Runabouts on the River

The second – 3rd Annual Runabouts on the River

At the Beautiful Stockton Sailing Club

July 16-18, 2021

Join your fellow ACBS members on July 16th, 17th, and 18th, for a wonderful weekend on the San Joaquin River for our second -3rd Annual “Runabouts on the River” Antique and Classic Boat Show (It’s our second – 3rd annual since last year didn’t happen).  This weekend is going to be the best yet filled with lots of fun in the sun, beautiful boats, with plenty of water  and activities, great food, and  as of right now it looks like we will be able to be open to the public.  The sign-up sheet can be mailed in or you may sign up below.  We also NEED several volunteers to help with different aspects of the show so please contact Layne if you’re available to help.

Once again we will be heading to the beautiful facility of the Stockton Sailing Club for the summer weather of July on the Delta.  We are a week earlier in date so it shouldn’t be as hot as the past years. Also we will have ways to cool you off this year.  When you arrive on Friday in Stockton, drive straight to the Buckley Cove Boat Launch and launch your boat.  Cruise it around to the Stockton Sailing Club and dock it in your assigned slip.  We will have a ride for you to go back to your vehicle at the launch ramp. You’ll be able to leave your trailer there for the weekend for a small fee.

The ACBS activities begin Friday night at 4:30 at the Sailing Club’s newly remodeled clubhouse for a no-host cocktail.  At 5:30 the group will be leaving in their boats for one of the local restaurants for no-host dinner.  You can fall in behind or head out to a restaurant of your own choosing.  Either way you’ll end up with a beautiful sunset cruise back to the Sailing club to leave your boat for the night.  The facility is a gated facility with ideal docks for our show.  You are responsible for your dinner and docking, etc.  If you don’t want to go to dinner by boat, there are several restaurants in the area a short driving distance away.

Saturday morning, enjoy breakfast at your hotel or other restaurants in the area or if staying at the Residence Inn by Marriott, you’ll have a full kitchen to prepare your own.  The gate will open to the public at 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, with a roar off parade of boats starting at 2:00 pm.  Members can sit in the shade of the clubhouse while watching boats cruise by on the river or head into the clubhouse  for a little refreshment or conversation.  There will be more information to come on the activities and if anything changes on whether we can be open to the public or not.  The show will again be free to the public.

This exciting and unique show will feature beautiful watercraft from around Northern California. Names such as Chris Craft, Century, Garwood, Rayson Craft, Glen L, Riva, Besotes, Grand Craft, Philbrick and more. Dozens of wooden boats and early fiberglass boats will be on display. We’ve also invited the Century Boat Club and their members to partake in our show this one time (again) without being a member of ACBS.  Hopefully we can convince some of their members to join our club or vice versa.  Either way there is a unique love story behind each unique watercraft. This show will immerse you in the stories of the beloved boats that will be on display.  We ask that boat owners be on hand on the docks, by their boats,  between 10:00 am and 11:00 am to share stories and answer questions about their boats.

During the show, we encourage you to fire up your engines for the public to hear, and even take your friends out for a short cruise to cool off.    Once again, there will be a youth booth set up for children to participate in some activities, so be sure to invite all your friends and families to attend.  There might even be some face painting going on.    Everyone at the Wooden Boat Classic will have the opportunity to stroll through the sponsor and charity booths and buy a memento of the day in the Antique & Classic Boat Society’s Ships Store. Snacks, drinks and a barbecue lunch will also be offered for sale.

At about 2:00 pm, boat owners will start firing up their boats to head out into the channel for a roar off, fly by for all spectators to enjoy.  Be sure and attend the skipper’s meeting prior so that you don’t miss out on the fun and get instructions for the parade.  Saturday will cap off with our members BBQ dinner at the outdoor eating area of the Sailing Club, overlooking the sites of the river.  The theme for this year’s dinner is “BEACH PARTY”  so bring your best flip flops and your Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon attire. We’ll have a great party and even give out some awards from the show.  After dinner you can head out on a sunset cruise or continue the beach party with dancing and fun.

Sunday morning will start with boats firing up and departing the Stockton Sailing Club at 10:00 am for a run down the river to a restaurant with plenty of docks for a no host meal of breakfast or lunch.  We’ll guide you there, but the rest is on your own.  You can explore more of the Delta or head back to the launch ramp and wrap up your weekend.

Places you can stay include the Residence Inn by Marriott, 3240 March Lane, which is right down the street from the Sailing Club, call 209-472-9800. A little further down March Lane is the Hilton Hotel 209-957-9090 and about 15 minutes away on the river is the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel.

Our goal is to bring together people with a common interest in historic, antique, and classic boats  and provide an affordable, fun and friendly atmosphere for everyone to be able to enjoy being a participant or spectator.  So come have some fun with us for the 3rd Annual Runabouts on the River.

Hope to see you all there.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Layne Davis (408) 234-7613.


Runabouts on the River

Bookings are no longer available for this event.