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2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous in Roche Harbor, WA.

2018 Grand Banks Rendezvous – One for the Ages!

This year’s Rendezvous went off without a hitch – glorious weather, 72 boats and almost 200 WONDERFUL Grand Banks owners, guests and sponsors attended this year’s “Back to the Island” Jimmy Buffett-themed event!

A steady stream of Grand Banks of all shapes and sizes arrived at Roche Harbor on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the main festivities kicking off on Thursday. We started the day bright and early, with some famous Lime Kiln donuts and coffee and an excellent series of seminars. Thursday was a packed day, with afternoon events including the Cooking Demo at McMillin’s Dining Room and a trip to Westcott Bay Shellfish Co. We finished off the evening with our ever-popular potluck and wine tasting, sponsored by NW Explorations. This year we also did a blind wine tasting, with attendees bringing colorfully decorated wine bottles to taste and vote on their favorites (there are quite a few artists in the group!).

Friday kicked off with a little bit of “BOGA” (boat yoga) and then our seminars resumed with Art Hebert’s presentation “Creative Solutions for a Bad Day at Sea.” Attendees also enjoyed a presentation on GB windows and frames replacement from Seaview Boatyard – a common maintenance item on GBs! The afternoon concluded with a Cheeseburger in Paradise lunch, sponsored by Seaview Boatyard, and our Sponsor Appreciation event, where our owners visited with all of our GREAT sponsors (we can’t do it without them!). A scavenger hunt encouraged some additional participation! Thursday night wound up (definitely not down) with the opening of the “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere PSGBOA Bar” – where we served margaritas and tequila shots and danced the evening away to live tunes!

We still had plenty in store for our last day, Saturday. George Sass, Global Director of Marketing for our presenting sponsor, Grand Banks Yachts, joined us for a company update. S3 Maritime shared what’s new in marine electronics, and then it was off to the Friday Harbor Farmer’s Market for many of our guests (while some chose to just hang out on their boats – after all, it was a BEAUTIFUL day!).  On Saturday afternoon, the group welcomed Steve Scalzo, former President of Foss Maritime, who shared insights into the tugs of Puget Sound.

Saturday also presented the opportunity for PSGBOA to present a special award to Brian Pemberton, former President of PSGBOA, former Rendezvous Chair and a PILLAR of the Grand Banks community here in the Pacific Northwest.  As he moves on from PSGBOA, our entire organization will miss him dearly.

Our Saturday night dinner was held at the Pavilion this year, with guests enjoying the amazing sunny courtyard and indoor-outdoor ambiance of Roche Harbor’s fabulous grounds. An Italian “festa spiaggaia” greeted us and it was delicious, as usual! We got through our business of electing the new Board, handed out a few prizes, and had a fantastic time! A sweet send-off for all!

Check out photos of the event on Facebook!

2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous in Roche Harbor, WA.

2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous in Roche Harbor, WA.

Rendezvous Registration Closed

Our 2018 Grand Banks Rendezvous Registration is now closed. At this point, we can only take registrations if we have cancellations. To inquire about space, please email rendezvous at psgbowners dot org.   Or click here to email!

2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous - Register Now!

Register Now for the 2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous!

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous!

REGISTRATION CLOSES on APRIL 25th!

*** Register online: https://psgboa.wufoo.com/forms/2018-psgboa-grand-banks-rendezvous/ ***

We’re headed BACK TO THE ISLAND for a Jimmy Buffet-esque celebration of spring! Join us at the 2018 Grand Banks Rendezvous, May 9-13 at Roche Harbor Resort and Marina.

Boy, do we have a great Rendezvous planned for you this year! We are busy preparing to welcome you “Back to the Island” (Jimmy Buffet-style!). Break out all your “ParrotHead” gear, Key West style island clothing and join us at the 2018 Grand Banks Rendezvous! You’ll enjoy great friends, great food and fun! We will be ready and waiting on the docks to greet you whether you are a First Timer or a Rendezvous Regular!

