Vintage Race Boat Circuit
Regatta/Hurricane Irma Update - 9/27/2017
It is with regret that we
inform you the Fall Thunder Vintage Race Boat Regatta, scheduled
from November 17 to 19, 2017, in Tavares, Florida, has been
cancelled. As a result of Hurricane Irma, the docks in Wooton Park
have been completely destroyed. The City of Tavares believes it will
take up to 18 months to replace the docks.
After meeting with the
City of Tavares, consideration was given to holding the event absent
any docks. The City believes that the environmental hazards and the
clean-up of the wreckage of boats and docks will be completed before
November 1. Regardless of this assurance, the Board of the CRA feels
that asking persons to launch and retrieve boats under these
compromised conditions is unwise. Debris floating to the surface
while boats are in the water has been raised as a concern as well.
The water level of Lake Dora is extremely high. Advance registration
money will be refunded.
We hope to see you on October 7th
for our next monthly
Fun Run &
Gathering. And, we look forward to next yearís
Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta. Stay posted for developments on our
Tavares Spring Thunder
Regatta - March 16-18, 2018
The Classic Raceboat Association (CRA) is a
Tavares, Florida based non-profit organization formed to organize, promote and run both fun-runs and vintage regattas on
Florida Vintage Race Boat
These are vintage and classic race boats from the early 1900ís to the
1980ís. It is also interesting to note that many CRA members do not own
vintage race boats but join for the social activities, especially all
the fun at our regattas and our Monthly Fun Run & Gathering. All boat types are
Wooton Park Layout
Wooton Park - Current Development Plan
And joining the locals during
the winter months when the northern
based vintage events are in hibernation, the snow birds are increasingly hauling their
beautifully restored vintage and classic race boats down to Florida to
enjoy the sunny and warm Florida weather and to also participate on our
Florida Vintage Race Boat
With the flat
water on the small inland Florida lakes, these regattas
are attracting large boat counts with well over 75 vintage and classic race boats at the
last several events, along with huge crowds. The regatta participants have fun running
their restored vintage race boats at speed on a race course in the warm Florida sun and
the public gets a chance to see, hear and experience the rich history of
racing. The sights and sounds are just magnificent and admission is
free, so come join us at our
next event !!!
Fall Thunder Regatta Video - Pete Boden
Spring Thunder Regatta Video - Pete
Recap & Photos - Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta
Our annual meeting of the members is held in January at our
Tavares Winter Gathering. This is where the election of board members and
officers takes place, along with updates and a lively question and answer
Winter Gathering &
Come join us for all the fun and help us move forward !!!
2017/18 Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit !!!
Snowbirds - haul down in the fall to join
all the fun, then haul back in the spring !!!
boats in the
We hope you
know you are
plan for the
Contact - Bill John
The 2017 Northern/Summer Circuit !!!
Sponsors & Donations
cost to run our APBA sanctioned regattas has become significant as the cost
of insurance, crane rental, ambulance services, safety team, and many other
important facets to make the events safe and enjoyable continue to increase.
In fulfilling our mission, we operate as efficiently as possible and work
very hard to break even at our events. The
help of sponsors like the Lake County Economic Development Commission, the
City of Tavares and various private donors aid significantly to make our
efforts successful. Please check out this link and consider helping us !!!
Help Support Our CRA Regattas
locals, please join our:
Monthly Fun Run &
Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit
related vintage race boat links:
to Home Page - Classic Race Boat Association