Co-Chairs Martha Deme and Linda Pink hosted a capacity Newcomers crowd at the PI Community Center on Wednesday April 13th. Introductions over lunch included sharing our experiences with “Activities never done before coming to Pender”. Based on the testimonials our island has opened new horizons for all of us!
This session included informative presentations on land and water based activities thanks to Ian Pirie (golf) and Rick Mudie (cruising club).
Ian shared the history of the PI Golf Club which recently celebrated 70 years as a not-for-profit society. Started by local enthusiasts, the club currently has 180 members supported by a half dozen summer staff dedicated to maintenance, the pro shop and administration. Membership information is available from the pro shop. The ever popular Pender Sushi team waits upstairs in the club house for golfers and visitors alike. A great draw are Friday’s “Nine and Dine” option offering 9 holes of golf with a $10 credit at the restaurant. What a great excuse to have some fun and still provide dinner for the family!
The club spans 5,200 yards with a 68 course rating (69 for the ladies) and hosts the Pro-Am tournament in July. Most importantly (and this is hard to believe) … tee times are not required as the club can generally accommodate walk-ons within 10 minutes of arrival. Talk about flexibility!
Rick Mudie is the Commodore of the PI Yacht Club. Started in 1980, the club is in its 37th year serving Pender water lovers. Rick laughingly relayed that “members” consist of boats – not people. Talk about leading us to the self-driving future! Our 20 sailboats and 23 power vessels allow 100 humans to swab their decks, guide their meanderings and have a jolly good time at rendez-vous locations spanning the US and Canada.
Family memberships are $50 annually with the funds generally disbursed for meeting hall rental, supporting the PI Junior Sailing program and funding an active sailboat racing program.
Rick relayed that yacht clubs are steeped in maritime tradition. While our club indulges in rules and etiquette for the racing and opening day activities, tradition does not stop the fun! 4 major cruises are held in the summer: June in the USA, a July BBQ on the docks in Genoa Bay, August theatre trip to Ladysmith and September stay at Ganges. All are overnight visits ranging from 4 to 2 days. Locations are scouted for services including accommodation if boaters prefer to sleep ashore. Cruises are supplemented by an active racing program for sailboaters spanning fall and winter months. This coincides with monthly meetings at the Hope Bay Studio to discuss club plans and a host of guest speakers touching on both maritime and general topics.