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Desolation’s Dinghy Concert

by Norris Comer

Desolation Dinghy ConcertThe Desolation Sound Dinghy Concert is gaining steam as a boating tradition after a successful fourth year in 2016 and another event planned for this summer. Excitement is in the air as boaters arrange their cruising itineraries to include a trip to the Dinghy Concert 2017.

Boaters anchored in Desolation Sound last summer were treated to a two-hour floating dinghy concert on Sunday, July 31, 2016. More than 600 people on 165 dinghies and kayaks tied together and affixed to a floating line behind event organizer and Seattle Yacht Club member Russel Samples’ free anchored 80-foot motoryacht Près Du Soleil.

“The event is put on by boaters for boaters,” says Samples. “The artists perform on the swim step of the host yacht and use professional sound equipment to broadcast the music to festive and dancing patrons on dinghies.”

The featured performer was recording artist and songwriter Robin Landry off the yacht Midnight Sun. Her backup band, the Chixie Dicks, was made up of boaters off three other boats anchored in Laura Cove. New to Robin’s band was Charlie Wilson, a professional music producer from California who flew up just to participate in the event.

Co-host and emcee of the event, Tom Landry, owner of motoryacht Midnight Sun, declared to the excited crowd that next year’s event would also be held on the same B.C. Day weekend. Mark August 5, 2017 on your calendars for an epic boating event in Prideaux Haven – Desolation Sound. Just show up, stock the dinghy, and have a great time. Concert starts at 1500 hours.

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