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May Rendezvous at Poets Cove
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2019-05-17 to 2019-05-20
When: Friday, May 17
4pm
Where: Poets Cove Resort
9801 Spalding Rd
Pender Island, British Columbia 
Canada
Contact: Toryn Sundstrom


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Mark your calendar for May 18 – 20 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 the perfect chance to kick off summer! Learn how to make a Turks' Head knot for your ship's wheel with Chris Stask, try out microscopy and citizen science with Elaine Humphrey, join us for an informal paddle and picnic, enjoy the happy hours, the potluck, and more.

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 $1/foot/night. If you want to tie to the dock, contact Poet’s Cove ASAP to reserve at 250-629-2111. Spots are held until May 3, but they're going fast. Anchoring is also available, there is a 10$ per person per night fee if you wish to use the resort facilities (pool, etc). As this is a floating dock, there is no power or water, and you'll need to bring a dinghy (or make friends with your neighbouring boats!).

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. 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, as long as it's new.  Email us if you have any questions about it.

Cost: $10.00 per person (12 and under: $5). This includes 2 continental breakfasts (Sunday and Monday), knot tying, microscopy, goody bag for boats registered prior to May 3, and more.

Please RSVP before May 3 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.

NEW THIS YEAR: All boats that register through the form on the website or via email prior to May 3 will receive a goody bag when signing in at the Rendezvous.

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

Friday May 17th

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

Saturday May 18th

  • 9am: potluck breakfast on the floating dock, please consider bringing muffins or loaves to share.
  • 11am: informal paddling picnic--we'll set off from the floating dock, explore the Bay, and then pull up on the beach for a BYO picnic. All paddled vessels welcome.
  • 4pm: Saturday Afternoon Happy Hour--bring your choice of grog as well as appies to share.
  • Evening: informal music jam, BYO instrument

Sunday May 19th

  • 8am: BCA VHF check in on channel #69 low power.
  • 8:30–10am: BCA will provide continental-style breakfast on the dock. A contribution of baked goods to share is always appreciated!
  • 10:00am:  Knot tying lessons--make a Turk's Head knot for your ship's wheel!
  • 11:00am: Microscopy and citizen science on the dock. If you have kids, bring a spare bucket and net for them to explore with.
  • 4:00pm: 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:

    (Last name A-M: bring a main dish)
    (Last name N-Z: bring a starter, salad, or dessert)


  • After dinner: gift exchange (see details above)
  • 8:00pm: shanty song singalong and fire pit

Monday, May 20th

  • 9–10am: BCA will provide a continental-style breakfast on the dock. A contribution of baked goods to share is always appreciated!
  • 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
  • Scavenger hunt with prizes at Sunday's potluck

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