MARCH 15, Corner Cafe, 4pm
Randy Litchfield presents: Weather and how it works: Causes, Clouds, Fronts and Forecasts.
Learn why local weather is really global weather.
What's in a Name?.... Tell us your boat story
When I was responsible for launch & haul-out I became fascinated with TYC boat names. I know for many sailors their
boat name has great personal significance and frequently a good story behind it. I would like to share these stories in our
bi-monthly Bump & Grind e-blasts. I call it: What’s in a name? and I hope it will be a regular column, featuring one boat
at a time.
What I am looking for is a short article (< 500 words) about your boat (background, make, maybe how you found her, etc.)
and share your story behind her name, along with an photo. If you are interested in writing a piece, let me know and I will include it in
an upcoming e-blast. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This weeks What's in a Name? is from Scott and Nancy Dudgeon:
Our boat, a Catalina 355, answers to the name "Ganesha".
Nancy and I bought her new in Sackett’s Harbour, New York. Our first new boat and we were pretty excited and wanted a perfect name. We tried many. We had recently traveled in India, where we learned a little bit about everybody’s favourite Hindu god - Ganesha, aka Ganesh. Ganesha, among other traits, removes obstacles that would otherwise impede one’s success. We thought removing obstacles was a good thing to have on Georgian Bay. So far so good.
We then needed an image of Ganesha for our transom and we “adapted” one from the spinnaker of a beautiful racing yacht with the same name. Before we had the name and image applied to the boat, I thought I should see if appropriating someone else’s religious personage would cause any offense. For instance, eyebrows could be raise if, instead of Ganesha, I named our vessel “Jesus Christ!” Lord Ganesha is revered all over SE Asia. I checked in with a several Indian and South Asian friends. All were enthusiastically supportive.
Ganesha, like other gods is associated with a vehicle (sidekick, buddy). In Ganesha’s case it’s a mouse. Now that we have a new dinghy, you may soon be seeing it sporting the name of Ganesha’s vehicle (stay tuned, more homework is required).
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