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10-29-2007 09:09 PM
camaraderie Hey Mark...glad it worked out well...I will pass your comments on to Dick G.
Have a safe trip south!
10-29-2007 05:08 PM
SVGratitude Cam,

Yes it was great. This is our first trip south, and we found the seminars to be very helpful and the people were great.

Many thanks to the Giddings and anyone else involved in putting this together.
10-29-2007 03:45 PM
camaraderie I am making this un-sticky now that the event is over. I am told 138 boats participated and it was a great success. Factor this into your plans if heading south next fall!!
09-28-2007 09:15 AM
SVGratitude We will be there. We are leaving the Chesapeake around the 7th, and am looking forward to the event.

As a matter of fact, we are considering using New Bern as our home base in the future, so we can kill two birds with one stone.
09-26-2007 02:02 PM
Zoo Paper Moon will be there, although boat is in Grenada, we are traveling at the moment in our "land Boat, Zoo".
09-17-2007 01:42 AM
kmclarke Thanks Cam .I have contacted Dick and preregistered.
09-16-2007 11:05 PM
camaraderie Hi Kev...yes...all are invited. Sorry...that link does not seem to be working beyond the home page. Contact Dick Giddings was my last e-mail address for him or you might try
(252 638 3585) which is the sheraton grand marina which will host the event and may have details. I'm sure the page will be fixed shortly in any event. Will post further details when he contacts me again!
09-15-2007 12:55 AM
kmclarke Hi Cam.
You can count us in. are children welcome? Where do we send the money an dsign up?
09-14-2007 01:35 PM
SOUTHBOUND Cruisers Reunion...New Bern NC

If you are headed south on the ICW after the boat show...this is a great event!

2007 New Bern Southbound Cruisers' Rendezvous---October 24 to 27, New Bern, NC.
Pre-registration is required; see contact info at end of schedule. Registration Fee is 20 bucks per person, and includes the dinner on Thursday night.

Tentative schedule for the 2007 New Bern Southbound Cruisers' Rendezvous...
(we are still juggling the schedule, and confirming details.....but here's the spirit of our intentions!)

WEDNESDAY, October 24

Registration at Sheraton Quarter Deck (poolside), beginning at noon. Bar will be open and light menu will be available at poolside. Welcome, Happy Hour continue until about 1900 (or so......)

THURSDAY, October 25

0800 to 0830--Workshop: "ADVANCED Knots to You", presented by Bentley Smith
0830 to 1030--Seminar: "Suddenly Alone", presented by George Marvin ("Trumpeter")

1045 to 1145--Workshop: "GPS: Grin, Point and Shoot--Better Pictures Underway", presented by Jim Austin (Each of these sessions will be limited to 10 participants. Please SIGN UP at Registration, or with Jim Austin)

1045 to Noon--Seminar: "Get Onboard with E-Charting", presented by the authors of "Managing the Waterways", Mark and Diana Doyle

Noon to 1300-LUNCH

1300 to 1400--Seminar: [?cruising the Bahamas?], presented by Sara and Monty Lewis, authors of Explorer Chartbooks

1415 to 1530-- Seminar: [to be determined...], presented by Chris Parker ("Bel Ami"), representing Marine Weather and Communications, LLC

1600 to 1700--Seminar: "Cruising with Pets; Preparation, and Problems", presented by David (Capt. Dave) W. LaVigne, D.V.M. ("Fidelis")

1700 to 1800--HAPPY HOUR--(BYOB*), and set up tables and chairs for Dinner.

1800--DINNER, catered by Smithfield's of New Bern, and featuring North Carolina menu of pork barbecue, fried chicken, baked beans, hush puppies and cole slaw.
After dinner entertainment: Barbershop Quartet singing, presented by {what do they call themselves????} Door prize drawings, 50/50 drawing, and "award" ceremony!

FRIDAY, October 26
0800 to 0830--Workshop: "Knots to You", presented by Bentley Smith

0830 to 0930--Seminar: "Island Hopping to the Caribbean", presented by David W. LaVigne ("Fidelis")

0945 to 1100--Seminar: "From Dream to Reality; Real World Advice for Beginning Cruisers", presented by Lynn & George Stateham ("Sunspot Baby")

1115 to Noon--Workshop:"GPS: Grin, Point and Shoot---Better Pictures Underway", presented by Jim Austin, ("Salty Paws") (Each of these sessions will be limited to 10 participants. Please SIGN UP at Registration, or with Jim Austin)

1115 to Noon--Seminar: "When Mars and Venus Go Cruising", presented by Capt. Trish Birdsell-Smith (on the web:

Noon to 1300--LUNCH

1300 to 1545-- (with a couple of "smoke/ potty breaks"), Seminar, "Gulf Stream Weather/Forecasting", presented by Jenifer & Dane Clark, {how do they want to be listed???[with credentials, AND the services??], need this info...}

1615 to 1700--Seminar: "Waxing the Top Coat: Skin Care", presented by Bentley Smith, M.D. ("Salty Paws")

1700 to ........HAPPY HOUR, (BYOB*) and bring your own hors d'oeuvres, or dinner. Door prize drawings, and 50/50 drawing We ask your help in getting the Farmers' Market cleaner than when we moved in yesterday......many hands make light work!

SATURDAY, October 27 (The events listed below will be at the rear of the
Sheraton, or under the portico, as we had to surrender the Farmers' Market to the Saturday Farmers' Market! See your welcome packet for info on the vendors to be found in the Farmers' Market)

0800--LP gas tanks will be picked up in the parking lot behind the marina office, and returned, filled, in the afternoon. Please be sure to mark your name on you LP

0800 to 0900--Workshop: "Knots to You", presented by Bentley Smith

0800 to 0900--Workshop: "GPS: Grin, Point and Shoot---Better Pictures Underway", presented by Jim Austin, ("Salty Paws") (Each of these sessions will be limited to 10 participants. Please SIGN UP at Registration, or with Jim Austin)

0900 to ?????--FLEA MARKET--at the rear of the Sheraton Annex, on the lawn, or...under the portico, in the case we have less than "clement" weather!

We will have LP gas service available (at a time and place to be announced), and fire extinguisher inspection/certification/refill also available, including service/certification for built in systems. (time and place to be announced)

* NC ABC law requires the BYOB events may include wine and beer...NO liquor.

We have arranged for a food/drink concession, this year, and that will be available from 0800 to 1300 (or so...) on Thursday and Friday at the Farmers' Market. Coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and, at lunch, hot dogs, chips and soft drinks/water.

Dick Giddings

See our website for
Southbound Cruisers' Rendezvous

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