Grand Banks Rendezvous Registration Now Open

Registration for the 2017 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous is NOW OPEN!

Register online: https://psgboa.wufoo.com/forms/2017-psgboa-rendezvous-registration/

Join Us – Registration is Now Open!
2017 Grand Banks Rendezvous: An Endless Summer
May 10th-14th at Roche Harbor Resort and Marina

Calling ALL Grand Banks Owners!

It may still be winter but it’s time to start thinking about boating and creating your “Endless Summer” memories! What better way to start the boating season than with old and new friends?  I hope you will join us in celebrating our 2017 PSGBOA Rendezvous at our favorite spot Roche Harbor, on San Juan Island.

Your PSGBOA Rendezvous Committee has been hard at work to bring you the “best of the best” that boating has to offer!  We will once again have great presenters and loads of fun scheduled for you to enjoy over our four day event. And don’t worry – there’s still plenty of down time to hang out on your boat and stroll the docks!

Our theme this year is celebrating an “Endless Summer.” What does that mean to you?  Anchoring in Desolation Sound? Watching the kids take the dinghy ashore for a bonfire?  Sitting on the deck of your boat and watching the sun set?  Pulling up a crab pot just filled with big, juicy males?   Whatever you think of when you think of a summer memory that you never want to end, we hope you will join the fun and express your love for an endless summer.  Decorate your boat, decorate your dinghy or reflect it in your summer time clothes… or just bring a great story to share with us!

Registration Details:
Early Bird Registration: $230 – includes up to two people (register and pay by March 20th)
Regular Registration: $250 – includes up two people
Extra Adult (Ages 18 and up): $105
Children Ages 6-17: $40
Children 5 and Under: Free
OPTIONAL: Chef Shaw Cooking Demo and Clam Chowder Lunch – $25 per ticket (Thursday)

Your Registration includes:   

2 Dinner Tickets for Saturday, May 13th
Wine Tasting Sponsored By Seaview Boatyard
Coffee and Donuts Friday and Saturday
Coffee Thursday
Boat Inspections by San Juan Island Power Squad
All seminars and presentations
Endless Summer Social Mixer on Thursday
And much more!

Online Registration Site: https://psgboa.wufoo.com/forms/2017-psgboa-rendezvous-registration/

Now is the time to talk to your boating partner and make your plans! Get the best rate by registering and paying by March 20th!

RENDEZVOUS EXTENSION:

If you are interested in extending your Rendezvous I would like to invite you to continue further north with me and my husband, Mike.  We would love to have you join us for a mini cruise leaving Roche Harbor Sunday the 14th. We’d head to Sidney, Vancouver Island for two nights and then continue onto Mill Bay two nights and then head over to Friday Harbor for two nights.  We’ll have a few Docktail Parties and organize a dinner or potluck depending on the size of the group.  Sign up during registration for further info!  Once I know how many boats plan on coming, I will let each of those interested know if they need to make slip reservations, etc.  There will be a captain’s meeting Saturday late afternoon before our final dinner in Roche Harbor.

Sincerely,
Patt Aiello
PSGBOA Rendezvous Chair

Questions? Please email us.

 

PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous Registration Coming Soon!

Stay tuned! We will soon be posting registration info for the upcoming 2017 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous! The event will take place Wednesday, May 10th to Sunday, May14th at beautiful Roche Harbor Resort and Marina on San Juan Island!

American Diesel Founder Bob Smith Passes Away

The Puget Sound Grand Banks Owners Association joins the maritime community in mourning the passing of Bob Smith, founder of American Diesel Corp, and a truly legendary figure in the maritime community.  From Brian Pemberton, President of PSGBOA:

“Sad news at the passing of Bob Smith. Bob was the engineer who designed and oversaw the production of the Ford Lehman engines. For many years they were the standard for most Grand Banks. For many years Bob was a regular speaker at the PSGBOA Rendezvous bringing engines to run at the show and use as teaching aids. Bob was the unofficial historian of Grand Banks and more than once gave presentations on the history of Grand Banks. We will miss Bob.”

Bob Smith joined PSGBOA at many Grand Banks Rendezvous here in the Pacific Northwest over the years. Rendezvous attendees greatly enjoyed his incredible knowledge base and willingness to listen and answer questions.  We will miss Bob!

Save the Date for the 2017 PSGBOA Rendezvous

Save the date! The PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous is May 10th-14th at Roche Harbor Resort on San Juan Island. Join a bevy of Grand Banks owners at the biggest GB gathering in the U.S.!

