GLGBA's major event is the annual rendezvous, held at a Great Lakes port. Each rendezvous attracts 25 to 30 boats of all sizes plus 6 or 8 crews who, for reasons of distance or scheduling, decide to attend via "land yacht". Our rendezvous is a 3-day event convening on Thursday and ending Sunday morning. Programs typically include seminars on technical, historical and culinary subjects, plus tours of local landmarks, boat visits and ample opportunity for social interaction.
Rendezvous sites are chosen well in advance by the Board, on a rotating basis to accommodate the geographic distribution of our membership. As noted below, the first several events were held in the same location while the fledgling organization was learning the ropes. Now, sites are selected based upon a comprehensive survey conducted by Board members.
Thus far, we have gathered in the following Great Lakes ports:
- 1996 - Sheboygan, Wisconsin
- 1997 - Sheboygan, Wisconsin
- 1998 - Frankfort, Michigan
- 1999 - Sheboygan, Wisconsin
- 2000 - Mackinac City, Michigan
- 2001 - Bay Harbor, Michigan
- 2002 - Sioux Ste Marie, Ontario
- 2003 - Manitowoc, Wisconsin
- 2004 - St. Ignace, Michigan
- 2005 - Frankfort, Michigan
- 2006 - Rogers City, Michigan
- 2007 - Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
- 2008 - Sheboygan, Wisconsin
- 2009 - St. Ignace, Michigan
- 2010 - Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
- 2011 - Charlevoix, Michigan
Bob Knight, Commitee Chair for the 2011 Rendezvous, reports that things are shaping up for a great time in beautiful Charlevoix, Michigan, August 4-6. Great Lakes cruisers know that Charlevoix is a premier destination, and a good turnout is expected for an exciting agenda.
Here's an article written by Bob and Andy Knight for the February 2011 GLGBA Newsletter...
"The port of Charlevoix, widely known favorably among yachtsmen on the lakes, is to be the site of our 2011 gathering. The city, along with the state of Michigan and private benefactors, have in the past few years financed a totally rebuilt waterfront area at the west side of Round Lake as parkland with stunning marina facilities, floating docks, 40 of which have been 'blocked' for our members
Registration of attendees at the marina will be held on the afternoon of August 4, and a welcome reception is scheduled in a tented facility located in the park area immediately adjacent to the marina. Members Dick and Joni Webster will be furnishing information that is sure to tempt many of our members to arrive earlier in the week so as to taste the pleasure of exploring Lake Charlevoix itself, its anchorages and marinas.
To assist in planning for the event, you will be sent during February a 'Letter of Intent' that will let the planners have an idea of how many persons are committed to come to the Rendezvous, and who may probably be planning to join the gathering, or definitely not expecting to register.
Rendezvous Fee of $195. per person will cover costs of meals - breakfast and lunches on Friday and Saturday, and also dinner on Friday night, with a banquet scheduled for Saturday evening at the Charlevoix Golf and Country Club. (Webmaster note: Bob reported in an earlier article that, for members driving to the Rendezvous, a number of rooms have been blocked out for our members at the Weathervane Terrace Inn, located near the Charlevoix Round Lake Marine site. For reservations, call (231) 547-9955.)
Informative sessions are scheduled for Friday and Saturday morning at the pleasant meeting rooms of the Charlevoix public library, located jut an easy walk from the marina.
Friday will feature a presentation and a dialogue with our members about contemporary 'best practices' for safety at sea, to be conducted by Ron Trossbach, who formerly headed the Navy Academy sail training program, was the 2008 Chairman of the Newport-Bermuda race committee that safely attracted more than 250 yachts and who is one of only four accredited Moderators for US Sailing Sanctioned Safety at Sea Seminars. That afternoon, Ron will conduct some 'on the water' demonstrations at the marina and we'll see in action and receive Ron's counsel on the use of contemporary safety gear.
For those who have never 'dared' Georgian Bay with its notable waters, we will be treated on Saturday to a presentation by the Slumskies, who along with their partners, will be hosting the 2012 Rendezvous to be held at Parry Sound. We'll learn from 'those who have been there' the best routing, charts to bring, ports in which to overnight en route, and we'll all have a chance to have our questions answered, and to discuss options, including the prospect of flotilla travel.
While most of us spend the summer enjoying our vessels, the Renezvous offers the only occasion on which all members can gather for the Association's Annual meeting to be conducted by President John Cahill. That event will follow the Saturday morning presentation of the Slumskies with a catered luncheon to be provided at the library.
For those in the mood for sightseeing, there will be an optional tour arranged for Saturday afternoon during which attendees will enjoy a visit to the famed and unique 'Earl Young' mushroom/stone houses. This is to be a guided tour with transportation supplied as a part of the modest tour cost.
Saturday evening - a banquet! This is to be held at the Charlevoix Golf and Country Club located just 2.5 miles north of Charlevoix, with transport there and back to be provided. Entree preferences will be offered in registration forms to be sent to all members well before the event. The club has been recently constructed and boasts elegant meals and service, with a large bar reached before the dining room where those that wish can purchase beverages of their choice. Wine and soft drinks will be available at each table.
With the forgoing plans now made, we organizers confirm our enthusiasm about the Rendezvous site and the facilities and programs to be presented there. Don't miss it!"
(Webmaster's note; When available, you will be able to access registration forms and other information which will help you get into the swing of things as the 2011 Rendezvous approaches.)
If you have questions about this event, feel free to contact one of the GLGBA officers. And, be sure and visit our Photo Gallery for some great shots from past Rendezvous!