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4 th Canadian All Islander Rendezvous
Every Islander on Puget Sound and the Gulf Islands of Canada's fabled Inside Passage will want to mark their calendars for the Thetis Island All Islander Rendezvous in Telegraph Harbour Marina on July 4th, 5th, & 6th. Bert & Carey Vermeer carry on this great tradition and opportunity to cruise in, meet new friends and swap stories and knowledge about the great islander boats - yes, that's all sizes and shapes of Islanders.
4 th Canadian Islander Rendezvous
Yes, there will be a 4th Canadian Islander Rendezvous in July of 2008. Everyone seems to enjoy these, so Carey & I will be hosting this one and will aim to repeat the tried and true formula, with perhaps some new ideas along the way. If you've been to the previous ones, you know how much fun they are. If you didn’t, here are links to the stories and pictures of past years - once you look here, you'll really want to plan on coming!
2005 at Thetis Island, 2006 at Thetis Island, 2007 at Genoa Bay.
The 2008 edition will again be at Thetis Island, Telegraph Harbour Marina. If you’ve never been there have a look at http://www.telegraphharbour.com. An idyllic setting in the beautiful Gulf Islands, a great weekend destination. Participants will have to make their own reservations with Barbara & Ron Williamson. Moorage rates for 2008 will be $1.05 per foot with power at $4.50 per night. The Williamson’s cannot take e-mail reservations as they do not have a secure site for credit card numbers. Call them toll free at 800-246-6011 or fax at 250-246-2668.
If you love the idea, but don't think you can get your boat there, come by car! Several folks have done that and Thetis is a great place to spend a weekend. It's a short ferry ride from Chemainus, and there are many Bed & Breakfast places to stay on the island - some right next to Telegraph Harbor Marina. Here's a link to a Thetis Visitor's Guide, you could ask the Williamsons for their recommendations.
Just like past years, boats will probably begin gathering on the Friday evening for an informal gathering over a glass of wine. Saturday there are a number of options with most participants meeting other Islander owners and showing off their boats. There is a short ferry ride over to the town of Chemainus, or a walk along country roads to a local winery.
Whatever your desires, we have reserved the pavilion and barbeque for the Saturday evening dinner. Carey & I will be supplying everything but whatever it is you wish to barbeque - and it is one GREAT BBQ! We ask everyone to also bring an appetizer. If you've been to a Canadian Rendezvous, you know how good they can be! Bring your own plates and cutlery!
For Sunday morning we’ll have the coffee urn fired up nice and early along with sticky buns and muffins, or maybe a volunteer will offer a bigger breakfast - we've had great pancakes in the past!
As always, we’re going to try to keep the costs to a minimum, but there will be contribution fee per boat of something around $20-25 to cover our reservation for the pavilion, charcoal, sides and dessert.
We hope to see many friends at this event, and would like to meet new Islander owners as well.
If you are thinking of attending this event, please use the reservation form below. We are planning to make up boat information sheets similar to past years and if we could receive the Reservation and Information Form as posted on this web page, it would make our work far more efficient. I will be posting more information as July approaches.
For our friends who wish they could join us but can't make it this time, send in the form with the appropriate box checked and we'll share your thoughts at the rendezvous, and hope you can make it another time.
For additional detail or questions, contact event Coordinators Bert & Carey Vermeer
Natasha, Sindey, B.C.