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Registration Now Open 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).

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!

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 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.

Arianna in the latest PassageMaker magazine

Note from member Richard Pierce: “Thought you might like to know there is a big spread about our boat (Arianna, 1970 Alaskan 46) in the October issue of PassageMaker (www.passagemaker.com). We also have a blog at https://alaskan46forsale.shutterfly.com that has more of the story and many photos that the members might find interesting.”

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Update Your Contact Information

This link will take you to a short online form, where you can update your contact info and preferences:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1l7YUPZSzYo0Cvxt7F6VGYusyMOdLX-K3-p0VvzelZaY/viewform

Drone video from the Gulf Islands

Here’s a collection of short clips I threw together to show off the great video from our nifty new quadcopter. It’s really a lot of fun!

For more info, you can visit the post I wrote over at my blog. We’ll be sure to bring it to the next rendezvous (unless I sink it first).

Video from the 2014 Rendezvous

Here’s a short video from the 2014 rendezvous by Ian McGhie.

Member’s Photos

Here are some recently submitted photos from our members. More photos are in our photo gallery.

From Sally and Larry Cole …

Lucky Stars, our Europa 46, from the shore on Sucia island in the San Juans with Mt. Baker in the background.  Our cruising this summer included Vancouver, to the head of Indian Arm, Howe Sound, Garden Bay, Texada, Cortes Island, Campbell River, Naniamo, the Gulf Islands and home again to Seattle.  Nothing too exciting, but good crabbing, clamming, oyster-ing along  the way.

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From Ken Watters …

“OMG! So now what do I do??” Aboard our Grand Banks 42, 4th of July, at Ocean Falls, BC.

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From Roy Brooks …

North bound in Colvos Passage on a beautiful northwest morning, Triumph, our Grand Banks 42 was joined for several minutes by these guys that just wanted to play. I might add they are much faster than our Grand Banks as they made repeated large circles crossing in front as close as they could without being hit. It was a great way to start our trip for that weekend.

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From Leslie Simmons …

KIAWAH, (52EU-004) at Eshamy Bay in Prince William Sound, Alaska. June 4, 2014.

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From Kim Lewis …

Archimedes, our Grand Banks 42, on a mooring buoy at Blake Island. It was a fantastic sunset and the perfect end to a wonderful day!

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Check out our photo gallery for more photos from our member’s travels and past rendezvous.

Submit your photos to our site. It’s easy. Just send the photos and adventures to stories@psgbowners.org. We will do the rest. Visit the submission guidelines page for the details.