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***BOTH THE MARINA AND LODGE ARE ON WAIT LISTS.  SEE NOTES BELOW***

 Fall is about to get Loopy-er!
Join us at Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville, Alabama, for four days of education, food, fun, and camaraderie!
October 14-17, 2019

 

    AGLCA 2019 Fall Rendezvous

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More than 20 seminars are included with your Rendezvous registration!  The Fall Rendezvous has two seminar tracks--The Route Track and the Looping 101 Track.  We're pleased to welcome back some favorite speakers and introduce you to a few new ones we think you'll like.  In addition, we've added some special interest seminars for those with specific Looping plans.  And as always, there are lots of opportunities to socialize with three lunches, three dinners, two receptions, and three Looper Crawls included with your registration.  Registration is $375 per person.

The speakers for the Route Track have been confirmed!  Sessions include:
  • Joe Wheeler State Park to Mobile presented by Charlie & Robin McVey
  • Mobile to Tarpon Springs presented by Eddy & Linda Johnsen
  • Tarpon Springs through the Okeechobee Waterway presented by Jody & Tom Goldman
  • The Keys to Jacksonville presented by Claudia & Dave Fuller
  • Jacksonville to Norfolk presented by Kay & Robert Creech

The Looping 101 Track will be set after registration opens.  We'll be seeking feedback from registrants to find out what topics YOU would like to hear about.  Look for an emailed survey about a week after registration opens.

You are free to choose which track you want to attend at the start of every session.  There is no need to sign up ahead of time for specific seminars.





***IMPORTANT NOTE***

July 17th, 12:03 p.m.

With 50 boats and 225 people registered for the Rendezvous in the first two hours, we are now on a wait list for the marina.  Once the marina staff has had a chance to determine which available slips will best accommodate each boat, more space may be available.  To secure a space if one becomes available, please continue with your registration.  If we cannot accommodate you with a slip, your registration fees will be refunded in full with no penalty.  As an option, there is a very near-by anchorage as well.


Joe Wheeler State Park includes a marina just steps outside the lodge where the seminars and meals will take place.  AGLCA has reserved all transient space in the marina.  Marina slips for our event are priced at $1/foot.

Slip Reservation Instructions: You will not be able to book a slip at the marina until you have registered for the Rendezvous.  During registration, you will be asked whether you will need a marina slip.  If requesting a slip, please be sure to fill out the information regarding your boat's length and beam during registration.  AGLCA will forward that information to the marina.  The marina staff will then call you to confirm.  Please be sure to follow this process to help us ensure registration goes smoothly.  The marina will not accept your registration unless you are on AGLCA's registration list.  Please also be patient as you wait to hear from the marina.  They sometimes wait until they have most of the slip requests in before confirming with everyone.



All seminars and meals will take place at the Joe Wheeler lodge. 

July 17th, 4:11 p.m.

With 52 boats and 245 people registered for the Rendezvous in the first six hours, we are now on a wait list for the lodge.  Once we have finalized our agenda and ensured all of our speakers have rooms, more rooms may be available.  To secure a room if one becomes available, please continue with your registration.  If we cannot accommodate you with a room, your registration fees will be refunded in full with no penalty.  As an option, please see the information below regarding an overflow hotel.


Lodge Room Reservation Instructions: You will not be able to reserve a sleeping room in the lodge until you have registered for the Rendezvous.  During registration, you will be asked whether you will need a lodge room.  AGLCA will forward a list of those requesting a room to the staff at the lodge.  Please wait until 24 hours after you register for us to get your information to the lodge.  Then call the lodge at (256) 247-5461 to make your reservation. Please be sure to follow this process to help us ensure registration goes smoothly.  The lodge will not accept your registration unless you are on AGLCA's registration list. 

Lodge room rates are $81 per night for standard rooms, $101 per night for junior suites, and $139 per night for suites.  Taxes and fees will be added to these rates.

