Runabouts on the River

Join your fellow ACBS members on July 24th, 25th, and 26th, for a wonderful weekend on the San Joaquin River for our 3rd Annual “Runabouts on the River” Antique and Classic Boat Show.  This weekend is going to be the best yet filled with lots of fun in the sun, beautiful boats, games and activities, great food, all while displaying our wood and classic glass boats to the public.  Soooo- mark your calendars and save the Dates for Friday July 24th to Sunday July 26th, 2020, for the ACBS Northern California/Lake Tahoe Chapter’s hosted boat show in Stockton.

Once again we will be heading to the beautiful facility of the Stockton Sailing Club for the summer weather of July on the Delta.  Hopefully it won’t be as hot as last year but 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 5:00 at the Sailing Club’s clubhouse for a no-host cocktail.  At 6:00 a group will we 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.  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 games on the grass, activities and boat rides going on as well this year.  The show will again be free to the public and we will be offering free boat rides to anyone interested.

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 Cluband their members to partake in our show this one time 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. It will not only feature some of the amazing wood worked craftsmanship around, but will also offer free boat rides to those that have been drawn to sign up for one.  Who knows, they may want to become members of our great club as well.  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.  We are planning on having a 1955 Ex-U.S. Cape Class Coast Guard Cutter on site that will be open for tours and there will be some demonstrations up on the lawn during the day for you to enjoy.  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.

We have group rates at the Residence Inn by Marriott, 3240 March Lane, which is right down the street from the Sailing Club, call 209-472-9800, group code ACBS. A Studio room with a kitchenette is $139 a night and a one bedroom, suite type is $169 a night.  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.  We haven’t locked in a room rate at these two last hotels but it should be similar and we should have that within the next week.

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 or Don Leutz (808) 652-9402.

Fill out the sign-up sheet and mail it in with a copy of your insurance by July 1, 2020 and save some money with early bird sign up!  OR, sign up below and mail in a copy of your insurance. We also NEED several volunteers to help with different aspects of the show so please contact Layne if you’re available to help.

Runabouts on the River

Ticket Price Quantity
Boat Entry ($40 on July 1st) $30.00
Friday night cruise to No Host dinner (you are responsible for your dinner cost) $0.00
Saturday night BBQ Dinner at SSC ($32 after July 1st) $26.00
Sunday cruise to No Host brunch (you are responsible for your brunch cost) $0.00
Mens polo style t-shirt with embroidered logo-white - SELECT SIZE(S) BELOW $25.00
Womens V-neck t-shirt-red - SELECT SIZE(S) BELOW $20.00
Baseball type hat with embroidered logo - black - ONE SIZE FITS ALL $20.00

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PLEASE SEND A COPY OF YOUR BOAT INSURANCE & A PICTURE OF YOUR BOAT (FOR THE BOAT SHOW PLACARD) TO: ACBS c/o Bobby Gaestel, 3582 Joerg Avenue, Merced CA 95340 by JUNE 30, 2019.
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