Jan 25, 2017

VanDutch LaunchFrom Friday, January 20th to Sunday, January 22nd, VanDutch and the Friday Harbour Resort collaborated on the official VanDutch Canada brand launch in Toronto, Ontario. Each of the three evenings catered to a targeted audience, including Toronto elite, city council and elected officials, Friday Harbour Resort owners and residents, select media and local residents. Further photos and videos from the launch will be available via the VanDutch Facebook page later this week.

Friday’s kick-off event featured an unveiling of the official VanDutch 30 “Friday Harbour Edition”, introduced by Friday Harbour Resort's Principal Partner Jim De Gasperis, and VanDutch Director of Operations Reed Nicol. Guests were able to tour the stylish sport yacht, and speak with VanDutch representatives about the company’s expansion into Friday Harbour Resort and Canada.

The partnership intends to fuse Friday Harbour Resort’s impressive Canadian resort culture with the globally recognized technology, design and style of VanDutch on the water. This powerful partnership includes the VanDutch Toronto Sales Center at Friday Harbour Resort, operating VanDutch Canadian Sales & Service, the VanDutch Lounge at Friday Harbour Resort, and extended benefits in the exclusive VanDutch Owners Club. Opening 2017, guests of the VanDutch Friday Harbour Sales Center will be able to configure, sea trial, service & maintenance the VanDutch fleet, including the versatile 30’, classic 40’, and powerful 55’.

VanDutch Launch - Rob Walters and Leanne RuestWe had the pleasure of interviewing Marina Manager Rob Walters, who explained to us that the Marina will boast a 1,000 slip facility upon completion and will be able to accommodate vessels from runabouts to 100 foot yachts. Anything that can access Lake Simcoe through the Trent- Severn Waterway can be accommodated at Friday Harbour All Seasons Resort. The Marina plans to open this summer.

Caption: Rob Walters, Marina Manager and Leanne Ruest , Chief Sales and Services Officer of Friday Harbour All Seasons Resort.

As one of only six Certified Marina Managers in Canada, Friday Harbour's Rob Walters is helping to establish this all seasons resort as Ontario's premier waterside attraction. “Our service philosophy at the marina is consistent with the entire resort,” he says. “To exceed expectations, anticipate needs and to make the impossible, possible.”

We also had the pleasure of meeting Leanne Ruest at the event. As Chief Sales and Services Officer, Leanne makes it her mission to ensure that all residents and guests have an experience that is genuinely world-class. Officially, she's responsible for retail sales, the membership and rental programs, marketing and communications and the personalized service department, making her the point person for the luxury resort experience provided at Friday Harbour.

Visit fridayharbourresort.com

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