It was smiles all around on Friday evening as classic boaters arrive back to the Whitefish Lodge docks from the evening cruise, to kick off the second annual WWW II – Whitefish Woody Weekend on Whitefish Lake, Montana.
This year over 30 wooden boats from around the Pacific Northwest converge on beautiful Whitefish Lake, in north western Montana for a fun weekend of classic boating. The weather forecast is perfect all weekend with clear, sunny skies and temperatures in the high 80’s and low 90’s.
The second annual WWW II gathering is sponsored by the Big Sky Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and is hosted by the spectacular Lodge at Whitefish Lake, a perfect venue for a classic boating weekend. Fellow Woody Boaters and Whitefish, Montana residents Tim & Deb Salt, working together with the Big Sky Chapter ACBS have worked hard to make this event a success again this year.
After what seemed like a long winter for many of us, the scent of fresh varnish and big V-8 engines burbling on an 80 degree summer evening is like a big gulp of Red Bull – It “Gives You Wings”… (Hey – Give me a break, as I write this it’s 3:06 AM local time and I have to be back at the lodge in 4 hours to hopefully shoot some boats on the lake in the crisp morning sun)
The unique Stan Craft marque is legendary in these parts, and it’s exciting see both the classic Stan Craft designs from back in the day, as well as some modern Stan Craft contemporary designs here this weekend.
Gerry & Donna Gilbreath from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho have two boats here this weekend, this is the multi-award winning contemporary “Jefe” – a spectacular CDA Custom 34′ with some serious horsepower. Gerry would have it no other way…
Here’s the schedule for the weekend, if you are in the area – stop by and smell the varnish.
Fellow Woody Boaters,
Please join us for a fun weekend sharing our enthusiasm for wood boats at Whitefish Woody Weekend II. The event is sponsored by the Big Sky Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and hosted by the Lodge at Whitefish Lake.
Date: June 28-30, 2013.
Location: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake
Friday: Boats may begin arriving on Friday after 3PM
Early Check-in open from 4PM to 8PM
Evening Cruise of Whitefish Lake at 8PM
Saturday: Check-in open at 8AM
Boats in place for public viewing by 10AM
No Host Cocktail Hour at 6PM
Sunday: Public viewing until 10AM
Poker Run begins at 10AM
BBQ picnic on the beach at the Lodge at 1PM
Tim & Deb Salt