The Shellback Club have been long time friends and supporters of Toronto Brigantine. The Shellback Club started in 1934 when a group of local sailors decided to continue meeting during the winter for fellowship and to replay the summer’s sailing events. It is coed now, just like Toronto Brigantine!
The Shellback Club meets weekly from October to mid-April for lunch and to listen to speakers on maritime adventures and other nautical topics. While there are no annual fees to become a Shellback member, you do have to sing a sea shanty with them.
Shellback luncheon is every Wednesday through the winter (October through mid April) starting at 12:15PM sharp at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club – 141 St. George Street – N of the Bloor Subway Station (416-967-7245). Lunches are around $15, extra for wine or beer.
Skipper: Jim Taylor
Mate: Marjorie Patterson
Purser: Alf Jenkins
This is the schedule of Speakers for February, starting with Toronto Brigantine’s Sam and Paul.
February 1, 2012: Sam Neale: Captain of a Toronto Brigantine and Paul Dennis: President of Toronto Brigantine. Speaking about sailing adventures on Great Lakes and the plans for refit on the boats in the next few years.
February 8, 2012: Bill Davis of Quark Explorations: Returning speaker, this time talking about this year’s adventure is to the North Pole on a nuclear ice breaker.
February 15, 2012: Bruce and Linda Anderson return with the “second half” of their odyssey to the Maritimes. Their boat is there for the next season but the great pictures are here!
February 22, 2012: Bryan Thomas is President of Save Ontario Shipwrecks. He will talk about the objective of the group and show what kind of treasures lie below the waters of Lake Ontario…
February 29, 2012: David Sanford…The Seaworthy Surveyor…returns to Shellbacks with a presentation about fibreglass…what you need to know if you own a fibreglass boat or want to buy one.