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Expect to have fun and relax, whether your drop in for an hour to say hello or take a weekend mini-vacation. Each rendezvous has its own personality within a general pattern. There will be some planned meals, usually Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast, plus optional activities to fit the theme and location. Explore on foot near the marina. Go aboard member’s boats to see what people have done or plan to do, and find out why. Talk about gear, places to go and which vendors to use (or not). Play cards or games. Paddle around the marina. Participate in as much or as little as you feel like. Did I mention relax?
Our boats are usually congregated in one area. Bring folding chairs to join in dockside. The squadron provides some meals and drinks, but you will need your own to fill in the rest of the time. Generally the Saturday dinner is a partial pot-luck for which you would bring an appetizer or salad. Check with the hosts on these details.
Come by boat and stay aboard. You will need a slip reservation well ahead of time. The marina holds a certain number of slips up to a cutoff date when they are released. Check the procedure to use for slip assignments on arrival, whether by the marina or Squadron.
Come by car for the day or stay overnight in a local motel. Many people do (Jan and I have only been once by boat). Sometimes there are overnight spaces for your camper. Arriving by car you will need to know any parking restrictions and access gate codes. Heads will be available in the marina or sometimes on a member’s boat.
Do bring friends and family – the more the merrier – but check ahead of time about which activities will fit.
RSVP to the hosts so they can plan the food. The hosts are listed in The Pilot and in What’s Happening.
Hosting a Rendezvous:
Select a theme
Publicize the rendezvous
Refer to past Pilots for hints about publicity announcements and ideas for activities, meals, etc.
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