We do expect rooms in the lodge to sell out before the Rendezvous as a whole sells out.  Because of that, we have arranged a room block at another hotel.  Joe Wheeler State Park is in a remote location and the nearest hotels are about 30 minutes away. The overflow hotel is:

Hampton Inn Florence-Midtown
2281 Florence Blvd.
Florence, Alabama, 35630
+1-256-764-8888


Our block rate is $105 per night and includes free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.  A link to our room block will be available shortly.



Always a highlight of the Rendezvous, Looper Crawls take place in the afternoons where the activity moves from the meeting rooms to the docks.  Many of your fellow Loopers who are tied up at the marina will open their boats for others to tour.  It's a great opportunity to see many different Loop-capable boats in one place and get some great ideas for features you'd like to see in your own boat, if you're in the market.  It's also a fun social time!

We do not yet know whether we will be able to offer members the option of purchasing tickets for the Looper Crawls without full Rendezvous registration.  This will be determined after registration has been open and we have a better idea for how big of a crowd we will be expecting.




We have a few exciting "pre-Rendezvous" events to share with you! 

About Boating Safety - Pre-registration required - $50 per person
Sunday, October 13th, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
About Boating Safety is an 8-hour course presented by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.  Designed for newer boaters, those who complete the course will earn a NASBLA approved certificate, which is required to operate a boat in some states on the Loop. 

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Boating – Types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; paddle boats; houseboats; different uses of boats; various power boating engines; jet drives; family boating basics.
  • Boating Law – Boat registration; boating regulation; hull identification number; required boat safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; Federal boat law; state boating laws; personal watercraft requirements.
  • Boat Safety Equipment –Personal flotation devices ("life jackets"); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; dock lines and rope; first aid kit; anchors and anchor lines; other boating safety equipment.
  • Safe Boating – Bow riding; alcohol and drug abuse; entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks; steering with a tiller and a wheel; docking, undocking and mooring; knots; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather and tides; using charts; choosing and using an anchor; safe PWC handling; general water safety.
  • Navigation – The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWC "tunnel vision."
  • Boating Problems – Hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; man overboard recovery; capsizing; running aground; river hazards; strainers: emergency radio calls; engine problems; equipment failures; carbon monoxide (CO); other boating and PWC problems.
To attend, please look for this seminar as an option during registration.

Introduction to the Great Loop - No pre-registration required
Monday, October 14th, 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
This session will be presented by AGLCA's Director, Kim Russo, just before the "official" start to the Rendezvous.  All Rendezvous registrants are welcomed to attend. No pre-registration is required.  If you're already on the Loop, or if you've attended a Looper Lifestyle seminar or one of Kim's seminars at a boat show or TrawlerFest, this content may be a repeat of what you've already seen.  The seminar will include answers to frequently asked questions about the Great Loop, Great Loop stats, and an overview of the route through pictures submitted by Loopers.




Registration opens Wednesday, July 17th at 10:00 a.m. eastern time.

Fees: Rendezvous Registration is $375 per person and includes all seminars, three Looper Crawls, three lunches, three dinners, and two receptions.

Overall event times
:  The "official" event begins Monday, October 14th at 2:00 p.m., but please plan to pick up your name badge and welcome materials any time between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. that day. There are a few optional pre-Rendezvous events. The Rendezvous ends with our Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 17th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Nearest Airport: Huntsville International (HSV), which is about 45 miles from Joe Wheeler State Park.  Nashville International (BNA) is about 120 miles away and may offer a better selection of cost effective flights.

Event Emails: Please be sure to add jshea@greatloop.org, krusso@greatloop.org, and mailer@mail2.clubexpress.com to your contact list or safe senders list in your email account.  Your registration confirmation email, and other important emails leading up to the Rendezvous, will come from these addresses.  We'd hate for you to miss something because our emails land in your spam folder.

Other helpful tips:
  • This is a very rural setting and cell/wifi coverage will be spotty at best.
  • For the comfort of all attendees, only service animals are permitted in Rendezvous meal/session spaces. All animals must remain on leash at all times.

  • Meeting rooms are often chilly.  Please consider dressing in layers.

  • The dress for all parts of the Rendezvous, including dinners, is very casual.
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