Aquanaute Training Centre, organizer of this year's 9th edition of the annual Rendez-Vous Nautique, is very pleased with how the event turned out this year. Held on August 19 at the beach of Oka National Park on the Lake of Two Mountains, in Oka, Quebec, this year the event attracted more than 100 boats.
"The Rendez-Vous Nautique is held once a year for pleasure craft operators – motor boats, sailing boats, PWCs, canoes, kayaks and all other types of vessels,' describes Vahe Vassilian, President of Aquanaute Training Centre. "Boaters joined the celebration from all parts of Quebec and, for the first time, even from Ontario.'
The first 100 registered attendees received a gift bag full items from the event's various sponsors. Rendez-Vous Nautique featured entertainment including live music dancing and beach games. There was also free food and a series of draws for T-shirts, caps, PFD's and other giveaways provided by partners and sponsors.
During the event, Aquanaute Training Centre took the opportunity to conduct a survey asking: ‘Are you in favour of a legislation for mandatory practical pleasure craft operators boating courses?' According to Aquanaute Training Centre, 81 percent of the 135 respondents said ‘Yes', nine percent said ‘No', and 10 percent were undecided.
"We are extremely pleased with our 2012 event, thanks also to support received from the industry, partners and sponsors such as Oka National Park, Quebec Maritime Association (QMA), the Quebec Provincial Police (SQ), Parks Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, Marcart Marine, Groupe Performance Marine, Mustang,Icom, Salus, Summum Sport and Imonaboat.ca,' added Vassilian.
Next year's Rendex-vous Nautique is scheduled for August 4. For more information visit www.aquanaute.ca