Fellow Woody Boaters Mike & Nicole Mayer reporting in from today’s Chicago River Cruise, one of the pre-events leading up to the big 36th Annual ACBS Meeting and International Show hosted by the Blackhawk and Glacier Lakes ACBS Chapters. Take it away Mike!

Texx – We had about 15 boats on the cruise. The weather fully cooperated and my wife and I were fortunate to make some great new friends and get a ride on Rick and Beth Leppings 1957 17′ CC deluxe.

We topped off with gas before we left and therefore didn’t run out. The little Chris made it’s debut on Lake Michigan and we had a great cruise over to the Chicago river inlet.


We had WB-ADD and were distracted by a big Viking type boat. We went over to check it out and didn’t get back in time to lock through with the group. We ended up going through with Bill Mack and his 1941 Lyman, and the Coast Guard.


Traveling through downtown Chicago with a caravan of woodies on a sunshiny day is the only way to go. Once we locked back through all of us in the smaller boats were dismayed by the rollers waiting for us out in the lake.


We got soaked but had a great time. We missed lunch at the Yacht Club but suspect that this group had a great time.


The Blackhawk and Glacier ACBS Chapters have done a great job organizing this. Matt Byrne has been awesome!

Mike & Nicole Mayer

36th ANNUAL MEETING AND INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW – hosted by the Blackhawk and Glacier Lakes Chapter

The Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc. (ACBS) announces that more than 100 of the top ranked and prized classic/vintage boats in all classes from the entire US and Canada are expected to attend the Annual International Antique and Classic Boat show Sept. 23 & 24, 2011 on the shores of Lake Geneva, WI.

Sponsored by the Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc. with it’s Blackhawk Chapter, the judged event will take place Friday & Saturday at The Abbey Resort, Fontana, WI. All classes of antique and classic boats will be represented; judges will use the official ACBS judging format. In addition, special awards including the coveted best of show, for both Best Preserved and Best Restored boats of the year will be given. With its impressive combination of large attendance, 10,000 visitors, and natural beauty, this ACBS show has become a premier antique and classic boat show of North America. This year’s show will include a boat parade at 4 pm on Saturday, and continued events on Sunday. A large vendor area including local artisans will provide additional attraction.

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4 Responses to “Cruising Live-ish From The Chicago River – ACBS International Style”
  1. DonD

    The ANTIQUE boat plied Canadian waters and;

    MADE the Chicago waterline! (ya.., ya.., it was called “booze” then.

    Read your history.