Puget Sound Grand Banks Owners’ Association Members
As the weather starts to turn toward spring (let’s be optimistic here) it is time to start thinking about this year’s Puget Sound Grand Banks Owners Association Rendezvous. The Rendezvous is again scheduled in Roche Harbor, May 14 – 17 with the promise of lots of fun and the same fabulous weather that we had last year. Be sure to mark your calendars and start making plans.
We are changing the Rendezvous this year to be a more socially oriented rendezvous, focused on the membership and boats rather than speakers and expensive meals. We hope that this will be less of a financial burden for both our members and our loyal sponsors while keeping the opportunity to have fun with new friends and old around our shared interest in cruising on Grand Banks Yachts. Specific changes being proposed are summarized below:
Socially Focused Rendezvous: This will involve leaving a lot more time for socializing on the boats with some semi-organized activities such as open houses – possibly splitting into multiple groups with each group holding an open house at different times from the other groups so that there is a good chance to see lots of boats without leaving your own unattended. There has been a lot of demand for more social time and we hope this will meet the need.
Special Interest Groups: Special interest groups with a knowledgeable leader will substitute for speakers and presentations. These are still being put together but might include wooden boats, Inside Passage Cruising, cruising the South Sound, maintenance, cooking on a small stove, top 25 mistakes (I have my own personal list which keeps growing but we should be able to come up with a best of PSGBOA list), etc.
Sponsors: We decided that this is not a year in which we can ask for much, if anything, from our sponsors. Since our sponsors have been the funding source (and goodie source) for the raffle, we will not do the raffle this year.
We have had terrific Rendezvous in the past but, in the spirit of the day, it is time for a change. We now have the opportunity to put together a different, but equally fun, rendezvous. If we come away from this year’s rendezvous with some new friends and the sense of having had a fun “cruise”, I will consider the rendezvous a great success.
How can you help? Of course we are always looking for volunteers and volunteering is a fun way to be in on “the action”. We need people willing to work on the following:
Special Interest Groups
Pot Luck and Appetizer organization
Please contact me via e-mail or phone if you would like to help.
PSGBOA 2009 Rendezvous Chair
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