Yesterday's TSCA Hood Canal Oyster Messabout at Twanoh State Park was absolutely wonderful, with good friends, perfect weather, a variety of boats, and five dozen enormous, delicious oysters.
Tom and Susanne Regan who operate Grapeview Point boat works brought their shellback dinghy. This dinghy is fast! We spent a good part of the day trying to catch up with them.
Doryman Mike Bogoger brought his Ken Basset Firefly Finesse. Finesse is a beautiful boat, but unfortunately Mike had some technical difficulty with his oarlocks (he, uh, sorta forgot 'em). Mike had some limited success with a borrowed set of oars and oarlocks but unfortunately we were not able to witness Finesse's full potential. I pounced on the opportunity and invited Doryman to come sail Ellie with me, and he accepted much to my delight.
Randy Jones brought his Core Sound 17, which he later loaded up with a crowd of TSCA members.
Bob Hancock brought the fiberglass sloop that he's been working on over the winter.
Boats were rigged and launched by 11:00 and we all enjoyed a lively sail.
Then it was time to get down to business. Time for some serious oyster shucking. These oysters were huge and they put up one helluva fight..
We eventually won and let me tell you, these were the most delicious raw and pan fried oysters ever!
I sure hope we can do this messabout again next year!