I want to get some discussion started on the date and location for the rendezvous. We had an excellent turnout last year and I hope we can do even better this year.
Date - A weekend near the end of June seems to work well. We generally have good weather and turnouts have been good. I generally try to avoid Father's Day weekend assuming people have family things that conflict. This year Fourth of July is on a Wednesday. This opens up a second weekend and possibly a third to condsider for the rendezvous. The three best weekends we should consider are: June 22-24, June 29-July 1, and July6-8. These are all early enough in the summer that we should avoid the sometimes oppressive heat of late July and early August. Please voice your opinions on which weekend is best. We need to setle on a date soon so that we can reserve things at the marina.
Location - There have been several locations suggested.
Herrington Harbor South - We held the rendezvous there in 2009 and it is an excellent facility. The marina was very hospitable and everyone enjoyed themselves. For thos not familiar with it, they are able to dock the boats together. There are good bath facilities, a pool, a restaurant, and god facilities for our Saturday night gathering. There is no town right there, but there is a very inexpensive bus that will take you to Chesapeake City or Deale. All in all I think it's a prime choice.
Knapps Narrows - I haven't stopped there, but have talked to members of other boating groups that had their rendezvous there. We need to figur out which marina is best. Anyone with more information should fill us in.
Baltimore - Baltimore is a great cruising destination. The one downside is finding a marina that has space for our normal Saturday evening gathering. If there is interest, we can check to see what marina works best for our needs.
Annapolis - Another great town. Unfortunately the marinas that could accomodate our group and have facilities are somewhat removed from downtown. There is water taxi service however so it can probably work. The two marinas that come to mind are Annapolis Landing and Port Annapolis. They are both on Back Creek. Another possibility is Mears Mariina. It's also on Back Creek but on the Eastport side so you can walk downtown and to the Eastport restaurants.
These are the locations that come to mind. If you have others to suggest, do so. I excluded St. Michaels from the list since we were there last year and I assume everyone would want something different. We need to settle on date and location soon so that we can make arrangements with the marina, so let the discussion begin.