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BCA May Rendezvous at Poet's Cove, Pender Island

Mark your calendar for May 19 – 21 for the May Rendezvous at Poet’s Cove, Pender Island! Come for the fun, the food, the camaraderie, and a knotty good time!

2018-05-19 to 2018-05-21
When: Saturday May 19–Monday May 21, 2018
Where: Floating Dock, Poet's Cove Marina, Pender Harbour
9801 Spalding Rd
Pender Island, British Columbia 
Contact: Corinne Whelan

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Mark your calendar for May 19 – 21 for the May Rendezvous at Poet’s Cove, Pender Island! Arrive Friday evening or anytime Saturday before Happy Hour, when we get off to our official start at 4pm.


Come for the fun, the food, the camaraderie, and a knotty good time! Try your hand at creating a Celtic mat, work with patterns to create intricate Turks Head knots, and view knotting displays. There will also be a chance to get involved with microscopy on the dock thanks to Elaine Humphrey, and many more activities; details to come.


We’ll have the floating dock again this year as our Rendezvous base. There are limited spaces along the dock for boats; the fee is $1/foot/night. If you want to tie to the dock, contact Poet’s Cove to reserve at 250-629-2111. Spots are held until May 1. Please quote group code "M-BW18" or "Bluewater Cruising" when you reserve. Anchoring is also available, there is a 10$ per person per night fee if you wish to use the resort facilities (pool, etc).


Anticipate being asked to help out if you tie up ... or anchor out!


Some of the planned activities include the following: (Please note times are tentative, check for an updated schedule closer to the event.)


Friday May 18th

·      4pm: informal Happy Hour on the floating dock for those who arrive early--BYO drinks


Saturday May 19th

·      9am: potluck breakfast on the floating dock, please consider bringing muffins or loaves to share.

·      1pm: hike up Mt. Norman for those so inclined, meet on the floating dock

·      4pm: Saturday Afternoon Happy Hour--bring your choice of grog as well as appies to share.

·      evening: informal music jam, BYO instrument


Sunday May 20th

·      8–9am: BCA VHF check in on channel #69 low power

·      9am: BCA will provide continental-style breakfast on the floating dock

·      11am:  Microscopy on the Dock with Elaine Humphrey--if you have kiddies joining you, have them bring extra nets and buckets

·      1pm:  Knot tying lessons and crafting--make a knotty Celtic mat!

·      4pm: informal happy hour on the floating dock, bring a snack to share

·      5:30pm: Potluck Supper, bring your choice of beverage as well as a food contribution to share:

  • Surname starting with A – M: Bring a salad or side, or a dessert
  • Surname starting with N – Z: Bring a main dish

·      After dinner: gift exchange (see details below)

·      8:00pm: shanty song singalong and fire pit


Monday May 21st

·      9am: potluck breakfast, please consider bringing muffins or loaves to share. On the floating dock

·      after breakfast: head home, explore more of Pender, or depart to your next destination


All Weekend

·      Open boat--if your boat is open for visitors, run a tea towel up your rigging and get to know other BCA members

·      Please bring your own cutlery, napkins, plates, bowls, cups, etc to the potluck and happy hour events


Gift exchange: Each boat that chooses to participate must bring a new wrapped item and we will draw numbers to choose your gift – like you have probably done at work at Christmas time. Stealing will be allowed – but only twice.  The item can be anything you like as long as it is new – re-gifting is okay – it can be something useful or nautical or funny or containing alcohol – however it must be new.  Email us if you have any questions about it.


·      stay tuned for a full schedule and more details as we get closer to the time


Cost: $5.00 per person. Please RSVP on the website or to Corinne before May 11 with your boat name and expected number of crew so we can plan for food and activities. Pay, register, and sign your liability form when you arrive.

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