From the Helm July 2017

The 4th of July, Independence Day, is a busy time here at Grand Lake, with multiple fireworks shows on multiple days. The house will be crowded with friends and family and I am sure we will have way too much to eat. Plans include a lot of boating and I hope your plans do too.

Since my last communication at the beginning of June, Heartland Classics members have been busy. Our schedule of events takes a short break during July and August, but then we conclude September and early October with events almost every weekend, outlined at the end of this article.

Check the “Events” tab here on the website and learn more about each scheduled event. I hope you will come and join others as we enjoy cruising, socializing, eating as always, and learning from others while also teaching others by sharing your knowledge.

Create Your Own Event

During the period of July and August, it is a great time to reach out to other Heartland Classics members in your area and plan a local event such as cruising or even just getting together for a meal. If you need any assistance in identifying members nearby, let myself or Kathy Parker know and we can provide a list of folks with contact information. Also, the Events Committee, chaired by John Davenport, also stands by ready to provide assistance in some way if needed. Just let us know what you need.

Completed June Events Update

As you might have already reviewed on the website, Classics Cruisin’ Table Rock had 25 boats and 73 people in attendance this year during June 8th thru 11th. There was member representation from 11 states. This may be the largest attendance of this event since it began and I believe this is due to the excellent planning as well as the fact that so many have heard about all the fun we have, traveling hundreds of miles in our boats on Table Rock Lake.

For a few folks, our next event was the next weekend, June 15th thru 18th, so we headed south to Fairfield Bay Arkansas’ for the “Surf the Bay” event. John Conry, Fairfield Bay Marina Manager was excited to have our chapter represented and he made every effort to make sure we were prominently displayed. The fact that the lake levels were up approximately 9-feet, meant the walkway from land to the marina was quite long, so our boats were displayed along this walkway allowing everyone who came to the event to admire our classic boats.

Another Safety Concern

Last month I addressed the issue of safety at a very high level. Another safety issue, not necessarily related to your boat, unless you are running a generator or are connected to shore power, is stray current in the water in and around docks and marinas. This issue has been highlighted over the last few years in many publications with caution about swimming around marinas, but docks in general, and even larger cruisers and boats with generators running or shore power connected.

It takes very little stray current to incapacitate a swimmer, and often it causes others to attempt rescue of the impacted swimmer without realizing they too may be incapacitated in the attempt. Always something to consider in order to maximize our fun and enjoyment without an accident.

September and October Opportunities – Register and Come Join Us!

  • September 3rd thru 10th – ACBS Annual Meeting and International Boat Show and
  • September 14th thru 17th – Mahogany and Chrome Boat Show at Grand Lake
  • September 30th thru October 6th – 2nd Arkansas River Odyssey
  • October 7th – Heartland Classics Boat Display on the Arkansas River

I want to once again take the opportunity to highlight the need for member assistance in making the Boat Display on the Arkansas River in Little Rock Arkansas on Saturday October 7th a success. There is a lot to see and do in downtown Little Rock, in addition to the opportunity to tour the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, where the show will be held. This display will not have a registration cost but there is the need for a registration form to assist in planning (available on this website under the tab “Events”). I know the Chairman, John Davenport, is planning on some pre-event cruising up the Arkansas River and through a lock to the Little Rock Yacht Club and then returning on Friday, October 6th, so sign up as soon as possible.

Hope to see ya’ soon!
Mike Yancey

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