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Tavares Winter Thunder Regatta

January 17-19, 2014

Recap & Photos !!!

Regatta Photos by Brett LaBlanc !!!

Regatta Photos by F. Peirce Williams !!!

The past came alive as vintage and classic race boats of bygone eras return to Wooton Park in Tavares, Florida for our annual Tavares Winter Thunder Regatta. Tavares is now a major stop on the CRA Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit, and this winter's regatta expanded to 3 full days, with beautifully restored vintage and classic race boats running demonstration laps on a 1 mile oval course on beautiful Lake Dora. In addition to seeing and hearing these unique and beautiful boats run, spectators were also invited to view them close-up in the pit area at Wooton Park on both Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday was setup day, blowing up and testing the course markers, picking up the regatta permit and hauling the CRA trailer to Wooton park. What fun !!



On Friday morning, the vintage race boats started to arrive at Wooton Park.
























Then on Friday evening, we gathered for the opening reception at AL'S Flight Deck.






Saturday morning Driver/Rider Meeting, with Nemo's education class on helmet safety. 



Safety/Patrol Boat Meeting, with Nemo's education class on radio protocol.




After safety and patrol boats were stationed on the course, it was time to Rock & Roll !!!































Regatta action videos by Riley Warddrip - crank it up !!!

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Wow - check out this Grand Prix video by Jack Lowe !!!

Video - Grand Prix Hydros

This batch of photos are from our Saturday evening celebration. Notice all the smiling faces!!! It is important to remember that these vintage regattas are really social events, and every regatta is actually a reunion and gathering of good friends with our beautiful vintage race boats in the background, pulling us together. All are welcome to come join the fun, with or without a boat. We hope you will consider joining us at our next Regatta.

Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta













We elected board members for the new, non-profit Classic Raceboat Association Inc.


And then the final toast of the evening - what fun !!!


Then on Sunday, after our Driver/Rider Meeting, we ran vintage heats all day long.









We are done posting all our photos and videos, will now go back and fill in the story line. So please check back later and follow our progress.

Come join all the fun at our next Regatta !!!

Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta

Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit


Here are the links to several of our past Tavares Thunder Regattas.

Tavares Fall Thunder Regatta - 2013

Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta - 2013

Tavares Spring Thunder Photos by F. Peirce Williams

For locals, please join our:

Saturday Morning Gatherings

Monthly Fun Run & Gathering

Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit

Some related vintage race boat links:

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