South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic – CANCELLED

photo courtesy of Lew Dobbins

The Northern California / Lake Tahoe chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society has come to the difficult decision to cancel the 10th annual South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic. Originally scheduled for July 28th and 29th, this South Lake Tahoe staple hosted more than 750 classic boats on the docks of the Tahoe Keys Marina since it began in 2008.  In 2016, the South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic showcased 92 boats and recorded its largest crowd in the show’s history.

“We are so proud of what our show has accomplished in just nine short years.” said Lew Dobbins, co-chair of the event.  “It is with great sadness that we have to make this announcement.  We wanted to create a fun, laid back and relaxing environment for boat enthusiasts and it was met with overwhelming enthusiasm. Each year our numbers have grown and last year we surpassed our highest attendance by more than 40% and with the number of boats we showcased, we became the largest boat show on Lake Tahoe, and one of the largest in the country.  We were primed for a huge 2017 with a new website, a growing social media community and several new sponsors coming on board with our Chris Craft Through the Ages theme.”

“Unfortunately, after months of negotiating, we were unable to reach an agreement with Tahoe Keys Marina and the use of their facilities for our show.  After working so closely with the marina for the past nine years, we were unable to come to terms on the financial cost, use of the parking, docks or space for vendors and displays.  To say we are disappointed would be an understatement.” said Jared Hein, co-chair.

Steve Caplan, board member, added, “Our mission as the Antique and Classic Boat Society in developing this show was to educate the general public on the historical significance of classic boats and most importantly generate funds to help support local charitable organizations.  Unfortunately, the agreement we had in place with the Tahoe Keys would no longer allow us to do that.  Tahoe is synonymous with classic and wooden boats and we know we can continue on our mission of showcasing these treasures and helping the local community.  We are working diligently on new ways we can accomplish this in the very near future.  In the past nine years we have established a large community of classic boat enthusiasts and we will continue to bring them ways they can enjoy the passion and history that comes with Lake Tahoe and classics boats. In the meantime you can enjoy the Concours d’Elegance on the west shore the second weekend in August.”

Since 2008, the South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic has raised more than $85,000 for local charities.  Beneficiaries include the Thunderbird Preservation Society, Tahoe Heritage Foundation, Kiwanis Club of South Lake Tahoe, Sea Scout Ship Challenger 145, Sierra State Park Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Maritime Museum, Tahoe Tallac Association and the South Tahoe Fire Department.

Sandy Chase, Board member, added. “Most importantly, we could not have grown like we have without our corporate sponsors which has included Tahoe Keys Resort, Chevron, Sierra Sotheby’s, Tahoe South, Korbel California Champagne, Papa’s Pilar Rum, Price Waterhouse-Coopers, Cardinale Way Toyota, Bank of the West, Boatique Winery, Sierra Boat Company, Hagerty Insurance and dozens more. I want to make sure we thank all of those who have supported us over the years from our personal sponsors, to our boat owners, volunteers, the ticket buyers, and the South Lake Tahoe community that embraced us.”

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