" we remarked quickly "Well
it does has canvas and ropes".
Also thank you to the following skippers in the Tall
Ship Escort; Ken, Tony, Bill Pickering, and Neil.