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Important Announcement about the 2021 Grand Banks Rendezvous!

Our big event is just three weeks away and we are looking forward to seeing you all at Roche Harbor.  We would have never expected that we would still be dealing with the effects of the pandemic. However, the reality is we still need to be careful, responsible and provide safe activities for all of our attendees. To that end we have made a change to the program that will allow us to meet more safely, comply with all the state mandated safety protocols, and still make this a memorable Grand Banks event.

The only change is that we are canceling our catered dinner in the big tent on the lawn on Friday. We do this reluctantly, but we felt, and Roche Harbor concurs, that this might not be the best time to serve a buffet dinner to 200 people in a confined space.  This is the only event we had to cancel and an appropriate refund will be provided to all already registered attendees.

We are still excited about all the seminars and discussions we have planned. Our Women on the Water training will happen as planned.  Our trip to the winery is an event not to be missed.  Our nightly receptions will go on as planned and even our Saturday entertainment will still take place as planned, only it will happen on the docks.

Our pot luck reception will be on Thursday and we ask that everyone bring heavy appetizers, enough to feed 10-15 people. As an added bonus, Roche Harbor has offered free moorage on both Wednesday and Thursday for our attendees.

I am sure you all understand why we took this action but we are confident that this year’s event will be memorable without a catered dinner.

f you have not yet registered, please join us! You can register here:
https://psgboa.wufoo.com/forms/2021-grand-banks-rendezvous-registration/

See you soon at Roche!

Registration is now open for the 2021 Grand Banks Rendezvous!!!

The Puget Sound Grand Banks Owners Association is proud to announce registration is open for our annual Rendezvous to be held at the Roche Harbor Resort 15 thru 19 September 2021.

Our rendezvous committee has been working feverishly to ensure that our 2021 rendezvous will feature new fun activities, and will be the largest collection of Grand Banks boats in our history.  Our no host Shakedown Cruise in May was a tremendous success with over 70 boats attending, so we are planning to use every slip that Roche Harbor has made available to us for the rendezvous.  So please register early to take advantage of the early bird rate, and we cannot wait to see all those beautiful boats all lined up in one place.

Click the link below to fill out the registration form. Payment (via credit card) will be due when you register.
https://psgboa.wufoo.com/forms/2021-grand-banks-rendezvous-registration/

See you in September!

The Official 2021 PSGBOA Rendezvous is on!

The Official 2021 PSGBOA Rendezvous is on for Sept. 15 – 19

Where: Roche Harbor Resort

It will be a blast!  There will be speakers, and BBQ’s, Entertainment, and A THEME!   Yes, we are back and ready to Rendezvous with all of you.

Details for when and how to register will be sent out very soon. Your Committee, headed by J.J.Jones, is busy inviting speakers on subjects you might find interesting plus deciding on music and food venues for you to relax and enjoy on the docks in beautiful Roche Harbor.

So here’s what you need to do until our next email blast:

  1. Set the date on your calendar for Sept. 15 -19
  2. Be thinking about this years THEME.

🎶🎵🎶“OH CANADA! “🎶🎵🎶
Since we can’t go to Canada let’s bring it to us,eh?
Dress like a Canadian,eh?
Decorate your boat like a Canadian,eh?
Bear spray,eh?
Use your imagination  eh?
There will be prizes for sure, eh?

Typically we open registration 2 months in advance.  So, stay tuned and if you have something to offer in the way of being a presenter, or wanting to be a part of our Committee, or wanting to be one of our wonderful sponsors for the event, please contact J.J. Jones at jjjones@jjjonesjr.com and he will direct you to the committee member in charge.

Now put your thinking caps on, eh?

2021 Shakedown Cruise Update

The first ever Grand Banks Shakedown Cruise Is Just Three Weeks Away!!!

If you have not registered, please do so by April 23rd.  On the 24th we will send the list of attendees to Roche Harbor to enable slip assignments.  That will act as your reservation, but remember to check in at arrival on the VHF radio and tell them you are attending the Grand Banks Event.  Roche Harbor staff will be making rounds on the dock to collect moorage fees.

We have had a great response to this event and are expecting 80 plus boats for a No Host event.  We cannot wait to see everyone after the 2-year hiatus.  The good news is that Roche Harbor has agreed to put out the barges, tents (without sides), and the BBQ grills so we can have a place to gather yet maintain our social distancing.  Hopefully by the September Rendezvous we will be able to gather without restrictions.  Please also remember there are no planned seminars (you’ll have to wait until September!).

