From the Helm September 2017

September has arrived which means it is time for our annual Mahogany and Chrome Boat Show at Arrowhead Yacht Club on Grand Lake which will take place beginning Thursday, September 14th with dinner for early arrivals, cruising and lunch on Friday, the boat show on Saturday at Arrowhead Yacht Club which has new docks installed, followed by the Awards Banquet at Cherokee Yacht Club, and concluding Sunday morning with brunch at Brent Howard’s shop.

I have confirmed that breakfast at Arrowhead will include their famous bacon this year.

Chuck Gibbs and Phil Hennage have been busy planning all the activities for this event and making sure no detail is overlooked. There is still time to register. You can find the agenda and registration form here on the website under the tab events. Remember, you do not have to have a boat to participate.

ACBS Annual Meeting and International Boat Show

As I write this, I am packed and getting ready to head north to Racine Wisconsin to participate in the pre-events as well as attend the ACBS annual meeting and boat show, September 3rd thru September 10th. The Heartland Classics Chapter will be well represented at this event with many members in attendance.

2nd Arkansas River Odyssey

The registration deadline has passed, but we have 13 boats carrying 28 people that plan to depart Three Forks Harbor in Muskogee Oklahoma on Sunday morning October 1st.

There are 8 Heartland Classics member’s boats participating. We also have representation from a number of other ACBS members from the states of Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Ohio adding 5 more boats to the flotilla.

This is a much larger number of boats than participated in the 1st Arkansas River Odyssey in 2015 when we had a total of 6 boats.

Boat Display on the Arkansas River in North Little Rock Arkansas

This is the final event Heartland Classics has planned for 2017. This is the first time for this event, so I continue to encourage everyone to attend. The location will provide excellent visibility and ease of access for the public, not only to view our boats but also provides the opportunity to educate others about ACBS and Heartland Classics.

We will have a display of our classic boats on Saturday, October 7th at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum which is located on the north side of the river across from downtown Little Rock; actually, it is within the city limits of North Little Rock though I continue to call it a Little Rock display.

John Davenport has been hard at work with the planning and has some cruising planned for Friday, October 6th in advance of the display on Saturday. There is not a registration cost for this event so I encourage everyone to come and join us for this final event.

Hope to see ya’ soon!

Mike Yancey


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