Family Fun for Everyone

Family Fun for Everyone Jul 28, 2011

2011 Rendez-vous

As we gear up for this coming summer’s Rendez-vous events, here’s a look back at the fun, frolics, and friendships from last summer’s events held in Ottawa, the Kawartha’s, Gananoque and Orillia this past summer. 

A Rendez-vous is a family boating event that’s fun for everyone and every boat! Participants in last summer’s four exciting events ranged in age from young families with young kids; to middle-age empty nesters; to grandparents. They entered everything from small 2-person personal watercraft to 40 foot motor yachts, from homemade boats to pontoons, from aluminum fishing boats to cuddy cabins and weekend express cruisers 

Every participant – captain and all crew – attends a mandatory drivers meeting in the morning to have our MC Mr. Dave Kirkland review the safety rules and the day’s course on the water. Dave’s advice on slow speed zones and channel buoys always proves valuable as many of our events are monitored to ensure everyone’s safety by the marine detachment of the local police force. 

Boats then congregate out on the water and the Marshall boat raises the yellow flag, then the green flag and another fun Rendez-vous is underway. At each stop, each boat picks up a single playing card in a sealed envelope. At various places along the route, there are five stops where participants must pickup another card, including at the popular lunch stop at a local on-water restaurant or marina, and all five cards are handed in at the Event Trailer at the end of the day to make the poker hand for that boat.

It doesn’t matter how fast your boat goes, because the winner is determined by the best poker hand. Those hands are revealed one by one. The excitement mounts as one hand beats out another hand until the last hand is finally revealed and first, second and third place winners are announced. 

Participants walk away with thousands of dollars in cash and prizes plus some great memories – and photos – of a fun filled family day on the water. Read on and you’ll see what we mean. Then be sure to enter your boat in one or more of our Rendez-vous events for the coming season.

Rendez-Vous Ottawa

Rendez-Vous Kawartha’s

Rendez-Vous Gananoque

Rendez-Vous Orillia

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