2018 Hot Springs Classics

 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.

Good Mornin' Sunshine! ~ Larry Caddel, Adam Leigh, Josh Jaggers, and Becky Caddel
Chick and Karon Wheat lead the crew in "Wheaties" 1962 Century 18’ Sabre.

Classic Boating on Lake Hamilton to Clay and Patty Thompsons for Lunch

Thompson’s Dock

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.

Chick and Karon Wheat

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.


Bubba Brews, new water venue on Lake Hamilton
Mike Langhorne, Larry and Becky Caddell, Clay and Patty Thompson, Josh Jaggers, and John Davenport
The Crew at Fisherman's Wharf, Saturday Night Dinner
The Crew at Fisherman's Wharf, Saturday Night Dinner
"Summertime" owned by Clay & Patty Thompson
Steve Spinharney, Alisha Diehl, John Davenport, Clay and Patty Thompson

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.

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU at the next classic boating event of Heartland Classics Chapter’s, 

Classics Cruisin’ Table Rock Lake, scheduled June 7-10, 2018 near Branson, Missouri.

Until we boat again!

Heartland Classics Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc.

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