Posted by: Lare | October 8, 2012

Perry Rendezvous Allstars

If you’ve followed the blog for a while you know that Rocinante is Passport 40 sailboat designed by the famous Robert Perry. I’ve always been a fan of his designs and hoped someday to meet him, which I did in 2011 at his home in Tulare Beach. At Port Ludlow every year sometime in August, there is a Robert Perry Design Rendezvous. I’ve tried to make this event for several years running but something always came up. I was determined to attend this year.

I emailed Bob and told him I would be going to the Rendezvous this year and I hoped to be able to jam with his band that would be playing on Saturday night. He agreed, (actually he said it wouldn’t hurt to bring an axe and see what happens), but I could tell he was understandably a little reluctant to commit. After all, the band had played together for a number of years and didn’t necessarily need a third guitar player. Well, I was going to the Rendezvous anyway so I might as well take my gear and see what happens.

Since Rocinante is in Panama I had no boat to take to the party. I came up with a plan B. This was easily enough solved, by taking Rocinante II, our 34’ Damon Motor Coach. My original plan had been to sail over to Port Ludlow with a friend but that didn’t work out. So off I go to find a temporary home near Port Ludlow for the RV while I attend the goings on.

Thirty-nine boats registered for the rally but I’m sure there were more. Signed up were Babas, Islanders, Lafittes, a Mirage, Nordics, Passports, a Saga, Tayanas, Tashibas, a Union, and Valiants. I was able to see and visit four other Passport 40s like Rocinante. It’s really interesting to see your own boat with different dressings and equipment. I learned quite a bit. The Saga had recently done a round-the-world trip. I think this is my new favorite design—outside Rocinante of course.

Saturday night came and as I was walking about I saw Bob Perry setting up band equipment for the evenings festivities. I asked him again if I could jam with the band and he said okay, but he reserved the right to pull out the hook if I sounded bad. That worked for me so I made the trip back to Rocinante II at an RV park down the road to retrieve my gear. After setting up and playing a few practice tunes with the band they allowed me to stay.

The party was a lot of fun and judging from the responses and the dance floor participation, the music was great. I’d like to thank the Perry Rendezvous All Stars, Bob Perry, Jeff, Frosty, and Kurt, for letting me play. I really had a good time. Having the opportunity to sing good three-part harmony is a rare thing for me and I enjoyed it to the fullest. As a matter of fact it was so good for us that we had a weekend jam at Bob’s a month later to practice and learn some new tunes for the Rally next year. It’s nice to know that I’ll have at least one gig when I come back.


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