A Message from our Committe Chairman:

Seventy-two Hunter owners were delighted with the results of 16 months of preparation for the 2016 Hunter Chesapeake Bay Rendezvous in Solomons.  From opening with a trio playing Vintage Music during desserts under the tent at Spring Cove Marina to closing with the sounds of the rock band Wheelhouse at the Calvert Marine Museum everyone had a good time, ate well and learned a lot.

Speakers and demonstrations were the heart of the Rendezvous, social activities its soul. Sparked by feedback from previous rendezvous, the “Vous Crew” sought topics of broad interest.  Use, state and history of the Bay; sail selection and trim; boat interiors; electronics; and a panel discussion dubbed “cruisers forum” were presented in the air conditioned Museum.  The Rendezvous went outdoors for hands-on firefighting and flares exercises.  The local Power Squadron performed Vessel Safety Checks while Raymarine’s expert did onboard electronics checks.

One Simple Question gave a feel of what it is like to live aboard and hunt for icebergs in a 38-foot sailboat.  It highlighted scientific observations about stewarding our environment.  Before the movie with theater-style popcorn, the group donated half a pickup truck full of groceries to a local food pantry. Professionally led Yoga and nautical craft activities added to the social interaction.  Financial support from Marlow-Hunter, Nortons Yachts, and Thrivent Financial along with promotional materials and 40 door prizes from 18 sponsors gave the Rendezvous a special boost.

The keynote by Melanie Neale, author of Boat Girl, was preceded by the last of the Rendezvous’ fine meals.  Before the meal the Museum expanded the Rendezvous room to include the Museum Lobby and set up the dance floor and stage for the five-piece rock band.  So cool.  Live soft jazz during dinner and eclairs for dessert were a hit too.

The Rendezvous rocked!

Carl