At the recent Sunnyland Antique & Classic Boat Festival in Tavares, Florida we had the pleasure of meeting Angilla Baccus. Angilla is the new Associate Editor for the Brass Bell, the Official Quarterly Publication of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club.
Although the Sunnyland event was probably the perfect venue to introduce Angilla to the hobby (outside of the office), it’s certainly a great deal of infomation to obsorb in a very short period of time – but she simply took it all in stride. Angilla also spent some time with us at Woody Boater Headquarters which was not for the faint of heart this year.
From the early morning photo shoots on the water with Don Ayers, to working at the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club tent during the day, to attending all the social events in the evenings – every day was non-stop busy. Below, here’s Angilla getting to know some of the folks at Woodystock FLA on Thursday night.
After returning home from Florida, I asked Angilla to comment on her new role with the Brass Bell and her experience at the Sunnyland show. She said….
I’m from Edmond, Oklahoma (the same city as Don Ayers). I hold the position of Associate Editor for The Brass Bell. In that position, I edit articles that we receive and contribute to forming the content of the magazine. I also connect with readers and potential authors to discuss and develop ideas for upcoming issues. Coming into this position I knew little information about classic boating, but recently, I made a trip to the Sunnyland boat show in Tavares, Florida.
That show really changed my whole perspective on the boating hobby. I met such wonderful, genuine people. Antique boating isn’t their hobby…it’s their passion. The passion spilled onto me as well. I learned so much on the Sunnyland trip and I can’t wait to learn more. Seeing firsthand how the boating community relates to one another and takes pride in their hard work–it was an honor for me to be a part of that. When I have the adequate funds, I would like to purchase a wooden boat myself (for my first boat, possibly, a 17′ deluxe runabout). It has been such a privilege to work with Terry, Brian, Don, and Bill. At Sunnyland I was able to finally experience a boat show at its finest. That weekend was one that I will not soon forget. – Angilla Baccus
On Friday afternoon Angilla and Don went on the Sunnyland lunch cruise with Bill Hancock aboard “Fantasma” a rare 1959 Sebino runabout. Before long, Angilla was at the wheel of the Italian runabout gliding across the lake, which was caught on video by Don. Some girls have all the luck…
It was also great to meet Bill Hancock in Tavares and share some fun stories about the good old days of NASCAR – Thanks Bill!
Photos for this story are courtesy of Robert & Linda Miracle at Miracle Photography.