Classic boats of all sizes and vintage came out for the Woody Boater Poker Run & Picnic in Gravenhurst on Friday.
This breaking news just came in over the wireless from Woody Boater contributor Cobourg Kid and his assistant Cousin Glen who are in Gravenhurst this weekend covering the 33rd Annual Toronto Chapter ACBS Antique & Classic Boat Show. – Texx
Breaking News –
Miss Canada V Secures Victory at Woody Boater Poker Run In Gravenhurst!
Early yesterday morning under light drizzle approximately 30 ardent crews of Woody Boaters assembled at Gravenhurst Ontario’s Muskoka Warf to kick off the ACBS Toronto Chapter’s 2013 Boat Show with a brand new event, the Woody Boater Poker Run and Picnic.
The goal was to have each crew safely navigate its way up Ontario’s beautiful Lake Muskoka stopping at four pre-determined locations, where a playing card would be drawn. The final card dealt would be drawn at the final destination and site of a group picnic at historic Morris Island.
For this woody boater the draw was not so much the lure of the prize but the opportunity to photograph a large number of historically significant watercraft as they were put through their paces by proud owners and crew. Helping me on this assignment, I was accompanied by Cousin Glen who is an accomplished DSLR camera wizard. From here we will let the pictures and the scenery tell the story of a magical Muskoka day.
Welcome to Gravenhurst, ok I admit it I shot this at the end of the day when the sun finally came out.
John Adams launching “Glass of 68” in early the morning mist, one of the many non-Muskoka boat’s participating in the run.
Participants beginning to assemble at the Muskoka Warf. Tour-boats RMS Segwun and Wenonah II in the background. More on the Muskoka Steamships can be found at http://realmuskoka.com/muskoka-steamships/
Chris Bullen (Orange WB Shirt) provides a rundown of the routes and rules while Woody Boater Greg Lewandowski looks on.
Brian and Kathy Rhodes load Brian Atkinson’s 1988 Century Coronado, the official Woody Boater chase boat.
“Sandsu” – a beautiful Clive Barnes inspired triple cockpit built by Peter Breen is readied by owners Ron and Susan Coghlin.
The Unsworth crew get ready to board “Wa Chee Wee” a breath-taking 1923 Ditchburn Fisher-Allison Class Race Boat, the raising and reconstruction of which was featured in Woody Boater.
The Lawrence Family prepare their Shepherd “Canadian Club” for the run.
The Grand’s follow “Sandsu” out of the harbor.
The Pawluchyk ‘s load their rare 20 ft 1939 Peterborough Seafarer Deluxe.
Mark Mason points “Impshi” – a very cool 1920s George Crouch designed racer reproduction, up lake.
The Warren family Chris-Craft U-22 gets underway.
“Wa Chee We” blasts past the chase boat on its way to Walkers Point our first card stop.
Scott Dunsmoor and “Falcon” fly by.
Leaving Gravenhurst bay and the narrows behind us we entered Lake Muskoka. Believe it or not the RMS Segwun manages to squeeze itself through that constricted passage many times a day.
The Bullen family’s “King of Harts” (appropriate name for a poker run don’t cha think) saunters past the chase boat.
“Palm Beach Days” leads a gaggle of racers into Walkers Point.
“His Bad Habit” a 62 Shepherd outward bound from first card stop.
Our chase boat begins its approach into Walkers Point with our captain, Brian Atkinson, at the helm.
Heading in for our first card at Walkers Point Marina.
Leaving walkers Point the crew discusses its next destination- a short hop across the lake to Tondern Island.
Traffic Jam at the Cragg Cottage our second card stop.
His “Bad Habit” leads the pack north along the shore of Tondern Island past Millionaires Row
“Slainte” at full bore.
The Unsworth clan throttles up putting “Wa Chee Wee’s” 700 HP V10 engine to good use.
The Lewandowski’s fly by the chase boat.
Woody Boater chase boat calls in for its third card at the Martin Cottage on beautiful Fairhaven Island.
Toronto Chapter ACBS “Classicboat” magazine Editor Kathy Rhodes picks a lucky card.
A quick run across the lake to our next card stop the Getson Cottage , near breezy point , waiting for us is an ultra-cool 1950s Peterborough moulded ply outboard with Cadillac Inspired tail fins!
Arriving at our final destination and anticipating some delicious Lunch at the Bullen Cottage on secluded Morris Island.
“Wa Chee Wee” takes a breather.
“Falcon” arrives late with a little overheating issue.
King of Hearts.
With the Poker Run now complete everyone turned their attention to burgers, salads nachos, drinks, camaraderie and conversation, all served up by cottage hosts Julie and Chris Bullen and their family.
Now that’s what I am talking about – a boat for drinks and ice, how cool.
A selection of the nice people who volunteer to run the Toronto ACBS Chapter, left to right Julie Bullen, Greg Martin, Kathy Rhodes, and Scott Dunsmoor.
Mechanical Jewelry shining amongst the festivities.
The Awards Ceremony on the dock for Best Poker hand, and the Woody Boater prize, as presented by Chris Bowen, Goes to??
Jeff Mitchell and crew for Miss Canada V a 22 foot 1954 Greavette streamliner originally built for E. A Wilson, one time president of Greavette Boats Inc. Mr. Wilson was Jeff’s Grandfather.
With the ceremony over the participants soon departed, fed and watered…
Unfortunately “Miss Canada V” was not able to complete the poker run due to an engine issue, so in order to fulfill Woody Boater’s promise to put the winning hand’s boat on its header for the weekend, our intrepid crew headed over to Jeff’s Cottage on Keewaydin Island.
And the winning hand was 4 fours and a 9 of clubs. Left to right Jeff Mitchell and Crew John Lopez and Michael Ohman a Woody Boater from Stockholm Sweden.
Leaving Keewadin we doubled back to Morris Island to pick up the Rhodes clan (Brian had generously offered to fix Scott Dunsmoor’s overheating problem in Falcon) and then departed back down the lake to our ultimate destination, Gravenhurst Warf.
On behalf of Woody Boater we would like to extend a sincere thank you to the organizers of the event and to all of the participants who made the day fun and occasionally exciting.
Also a special thank you to the Bullen family for their unwavering hospitality and to our captain Brian Atkinson for chauffeuring the Woody Boater crew around all day while doing his very best to help us get some great shots of the action out there on beautiful lake Muskoka.
Cobourg Kid & Assistant / Photographer – Cousin Glen
Special thanks to Cobourg Kid and Cousin Glen for the great coverage today!