May 10, 2018

Splashdown It Never Gets OldIn honour of Launch Day, our POTW this time comes from Wendy Loat in Port Credit. This shot, taken last week, celebrates the more that five decades of the hitting the water in the spring ritual for her 60s plywood Thunderbird, Looney Tunes. “It never gets old,” says Wendy.

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The rules are simple. It has to be your shot taken in and around boats or from a boat. Or anything else boat related. Or anything you feel is appropriate – sunsets, regattas dock parties – whatever you’ve found interesting.

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