The 2014 Hot Springs Classic started the festivities in Little Rock, Arkansas where three dozen participants joined Captain Paul Hastings on the Chief, a 1980 Chris Craft 74′ Roamer. A two hour leisurely cruise on the Arkansas River gave everyone the chance to explore the vessel and enjoy the sites. The very best entertainment was watching the captain stand backwards at the helm to cleanly back into the slip at the home port.
A private museum opened in the afternoon with Harry Hastings, the owner, telling us the storied history of hundreds of items as we walked through the warehouses of organized and cataloged artifacts which he and his wife have gathered and cataloged over their 80+ years.
Moving on down the road to Hot Springs, more members and guests joined us for many shared meals, a full day’s cruise on Lake Hamilton on Friday, and then the traditional boat show on Saturday. Free Spirit owned by Forrest and Kally Bryant won the People’s Choice Award. She is a 1996 Hackercraft 26′ Double Runabout who always generously gives rides to boatless passengers.
Bruce Hurst took home the trophy for the “favorite 18′ and under” boat. He has been restoring this 1956 18′ Lyman Runabout with a Gray Marine engine over the past few years since bringing it home from Memphis.
The “favorite 19′ and over” boat award went to John and Marilyn Davenport. This 26′ Owens Sea Skiff has been in the family since 1961. It was named by John’s parents with their nicknames of Punk and Happy, therefore, Pu Haps.
Bill Buchanan brought his Wagemaker Wolverine with a 30 hp Johnson and took home the award for “favorite outboard”.
Gregg Orr Marine provided the docks and hospitality for the show. The weather was perfect for all to enjoy the lake and our time together. Event Chair Mike Langhorne is already collecting ideas to make next year’s event just as adventuresome and memorable.