Thanks to Kent O. Smith Jr for sending in another amazing report and amazing photos from this past weekends big Clayton show, as Texx put it, Kent has a way of turning a boat show into an art gallery .Take it away Kent
Finally, the wind lay down; Sunday morning was full of glorious sunshine. Not many folks were on the docks early, most were probably still experiencing the after effects of the previous night’s block party.
One of the early risers was Jeff Senecal who owns the Ventnor racer replica. Around 7AM, he lit the monsterous engine off, the echos from the boathouse literally woke half of the Clayton residents. Jeff offered to do some fly bys so we could get some shots at speed.
Syd Marsden saw we were going to shoot some photos and decided to join the fun. Syd and I way back, I shot pics of him running Bill Morgan’s “Delphine IV” at the raceboat regatta in 1996. Syd asked me for some copies of those shots. That was in the film days, it wasn’t as easy as emailing a file. Well, for 19 years, Syd has been asking me for those copies and I still forget to send them
Running boats are contagious – you just get showed out at the dock all weekend. Keith Kipp fired up his “hot” 454 in “Lady Shores” and did some high speed passes as well. For a brief while, he and Jeff got into it racing each other up and down the bay.
The Ynot Yacht guys cranked up the Hornet for a blast. They kindly gave rides to a number of people. All this action was happening before the brunch and awards ceremony. Once the banquet started, things quieted down until the parade.
The Parade – a Clayton tradition. A fireboat leads the parade shooting off it’s water cannons. As the exhibitor boats pass the pier, they hold up a number and an announcer reads off the boat specs and owner. Many spectator boats watch and things can get a little tight, but fortunately, there were no incidents.
That’s a wrap on the 2015 Antique Boat Show in Clayton. If you have not attended this show, it is really worth going. Not only do you see the exhibitor boats, but the museum has a great collection of it’s own spread out through several buildings.
Many thanks to each of the boat owners that offered to do some flybys and a very special thank you to Mike Folsom, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Antique Boat Museum for graciously giving me all the access I needed.
Happy Woody Boating!