to Make the Most of
2019 Spring Rendezvous
May 5, 2019
Tip #10 - Relax and Have Fun!
Tip #10: We've shared a lot of information over the past several days through this tip series. We worry that you might feel a bit overwhelmed. Our advice: Relax and get ready for four busy, but fun days! Loopers are famous for their camaraderie so if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
The only thing you absolutely have to remember is to show up at registration any time between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. tomorrow and we'll make sure you're taken care of. You can pick up your name tag, welcome bag, and other information in Providence Hall, where Member Services and the Ship's Store will be housed throughout the event. We're happy to provide any information you need to make your experience enjoyable!
Also, check out our Selfie Station (located on the Mezzanine with the sponsor exhibits) where you can take pictures of yourself and all your Looper friends on the "red carpet" with an AGLCA back drop. Email your photos to me and we'll display them during the Awards Luncheon on Thursday.
May 4, 2019
Tip #9 - Introduce Yourself!
Tip #9: Early in the Rendezvous, we ask attendees to join us at the mic and introduce themselves to the group. This is very informal, always a lot of fun, and a great way to learn more about your fellow Loopers!
Please plan to briefly share details like who you are, where you're from, and what type of boat you have (if you own one). You can also share one or two details about when or why you want to do the Loop or your best short story of an experience you've had on the Loop.
Current Looper introductions are Monday at 2:45 p.m. Gold Loopers will be introduced during dinner on Monday, and planners will be introduced during dinner on Tuesday.
May 3, 2019
Tip #8 - Renew your AGLCA Membership at 50% Off
Tip #8: To show our appreciation for members who attend, AGLCA gives you 50% off any length membership renewal during the Rendezvous. You can save up to $275!
Take advantage of this offer in the member services area (located in Providence Hall) on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.
May 2, 2019
Tip #7 - Win a Free 3-Year AGLCA Membership!
Tip #7: There are many opportunities to win a free 3-year AGLCA membership at the Rendezvous:
Visit the sponsor exhibits: Your name badge holder will include a punch card with a list of the exhibitors on the back. Visit each exhibit and have the sponsor initial the card. Cards with all sponsor initials will be entered into a drawing for a three-year membership extension. The drawing will be held at the Awards Luncheon on Thursday.
Attend the sponsor Show & Tell sessions: Also in your name badge holder will be a card with boxes for each of the sponsor Show & Tell sessions. Attend each of these seminars and have a box stamped. Cards with all boxes stamped will be entered into a drawing for a three-year membership extension. The drawing will be held at the Awards Luncheon on Thursday.
Play "Looper Bingo": Pick up a Looper Bingo card at registration. Find other attendees that meet the criteria listed in the boxes and have them sign the appropriate box. Get Bingo across, down, or diagonally and be entered into a drawing for a three-year membership extension. The drawing will be held at Monday night’s dinner.
In case you don't win any of the drawings described above, tomorrow's tip will share how to get 50% off your AGLCA membership!
May 1, 2019
Tip #6 - Check out the Rendezvous Booklet Found in Your Welcome Bag
Tip #6: The Rendezvous Booklet is your guide for everything Rendezvous! You will find the agenda-at-a-glance, and a detailed agenda for each day, so you know what's happening when and where. In addition, you'll find information about our AGLCA sponsors: a list of all our sponsors organized by level of sponsorship, display ads for many of them, see who has exhibit tables at the event, and who is sponsoring meals or other activities.
You'll also find seminar descriptions and speaker bios designed to help you decide which sessions you don't want to miss. In fact, here's a sneak peak at the seminar descriptions so you can begin making those hard choices!
April 30, 2019
Tip #5 - Have you downloaded the AGLCA app? (Plus some details on what to wear and getting through the Dismal Swamp Canal on Saturday)
Tip #5: Nearly everything you need to know about the agenda can be found in the AGLCA app. If you don’t yet have the app on your mobile device, download it now and review the instructions for using it. We'll be pushing the daily Looper Crawl list, alerts, schedule changes, etc., through the app’s “Chat” feature during the event. Plus, each separate seminar, meal, and activity is listed in the app “Events” button, so it’s an easy way to check the agenda and add specific sessions to your device’s calendar.
If you prefer old-school paper to learn about the agenda, speakers, sponsors, and attendees, that will be available on-site at the Rendezvous.
Please let us know if you have any questions about the app (or anything else about the Rendezvous). We're happy to help!
On the topic of questions you may have, we've been asked a few times what the dress code is for the dinners included with the Rendezvous. All parts of the Rendezvous, including the dinners, are casual. Since many of you will be arriving by boat, we try to keep it comfortable and informal.
