Fourteen Wooden Boats from the Trent Severn Antique & Classic Boat Assoc. took part in the 2018 Newcastle Wooden Boat Festival at the Port of Newcastle Marina on Saturday, July 21. A stiff breeze coming off-shore from Lake Ontario and shade from the beautiful old trees made it very comfortable throughout the day.
Visitors delighted in viewing boats of all makes, models and sizes located in a cordoned off area entering the port. Two wooden boats were docked for viewing but due to very choppy waters on Lake Ontario, none of our boaters ventured out into the rough waters. The rest provided a large land display.
Two of the larger boats, recent trophy winners at the Toronto ACBS annual show in Gravenhurst, were “Chimaera,” a Woodwind Yachts 1993, 30 ft. Dragon Racing Sloop and “Tumbling Dice,” a 2017, 21 ft. Clarion Gentleman’s Racer.
The club’s own “Half & Half Demonstration Restoration Project” showed folks that even a boat that appears destined for the burn pile can be restored. Several club members were present to answer questions and give advice. They are always eager to share their expertise & knowledge on restoration. Check out our website for more details on this on-going project.
The sounds of steel drum music, children enjoying the jumping castle and playing games, the wide selection of items in the vendors’ area, and the smells of those delicious burgers and buns over the BBQ came together to create a perfect place to spend a summer’s day.
We want to thank Ken Lavallette of Woodwind Yachts for arranging the display of the boats and for making sure we had plenty to eat and drink throughout the day. Ken tells us that next year’s Newcastle Wooden Boat Festival will be celebrating 25 years and it will be bigger and better than ever. Watch for details in the new year.