Grand Banks Rendezvous 2015

2015 PSGBOA Rendezvous – Thanks for Another Great Event!

Thank you to all those who attended this year’s Puget Sound Grand Banks Owners Association Rendezvous! It was a wonderful event – beautiful weather, picturesque location and of course, most importantly, a huge group of fantastic Grand Banks Owners!

If you have photos of the Rendezvous that you’d like to share, please send them to stories@psgbowners.org and we will get them up on the website!

This year’s Rendezvous attracted over 80 Grand Banks and over 200 proud owners, friends and GB enthusiasts.  For those who were unable to attend, here’s a brief recap of the event, by Leslie Simmons of Stan Miller Yachts (and PSGBOA Board Member):

{Originally posted to stanmilleryachts.com, May 21}

“The annual Puget Sound Grand Banks Rendezvous was another resounding success! This year’s event began on Wednesday, May 6th and ended Sunday, May 10th at Roche Harbor Resort and Marina, on sunny San Juan Island.

This year we were treated to eighty plus Grand Banks in attendance. Not only were there a lot of boats, there was a huge variety of Grand Banks, representing many different stages of GB’s production. The theme for this year’s event was “Celebrating Over 50 Years of Grand Banks in the Pacific NW” – so it was fitting that there was such great variety! We visited with owners of all sorts. On the “historical” side, there were two gorgeously restored Alaskans and quite a few woodies. Every decade was represented, from the 1960s to the 2000s. The oldest boats were a 1967 32 Sedan and 36 Classic, and the newest were a 2007 39 Eastbay and 2007 47 Europa. Everyone loved seeing the wide spectrum of GBs lining the docks!

The Rendezvous flew by, with a busy schedule of events. Wednesday kicked off with two seminars and a dockside Happy Hour. By Thursday, most of the attendees had arrived and things really began to groove, with more seminars, a dinghy trip to Westcott Bay Oyster Farm and a fire safety demo. The evening capped off with a bonfire on the beach and a spooky walk to the Mausoleum.

The fun continued on Friday, with Grand Banks Yachts presenting their annual company update, as well as service tips from Service Director Fran Morey. A cooking demo enticed a big part of the group up to McMillin’s Dining Room, where they feasted on Prime Rib and learned tips from Chef Bill Shaw.

Friday features a dedicated Sponsor Booth session; we loved meeting with everyone – Grand Banks owners are so proud about their boats, that it’s a treat to get to speak with them, as well as see the boats in person!

A potluck and wine tasting topped of an already fantastic Friday. On Saturday, the last day of the event, attendees had plenty of time to soak up the sun, enjoy more seminars and of course, watch the annual dog show. There’s a lot of dogs onboard GBs (and a few cats!), that’s for sure. At the end of the day on Saturday, everyone gathered on the lawn to enjoy drinks and a fantastic dinner.

A beautiful setting, wonderful people…what more could we ask for?! We look forward to the 2016 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous!”

 

Registration for the PSGBOA Rendezvous is Now Closed

Registration for the PSGBOA Rendezvous is closed and full. We will see you in 2016!

If you own a Grand Banks in the Pacific Northwest, but you have not officially registered to be part of PSGBOA, please visit the “Join Us!” page to register. The PSGBOA Rendezvous is only open to PSGBOA Members. Membership is free!

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PSGBOA Rendezvous Registration Deadline – April 15th

The registration deadline for the annual Rendezvous is fast approaching – April 15th! If you are planning to attend but have not yet registered, please register today. The cost is only $225, and includes seminars, activities and social events (for a detailed list of events and a schedule, click here)

Registration is easy via our online system! Click here to go to the Registration site.

PSGBOA Members Featured in April’s SEA Magazine

Don’t miss the April edition of SEA magazine (proud sponsors of the 2015 PSGBOA Rendezvous!)… Inside the April edition you’ll find a fantastic six-page spread on PSGBOA members Rusty and Kim Lewis, owners of the 1978 Grand Banks 42 Classic “ARCHIMEDES.”

M/V Archimedes Featured in Sea Magazine

M/V Archimedes Featured in Sea Magazine

The article profiles Rusty and Kim’s travels throughout the Northwest aboard their trusty GB 42. The fun, Q&A style profile also features tons of great photos from their trips aboard ARCHIMEDES.

Pick up the April edition of SEA magazine to read the full story, or visit Rusty and Kim’s blog “The Voyages of  Archimedes” for a link to the story.

Join Us for the 2015 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous!

