We are happy to report that we are now at Lake Chelan, Washington for the big 3rd Annual Mahogany & Merlot event again this year, the weather on Saturday was fantastic, providing flat water for the race boats and we are having a great time. In fact, such a great time that right now it’s 3:23 AM as we prepare this short “sneak peek” report from Saturday, because in 4.0 hours I have to back on the dock with my camera to catch my ride out to the center of the hydroplane race course with one of the safety boats to hopefully snap some good shots of the big Unlimited Hydroplanes and Limited Hydroplanes running (at speed) on the course today (Sunday).
Here’s Miss Bardahl being craned into the water, one of my all time favorite vintage race boats. The nice folks from The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent, Washington (Seattle area) always do a first class job organizing this event and making it possible for us to see the vintage race boats in action, in person.
We also had a nice surprise when we realized that fellow Woody Boater and Sons of Varnish member Tyson Konecny (from the Okanagan Chapter ACBS) made the trip down from Langley, British Columbia, Canada for the day with his family to take in the sights and sounds of the event. Here’s Tyson capturing one of those perfect shots of a boat at the dock.
Stay tuned on Monday for the full report from the 3rd Annual Mahogany & Merlot event, this is simply a spectacluar gathering of unquie race boats, classic boats and wonderful people. Special thanks go out to the nice folks from The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, the Pacific Northwest Chapter ACBS and the many volunteers for making this a reality and big success.
Falling asleep, gotta go….. Texx