past will come alive as the vintage and classic race boats of
bygone eras return to Wooton Park in
Tavares, Florida for our
Thunder Regatta. Tavares is
major stop on the Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit with over 75 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 are invited to view them close-up in the pit
area at Wooton Park on both Saturday and Sunday. We will
be running large heats of all vintage classes, including
outboards, small hydros, mid-hydros, large hydros, flatbottoms, skiffs, speedsters, gold cuppers, and fire
breathing grand prix hydros.
As a special
treat, we will be
running three vintage unlimited race boats on the course.
These are the biggest and fastest vintage boats on the circuit,
running fire breathing Allison V-12 aircraft engines. The sights and sounds
will be just magnificent, come join all the fun !!!
April 4th, 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
Run & Gathering.
This will be a full day on the flat 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 !!!
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. A great day on the water
with lots of food, grog and good friends with happy wind burned faces.
All boat types
are welcomed - pontoon boats gotta keep up with the pack !