Runabouts on the River was FUN!

Story and pictures by Sylvia Leutz

Runabouts on the River came back better than ever on the weekend of July 16-18, 2021. Three full days of un included a Friday River Cruise, Saturday Boat Show, Boat Parade and Awards Dinner and a final Sunday Cruise topped the weekend’s festivities.

Friday evening we gathered at the Stocton Sailing Club and set off at 5 pm to explore the river. We cruised by the rockin’ Windmill Cove where the Roses ‘n Guns tribute band was blasting out the hits. Their docks were already loaded with fans, so onward we cruised to Garlic Brothers Restaurant on the river. Some of us stayed there for dinner, others returned to the Stockton Sailing Club to join their weekly Friday night member dinner.

Saturday morning we had 30+ boats on the dock shined and show ready.  They ranged in vintage from the 1920’s to the 1980’s.  We had great showing of regionally manufactured boats like Keaton from Sacramento, Philbrick from Oakland and the hometown Stockton favorite – Besotes.  The Century Boat Club was also there with a booth and nine classic wood and fiberglass boats on display.  We had our first Wood Sail Boat in the show and a 33 foot Chris Craft Capitan cruiser.

The day started with Co-Chairmen, Layne Davis and President Don Leutz being interviewed on live TV by personality “Big Al” for the Good Day Sacramento program (above).  Here is the link if you would like to see the whole interview:

On shore we had more boats on display as well as a variety of booths, the Century Boat Club (shown above), local artists, the Amateur Radio Club and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.   
The ACBS Ship’s Store was busy as was our ACBS Membership tent. 
The Stockton Sailing Club barbequed hot dogs and hamburgers and who could resist the Beard’s and Shortie’s Snow Cone stand?

Our attendance was the biggest ever!  By 1pm we had given away all 320 of our printed “People’s Choice Ballots” and the people just kept on coming to see the boats and booths, and be there in time for the big Boat Parade at 2pm.

At 2pm the Boat’s “roared off” for the Stockton Main Channel Boat Parade to the delight of spectators who gathered on the upper deck and lower shaded patio of the Stockton Sailing Club as well as shaded pop up tents on the shore.

The Awards Dinner had a cool beach party vibe…

Dinner was topped off by the long awaited Awards Ceremony and the presentation of our custom crafted trophies created by Dave Lyon (left, below). 


ULYSSES – Owned by Michele Simas
WUZ  FUZZ – Owned by Layne and Kelly Davis
SUSIE TOO II – Owned by Bill and Diane Mackay
Baby Boat II – Owned by Barbara Walker
CHIP – Owned by Ed Branco

Sunday we headed out for a final cruise to a well deserved relaxing lunch celebration at Moore’s Riverboat. It was a great weekend and we are all looking forward to returning again next summer to RUNABOUTS ON THE RIVER at the Stockton Sailing Club.