As we gear up for the big Lake Dorona virtual boat show, Kent traveled back in time and has emailed us the photos. Now, back in time, he reports he is on some AOL dial up thing, and so its taking lots of time to get them to me. But we did it. Now this brings up all sorts of questions. but the big one is, Kent, can you please let Micheal Jackson to wake up.. And Bill.. STAY AWAY FROM MONICA! Anyway, thanks Kent for going back. HIT IT CHER.
Hit it Kent!
In support of Matt’s idea for a virtual Lake Dora boat show, I dug into the deep archives from years ago when the world seemed a lot less complicated. Please forgive the lower quality of the images, these were shot with early digital point and shoot cameras that topped out with only a few megapixels, or are scans of film prints – but they still tell the story – the WoodyBoater spirit was alive and well long before WB even existed.
My first St Johns River Run and Mount Dora show was in 1998. Mom and Grandma went with me, the average of my crew was 72! Back then, I had a website called “Woodies on the Web” (warning, don’t Google it, you won’t find old boats!) which had the basic histories of the major boat builders and Gold Cup Races, complete with photos. I took pics along the way and uploaded them to the website each night so folks around the country could follow along. That task required several hours each evening to send maybe a dozen images over *dial up internet* that were thumbnail in size by today’s standards!
The pictures I’m sharing today span from 1998 to 2004. Looking back to those cruises and show, there didn’t seem to be a care in the world except for making sure you had enough fuel and libations for the trip. I met many great folks who have been boat friends ever since. For someone living in the northeast, it was magical to go south each March for the tropical weather and great camaraderie.
Enjoy the look back in time and here’s to better days and lots of classic boating in the future.
Thanks so much Kent. It’s fascinating to see these images through today’s filter. Something that is so simple and timeless feels so .. so.. last week. WOW. But here in WOODYBOATERVILLE we are committed.. or should be…. to keep it going through this. After all 99% of the joy of our events is being around pals, you, and new pals. Never has that been more self evident. The boats just connect us. But our humanity is the glue.
TUNE IN TONIGHT FOR THE VIRTUAL WELCOME PARTY. This is a tradition we together with the Sunnyland folks started years ago. Called WoodyStock. And I cant think of a more important time for that. WOOHOOO.