View Full Version : Any info on Larks built in Rondeau Pk. Ontario in the 50's?

12-02-2002, 10:10 PM
I learned to sail at Rondeau Park, Ontario. My aunt and uncle had a cottage there and the yacht club had lessons given on these boats.

As I remember, they were all built by the same man. They were 16 footers and 18 footers and were round nosed scows, gaff-rigged with the gaff almost vertical. I think they were cat boats with just the big main.

In the mid 50's they had cotton sails and there was talk of the new boats made of plywood having an unfair advantage.

I haven't been there in at least 40-45 years. Does anyone remember these boats? Do any still exist? Even a picture or two would stir some wonderful memories. Actually, it's amazing how vivid the memories I have are.

12-27-2002, 01:57 PM
I sailed in Lark's, also. My grandparents had a cottage at Erieau. The boat was 16' in lenght. The only name that comes to mind is Lester Stokes. He was old in the 60's when I knew him.

Dave Hadfield
12-28-2002, 11:24 AM
Don, you got that from Patrick O'Brian, didn't you....

01-01-2003, 01:37 PM
Thanks Steve.

Lester Stokes kinda rings a bell. Havta think about it a while.

You wouldn't have a picture of one would you?


02-04-2014, 08:42 AM
I know that this is a very old thread but I just discovered it while searching for info on the Lark. We cottaged at Rondeau Park from the mid 70's to the mid 80's and owned a Lark.... that's what I learned to sail in. Lester 'Pop' Stokes was the man who was maintaining the Larks that remained on the Bay at the time. He took over the job of building & maintaining them after Fred 'Pop' Weir & Al Weir died. Cottage Life Television did a segment on the Larks & Pop Stokes back in the '90s (my parents used to have a copy of the show but it disappeared). I do not know what the current situation is for Larks on the Bay. My reason for searching for info was that I now live on a body of water that would perfect for Larks and I was trying to see if anyone had one for sale. Here is a link to the Erieau Yacht Club site that has some good info: http://erieauyachtclub.com/about/eyc-history/ and, here are a few pictures. Two of the pictures are actually old post cards and the third is from the annual Erieau-Rondeau Race in August of 1978.... that's yours truly in the Firebird with the RYC Lark to the left.
http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff501/jinnymaer/Wooden%20Boat%20Forum/WBFLarksRacingatRondeau_zps8d675a66.jpg (http://s1239.photobucket.com/user/jinnymaer/media/Wooden%20Boat%20Forum/WBFLarksRacingatRondeau_zps8d675a66.jpg.html)

http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff501/jinnymaer/Wooden%20Boat%20Forum/WBFLarksonRondeauBay_zps3f9b125c.jpg (http://s1239.photobucket.com/user/jinnymaer/media/Wooden%20Boat%20Forum/WBFLarksonRondeauBay_zps3f9b125c.jpg.html)

http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff501/jinnymaer/Wooden%20Boat%20Forum/JanetAugust78atErieauYC_zps847b1bda.jpg (http://s1239.photobucket.com/user/jinnymaer/media/Wooden%20Boat%20Forum/JanetAugust78atErieauYC_zps847b1bda.jpg.html)