And on the topic of arriving by boat, there is an event being held on the Dismal Swamp Canal on Saturday that may impede your ability to go through for a short time. About 300 kayaks are expected to launch from the Dismal Swamp visitors' center at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and paddle about 7 miles. The event should be completely over by 1:00 p.m. If you are taking the Dismal Swamp route, plan to either tie up at the visitors' center on Friday evening and leave early on Saturday morning, or don't plan to arrive at the visitors' center until Saturday afternoon.
April 29, 2019
Tip #4 - Seminars, Seminars, Seminars
Tip #4: We have a lot in store for you this rendezvous. There will be two seminars running concurrently Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. You will have the option to choose which seminars you want to attend at the start of each session.
The seminars in the York/Stratford Halls will cover topics about the Great Loop route, such as navigation, things to see, places to anchor or dock, etc, for different stretches of the Loop. Poplar Hall will hold seminars about maintenance, side trips, buying and financing your Great Loop boat, and more Looping 101 topics. If you haven't already, review the agenda here.
Please plan to attend the Review of the Day’s Events at 8:30 each morning in York/Stratford Halls. We often have essential information and/or schedule changes.
April 28, 2019
Tip #3 - Visit Our Ship's Store
Tip #3: Several of you have asked whether burgees will be available for purchase at the Rendezvous. Yes!
The AGLCA Ship’s Store, along with Member Services, will be open as follows:
Monday ~ 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday ~ 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday ~ 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday ~ 8:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
In addition to burgees, we'll have t-shirts, polo shirts, denim shirts, caps, Great Loop maps, Waterway Guides, Skipper Bob books, and several other books about the Great Loop available for purchase.
Please let us know if you have any questions. We’re happy to help.
April 27, 2019
Tip #2 - Tidewater Marina Dock Time
Tip #2: The action shifts across the river on Tuesday for a Looper Crawl from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Tidewater Yacht Marina in Portsmouth.
Transportation between Waterside and Tidewater is simple, fast, and inexpensive via the Elizabeth River Ferry. The Ferry is $2 each way ($1 each way for those over 65) and exact change is required in dollar bills or change. AGLCA will be able to make change in the ship’s store prior to your departure for Portsmouth.
The ferry runs from 5:30 a.m. until 9:45 p.m. It leaves at :15 and :45 minutes past each hour, so the best times to leave for the Looper Crawl are 2:45, 3:15, or 3:45. The Portsmouth stop closest to Tidewater is the second stop after leaving Waterside (North Landing, near the Renaissance Hotel). It’s about a 15-minute ride from Waterside to North Landing.
The returning ferry from North Landing to Waterside leaves at :05 and :35 minutes past each hour with the last one leaving North Landing at 9:35 p.m. The ride from North Landing to Waterside takes less than 10-minutes. Dinner is on your own this evening, so feel free to stay in Portsmouth to try one of their dining options, or head back to Norfolk where there are many additional options.
April 26, 2019
Tip #1 - Waterside Marina Dock Time
Tip #1: A huge part of the Rendezvous is the opportunity to socialize, make connections and find out what the Great Loop has in store for you. There’s no better way to do that than by chatting with other Loopers on the docks surrounded by Loop-capable boats!
Looper Crawls are an opportunity to do just that. We’re taking over all slips at Waterside Marina, with about 50 Looper boats docked there. About ten Looper boats will be at Tidewater Yacht Marina too (see tomorrow’s tip). Many of them will be open for others to visit during Looper Crawls, happening at Waterside on Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. If you’d like to tour the boats, simply look for a red “Looper Crawl” sign affixed to the vessel. That’s your signal that you’re welcome to board. We’ll also have a list of the boats on the crawl each day available at the Member Services desk in Providence Hall and listed in the app (more on the app will be coming as Tip #5).
If you’ll have a boat in the marina and would like to open it to others, but you didn’t sign up during the on-line registration, please email Julie Shea and tell her which day you’d like to be included and what type of boat you have, or, you can sign up during registration for Tuesday’s (at Tidewater) or Wednesday’s crawls.
*Important: Be sure to wear your event nametag to the Crawls. Waterside Marina is a public dock, as it’s owned by the City of Norfolk. Boat owners, please look for Rendezvous nametags before allowing people to board your boat. For insurance reasons, we cannot open the Crawls to the public. Please help us ensure we can continue Looper Crawls into the future by assisting us with this.
Vessel Safety checks are being offered free of charge to our members by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. If you will have your boat at the Rendezvous and didn’t sign up for a vessel safety check during on-line registration, it’s not too late. Please email Julie Shea and let her know whether you’d like a VSC Tuesday (at Tidewater) or Wednesday (at Waterside). We’ll do our best to accommodate you.