Hot Springs Classic 2018 – New Season, New Venues, and New Memories
The Hot Springs Classic 2018 was held at Lake Hamilton, found in Hot Springs, Arkansas on April 20th – 22nd. Members traveled from areas in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma to make their spring splash at this year’s Heartland Classics spring launch event.
This year’s early birds were Josh Jaggers and Adam Leigh bringing their 18′ 1965 Century Sabre ” Lucky Debonair” from St. Louis, MO, on Thursday, April 19th while others followed, Friday, April 20th to dock their boats and enjoy the areas attractions in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Friday Night Welcome
The events welcome began Friday evening at the Hibachi Sushi Buffet. Members gathered to share stories and catch up after this past season with familiar and new faces.
The fun and excitement extended to Hot Springs historic downtown Central Street, for a little site seeing while many went to listen to live music at the Ohio Club.
Fun was had by all!
Saturday Morning Launch
Mike Yancey, Heartland Classics President met members Saturday morning at the Clarion dock for the boat launch. All gathered with excitement with warm smiles ready to launch their boats. “Wheaties,” 1962 Century 18’ Sabre, owned by Chick and Karon Wheat, was our lead boat. Event chair, Mike Langhorne, navigated the caravan of boats, experiencing new parts of beautiful Lake Hamilton.
Classic Boating on Lake Hamilton to Clay and Patty Thompsons for Lunch
Members cruised leisurely, enjoying the sights and sounds to Clay and Patty Thompson’s dock for lunch where the Thompson’s grilled burgers, provided all the extra sides, and served delicious cobbler. The dock was the perfect spot for all to come together to relax, share, and gear up for this year’s upcoming classic boating season.
Afternoon Classic Boating & Evening Dinner
After lunch, more cruising adventures to new areas on Lake Hamilton and to a new water venue, Bubba Brews, for refreshments. Then back to the docks to load boats one by one before the rain. The timing was just right, allowing for some more relaxation before the evening dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Thank you to the Thompsons’ for opening their home and preparing a wonderful lunch for the Heartland Classics crew, and to co-hosts, Marilyn and John Davenport.
Special thanks to Mike Langhorne, event chair, the events committee, and the many active members who stepped up and rallied to make this year’s spring opener memorable for classic boaters in the Heartland.
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