We are planning a unique game that will require you actually put your tender in the water so be prepared.  There will be Vessel Safety checks available for those who would like to get one and it looks like all the resort facilities will be open with the exception of the Madrona Grill and pool.

Don’t forget to sign up by the 23rd.  Be safe and we’ll see you soon.

Any questions, please contact J.J.Jones at jjjones@jjjonesjr.com

https://psgboa.wufoo.com/forms/2021-shakedown-cruise-registration/

2021 Shakedown Cruise Registration

It’s Here! The first Grand Banks Shakedown Cruise to Roche Harbor!

We have had an overwhelming response to our survey and are excited to announce that we expect over 60 boats at our first ever GB Shakedown Cruise, and it looks like we may exceed 100 boats for the GB Rendezvous in September. Please spread the word to all your GB friends that this year’s PSGBOA events are not to be missed!!

Now it’s time for you to register for the Shakedown Cruise:

May 5-9, 2021

A No Host Event with Socially Responsible activities and a great way to reconnect with friends.

Lots of Surprises!

One free night of moorage provided by Roche for attendees who arrive by Wednesday and stay through Saturday night.

Slip assignments will be done by Roche Harbor when you check in with them via VHF radio upon arrival. PSGBOA will provide them with a list of boats who have registered for the event so they will be expecting you. Moorage fee’s will be paid to Roche directly at the time of the event.

Registration will close for this event 23 April 2021

Click here to fill out the Registration Form:

https://psgboa.wufoo.com/forms/2021-shakedown-cruise-registration/

2021 Attendance Survey

Attention all Grand Banks Owners:

As we announced in December the Puget Sound Grand Banks Owners Association is planning not one, but two events for the upcoming season!

Our first ever Grand Banks Shake Down cruise is scheduled for 5-9 May 2021 and our annual Rendezvous 15-19 September 2021.

We are hoping that by September we can have the largest rendezvous we have ever had and the new Shake Down event will be a great way to start the boating season and see our friends after a two-year hiatus.

The Shake Down event is expected to be a no host event with no charges other than moorage. Roche Harbor has agreed to offer Wednesday the 5th as a free day for those spending the weekend.

The September Rendezvous planning is well underway with a few new wrinkles and promises to be an event you will not want to miss.

In order to plan these events, we would like an estimate of the number of boats we can expect for each event, so if you could please respond to this survey, it would be greatly appreciated.

https://psgboa.wufoo.com/forms/2021-attendance-survey/

2021 Update

Season’s Greetings from PSGBOA and a Big Announcement!!

I hope this Holiday Season finds you healthy and anxious to get 2020 behind us.  PSGBOA has been busy planning events to allow us to gather again.  Traditionally, the annual Rendezvous has been held Mothers’ Day weekend in Roche Harbor.  In 2020 we, along with 51 other groups, had to cancel our Roche Harbor events.  In 2021 if we committed to holding our regular rendezvous in May, it’s unlikely we could hold educational seminars and group social events.   Instead, Roche has offered to host our group from 15 September thru 19 September when COVID-19 restrictions are (hopefully) lessened and we can plan the party we want.  So, the 2021 PSGBOA Annual Rendezvous will be held in Roche from the 15th of September thru the 19th of September.

But wait, there is more!   In 2021 we will be hosting the first PSGBOA Shakedown Cruise in Roche Harbor over Mother’s Day weekend, May 5 thru 9.  We suspect we’ll be unable to hold organized group events, but we can certainly bring our boats together, socialize responsibly, and reconnect after a two-year hiatus.

More information about these events will be available on the PSGBOA website and Facebook pages in the coming months, but we wanted to get the word out early so you can plan your boating season.  2021 Rendezvous Chairs J.J. and Kathy Jones as well as the Rendezvous Committee have been actively meeting to develop programs and outings that will make the 2021 boating year worth remembering.

Also, there are many new GB owners who may not be on our mailing list.   If there is a GB boat owner in your marina that has not been to the Rendezvous, please reach out and invite them. They can join by simply filling out the form on our website.  And remember, we are always soliciting volunteers to help with planning!

Feel free to contact J.J.Jones with any questions  jjjones@jjjonesjr.com

Stay safe and healthy!

Carol Taber
PSGBOA President