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GLGBA 2017 Summer Rendezvous

The GLGBA Summer Rendezvous will be held at the Straits State Harbor in Mackinaw City, August 3rd thru August 5th. The cost per attendee is $215.


The Mechanics of Registering (for those with ADD)

Registration for the rendezvous is done through the GLGBA website. First sign in to the “Members Only” side of the website using your id and password, then go the Events & Registration Tab. We have provided a click-on link the Michigan reservation website: http://www.midnrreservations.com/. Please note, that early dock reservations for the rendezvous will be necessary because the State Straits Harbor is a favorite for the sailboat racing crowd during this weekend. Next fill out the registration form on the lower half of the webpage and submit it! You will be automatically directed to a new webpage with picture of a pretty GB42. Just above the picture is a link to download a pdf file of the “Official Rendezvous Registration Form”. Download it. Print it out. Fill it out. Mail it out (with a check).

About the Rendezvous (for those without an attention span problem)

The rendezvous will be held at the State of Michigan, Strait State Harbor. This harbor is one of the newest harbors in Michigan. It has very nice wide floating docks, modern facilities and is a three block walk from downtown Mackinaw City. The entrance to the harbor can be tricky to spot, because the breakwater walls that form the entrance look like a single stone wall from the water. I usually navigate our boat to a waypoint a quarter mile East of the entrance as shown on my navigation chart. From this position, it is easy to spot the two buoys marking the entrance. The fairway leading to the marina makes a North then West zig-zag pattern to the gas dock. Harbor


Our meetings will be held in a large tent located at the East end of the marina near the ‘A’ docks. Audie’s, the premo restaurant in Mackinaw City, has been contracted to cater all our meals, which will be served either at the ‘gathering place’ tent or the main restaurant located about 7 blocks from the marina.


Although the official rendezvous starts on Thursday, August 3, we do have a “Pot-Luck” dinner scheduled at the marina on Wednesday, August 2, evening. This dinner, called the “Famous Foy’s Pork Tenderloin BBQ and Pot Luck” (the Cahill’s and Fuger’s also work the grills) has been organized for the rendezvous workers and early arrivers. A collection usually taken to share the expense of the purchase of the meat and the corn. Everyone is welcome and we encourage you to attend. Remember to adjust your dock reservations for the earlier start date.

The tempo of the rendezvous will not be as intense some rendezvous’ in the past. We will spend less time in formal meetings, more time in casual socializing and fun activities and also bring back member boat tours. The Friday night dinner will be held at Audie’s, followed by the very salty (as in nautical) “The Gordon Lightfoot Tribune”. You can get a preview by clicking onto this link:"The Gordon Lightfoot Tribune”l

It is recommendated that those arriving by land yacht make their own selection of hotel/motel, due to the very broad range and availability of accomodations in the Mackinaw City area. Considering that mid-summer is "high season" in Mackinaw City, it is best to make reservations early

The Rendezvous Itinerary


Wednesday Aug 2

“Famous Foy’s Pork Tenderloin BBQ and Pot-Luck” at 6 pm in the Tent


Thurday Aug 3

Registration in the Tent from 3 pm to 5pm
Happy Hour at Tent 5pm
BBQ sponsored by Grand Banks and catered by Audie’s at Tent 6pm

Friday Aug 4

Breakfast catered by Audie’s at Tent 7:30am to 8:30am
General Membership Meeting at Tent 9am to 11am
Lunch catered by Audie’s at Tent 12pm
Afternoon Boat Tours
Travel to Audie’s by foot or bus 6pm
Bar and Appetizers at Audie’s 6:30pm to 7pm
Dinner 7pm
"The Gordon Lightfoot Tribune” 8pm

Saturday Aug 5

Breakfast catered by Audie’s at Tent 7:30am to 8:30am
Board Meeting at Tent (Everyone is Welcome to attend) 9am to 10am
Causal fun in the sun activities (bocce ball, scavenger hunt, etc.
Lunch catered by Audie’s at Tent 12pm
Group visit to the Fort or Ice Breaker
Free time
Travel to Audie’s by foot or bus 6pm
Bar and Appetizers at Audie’s 6:30pm to 7pm
Banquet Dinner 7pm


Sunday Aug 6

Departure day or hang around to visit the island


GLGBA 2018 Summer Rendezvous

Where:North Channel Rendezvous

Main Destination: Killarney Mountain Lodge

Meet up point: Detour

Side Trips: Little Current, Bay Finn, and two nights at anchorage

When: Final Dates are a work in progress

How: We need volunteers to join the rendezvous team

Download a Preview of the 2018 Summer Rendezvous Proposal!

Past Rendezvous'

GLGBA's major event is the annual rendezvous, held at a Great Lakes port. Each rendezvous attracts 25 to 30 boats of all sizes plus 6 or 8 crews who, for reasons of distance or scheduling, decide to attend via "land yacht". Our rendezvous is a 3-day event convening on Thursday and ending Sunday morning. Programs typically include seminars on technical, historical and culinary subjects, plus tours of local landmarks, boat visits and ample opportunity for social interaction.

1996 - Sheboygan, Wisconsin
1997 - Sheboygan, Wisconsin
1998 - Frankfort, Michigan
1999 - Sheboygan, Wisconsin
2000 - Mackinac City, Michigan
2001 - Bay Harbor, Michigan
2002 - Sioux Ste Marie, Ontario
2003 - Manitowoc, Wisconsin
2004 - St. Ignace, Michigan
2005 - Frankfort, Michigan
2006 - Rogers City, Michigan
2007 - Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
2008 - Sheboygan, Wisconsin
2009 - St. Ignace, Michigan
2010 - Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
2011 - Charlevoix, Michigan
2012 - Parry Sound, Ontario Canada
2013 - Frankfort, Michigan
2014 - Harbor Springs, Michigan
2015 –- Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
2016 –- North Channel Cruise