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Happy Memorial Day weekend

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2012 Rendezvous Wrap Up

The weather gods were smiling the weekend of May 10-13 as an enthusiastic group of Grand Banks owners gathered at beautiful Roche Harbor Marina and Resort for the 2012 PSGBOA Rendezvous. Looking ahead to a predicted week of sunshine, boats started arriving as early as Wednesday and by Thursday evening the guest docks were lined with Grand Banks from all over the Northwest. By Friday afternoon we had welcomed a total of 60 GBs, ranging from a 72 Aleutian to several 32 Sedans, and spanning the history of GB production from a 50 year-old Chantyman, to a brand-new 46 East Bay. We were also thrilled to welcome 8 “First-timers” to our ranks and hope that they enjoyed their experience and will be back next year along with everyone else. As always, it was a beautiful sight to look across the water from the lawn and see our gorgeous boats all lined up along the docks.

After an initial afternoon of relaxing and meeting old friends, the activities officially got off to a start on Friday morning with coffee and Lime Kiln Café donuts and the first in our series of terrific seminars. Speakers educated us on marine batteries and charging systems, the latest in border-crossing regulations and the best techniques for trapping crabs and prawns. This year we experimented with a new venue for the talks down on the docks, taking advantage of Roche Harbor’s additional “Party Barge”. This turned out to be quite successful and we will quite probably move all of the talks down to the barges next year.

Back by popular demand and thanks to the sponsorship of NW Explorations, the first of four Women-on-the-Water training classes also kicked off Friday morning. The 4 2-hour sessions for 4 women students each were filled quickly during pre-registration and proved to be a good incentive to register early. Despite the unexpected departure of our primary trainer due to a family emergency, the classes continued and were well-received as always. We are exploring ways to offer a range of training boats next year to try and satisfy the needs of those with both single and twin-engine vessels.

Friday afternoon was dedicated to the fantastic group of sponsors whose support is vital to making our annual event possible, and the sponsor booths gave everyone a chance to talk with these folks one-on-one. Their logos and links are posted at the bottom of our home page and we encourage you to look them up and support them in return when you need their products and services. This year we kicked off the sponsor time with a “New York Street Dog” lunch on the party barge, hosted by Garmin, and this too seemed to be a big success. The afternoon was also a time to walk the docks and visit with owners who opened their boats during “Open House” time, as well as a chance to browse the Grand Banks Store and check out the merchandize in person, and to scan the DVD Exchange which we hope to continue next year.

A beautiful Friday was capped off with the now-traditional Appetizer Pot-luck and Wine Tasting, hosted once again by our good friends at Wells Fargo Insurance. In keeping with this year’s “Mediterranean” theme, the featured wines were from Italy and everyone enjoyed sampling the marvelous selection chosen by Greg Richmond. The food was delicious, as usual, but was consumed so quickly that we have decided we need to find a way to increase the amounts next year.

Saturday morning dawned even more gorgeous than the day before and once again began with coffee and Lime Kiln Café donuts on the dock. The morning talks presented by Grand Banks and Bob Smith of American Marine gave us a good dose of GB past and future, while concurrent talks by two diesel mechanics from Bellingham made sure everyone had a chance to ask specific questions about their own on-board power plants. The lunch hour outdoor cooking demonstration presented by Roche Harbor Executive Chef Bill Shaw was another instant hit as he wowed us by preparing traditional Spanish paella cooked over the fire pit at the “Shipwreck Beach” venue on the Resort’s shoreline. All attendees received a generous sampling, preceded by wine and Spanish bruschetta. It was delicious!

Three more seminars on Saturday afternoon were kicked off by a hilarious send-up of on-board “nightmares” presented by our own team of “Carnac the Magnificent” (Jeff Bland) and his straight-man Brian Pemberton. This hour begs to be repeated next year with all-new material. The final two talks covered the always-popular topic of marine weather as well as a quick overview on the advantages of using Ham radios while cruising. We thank all of our speakers for taking the time to both entertain and educate us.

Although we had fewer children in attendance than in past years, those who did come were treated to an afternoon of crafts and fun lead by a “Grannie Julie” of Roche Harbor, as well as a special movie treat on Friday evening which was capped off by a birds’ eye view of the Roche Harbor Colors Ceremony. Saturday afternoon the kids were also an integral part of our annual Dog Show, which featured our four-legged crew in all their glory; everyone had a good time and all the dogs went home as winners.

Finally, Saturday evening brought a close to a marvelous weekend with our annual banquet hosted by Grand Banks and Cummins. Chef Shaw and his crew outdid themselves again with a fantastic “Little Italy” menu featuring a variety of Italian pasta dishes, chicken picatta and pork marsala, accompanied by sangria and capped off with creamy tiramisu. In celebration of Mother’s Day, all of the ladies were treated to long-stem roses to take home as part of the centerpieces. Unexpected donations from some of our sponsors initiated a last-minute door prize give-away and have inspired us to look into reinstating a raffle of some sort next year.

At the obligatory Member’s meeting before dessert, we elected by a show of hands next year’s officers and most importantly the 2013 Rendezvous Chairs, Bill and Brenda Davis. You can find a list of the 2012-13 Board of Directors on our website.  We also took the opportunity to thank out-going President Greg Richmond and gave long-deserved special recognition to Bob Smith who helped develop the Ford Lehman engines and is a long-time friend of GB and GB owners.

