Julie Shea, our Member Services Coordinator, attended her first AGLCA Rendezvous. Following is a short recap of the festivities.
Looper introductions were early highlights. You could feel the excitement in the room as one by one, many attendees got up to share a little bit about themselves and their Looping dreams and experiences.
I attended four of the route sessions to gather some expertise as we prepare to add updated route information for our About the Route tab on our website. I attended Tarpon Springs to Jacksonville, Fort Myers to Stuart, Jacksonville to Beaufort and Beaufort to Norfolk.
I've said this before, but now I can speak with some authority when I say the route sessions are a fantastic way for you to get the insider information you need to have a successful looping experience. Speakers gave mile markers, distances from Point A to Point B, popular places to anchor, things to see and do, services offered at various marinas, and where travel could become more challenging due to things like changing tides or shoaling. If I was an in-progress Looper, I would absolutely get to a Rendezvous or two! Even if you aren't currently in-progress, you will have the information to pull from so you can find the latest updates when you do get out on the water.
I've never seen a Looper boat in person. That is, until the Fall Rendezvous! During the Looper Crawls on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, everyone got a chance to get an up close and personal look at some really beautiful Looper boats. It's amazing the amount of space there actually is inside!
Loopers that came by boat had the chance to get a free vessel safety check from the Coast Guard Auxillary. What a great way to gain peace of mind that everything on your boat is ready to cruise.
While all this was going on, Loopers could compete in the kayak race on Tuesday or the dinghy race on Thursday. Loopers showed their famous camaraderie by sharing their dinghys with others who wanted to participate in the race but hadn't come by boat. Very trusting considering they were driving the dinghy backwards and blindfolded!
On Wednesday evening many of us went to Peytona Farms to enjoy an exhibition polo match, stable tour, dinner and a concert. It was fun watching the polo ponies run up and down the field while getting play by play commentary so I had some idea what was going on.
The awards dinner on Thursday is our chance to show our appreciation for all the speakers and volunteers who help make the Rendezvous run smoothly. Many members and sponsors give of their time to present seminars and help us set up/take down the Ship Store and A.V. equipment in the meeting rooms.