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Suncoast Yachts 2014 Island Packet Rendezvous is scheduled for October 17-18th at Catalina Two Harbors.
Suncoast Yachts 2013 Island Packet Rendezvous - Catalina Island

Suncoast’s 20th annual Island Packet Rendezvous was a huge success! We arrived in Two Harbors, Catalina Thursday morning and kicked the weekend off with registration on the beach. Sailors were invited to bring their lunch to the beach, pick up their registration bags and visit with other Island Packet owners. After lunch we got acquainted with a boat to boat visit. Everyone got in their dinghy’s and starting with the smallest boat, visited each boat while tasting wine and hors d'oeuvres. We finished off Thursday with a beach pot-luck.

On Friday afternoon we had a group sail. Later, we went to the beach for an excellent catered dinner provided by Two Harbors restaurant. We capped the night off with door prizes. Ken Nolan won our grand prize of a free bottom job from Shelter Island Boat Yard. Our rendezvous took place on Cruisers Weekend so many of our owners stayed in Catalina for the entire weekend to attend the seminars. We had eleven boats this year and thanks to the owners and all our sponsors, we had a great time at the 2013 rendezvous.


Suncoast Yachts 2007 Island Packet Rendezvous - San Diego

Our 2007 Rendezvous commenced in San Diego this year after a last minute change of venue due to a lack on interest in going out to Catalina Island. Will Dittmer, our Island Packet Customer Service Representative, was a hit as he fielded technical questions from many our owners. Ann Kinner of Seabreeze Nautical Books gave a great presentation on cruising guides and LeNan and Rod Thompson enlightened us on the ins and outs of provisioning. Dave Fleck of Western Yacht Commissioning brought our attention back to the nitty gritty of maintaining our mechanical systems while Kevin Kolaki finished out the day updating us on the new electronics coming out. We finished off Friday evening with an excellent BBQ sponsored by San Diego Marine Exchange and prepared by Chez Arlan Brown. Helen Powell took first prize in our desert competition but truthfully they were all excellent.

Saturday we started out the day hearing from Chuck Skewes of Ullman Sails who demonstrated how easy it can be to use an asymmetrical spinnaker with a sock. Our group sail that afternoon was quite relaxing thanks to a Santa Anna which had settled over San Diego. We perked things up in the evening with our dinner and raffle at Fiddlers Green Resturant. Bill Noonan, one of our owners, was gracious enough to share an interesting presentation he had created about their passage through the Panama Canal. Our evening ended with our ever popular raffle. We had a lot of great sponsors this year with too many prizes to count. Mac McLeod walked off with the top prize of a folding bike from Dimen Financial. Way to go Mac!

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Suncoast Yachts 2006 Island Packet Rendezvous - Catalina Island

Another successful Rendezvous on Catalina Island. Suncoast has been hosting rendezvous for years in San Diego, but this was the second year in a row on Catalina Island. With the theme, Sailing to Paradise, everyone was able to relax and enjoy! To start the weekend off, Thursday we held registration at the beach picnic area, followed by a barbeque and beach bon fire. Friday we held a boat to boat wine & hors d'oeuvre tasting & poker run, followed up by a “Cheeseburger in Paradise” BBQ.

Saturday there was a seminar with Tom Jarvis of San Diego Marine Exchange, followed by a group sail. Later that evening everyone gathered at Harbor Reef Restaurant for dinner and door prizes. We had over 20 boats represented at this years event and thanks to the owners and all of our sponsorships 2006 Island Packet Rendezvous was a huge success!

Hope to see you all next year - Smooth Sailing, Suncoast Yachts

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Suncoast Yachts 2005 Island Packet Rendezvous - Catalina Island

The 2005 rendezvous was a little more relaxed than usual since we decided to hold it on Catalina Island. Until now all of our rendezvous have been held in San Diego, so this was a nice change for those who have been attending our rendezvous for years and exciting for those who were able to join us for the first time.

To start the weekend off, Thursday we held registration at the beach picnic area, followed by an Aloha barbeque. A prize was awarded for the best island wear also! Friday we began with a picnic lunch followed by a group sail off the Island. Later that evening friends old and new got together for cocktails and hours d'oeuvres followed by dinner at the Harbor Reef Restaurant and everyone's favorite "Door Prizes"!

