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Save the Date: 2019 Grand Banks Rendezvous

PSGBOA Grand Banks owners, it’s time to mark your calendars and save the date for the 2019 Grand Banks Rendezvous!

This year’s event will be May 8-12 at Roche Harbor, Washington. We will have more details later in the Fall of 2018!

-Your PSGBOA Rendezvous Committee

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.

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

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!

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:
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)

“Endless Summer” Rendezvous Highlights:
Saturday Dinner and Drinks
Wine Tasting Sponsored By Seaview Boatyard
Welcome Gift
Coffee and Donuts Friday and Saturday Sponsored by Acuva
Boat Inspections by San Juan Island Power Squad
Seminars and presentations: Refitting a Grand Banks, Marine Electronics, Waggoner’s Favorite Places, Grand Banks History, Roche Harbor History AND MORE!
Endless Summer Social Mixer on Thursday (with prizes from Maui Jim!)
Meet with Sponsors and Enjoy a Hot Dog BBQ Lunch
Golf Chip Shot Contest
Sea Glass Jewelry Class
And much more!

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

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.

 

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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Registration Now Open!

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! 2016 Grand Banks Rendezvous

2016 PSBGOA Grand Banks Rendezvous Registration Now Open

We are very excited to announce that REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the “GB Round Up” – this year’s annual PSGBOA Rendezvous!

Register Here at our Wufoo Online Registration Form: PSGBOA Online Registration

Grab your cowboy boots (or boat shoes), your ten gallon hat (or Grand Banks cap) and saddle up your GB for this year’s Rendezvous! Early Bird Rates if you Sign Up and Pay by March 20th!

We have exciting seminars and hands-on demos, delicious food and beverages, and many social events where you can meet up with old friends as well as make new friends…Plus, enjoy FREE MOORAGE on Wednesday, if you depart Sunday (or later).

Event Highlights:

  • Four fun days of socializing with Grand Banks owners (think of all the tips and tricks you can learn!)
  • Fun and educational seminars, including:
    • Survival at Sea – Stories from the Bering Sea Crab Fisheries
    • Damage Control – Emergency Kits for Your Vessel
    • Onboard Communications Equipment
    • Boat Yoga
    • Cruising the Broughtons, with Mark Bunzel of Waggoner Guides- JUST ADDED!
    • What to do if the Captain Drops Dead, with Mark Bunzel of Waggoner Guides – JUST ADDED!
    • And more!
  • Saloon Social – Thursday
  • Wine Reception with complimentary wine tasting – Friday
  • Potluck Dinner – Friday
  • Chef’s Cooking Demo (optional activity)
  • Saturday Night Dinner and Drinks
  • Women on the Water hands on training
  • Dog show!

Register Here at our Wufoo Online Registration Form: PSGBOA Online Registration

We look forward to seeing you at the Rendezvous!