Early this morning we received this Live-ish report from fellow Woody Boater Kathy Rhodes who was at the Big Cruise for a Big Cause event held in the Muskoka Lakes Region yesterday. Here’s her report… – Texx
BIG CRUISE FOR A BIG CAUSE – WHAT AN EVENT!
By Kathy Rhodes, Classicboat Magazine – Toronto Chapter ACBS
After months of planning, it all came together yesterday in Muskoka when 115 officially registered boats and countless others followed the 125-year-old RMS Segwun and the Wenonah II from the bottom end of Lake Muskoka to the top of Little Lake Joe for the recreation of the famous 100-Mile Cruise.
About 40 boats followed the ships from Muskoka Wharf. As they passed through the Narrows about 30 minutes later, a few more joined in – then a few more, and a few more – all along the route.
Through the locks at Port Carling and the swing bridge at Port Sandfield, they kept on coming. Docks along the route were filled with people waving Canadian flags and homemade signs wishing the Segwun a happy birthday.
Boats of every make and era were part of the flotilla – Ditchburns, Greavettes, Shepherds, Minetts, and more – everything from long-deck launches to Dippies. Although the clouds moved in, the rain held off (which is not to say no-one got wet!) – and the sun shone brilliantly during the photo shoot.
Once we arrived in Little Lake Joe, the first impression was absolute mayhem – boats everywhere, heavy wake, helicopters hovering overhead. And then, like magic, the ships and boats began to slowly circle in a counter-clockwise direction. Horns honked, sirens wailed, whistles blew, the piper piped, and tears flowed… Everyone we spoke to was overwhelmed with emotion and thrilled to be part of this amazing event.
This was definitely THE. BEST. DAY ON THE WATER. EVER!!
Thanks, Kathy Rhodes
Classicboat Magazine – Toronto Chapter ACBS
Photos by Kathy Rhodes & Chris Bullen
Thanks Kathy & Chris – Fellow Woody Boaters coming together for a great cruise and a great cause… Nice work everyone, and congratulations.