Surf the Bay 2016
Hosted by Fairfield Bay Marina, June 17th and 18th
report by Mike Yancey,
pictures by Kathleen Barrett and Forrest Bryant
Heartland Classics was invited to participate this past June 17-18 in “Surf the Bay”, an event that has been held the last few years at Fairfield Bay Marina in central Arkansas on beautiful Greers Ferry Lake.
Surf the Bay, is a venue that includes live music, food trucks, and provides the opportunity for those attending to try wakeboarding and flyboarding as well as the availability of paddle boats and kayaks for use.
For most of the Heartland Classics members, travel day was Thursday, which was a day that got close, if not breaking, temperature and humidity records. We coordinated getting boats launched and trailers parked in Campsite B near the marina, and then had covered slips available to park our boats providing shade to help alleviate the oppressive heat.
Dinner was the next priority. A few members met at Western Sizzlin in Clinton, AR for dinner, while a larger group chose to minimize the driving distance and went to Janssen’s Lakefront Restaurant in nearby Edgemont AR. The food was excellent and the conversation and camaraderie were even better.
After a good night’s rest, Friday’s plan was to introduce everyone to Greers Ferry Lake. As we joined together on the docks at Fairfield Bay Marina, the sky turned from clear to overcast. To the northwest one could see some darker clouds, so soon multiple people were studying the radar on their smartphones. A small, but strong storm initially appeared to be moving directly toward us, but as we waited for it to arrive, it veered south and west. So having that threat out of our way, we departed around 10 AM to cruise. The skies remained slightly overcast keeping the temperatures slightly cooler than the previous days as Free Spirit captained by Forrest Bryant and Love Me Timber captained by Kevin Hogan, each boat with 4 passengers, cruised towards the dam. The waters were calm and the scenery was a mix of the wooded surrounding hills dotted with a number of houses along the shoreline.
Having arrived at the dam slightly after noon, as is typical with the Heartland Classics membership, it is always time to eat. As the skies began to clear and the temperatures increased we were once again headed towards Janssen’s Lakefront Restaurant for lunch and associated air conditioning coupled with more conversation.
After lunch we headed back to the marina as the public “early arrivals” were beginning to fill the docks. Surf the Bay attendees began streaming to see the classic boats on display and allowing Heartland Classics members to educate them about the club, our activities, and as usual “talk boats.”
Friday evening it was again time to eat, where our appetites were satisfied at The Little Red Restaurant at the Indian Hills Country Club of Fairfield Bay. At the end of the meal, all were serenaded by Paul Hastings on the piano.
Saturday morning arrived with slightly cooler temperatures and a much stronger breeze. Additional classic boats and owners also arrived increasing the number on display from 7 to 12 with Surf the Bay events in full swing, providing a constant flow of the public down the dock where the boats were parked.
Though not a complete list, some of the boats on display included:
- 26 foot Hackercraft owned by Forrest and Kally Bryant
- 19 foot Chris Craft XK-19 owned by Mike Langhorne
- 29 foot Saint Picnic Launch owned by Wayne and Doll Elliott
- 18 foot Riva Junior owned by Paul Hastings
- 17 foot Caravelle owned by Mike and Denese Yancey
- 21 foot Century Coronado owned by Kevin and Jeannie Hogan
- A small Duracraft owned by Bill and Anne Buchanan
- A small Wagemacher owned by Bill and Anne Buchanan
- 21′ Century Coronado owned by new members Randall and Karen Algee
- Another Century was on display along with a recently renovated Duracraft and a homemade boat equipped with a 1910 single cylinder engine, unique in the sound it made while running.
It was an excellent display of a variety of boats; wood, fiberglass, old, and contemporary. Heartland Classics made a lot of contacts with people interested in classic boats with the potential to get involved and join the club.
Saturday evening was the normal rush to get all boats loaded onto trailers and then head for the night’s dinner locale. Tonight it was back to The Little Red Restaurant. After a good meal, we all said our goodbye’s as everyone would be departing at various times the next day.
Though Fairfield Bay is in a remote area in Arkansas, and the roads are crooked as well as very hilly, the opportunity to experience another beautiful lake within the geographic area covered by Heartland Classics chapter and meet some of our members that we see infrequently made the challenges worth it.
So, mark your calendars for our next event, Mahogany and Chrome at Arrowhead Yacht Club on the Grand Lake of the Cherokees in northeast Oklahoma. Look forward to seeing you there.