Rock the Coast
July 20 & 21, 2018
Captain's Registration will open on March 15, 2018. This event is WMO members only
One of West Michigan Offshore's two premier events, Rock the Coast has grown from a small event with 25 boats three years ago to a nationally-recognized run attracting more than 100 boats in 2017. From the Friday night party at the Grand Haven Municipal Marina to the action-packed run on Saturday, RTC is open to all boaters regardless of boat size, speed, or worth. Please see information below for details on events, registration, and much more.
Schedule of Events
*Subject to change*
Friday, July 20
2pm to 5pm: Boats arrive at the Grand Haven Municipal Marina
5pm to 10pm: Marina hangout party and captain's packet pickup
Saturday, July 21
10am to 10:30am: Boats gather at their designated meeting places in the Grand Haven channel
10:30am: Boats depart Grand Haven en route to Holland
11:30am (roughly): Boats begin arriving at Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant
11:30am to 1:00pm: Lunch stop at Boatwerks
1:00pm: Boats depart Holland en route to Port Sheldon
1:30pm: Raft up party in Port Sheldon, dispersing around 4:30pm
Sunday, July 22
All day: Boaters enjoy the beautiful gold coast of West Michigan on their own time.
Just like last year, the club has reserved the entire Grand Haven Municipal Marina for WMO members from Friday through Sunday. Members will reserve their slips privately through the Michigan DNR website when registration opens on February 1 at 8:00am, and the group code will go out to the entire club via email right at 8:00am. Although the DNR site only allows one boat per slip, the WMO board is going to fill every slip with as many boats as will fit. Please keep in mind that if you book a slip either through the site or through the board, you are not guaranteed that exact slip. A board member may move you to make sure every spot in the marina if filled. Contact club President Chris Dekker at firstname.lastname@example.org if the online reservations are full and you'd still like a spot at the marina.
Saturday Run and Lunch Information
Departing from Grand Haven, the boats will leave in three groups according to their anticipated cruising speed. To lengthen the run, boats will first make their way towards Muskegon, turning around just before the pier heads. They'll then make their way to the Holland channel, proceeding to the end of Lake Macatawa, arriving at Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant.
A delicious meal will be served (menu and price to be announced at a later date) for all those who have wristbands, which can be purchased through the registration process.
After lunch, boats will proceed to Port Sheldon, which is located half way in between Grand Haven and Holland. A raft up party (which has attracted between 40 and 60 boats the last couple of years) will occur, dispersing at 4:30pm.
All WMO events (unless otherwise noted) are members only. If you're not a WMO member, register today for only $95!
Captain's registration for Rock the Coast will open on March 15, 2018. Although WMO has arranged significantly more seating space at Boatwerks than last year, this event will again most likely have to be capped.
Children and guests are more than welcome to participate at no cost, provided they have also completed the passenger registration form (opening shortly before the event). Please keep in mind that WMO members who have not registered may not participate due to safety and liability concerns.