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35th Annual Show Update

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 10:55 AM

35th Annual Show Update

We are excited about the 35th annual show! We have added some new features and attractions that will add excitement and color to the show. Our feature boat builder is Shepherd, built on Niagara on the Lake, Canada. Ian Wiley will give us some interesting insights to the company at his seminar series presentation on Friday afternoon. We are excited about reliving some of the Launch Clubs history from the 50’s and 60’s by bringing in three vintage unlimited hydroplanes to run on this historic course. The three boats are Dick Higgon’s “Miss Budweiser”, Jay Armstrong’s “Miss US IV”, and Bill Black’s “Gale V”. The sight and sound of these three boats running together is sure to be an awesome sight that you won’t want to miss. Make sure you pack the photo equipment.


A new feature this year is a land display that will feature 1 and 2 cylinder marine engines that we will run during the course of the show. The unique sound of these motors is something that you will not want to miss.


For the sailing enthusiasts we are having a mini fleet of Alden sailboats headed up the 60’ “Dreamer”.


We also are going to have a display of nautical art featuring various painters and photographers. You are also invited to bring along any of your favorite pictures to add to the display.


Over the winter we have been collecting and restoring vintage trophies from the racing years at the Buffalo Launch Club. We hope you enjoy seeing the gleam of the restored trophies as well as seeing the names of past racing legends.


All of this along with a spectacular collection of antique and classic wooden boats, a variety of classic “glassics” with their unique styles and fins, and a number of heats of vintage hydroplanes and skiffs.


The classic car show has grown through the years into a spectacular collection of vehicles. Many car owners collect and restore boats or vice versa, each having an appreciation of what it takes to complete a restoration projects be it a boat or a car.


We do like to party and talk boats. We offer a lunch menu on Friday before the seminar series which will have 2 topics: Shepherd boats and a discussion from our three vintage unlimited crews as what it takes to put one of these monsters from the past back into the water. On Friday evening we host a welcome party and on Saturday evening following the show we have a steak and corn roast. We hope you can join in the Sunday morning for the around the island fun run followed by the awards brunch at 11:30 so people can get on the road early.


When you fill out the registration form, consider checking off the box to donate an auction ride in your boat. The rides take place after the race boat program is completed for the day. All proceeds go to the chapter to help us put on the show and keep costs to the participants down.


There will be nautical vendors, land displays, auction baskets, a kid’s camp, and plenty of your favorite food and beverages. So bring your boat or just plan to attend to enjoy the sights and sounds as well renewing old friendships and making new acquaintances.


Rich DeGlopper, Boat Show Chairman



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