The theme for this year’s Rendezvous is “Endless Summer” – it’s time to celebrate all of the wonderful things we love about Summer in the Northwest (especially boating!).

We hope you will join us at this year’s Rendezvous – from seminars, to hands-on activities, to social events with delicious food and drinks… there’s plenty to do at a PSGBOA Rendezvous! Of course the best part is catching up with old friends and making new ones – and checking out all the cool things people have done with THEIR Grand Banks!

Stay tuned for more information on the Rendezvous; we expect to have Registration up and running in mid-February. If you did not receive an email “save the date” in mid-December, please contact us to make sure you are on the Member registration list!

The ORIGINAL Endless Summer – we may not have a lot of surfing but we love our Summers in the Northwest!

Now Available – Grand Banks Logo Gear

Good news for those GB owners looking for Grand Banks-branded apparel and hats! PSGBOA Member J.J. Jones has worked with Bergen and Company to help put together a selection of GB-branded items. Getting an ‘official’ ship store in place is still in progress, but you can contact Bobbi at Bergen and Company and she will help you with currently available selections. Bobbi can be reached by phone at (360) 676-7503 or via email at bobbi@bergenandco.com

We’ll let you know when something formal is in place, but in the interim, give Bergen and Company a call to get your properly outfitted with your Grand Banks logo’d apparel needs!

2016 Rendezvous Recap

mv Archimedes Grand Banks rendezvous 2016 at Roche Harbor

We had a wonderful time at the 2016 PSGBOA “Grand Banks Round Up!” – aka the PSGBOA Rendezvous! This year we brought a touch of Western flair to the Rendezvous. Everyone got into the spirit – from cowboy hats and boots, to line dancing, it was a hootin’ and hollerin’ good time!

Most of the boats arrived on Wednesday and the party got started on Thursday. Morning donuts and a popular slate of seminars with Mark Bunzel got things started. Later in the day the US Coast Guard was kind enough to bring their 45′ patrol boat by for a Q&A session and boat tour. Then it was off on a dinghy ride to Westcott Bay Shellfish Co., where we snacked on delicious oysters! By evening it was time to take it up a notch with a country and western DJ and line dancing lesson. There was plenty of boot scootin’ to be had!

Friday started with another delicious batch of Roche Harbor’s famous Lime Kiln donuts and fresh brewed coffee. Our first seminar of the day was “Onboard Yoga” taught by PSGBOA’s very own Patt Aiello (who is also next year’s Rendezvous Chair!). After we were stretched and limber, the group enjoyed seminars from Bill Davis on “damage control” and Rick Laws, who shared his harrowing story of surviving a shipwreck in the Bering Sea. Friday afternoon our group said a hearty “Thank You” to PSGBOA’s sponsors during our annual Sponsor Appreciation Event! We can’t do it without our wonderful sponsors! The evening wrapped up with fantastic wine tasting hosted by Wells Fargo Insurance and our annual potluck.

Saturday was our final day of fun, with a last slate of seminars that included a presentation from Grand Banks Yachts, a fun historical overview of Smuggling in the San Juans (courtesy of PSGBOA member Greg Hertl), onboard provisioning tips from Lynette Brower and an excellent photography seminar from National Geographic photographer Phil Schofield (who is also a PSGBOA member!). The afternoon was topped off with the ALWAYS popular dog show where our canine friends showed off their best tricks! Everyone went home a winner! The grand event of the day was our annual Dinner on the Lawn, with fantastic food from Roche Harbor’s Executive Chef Bill Shaw. We all enjoyed one last fun evening together before it was time to head home (or to points beyond) Sunday morning!

Thank you again to all of our sponsors and presenters, especially to our wonderful PSGBOA member presenters!

See you next year!
– Leslie Simmons
PSGBOA Secretary

PS: Stay tuned for an “introduction” post from next year’s Rendezvous Chair, Patt Aiello!

Check out images from the Rendezvous below, captured by Rusty Lewis of ARCHIMEDES:

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Thank you for another great PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous

Thank you for another wonderful Puget Sound Grand Banks Rendezvous! We had a blast! Stay tuned for photos and a recap of the event, and be sure to tell all your GB-owning friends (neighbors in your marina, people you see out cruising, etc…) about the Puget Sound Grand Banks Owners Association!

Prospective members can easily join PSGBOA via our website, just click “Join Us!” in the navigation bar! (Or click here!)