Vernon speed dating boat cruise on schedule

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Remember: the SS Minnow made a three-hour tour.

Carpe D’Wine, of course, won’t crash on a desert island, and no one named Gilligan will be the first mate, but the Vernon company and its skipper offer a two-hour lake adventure with the possibility of meeting a new partner.

Shelley McDonald of Vernon, owner and operator of Carpe D’Wine, offers three 7-minute evenings of socializing aboard her yacht on Okanagan Lake.

“It’s speed dating on the water,” McDonald said.

Two-hour cruises will be offered for 10 men and 10 women in three age groups:

Monday August 29, 30-40 years old;

Tuesday August 30, 40-50 years old;

Wednesday August 31, 50+.

“We have women registered but we are looking for men in all groups,” McDonald said.

Each cruise runs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with drinks and appies available on board.

McDonald’s yacht is moored at Paddlewheel Park, where the cruise begins and returns.

Attendees will be assigned a seat at a table of two on the upcoming Love Boat and given a seven-minute list of questions to ask.

Halfway through, McDonald’s will call to change seats or ask another question. After seven minutes, McDonald will ask the men to move to their left and sit with the next person.

There will be a break halfway through to freshen up and do some work on the boat. He should stay about 30 minutes to make one more game that will allow more interaction.

“You’ll meet everyone, cruise the North Okanagan, have a great time, and I’ll be with my co-host to make sure no one gets lonely,” McDonald said. “If you have any friends you want to come with, don’t hesitate.”

McDonald’s yacht is called Spirit of the Okanagan and is a 35-foot boat that can accommodate up to 40 people. She only takes 20 a night. You can email McDonald’s at [email protected] for more details or to register.

The cost is $60 per person.


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