Thanks to all of you who worked so hard to make this event a success and to those who joined us at Roche Harbor. It was wonderful to see so many old friends and to welcome new ones. Those of you who couldn’t make it missed a great party! Keep checking this website for updates and timing for the 2013 PSGBOA Rendezvous. We look forward to seeing everyone next year.

 Happy cruising!  Sue and Byron Richards, 2012 Rendezvous Chairs

Roche Harbor, Roche Harbor

Below is a blog posting from one of our 2012 Grand Banks Rendezvous attendees, Kim Mayer.

Roche Harbor, Roche Harbor

It had to have been a dark day in January when a “Save the Date” card arrived for the Grand Banks Rendezvous, May 10-13, at Roche Harbor Marina on San Juan Island in the Puget Sound. I’m sure I looked at the photograph like I was looking at another life, long ago and far away. Nevertheless I posted the card on the kitchen wall, and last week we packed up, grabbed a good friend and our dog and headed out.

First I should explain that my husband has had two expressions of mid-life crisis that I know of, one is a silver Boxster Porsche, and the other, a 36’ Grand Banks trawler. One is speedy and the other, slow. Boating has so capsized our world, we are beginning to dream of living on the boat in all the summer months of our retirement. Cares are left on land and water becomes an elixir. But that’s another story. The one I want to tell now is of the annual Grand Banks Rendezvous, which is fast becoming more fun than college reunions. More fun than anything.

People from all over–Aspen, Philadelphia, and somewhere in Texas, as well as some of our own neighbors in Seattle— keep their boats in the Puget Sound. Grand Banks owners tend to be former sailors who have moved onto something that is a little less work. This sets everyone apart from other stinkpot owners, or so we like to think. Grand Banks slip in and out as quietly as kayaks. And while many other boats are designed to be condos at sea, there is something so outdoorsy and friendly about the Grand Banks. Like a row of front porches tied up to the dock.

That’s the nostalgic quality of both the boat and Roche Harbor, which has to be one of my favorite spots on planet earth. For me Roche Harbor is reminiscent of The Bandbox, a big music hall on a small lake in my childhood in Connecticut. For my husband, it’s the Catalina Casino building, where he summered. Everyone has someplace. It’s sunny, people look healthy, and I think it’s the light. Have I mentioned the whole subculture of children and dogs? Papa may be in an engine class, mama busy mastering navigation, but children are endlessly entertained with a simple fishing pole or just a bucket and a net. In all my times out there, I have yet to hear a baby cry, a child whine, or an adult have a cross word. Everyone is away from cell phones, ipads and computers, and our dogs get a taste of life off-leash.

All my bright colored clothes come out here, I stow them on the boat, all the reds, whites and blues–saving the khakis, blacks, browns, and grays for Seattle. But that down pouring of light, nostalgia, and particular patriotism—with a call to colors at every sunset, saluting the British, Canadian, and American flags and proudly playing all anthems. Here it feels almost like international waters, and it’s rather fun for an old counter-culture girl like me.


You can read more of Kim’s blog at http://alittleelbowroom.wordpress.com



2012 Grandbanks Rendezvous Message

Season’s Greetings! from the Puget Sound Grand Banks Owners Association

We hope you are all enjoying a joyful winter holiday season, savoring memories of last year’s boating adventures while looking forward to another wonderful cruising season in 2012. In that spirit, the PSGBOA Board of Directors has already begun the planning process for our annual Rendezvous to be held May 10-13, 2012, once again at beautiful Roche Harbor Resort on San Juan Island.

This annual kick-off to the cruising season is a wonderful chance to catch up with old friends and meet new ones, while sharing experiences and expanding our boating knowledge. The weekend will offer a variety of workshops covering topics such as marine weather, using radar, marine engine maintenance, marine electronics, cruising Northwest waters, onboard cooking, and more. Do you have special expertise that you would like to share with the group, or an idea for a speaker? Please do let us know. We love to have members lead sessions when possible! Additional activities will include the annual Coast Guard Auxiliary courtesy boat inspections, sponsor booths, an opportunity to tour participating boats during “Open House”, as well as a return of the ever-popular “Women-on-the-Water” boat-handling training. Check back on our website for updates to our schedule of events and happenings as we get planning the 2012 Rendezvous.

You can also look forward to lots of fun activities and chances to relax with your friends. With many members arriving on Thursday, we are hoping to schedule a few “icebreaker” events for that afternoon/evening this year.  On Friday night, join us on the party barge for the always-popular appetizer potluck and wine tasting. Speaking of food, we are all eager to see what Chef Shaw has in store for our big Saturday night catered dinner, and can’t wait for him to “wow” us with another cooking demo (hopefully outside, weather-permitting!). Since we will be gathering this year on Mother’s Day weekend, we plan to have some special treats for all the moms as well as more fun activities for the kids. As always, the success of this event depends on the efforts of our volunteers, so please let us know if you are interested in helping out on-site or in organizing one of the many activities.  It’s a great way to meet other members!

So, please mark your 2012 calendars to join all of your Grand Banks friends in Roche Harbor this coming May 10-13. If you’ve never attended a Rendezvous, we urge you to find out this year what you’ve been missing! More details will follow after the first of the year, and we will be posting updates on our web site. We also plan to send out an “e-vite” sometime next month in order to get an initial idea of how many members might be planning to attend. Please look for a message from PSGBOA in your email inbox, and help us out by responding as best you can at that early date.

In the meantime, on behalf of everyone on the PSGBOA Board, have a wonderful Holiday and a very Happy New Year!

Sue and Byron Richards, M/V Eagle’s Gig, 2012 PSGBOA Rendezvous Chairs

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