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Monthly Fun Run & Gathering

Always on the first Saturday of the month.

Join the fun on our next Fun Run - October 7, 2017

Usually ends up with a cocktail party at our new CRA Clubhouse !!!

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 our Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit. 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. Our boating season is year round down here in sunny, warm Florida and all boat types are welcomed. So please come join us for all the fun and adventure !!!

 

On October 7th, always the first Saturday of the month, our local CRA group will be launching our boats at the Gilbert Park ramp in Mount Dora for our next Monthly Fun Run & Gathering. This will be a full day on the flat, fresh water of the beautiful Harris Chain of Lakes, including a grand lunch social. Even without a boat, please join us for lunch, lots of banter and a regatta update !!!

 

Launching ceremonies begin at 9 AM and then we leave at 10 AM to cruise all over the beautiful Harris Chain of Lakes, including the newly cleared/dredged Dora Canal. At noon we will stop for lunch at the lake Harris Hideaway. They have new docks and an enlarged outdoor seating area, with lots of food and grog.

 

After lunch we will head out again to enjoy the warm Florida sun and the flat water. After a full day on the water, we will return to Gilbert Park in Mount Dora and pull our boats safely back onto trailers. Then it's off to our new CRA Clubhouse on Lakeshore drive for another gathering and cocktails. What fun, another great day on the water with good friends and beautiful vintage and classic race boats, with lots of food, grog and happy wind burned faces. All boat types are welcomed, come join all the fun !!!

 

All boat types are welcomed to join us - pontoon boats gotta keep up with the pack.

  9 am - launching at Gilbert Park in Mount Dora

10 am - head out by boat for our morning fun run !!!

12 pm - social gathering/lunch at lake Harris Hideaway or JD Boondocks

  1 pm - head out by boat for our afternoon fun run !!!

  3 pm - pull boats back onto trailers at Gilbert Park in Mount Dora

  4 pm - social gathering & cocktails at our new CRA Clubhouse - Lake Winds

Contact - Bill John

352-729-6060

BillJohn48@Comcast.net

Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit

Lake Winds


Here are a few photos taken by CRA Board Member Len Galeucia on our 12/03/2016 Monthly Fun Run.

     

     

Click here for a short video !!!

 


 

Just a few photos from our 11/05/2016 Monthly Fun Run & Gathering.

This was perhaps our largest Gathering, with all kinds of boats including Jersey Speed Skiffs, Donzi's, Outboards, Classic Glass, Pontoons, and magnificent antique and classic wooden boats from our local Sunnyland Chapter of ACBS. We had reserved seats at Boondocks for lunch and the food and service were just superb. We had another great day on the water followed by a cocktail party, dinner and awards banquet at the beautiful Mount Dora Yacht Club. This was all part of our Sunnyland Chapter Annual Meeting.

 

Please join us for all the fun on our next Monthly Run & Gathering !!!

         

         

         

         

       

 


 

A few pics from our 10/01/2016 Fun Run !!!

 

    


 

CRA Member Tamara Petterson took these photos & video on our 7/2/2016 Fun Run !!!

 

     

     

 

Click here for video - the water was flat & Roger was fast !!!

 


 

We had 18 boats on 5/7/2016 for our Monthly Fun Run & Gathering !!!

 

 

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

 

We even had a pontoon boat join us - Jim Horton cruising right along at 60 mph !!!

Performance Pontoon & Deckboats LLC
www.fasttoons.com

Action Video Taken by our friend Jason Efron !!!

 


We had 15 boats on 5/2/2015 for our Monthly Fun Run & Gathering !!!

 

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

   


 

We had a good turnout of local boats on 1/3/2015 !!!

Skiff Video - by Patsy Engel !!!

Obsession Video

Obsession Video

        

         

         

         

         

         

     

These photos were taken on 1/11/2015, during an F. Pierce Williams photo shoot.

F. Pierce Williams Website

         

     

   

   

The photos below were taken at our December 6th Monthly Fun Run. The weather was perfect, with warm Florida sunshine and flat water !!!

As usual, the first to arrive at Gilbert Park in Mount Dora was Howie Benns with his beautiful Chris Craft Utility that he restored. Then Mark, Gwen and Vann Elan arrived with their beautiful classic 21 foot Donzi. They are the newest of our Classic Race Boat Association and will be running their Donzi at our Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta in March. Then best buddies John Taggart and Bill Burgess arrived with John's 1930 Dodge Runabout. John has owned and maintained this rare Dodge Runabout since he was a small boy. Bill John and Gerri Prusko filled out the fleet with their 1946 Garwood Speedster that Bill has owned and maintained for the past 35 years.   

         

         

         

After our launching ceremonies, we headed out on beautiful Lade Dora, through the absolutely stunning Dora Canal, onto Lake Eustis, through the Dead River Canal and onto Lake Harris. Then we pulled into the docks at the renovated lake Harris Hideaway for lunch. After lunch, we took a leisurely ride back to the Gilbert Park Launch Ramp. We all made it back safe and sound with no breakdowns, it was a good day on the water !!!

         

         

         

         

         

         

   

What fun, another great day on the water with good friends and beautiful vintage and classic race boats, along with a grand gathering for lunch with lots of food, grog and good friends with happy wind burned faces. Please join us for our next Monthly Fun Run & Gathering - always the first Saturday of the month !!!  

 


For locals, please join our:

Saturday Morning Gatherings

Monthly Fun Run & Gathering

Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit

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