|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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay safe and healthy!
We are in the planning phase for our 2020 Rendezvous! Dates will be May 6-10th and registration will be open in early February.
Amber & Michael Evola / 2020 Rendezvous Chairs
We’re so excited – the Grand Banks Rendezvous is right around the corner! If you are a registered participant, you should have received an email from Carol Taber, Rendezvous Chair, with a link to the event program and schedule.
If you have NOT received an email with a link to the program, please shoot us an email!
Our Rendezvous Registration is full, and closed for the 2019 event – if you were not able to join us this year, we hope you will be able to attend in 2020!
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.
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
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!
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