|
The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Boaters' delight on Keuka Lake

  • Two-day show, regatta drop anchor in Hammondsport
    • email print
  • HAMMONDSPORT | Hundreds came to the head of Keuka Lake on Saturday for the 32nd annual WCCB Antique Boat Show and Regatta.
    Jack Young, chairman of the two-day event, said between 55 and 60 boats are entered this year.
    “This was a good year,” Young said. “We have more boats this year than last year and there was so much interest we could have had a waiting list.”
    Gil Grant, of DeLand, Fla., was one of the exhibitors showing off his pride and joy. Grant was displaying “Wooden Lady”, a 1960 Chris Craft Cavalier.
    Grant purchased the 25-foot boat in 2002 in Florida and spent 4.5 years restoring it.
    “I did it all myself except for the upholstery and the canvas,” Grant said.
    Grant said he doesn't know how much money he’s put into restoring the craft to its current state.
    “I purposely didn't keep track,” Grant said. “It would probably scare me to death if I knew how much was in it.”
    Grant, originally from the Buffalo, N.Y., area, said the Keuka Lake event is one of a handful of
    shows he attends every year.
    “This is one of my favorite shows because of the people and the beauty of the area,” Grant said.
    For some who attended Saturday's boat show, just one antique boat isn’t enough. Dave Blum, of Bergen, said he has restored at least 13 wooden Penn Yan boats.
    “Penn Yan Swifts are super collectable” Blum said. “With all the work that goes into these boats, you couldn’t build one these days and make money.”
    Saturday’s events continued with a parade of boats, led by the Hammondsport Fire Department.
    Today’s events include a second day of boat displays, followed by a regatta with two heats.
    The short run will take the boats to Snug Harbor and back, while boats in the long run will race to Bluff Point and back.
    The regatta was first run in 1984 and is a salute to the historic Hammondsport≠Penn Yan Race of the 1920s and 30s.
    By the close of events Sunday, Young estimates that thousands of visitors come out to take part in the festivities.
    Kelley Meade, of Hammondsport, brought her children, ages three and four, out to see the
    beautifully crafted boats.
    Meade said she's not much of a boat person but she enjoyed perusing the items for sale by various vendors and enjoying the smells and tastes of the food vendors.
    “It's wonderful to have a variety of events to bring the community together,” Meade said. “It gives us a chance to do different things with our family and to support local organizations.”
    Page 2 of 2 -

        calendar