The day started out great. More sun and fine weather. By afternoon, the wind had come up and clouds had covered the sky. Before that, though, I went for a nice walk. There were many canada geese over on the grass. Many babies around. It’s that time of year.
Dave Northrop from Grand Banks started the morning out discussing what’s going on with Grand Banks. Questions ranged from their current models to what’s going on with the gbshipstore.com site. Everyone wants Grand Banks stuff like shirts and hats, and stuff.
Lynette Brower of Wagonner Guides talks about provisioning, covering such things as clever solutions for cleaning and laundry (ever heard of a laundry ‘sheet’ that has detergent and softener built in?), considering having an ice maker (when someone has a serious injury ice sure helps, so it’s for more than cocktails), talking with your doctor about getting a small supply of pain medication and antibiotics, as well as best solutions for food (like taking lots of cream cheese, cuz what can’t you do with cream cheese for an appetizer?) She also suggested checking the customs prohibited food lists, as they can change daily, and making sure that if you re-package food for more efficient storage, be sure to keep the original label so you can prove country of origin if necessary. (this description provided by Kim. I think she like this talk the best.)
Well known photographer (a former National Geographic photographer) and Grand Banks owner, Phil Schofield talked about how to make great photos using your smart phone.
The rendezvous culminates each year in a dinner Saturday night on shore in a big tent on the grass. The Roche Harbor folks do a great job catering the event.
We are headed home early tomorrow morning. The weather report looks “interesting”. I don’t think the trip home will be as calm as the trip up.