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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:13 pm    Post subject: 09/06 - 09/08 - Vancouver Island Gathering 2013
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I have received PMs from some great folks who attended the Comox gathering last year. How much they enjoyed themselves and how disappointed they are that there is not another one this year. Andrea and I enjoyed hosting it too, but do not want to commit as hosts for 2013.

So I throw out the request, will someone else host a gathering on Vancouver Island east coast for 2013? There must be someone from Sooke to Campbell River, and all destinations in between, who can host a gathering (the memories will last a lifetime). Also Sunshine Coast Brats are invited to host.

Let's show our southern neighbours what we can do eh!

Martin.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martin,

Great idea. I would have loved to make your CBGT but work rarely allows long enough to make that trip distance. I would sure like to see one farther down south. Sidney or Brentwood Bay area. There are some of us that are pretty limited to maybe a 3 day weekend at most, and would still love to be able to join.

Even though i didn't get up there last year, thanks for your efforts. I did hear good things, so you did well.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:59 pm    Post subject: Vancouver Island Gathering 2013 ? Reply with quote

Good point Harvey. If a Brat can host a gathering on the bottom half of Vancouver Island, more of our southern neighbours will be able to attend.

Martin.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Martin. On my trip north as soon as I retire (in another 10 - 20 Rolling Eyes years) I will be the first one to sign up for the Comox CBGT Wink if/when. I'll give you plenty of warning. Embarassed


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let me think on this one... I hope to go to the Friday Harbor one in May, so may get some tips ideas for organizing our own. I am trying to think of a suitable location...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go for it, Mike! A C-Brat gathering somewhere around Victoria sounds wonderful!

Martin - I just found my City of Comox pin! Fond memories of a GREAT gathering!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:38 am    Post subject: Vancouver Island Gathering 2013 ? Reply with quote

Thanks Pat, it sure was a lot of fun. Unfortunately Friday Harbour has come just a bit too early for us this year. Here's hoping Mike can pull something together (no pressure Mike Wink ). I'm sure looking forward to meeting up with all you guys again.

Martin.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are there any guidelines to organising a c-brat get together? I have never been to one yet, but would be happy to try to organize one this summer in the South Island area...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:37 pm    Post subject: Vancouver Island Gathering 2013 ? Reply with quote

Hi Mike,

I'll chip in with the first answer to your question, although there are many more experienced Brats on this forum than I. We'll probably hear from them after supper tonight Smile

First thing is to find a date that does not clash with any other C-Brat events in the PNW. I threw out a couple of dates I had in mind to the group. I soon got replies why some dates would work and others not. The Brats like to arrive Fri and depart Sun morning. They want to tie up at the marina not anchor out. Talk to the wharfinger and get him/her onside, keep all the Brats together if possible. The Brats do like to eat/drink and socialise. Be nice if there are things of interest close by within walking distance. Maybe a potluck supper Fri or Sat evening, inside or outside weather permitting. Extras, like entertainment, quizzes, games are up to you. They are a really laid back group, so don't organise too much, it's like herding cats.

Hope this gets the ball rolling. I'm sure you will get more help soon.

Martin.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mike,
There are no specific rules, (that I know of), about hosting a cbrat get-together (CBGT). Patti and I have hosted the Friday Harbor gathering for five years and have found it fun, rewarding. and surprisingly little work. Brats generally arrive from Friday noonish on, stay Friday and Saturday nights and depart sometime Sunday morning. Just what goes on in between varies from gathering to gathering. At Friday Harbor we have arranged a regular Friday evening dinner with a local restaurant, they give us a special menu because we have 50-60 people and it makes it easier for them to plan. Not everybody comes and no one worries. I try to give the restaurant a forecast, again, to help them plan. On Saturday people go their own ways, some fish/crab/shrimp, other see the sights in town or hang around the docks to chat, steal boat ideas, and enjoy each other's company. Saturday afternoon we have a true potluck dinner, people bring whatever they choose. Sometimes we have brat entertainment, sometimes not, sometimes we have a giveaway, sometimes not. The main needs are a place to put the food, (we rent some tables with costs defrayed by donations from earlier gatherings), room enough to sit, and sometimes a covered area. Sunday morning groups go to breakfast or sit around the dock and continue to chat (gossip) and everybody is usually gone by around noon. Beforehand I contact the marina, arrange space for an approximate number of expected boats, at Friday Harbor we are early in the season and have up to 40 boats so they are very glad to see us and give is a good price break. I contact the restaurant set a time and menu and at FH contact the local West Marine who kindly hosts us for coffee/donuts and gives a price break. We rent the tables, maybe print up a few handouts about local attractions and get ready to greet people. About the only moorage issues we have are trying to keep the brats together in one area, occasionally shooing other boats away, and handling lines for incoming boats. As far a choosing a location, we usually have some kind of a town fairly nearby but it is not a rule. The town provides restaurants, some shopping, maybe a little entertainment or resupplying. The real main attraction is the other brats and their boats. There have been successful gatherings with fewer than 10 boats. There have been rainy, windy and icy gatherings. Brats are just glad to see each other. Should you decide you are interested, Patti and I will be glad to offer any help we can.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. I am planning to come to Friday Harbour, so will be able to take good notes! I need to find a suitable marina in the South Vancouver Island area. Do you think September is too late? Marinas would be emptier...
I will start making enquiries at some local marinas.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:37 pm    Post subject: Vancouver Island Gathering 2013 ? Reply with quote

Sept is usually a good month weather wise, especially the first half. Last year even Oct was good, but that would be pushing our luck.
Sydney is a great seaside town. Excellent marina and everything within walking distance.

Martin.
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I was thinking that Sidney would be a good area. I will ask at some of the marinas. Sidney marina would be the best location...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

September, like May can be very good or pretty crappy. If you go in September I'd really put Sidney at the top of my list, it has the least exposure, just a 10nm jaunt across Haro Strait from Roche Harbor...and its a fun place.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mike. When I first saw this post the thought did cross my mind of taking it on but I have a heavy work load so thought better of it. I definitely would be willing to give you a hand in putting something together or helping in any capacity needed.
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