Registration:
Registration fees are $250 per boat with up to two people onboard (additional fees apply for extra people and kids – see the Registration form for details). Look at all of what the Captain and First Mate get, as part of that reasonable registration fee!

  • 8 to 10 educational speakers over three days, discussing various topics on boating, safety, history, maintenance, and much more!
  • Sponsor Appreciation Event & “Cheeseburger in Paradise” lunch on Friday
  • Coffee and donuts delivered to the dock tents on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (yum!)
  • Welcome Drink on Wed. Evening
  • Wine Tasting and Appetizer Party on Thurs. Evening
  • Tequila Tasting Party/Dance at “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” PSGBOA Bar On the Docks including LIVE MUSIC from The Chameleons!
  • Boat Inspections
  • Bus to Friday Harbor Farmers Market/ Shopping
  • Goodie Bag and Swag
  • Saturday Night Dinner in the Pavilion with apps, dinner, dessert and drinks!
  • …and more!

So what are you waiting for??? Sign up today! Just fill out our online registration and then pay via check or credit card / PayPal.

REGISTER TODAY FOR THE BEST RATES!
CLICK HERE FOR OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM!

After you register, you’ll receive a copy of your registration form, as well as additional details regarding payment.

You Rendezvous Committee can’t wait to make new friends and say hello to old friends!

Your Margaritaville Mama,
Patt Aiello
PSGBOA President
2018 Rendezvous Chairman

2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous

2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous

Back to the Island: 2018 PSGBOA Rendezvous

2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous

2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous

SAVE THE DATE!!!

Registration will open in Late February, 2018

Mark your calendars!  Tune up your ukulele!  Set your Jimmy Buffett playlist to “repeat”! We’re proud to present to you the 2018 Grand Banks Rendezvous:

“Back to the Island”
2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous
May 9th-13th
Roche Harbor Resort and Marina on San Juan Island

We can’t wait to see old friends and new, as we celebrate boating in the Pacific Northwest (with a bit of a tropical vibe this year). So mark your calendars and keep an eye out for future communications and registration announcements. Registration typically opens up in late February, with special Early Bird rates!

Rendezvous Highlights:
– Educational and fun seminars from a variety of experts!
– Delicious food and drinks!
– Camaraderie with fellow Grand Banks owners (who are all full of ideas for all of those projects you have in mind!)
– Activities at Roche Harbor and around the island

We hope to see you at the 2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous! Registration will open in Late February, 2018 – Stay Tuned!

Save the Date for the PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous!

We’re just beginning our planning phase for the PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous, but we want to make sure you get the event dates on your calendar! The 2018 PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous will be May 9th – May 13th at Roche Harbor Resort and Marina on San Juan Island.

Stay tuned for more announcements, including the theme of this year’s Rendezvous, registration dates and more! We look forward to again hosting the biggest Grand Banks rendezvous in the world!

PSGBOA MEMBERS: Update Your Contact Info

Every few years we like to reach out and have our members update their contact info so we know that we are getting our messages out to the right people! People move, emails change, boats change hands… it’s really helpful for us to keep our database up to date so you don’t miss out on any PSGBOA news!

This is also a good time for members to let us know if they have sold their boat, and are ready to be removed from our mailing list.

If you are a CURRENT member of PSGBOA, please fill out our online ‘survey’ here to update your contact information.  This is also the correct form for you to remove yourself from our mailing list, should you no longer wish to be part of the Puget Sound Grand Banks Owners Association.

If you are not yet a member of PSGBOA, please go to the Join Us page and submit your info!

Thank you!

Grand Banks Cruising Club of BC – September Rendezvous

The Grand Banks Cruising Club of British Columbia – our friendly neighbors to the north! – are hosting their Fall 2017 Rendezvous at Telegraph Harbour, September 8th and 9th. If you are interested in joining them please take a look at the invitation flyer by clicking the following link Grand Banks Cruising Club Fall 2017 – contact details for registering are within the flyer.

We hope everyone is having a great summer cruising!