We’ll be highlighting some of the events at this year’s Rendezvous here on the PSGBOA website! First up, the Stem to Stern Bilge Sale, on Friday May 10th from 2pm-4pm. Sellers can display their items available for selling, swapping or giving away. Have large items you don’t want to bring? Take a photo and display it with your contact info! This is a great opportunity to unload some of the “boat stuff” that is clogging up YOUR lazarette, garage, etc 🙂 And maybe pick up something ‘new’!
Join us at the 2019 Grand Banks Rendezvous in Roche Harbor!
Registration is now OFFICIALLY open – Click Here to Register!
It’s time to escape the everyday grind and find your rhythm somewhere special! A Groovy Grand Banks Rendezvous is all about having fun in a relaxed atmosphere. Think wine tasting, dancing on the docks, amazing food, and great friends! Don flowers, beads, and break out those retro clothes – bell bottoms, miniskirts, leisure suits and Birkenstocks – to let loose, dance and get your groove on as we celebrate the 1960s at Roche Harbor Resort and Marina from May 8th-12th.
Registration fees are $250 per boat ($230 for early bird rates!) with up to two people onboard (additional fees apply for extra people and kids – see the registration form for details.) We’ve got a terrific program lined up with something for just about everyone!
- 10 seminars over three days, discussing various topics on weather, life safety, navigation, provisioning, customs, boat systems, and much, much more!
- Docktails on Wednesday evening to welcome new members and gather our GB community together
- Vessel and fire extinguisher inspections
- Morning coffee and donuts
- Games and kids events
- Wine tasting
- A sponsor faire and boat visits by sponsors
- A stem to stern bilge sale (more to come on this!)
- “Get Your Groove On” at a 1960s theme night potluck and dance
- Tour of the Lime Kiln Lighthouse – best whale watching spot in the Puget Sound!
- Saturday night Grand Dinner in the Pavilion with appetizers, dinner, dessert and drinks!
- And more!
Additional Activities (not included in Registration Fee):
This year, four Women on Water (WOW) sessions are being offered. Women learn to pilot a vessel in a stress-free environment under the tutelage of an experienced captain. WOW training registrations are pre-paid ($20) and assigned, and WOW fees are non-refundable. All fees collected are donated to the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor.
“Entertaining from Your Galley” is the theme of Chef Shaw’s four-course Cooking Demo and Wine Pairing, presented by Roche Harbor’s Executive Chef Bill Shaw. Tickets are limited to 75 individuals, and are pre-sold at $55.00/ticket.
CLICK HERE FOR OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM
Register today for the best rates! To sign up, just fill out the on-line registration form and pay via check or credit card/PayPal. You’ll receive a copy of your registration form, as well as additional details regarding payment. Please contact us if you do NOT receive an automatic confirmation email (and check your junk/spam filter first).
REGISTRATION CLOSES ON APRIL 22ND!
May 8-12th at Roche Harbor Resort and Marina on San Juan Island
Join the PSGBOA for the annual Grand Banks rendezvous, May 8-12 at Roche Harbor Resort and Marina! This year’s theme is “A Groovy Grand Banks Rendezvous” – as we celebrate the 1960s (so grab your bell bottoms and start working on that shag hairstyle)!
We have a wonderful slate of seminars, social events and activities planned. Here’s a sneak peek:
- Fantastic seminars, including weather, life sling usage, celestial navigation, Grand Banks history, “Confessions of a Galley Girl” and MUCH more!
- Vessel inspections and fire extinguisher inspections
- Wine, Cheese & Charcuterie night
- Groovy 1960s Theme night with a DJ and games
- Round-table break out groups
- Sponsor fair with a chance to meet one on one with our Sponsors
- Women on the Water courses
- Grand Dinner
- Much more!
Registration will open in early February! Keep an eye on your inbox, our Facebook page, and of course, the PSGBOA website!
Past President of PSGBOA, Brian Pemberton, is retiring from NW Explorations after 14 years of ownership. Brian is a foundational member of the Puget Sound Grand Banks Owners Association and provided his services as both President and Rendezvous Chair over the years. We thank Brian for his years of invaluable service to the organization and the Grand Banks cruising community at large!
From NW Explorations:
Yachting legend retires from the Pacific Northwest Cruising scene
Brian Pemberton, founder of NW Explorations and 74 year-old legend in the yachting community, is retiring.
Pemberton’s iconic status comes from many things: 50 years of maritime experience with an accident free record, pushing boundaries including voyaging along the outer rim of Vancouver Island, exploring further north than Dutch Harbor, and never missing a guest pick up. It is this kind of infallible reputation that has helped continued to propel NW Explorations’ reputation forward. And, perhaps one of his most famous initiatives was creating a way for boaters of all ages and abilities to explore the Pacific Northwest by flotilla.
Pemberton purchased the company (then called Grand Yachts Northwest) in 2004 and created the concept of offering charters to sail as a flotilla in “Mother Goose” style, to destinations like Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, and other coastal destinations. And although Pemberton passed the helm over to new owners Ross and Evelyn Tennant in October 2017, the company remains the Pacific Northwest’s only full-service, premier yachting company leading adventuresome mariners through relatively untouched BC and Alaska coastline.
Pemberton describes the experience of witnessing huge calving glaciers creating cannon-like blasts when the whole face fell off an iceberg in Prince William Sound. The waves caused the boat to rock. “We couldn’t believe we had just witnessed something so monumental it was the experience of a lifetime for all of us.”
Voyages undertaken by NW Explorations range from Ketchikan to the Gulf of Alaska, San Juan Islands, Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands, Victoria and Pemberton’s favorite trip: “Voyaging up along the outside of Vancouver Island. There are very few boats there and it’s more remote, more adventuresome and very welcoming when we pull into small marinas,” he says. “We’ve made friends over the years – marina owners, first nations villagers along the way, and it’s always good to reconnect. It’s all about the people.”
In NW Explorations’ early days, the lead boat, a 49-foot Grand Banks yacht called Deception, had less than 2,000 hours cruising time on it. Now there are 16,000 additional hours logged on the vessel. “My blood runs through that boat,” laughs Pemberton.
Over the years, under Pemberton’s passionate leadership, NW Explorations has grown by providing yacht brokerage, private charters, servicing and maintenance, as well as a variety of powerboat training courses, including women-only courses. An original team of six who started out with the company has expanded to 30 full-time employees and swells up to 50 for the busy summer months. Specializing in high-quality Grand Banks boats has honed the team’s talent and expertise in maintaining NW Explorations’ fleet to the highest standards.
Pemberton also explains how he has worked diligently to keep the company on course to its original 3-pillar philosophy: having respect for the individual (clients, employees, fellow mariners); maintaining the pursuit of excellence; and doing the right thing by obeying all laws and regulations. New owner, Tennant embodies those same characteristics and it’s why Pemberton agreed to sell the company.
Now, with the Tennant’s at the helm, Pemberton has more occasion and time to ride his Harley, hit the gym and live life as he always has: with his vision turned toward the horizon.
“I am a fan of the Great Wizard Gandolph,” says Pemberton. “He had a great piece of advice: ‘The only thing we have to do in life is decide what to do with the time we’re given.’ Those who choose to cruise with us – we have a special obligation to make their time worthwhile. I want them to say at the end of it: I chose well.”
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!
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 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,
2018 Rendezvous Chairman
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
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!
– 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!