We have a few new and exciting pre/post-Rendezvous events to share with you! Most require pre-registration, so read on and plan to add the one(s) you want to attend when you register for the Rendezvous.
About Boating Safety - Fee: $40, limited to 50 attendees, pre-registration required
Sunday, May 3rd from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (lunch is included)
Join us as the local Norfolk Coast Guard Auxiliary presents About Boating Safety. Topics include: boating laws, safety equipment, navigation, how to boat safely and what to do if you have problems on the water. This beginners' boating course is NASBLA approved, so the Safe Boating card you will receive at the seminar's conclusion will meet the requirements in the few states along the Loop where those operating a vessel must have taken a NASBLA approved course. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete this course.
Pre-Rendezvous Down East Loop Full-Day Seminar - Fee: $125, Registration is required
Sunday, May 3rd 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
**Registration opens for Rendezvous attendees on February 10th, and opens to those not attending the Rendezvous on February 17th**
The Down East Loop is becoming more and more popular with Loopers. Whether you have completed the Great Loop and are in search for another adventure, or your Loop is delayed by the Illinois Waterway lock closures, the Down East Loop may be for you! Sessions will be presented by AGLCA members Dave & Claudia Fuller, Mark & Denise Gillespie, and Vicki McGahee. Click here for all the details.
Bike Building for a Local Children's Charity - Free, but registration is required
Sunday, May 3rd, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Join your fellow Loopers as we assemble bikes for children in need. Curtis Stokes & Associates is sponsoring and planning this activity, and they'll be providing the bike kits. Groups of Loopers will build the bikes and then the children will arrive to pick up their new wheels! A bit of Great Loop Trivia will even be thrown in!
Introduction to the Great Loop - No pre-registration required
Monday, May 4th, 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.
Post-Rendezvous Marine Electronics Full-Day Seminar - Fee: $175, Registration is required
Friday, May 8th, 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
**Registration opens to Rendezvous attendees on February 10th ~ opens to those not attending the Rendezvous on February 17th**
Many of you have asked for a more in-depth look at marine electronics and we are making it happen in Norfolk. Join one of our highest rated speakers, Gold Looper and Panbo.com editor & publisher, Ben Stein, for a deeper dive into electronics on the Great Loop. Learn more about outfitting your Loop boat with newly installed electronics, what safety equipment you need for the Great Loop, helpful mobile apps, Internet connectivity and more! Click here for all the details.