Summer is here! (well almost)


who is the real Betty Boop?

who is the real Betty Boop?

The opening days are history and I hope you were able to participate in at least one.  The Stockton Yacht Club parade had 21 participating boats and afterwards they had a luau complete with roast pig in the clubhouse.

Gateway to the Delta at Stockton Yacht Club

Gateway to the Delta at Stockton Yacht Club

Opening Day in Stockton

Opening Day in Stockton

Erlyn Lucas Payne files this report about the Discovery Bay Opening Day: “It was a beautiful day for an opening day parade, about 70 degrees with a slight breeze. Our theme this year was to thank all those that serve not just the military but police and fire as well. We had thirteen boats and a Sheriff boat pulling up the rear for most of the parade route. I had my crew of eight judges poised and ready to score when my husband, Don, realized we were at a home that was not on the route! Let’s call it a “rookie move”. We high tailed it out of there to the Bellinghausen estate just in time to see the full group on the first pass. We made four other stops and to my delight everyone made it to the final destination at Discovery Bay Yacht Club just in time to get the party started.

“The Commodore’s cup was awarded to Linda Davis for her pontoon boat totally decked out as a MASH unit. She had a crew of eight wearing camouflage. They had an IV drip, camo net covering the boat and a big Red Cross on the side. We really appreciated not only the creativity but the enthusiasm. It was a joy to give the awards, everyone attended the party and had a grand time dancing to the Spin Doctor, our resident DJ.

“Special thanks to Linda Loveland, Bill and Fran Murphy, Craig Chutka, aka Spin Doctor and David Michael Rhoads for blessing the fleet at the beginning of the parade. It was one of the best opening days ever.”

Opening Day in the Bay was a gala affair with close to 300 people enjoying the day on the California Hornblower committee boat and more than 100 boats taking part in the parade.  We stayed for a few days more in San Francisco for a mini vacation and to relax a bit.  The Sacramento Yacht Club held theirs on Cinco de Mayo with a Mexican theme.

It is beginning to shape up into a great summer, the weather has been fantastic (except for a little wind and rain at times)  and fuel prices seem to have stabilized.  Most resorts are open at this time and we are glad to see the Lighthouse has reopened and is serving great food and cold beer.

Do not miss the Delta Chambers mixer at Delta Yacht Club (Light 16 on the San Joaquin River) on Wednesday May 8 starting at 1800 hours.  This will be a fun party and the club always serves some great food!  Members, guests, and potential members all invited!

 


About Bill Wells - A retired yacht broker, Bill is currently the Executive Director of the California Delta Chambers & Visitor's Bureau. He is an active member of the Northern California Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association. In their spare time he and his beloved wife Sue cruise their 1937 Stephens cruiser Ranger to boating events throughout the Delta. Bill is active in matters helping to preserve and protect the California Delta. He chronicles his adventures in the monthly Delta Rat Scrapbook column for Bay & Delta Yachtsman magazine.



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