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We are very excited to announce that REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the annual PSGBOA Rendezvous, our celebration of 50 years of Grand Banks in the Pacific Northwest! May 6th-10th at Roche Harbor Resort and Marina.

This year promises another great Rendezvous – we have exciting new seminars and hands-on demos, delicious food and beverages, and social events where you can meet up with old friends as well as make new friends…Plus, enjoy FREE MOORAGE on Wednesday, if you depart Sunday (or later).

Click here to download the current schedule

Here are some highlights:

  • Planned demonstrations from a U.S. Coast Guard boat
  • Fire preparedness: The fire department will be setting fires (and WE will putting them out!)
  • Managing onboard medical emergencies
  • Cruising with your 4-legged loved ones (including how to handle onboard health issues) with a seasoned offshore cruising expert
  • Learn the latest about new boating apps and technology available
  • Listen to a three-time Space Shuttle Commander present the world from space
  • Learn shipwreck folklore from the San Juan Island museum director
  • Hear the latest in trials and tales from the UW oceanographers

NEW Activities this Year:

  • Chandlery: Bring items off your boat that you would like to sell, swap or give away (e.g. hardware, electrical items, tools, keys, cabinets, whatever!). Stay tuned for more details.
  • Dinghy trip to an oyster farm
  • Walking tours: Guided history tour of Roche Harbor; docent guided tours of the art park; guided tours of a local distillery
  • A hosted bon fire and “loaded” coffees and desert followed by a spooky late night walk to the mausoleum with RH executive chef Bill Shaw
  • Nightly cigars (or not) under the stars which will always lead to exaggerated sea stories!

Also, we’ve listened to your feedback, past participants! The Chef Shaw Cooking Demo will feature more substantial nibbles and wine, and will be limited in participation numbers so as to not feel too crowded!

Click here to download the current schedule

So what are you waiting for? REGISTER NOW! Early bird pricing is in effect through March 15th. For only $200/boat (up to two adults), you get a variety of seminars, activities, food, drink and more! We are a non-profit organization (emphasis on NON!); as you can see that $200 registration fee is just a fraction of the actual expenses.  In fact, the majority of our costs are covered by OUR WONDERFUL SPONSORS most of whom have been with us year after year.  We provide time for you to greet and THANK them on Friday afternoon (and throughout the event!) and encourage you to keep them in mind when you have a boat need/project/service come up

We hope you continue to help us make the next 50 years truly the best for our Grand Banks community!

Click here to download the current schedule

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE!

Join us for the 2015 Grand Banks Rendezvous!

ANNOUNCING THE 2015 PSGBOA ANNUAL RENDEZVOUS
MAY 6th – 10th
ROCHE HARBOR RESORT & MARINA

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It may be chilly right now but before you know it, Spring will be here and with it, the PSGBOA Annual Rendezvous!  Join fellow Grand Banks enthusiasts for another fantastic Rendezvous, May 6th through the 10th at beautiful Roche Harbor Resort and Marina.

The details are still coming together, but here are some highlights:

  • FREE Wednesday night moorage, for those staying 4 nights or more (we’ve “officially” extended the event to run Wednesday to Sunday due to popular demand)
  • Additional Wednesday/Thursday activities and social opportunities
  • Delicious hosted meals, snacks and drinks throughout the Rendezvous
  • Fun, informative seminars from industry and community experts
  • A variety of small group outings – pick the activities that appeal most to you
  • And most important… Plenty of time to hang out with old friends and make new ones!

We’ll post additional information as the event takes shape and registration will open in early 2015.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, shoot us an email at rendezvous@psgbowners.org

Looking forward to another amazing Rendezvous!

-Terry Stanford, 2015 Annual Rendezvous Chair

Ken Watters, Father of PSGBOA, Passes

Ken-Watters1The entire Grand Banks family owes an incredible debt of gratitude to Ken Watters for all he did for us. Ken welcomed many into the GB family with open arms at our first rendezvous. He was that way with everyone, going totally out of his way to include them. He’s rightly called the father of the Puget Sound Grand Banks Owners Association.

Ken was a consummate and skilled seaman. He made numerous trips around Vancouver Island, building a network of friends in the small communities of that remote area. He became a veteran of northern British Columbia and Southeast Alaska waters, encouraging others to follow. He was “steady as she goes” in the wind and the waves, calm and focused.

Ken Watters, in his generosity and nautical skill, was an inspiration to us all. He will be sorely missed. We are all better people for having known him.