Well, another Rendezvous successfully completed.
In spite of the bad weather forecast for Sunday everything worked out very well. Ken B, thank you for laying on the good weather as promised
The forecasted bad weather with wind, rain and small craft advisory on Sunday did not materialize (at least for me) so I assume everyone made it home okay.
I have not heard of any incidents going either way which is unusual as usually someone has a problem. No one is confessing anything so far.
I would like to thank all the volunteers and sponsors for a great Rendezvous. I know it can not happen without the organization and the sponsors and that takes people and time. I hope the volunteers are proud of what they accomplished and the sponsors received full order books.
I did not make it to all the lectures due to conflicts with talking, dock walking and beer drinking but the ones I did make it to were excellent. Vance gave a nice picture of the east coast cruising which is so different than wilderness cruising on the west coast. There seemed to be more children this year which is good for the GB future and there were many more dogs on the dock. Popcorn has been visiting the Rendezvous for years!
The Admiral was happy and did not spend too much at the spa and did not damage NW Explorations' beautiful GB 42 during the WOW class.
The information supplied by Grand Banks was very candid and appreciated. I believe the "new management" have the right ideas and certainly have a good attitude about listening and learning rather than preaching. A Chairman who is willing to travel up the west coast of Vancouver Island in early May is definitely an asset to the organization.
I hope Ken B. and Vance give an account of having a visitor to the Rendezvous from the east coast. I believe this is something that could be expanded in the future to everyone's benefit. Maybe delegates from other GB organizations? I know Tom O. would like to return and has made comments about next year?
I had a great time and would like to say again; Thank You to all who made it happen.