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2018 Rendezvous News

Nate Bayreuther - 5/15/2018

Registration for the 2018 Mariner National Rendezvous is now active and will end on Friday, June 29th. 

As a reminder, this year's event will once again take place here in Connecticut from August 3-5, with boats launching from the state launch ramp on the Niantic River on Friday morning, August 3rd. We'll sail east and dock at the Stonington Harbor Yacht Club, stay two nights, and return the morning of Sunday, August 5th. There's lots to see and do, and a group dinner is scheduled at the Yacht Club's restaurant the evening of Saturday, the 4th. There's also an option (for $10 a person) to tour The Old Lighthouse Museum, just two minutes of a walk away from our docks. Highly recommended!

The registration fee is $150 for each skipper coming with a boat and $35 per crewmember. These fees cover dockage for two nights plus the Saturday evening dinner. (The Museum tour is extra and optional.) If you do not have a boat but would still like to hang out with everybody for the weekend, you can do that! Registration is $35 for members coming by car which will cover your Saturday night dinner. (You will be responsible for securing your own lodgings.)

Now, this is important: Due to limited dock space there is only room for 11 boats, so registration is first-come, first-served. However, if you miss out on the registration, you can post a note on this forum to put yourself down on a Wait List. I'll contact you if a space opens up. That being said, this is a rain or shine event, so please be sure of your commitment before you register.





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