Cruisers Weekend was also going on at the Island, so we enjoyed listening to the seminars and joining in the festivities. That night The Log Newspaper held a beach party & raffle so more fun was to be had.

We had over 20 boats represented at this years event and thanks to the owners and all of our sponsorships 2005 Island Packet Rendezvous was a huge success! Hope to see you all next year - Smooth Sailing, Suncoast Yachts


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Suncoast Yachts 2004 Island Packet Rendezvous - San Diego

This has been the biggest IP Rendezvous so far. Thursday nights BBQ sponsored by San Diego Marine Exchange featured steaks, chicken and grilled veggies - mmmmm! After several seminars, Friday night was beautiful weather for a pot luck dinner and open bar under the tent. With more appetizers, meals, and desserts than we all could eat, everyone left happy.

This years speakers covered topics on Cooking Aboard", "What's New" from Seabreeze Bookstore, Phantom Marine, The Watermaker Store, and there was also time for an open boat tour.

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With the wind in our favor and the sun on our backs, Saturday afternoon was perfect for a group sail. Each boat that went out, took several extra people, so it was relaxing and social.

Saturday night's dinner was held at Fiddlers Green. With so many door prizes to go around everyone went home happy. We hope you all can join us at Catalina Island for the 2005 Island Packet Rendezvous!

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Suncoast Yachts 2003 Island Packet Rendezvous - San Diego

The 2003 Island Packet Rendezvous was another success! With the amount of attendees growing every year, it is always fun for old friends to reunite and to meet new faces. Everyone always has so many stories to share about their past year of travels. An extra day was added this year to ensure that everyone had time to relax and enjoy.

Some of the key speakers this year were Steve Gamman of Balmar who spoke on "Charging Technology", Bruce Brown spoke on Switlik and other safety gear and ended his presentation by deploying a life raft. Also John Heneke of Sailing Supply spoke on "Technical Rope."

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By adding an extra day to the itinerary, San Diego Marine Exchange and Sailing Supply was kind enough to cook out for all that could make it. Prizes were also given out to the "Best Hat" in the Crazy Hat contest.

Other topics discussed during the weekend were Furling systems, Cruising your IP, Marine Batteries, Cetol, Bottom Paint, clothing designed for boaters, and new products for your yacht. Saturday’s dinner was held at the Bali Hai and consisted of a Hawaiian style buffet. Yumm


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Suncoast Yachts 2002 Island Packet Rendezvous - San Diego

The 2002 Island Packet Rendezvous was extended by a day this year for a more relaxed vacation for the sailors. Arriving Thursday afternoon, after getting situated Suncoast Yachts and San Diego Marine Exchange provided everyone with an oceanside BBQ and drinks

Friday morning there were several seminars and open boat viewing on the boats that came to the rendezvous and Suncoast’s new stock boats. Following the events was a pot luck dinner with many wonderful dishes and desserts cooked by the boaters and several games and prizes.

Saturday there were several more seminars followed by dinner and drinks at the San Diego Yacht Club. Bill Bolin of Island Packet gave everyone an update on the happening at Island Packet, followed by everyone’s favorite part – Door Prizes! A picture perfect October weekend in Southern California for the 8th annual Suncoast Yachts 2002 Island Packet Rendezvous!

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Suncoast Yachts 2001 Island Packet Rendezvous - San Diego

Island Packets, large and smaller, older and newer came from far and near to Tonga Landing for the weekend event.

Friday night kicked off with a traditional potluck dinner. Saturday morning, all rose to begin the day with a continental breakfast. A full day of speakers and meals and events was scheduled. Guest speakers presented new products, opportunities for savings on boat equipment for Island Packet owners, information on sails, maintenance, Yanmar engines and fuel. One seminar was an in slip rig tune which was awarded to a lucky winner at Friday night's dinner.

Suncoast Yachts image During lunch, David and Cynthia Greene shared their experiences in Cruising Mexico aboard their Island Packet 420, REACHING DEEP with the other owners. Davie and Cynthia were headed back to Mexico with Bob and Jennifer Klein of Island Packet 40, NEUSTRA ISLA after the rendezvous weekend.

Everyone enjoyed dinner at the San Diego Yacht Club Saturday night. Bruce Hodges of Island Packet Yachts joined us for the weekend. After dinner, he spoke to the group about the all new Island Packet 485 Center Cockpit.

The evening ended with tickets being drawn for many, many door prizes. Everybody was a winner!

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