Champagne and Solomon Gundy accompanied the launch of our spring dory class’ boat this morning.
As usual, we had a bit of an initiation before taking the boat down to the beach during which the guys had to take the four gastronomic sacraments of Lunenburg – Solomon Gundy (that’s pickled herring to the uninitiated), sauerkraut, Lunenburg pudding, or pig’s pudding as I grew up calling it, and all washed down with a shot of dark rum.
Bellies full, the fellows carried their dory down to the water’s edge where Dave’s wife Victoria produced a bottle of bubbly to christen the new vessel. We didn’t smash it over the bow – that’s the wasteful habits of yacht builders! Instead, a tot got sprinkled over the stempost and we all had a glass for a toast.
Then it was time for the fellows to take the boat out for her inaugural row. I have to point out, to explain the pictures here, that this boat is not really meant for four grown men. She was a little low in the stern as you’ll see
But she performed admirably and with a more reasonable load, rowed very nicely. So nicely, Mark was convinced to take her home to Ontario with him!
Many thanks to all the gang who made this such an enjoyable experience for Jay and myself. Safe travels home!