|(Yes, the Rendezvous too)|
|Dear PSGBOA Members:|
After much deliberation, the PSGBOA Board and Rendezvous Committee very reluctantly voted to cancel the 2020 PSGBOA Rendezvous at Roche Harbor. The Center for Disease Control has identified the potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 as “very high,” and has advised that person-to-person spread of this virus will continue to occur globally. Given the nature of PSGBOA seminars, social events, and outings where social distancing is difficult and many PSGBOA members appear to fall in the “high risk” group because of age, it appears contrary to medical and public health advice to hold the event. The number of registrations has declined significantly from previous years—we’ve received only 39 to date. Those boats will receive a complete refund of their registration fees. Our sponsors will be notified and refunds of sponsorship fees will be made.
Please be aware that Roche Harbor has agreed to hold our spot for the 2021 Rendezvous, so planning activities for this year’s event will be shelved and possibly used next year. We are saddened to convey this news, but believe the PSGBOA community is better served by this decision. Thank you for understanding.
PSGBOA President – 2020
M/V Pea Pod, 36 Classic, Hull #782
Registration is now open for our Signature Event! The Red Carpet awaits!
This year’s theme is “A Night at the Theater” where we will celebrate Grand Banks biggest night of the year and meet our favorite Grand Banks celebrities – you! Our PSGBOA members.
Dates: May 6-10, 2020
Location: Roche Harbor Resort and Marina, San Juan Island
Early Bird Registration: $250 – includes up to two people
(Regular Registration is April 1-22): $275)
Extra Adult (Ages 18 and up): $125
Children Ages 6-17: $30
Children Age 5 and Under: Free
OPTIONAL: San Juan Vineyard Tour: $30 per ticket (Thursday)
OPTIONAL: Women on the Water: $20 registration fee (Friday and Saturday – limited availability)
Moorage charges are additional and will be paid to Roche directly at the event. We invite people to begin arriving on Wednesday, May 6th (or earlier). Those who do and stay through Saturday night will receive FREE moorage for Wednesday night, courtesy of Roche Harbor! For those who are new to the Rendezvous, the majority of activities take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well as a few activities beginning Wednesday afternoon.
Starting this year, we will only accept payment by credit card via PayPal. There will be no additional fee for using a credit card this year and your payment will be collected as part of the registration process.
Spring is right around the corner and we are busy behind the scenes planning a fantastic rendezvous!
We’re a bit behind where we wanted to be but Early Bird Registration should be opening around February 28th. Stay tuned!
New this year! We’re adding a series of Roundtable Discussions to our Rendezvous this year, with a variety of topics. Currently we’re scheduled to have chats on: Mechanical Systems/Engine Room, Helm & New Technology, Galley & Salon and Deck. Join us for these informal conversations and see what sort of knowledge you can pick up (and impart!).
A big thank you to S3 Maritime for their sponsorship of this year’s Friday night festivities, “A Groovy Grand Banks Rendezvous: Celebrating the 1960s”! We will have a potluck, games and a DJ spinning all the best tunes from the 1960s!
We’re asking Rendezvous attendees to bring a dish to share, based on the first letter of your boat name: Dessert (A-C); Side Dish (D-M) and Main Dish (N-Z). Side and dessert, please bring enough to feed approx 10-12 people. Main Dish, please bring enough for about 8 people. If possible, include a printed list of key ingredients!
Have you participated in a rescue at sea with your Grand Banks, or do you know someone who has? This year at the PSGBOA Grand Banks Rendezvous, we are offering a Sea Stories award to a GB crew that has assisted in a rescue. Submit your nominations to rendezvous @ psgbowners dot org.
Puget Sound Grand Banks Owners Association is sad to share the news that Whit Newton, co-founder of American Marine, has passed away. The following was shared with us from Shing Kong:
“Whit Newton, together with his father Robert and brother John, founded American Marine in the late 1950s and introduced one of the most successful brand of boats, the Grand Banks, to the world. While this fact by itself is impressive, it really does not do justice in describing the impact Whit had on the boating industry and more importantly, the positive impact Whit made in the lives of many people.
As the co-founder of Armerican Marine, Whit also employed and mentored many people who later made a significant impact on the boating industry. In the attached picture where Whit was sitting in the middle, Joseph Kong on the left later started Kong & Halvorsen that built the Island Gypsy. Tony Fleming on the right was later the founder of Fleming Yachts. Therefore, not only every Grand Banks owner should thank Whit for the Grand Banks, every Island Gypsy and Fleming owner should also appreciate how their boats can trace their heritage back to Whit.
At the beginning of American Marine, John and Whit, together with their young families, shared a large 100-year old farmhouse in the village near the Hong Kong boat yard. John and his family lived in the back. Whit and his family lived in the front. The entire extended family lived under one roof, just how the Chinese lived back then. No wonder the Chinese workers loved them.
Whit genuinely cared about his workers. Here is a story not many people know. When American Marine went bankrupt and had to close down the Junk Bay boatyard and layoff all the workers in 1975, Whit, who was on the verge of being forced out of the company he co-founded and loved, used his personal money to help pay for the severance for all the workers. As a public owned corporation Whit had no obligation to those workers. But as a gentleman, he felt that those workers had been loyal to the company, it was the right thing to do. How many CEOs would do anything like this? No wonder there are still people in Hong Kong, who once worked for American Marine more than 40 years ago, still remember and talk about Whit fondly and kindly.
In recent years, Whit and his wife Marcia owned a 1974 Grand Banks 42 and loved to cruise the San Francisco Bay with his family and friends. I guess you can take the Netwons out of Grand Banks the company but you cannot take Grand Banks out of the Newtons. As Whit captained the boat he created with sea wind touching his face, only God know the joy Whit must feel when he shared the sea with his grand kids who were not born when he first left for the far east to start his epic adventure. For Whit, his wonderful life came to an peaceful end last month. For those whose lives have been touched by this wonderful man, his creation lives on, his legacy endures, and the memory of him will remain with us forever.”