|John Franklin presiding over the AGM with the BOD seated|
|Side trip to the winery|
|Suzie & Dick Guckel, John Franklin and Alex Blackwell|
having a look around the lovely grounds
|At the Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery|
|Suzie and Dick Guckel and John Franklin tasting wines|
Jenny Crickmore-Thompson and Daria Blackwell were re-elected for a second term and, in another first, the first OCC Committee member from Down Under, Paul Furniss, was elected and takes the place of Terry O'Brien. George Ehlers was elected to the post of Treasurer, replacing Sally Currin who was sent off with a very fond farewell. John Franklin received his Past Commodore's flag and retired from the Committee and Board. His next venture involves ditch digging and he is really hoping to be promoted to digger driver. Ask him for the story. It's a good one.
The crowd gathered in the bar demanding drink! The Award winners' PowerPoint presentation played in the background giving attendees a flavour of what our members were out there doing on the high seas. This time projecting to a large screen TV it was nicely visible.
|Anne Hammick, newly elected Commodore, with John Franklin|
We all made our way into the main dining room just before 7. It's a lovely room. We sat down to a preset menu, three courses -- warm goats cheese and salad, filet of beef with roasted cherry tomatoes and potato tower, and a lovely dessert medley. The Reverend Bob Shepton said a tender grace and the night was launched.
|The crowd gathering at the bar at Greenlands|
Between the courses, we were treated to three tranches of award winner announcements by John Van Schalkwick who came all the way from maritime Canada for the event. Unfortunately, few of the winners were in attendance as so many are currently underway all around the world. Those that did make it kept the room enraptured with their tales of adventure on the high seas. Michael Johnson, winner of the Barton Cup, wrapped up the evening with a gripping account of his two year transit of the Northwest Passage. It's the stuff legend is made of!
We adjourned slowly for the night, making the most of every minute with new friends and old. It was a really fun day.
|John Franklin pinning the Commodore's pin on Anne Hammick's lapel|
|John Franklin accepting his Past Commodore's burgee|
|John van-Schalkwyk addressing the crowd at dinner.|
|Recipients of the Qualifier's Mug, Debi Dennis and Jack Markin.|
|Doug Theobalds s/v Panacea|
|David Blackburn accepts award for Whanake|
|Maxine Maters (for John Vallentine)|
|Rory McDougall s/v Cooking Fat with Jester Medal|
|Michael Johnson accepts the Barton Cup|