Sept 12, 2019

Shellbacks FlagOfficially started in February 1934, The Shellback Club is celebrating its 86th year. To be “Shellback” today only requires attending a lunch meeting and joining everyone in singing a sea shanty. The location, as in past years, is the RCYC at 141 St George Street at Prince Arthur in Toronto (west exit of the St. George TTC station). Sessions are held in the main dining room starting promptly at 1215 hours and finish about 1330 – 1345 hours. The guest speaker starts about 1245 hours. Lunch costs this year - $26.25 including all taxes and service.

The 86th Shellback year begins with these presentations:

October 16th: Richard D. Mitchele: An Inspirational Adventure of a Life. “D”, as he is called, was nominated as Sailor of the Year for his offshore races, his boat deliveries and, after he was caught in a house fire, his amazing recovery and return to sailing.

October 23rd: Judith Altree: The New and Rejuvenated Mission to Seafarers. Much has changed since Judith gave us her last update in 2016.

October 30th: Tanis Boger – Circumnavigation with her family aboard Wind Woman. Tanis will share a few of her family’s adventures on the leg from Australia to Mimico Cruising Club, Toronto.

ShellbacksNovember 6th: Richard Hudson: How to Achieve Your Sailing Dream. Richard brings all his many years of experience circumnavigating the globe to this presentation.

November 13th: Rob Mazza joins us once again, this time to review the Inductions into the Canadian Sailing Hall of Fame. This session was scheduled last February, but we cancelled due to inclement weather.

November 20th: Bill Bialkowski returns to entertain us for the third time. His topic is: Celebrating Canadian Naval Aviators since 1914. This session was also cancelled last February.

November 27th: Ron Jenkins: The “Cyclone” that Changed Toronto. The Cyclone was used during the first half of the 20th Century to change the face (read waterfront) of Toronto.

December 4th: Paul Lamont: Travelling the Four Seas of Israel. Paul will share experiences on a recent trip to the Holy Land.

December 11th: Moosemilk at MCC. Join us for our annual Holiday Celebration – good food (including Moosemilk), good company, prizes, carol singing, fun!

- Dianne Leggatt, Skipper

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