Christmas season in the Delta


Christmas in the Delta

 

The crew at work

The crew at work

December in the Delta is an endless stream of boat parades, parties, and shindigs.  Marina West Yacht Club sponsored their Delta Reflections boat parade on December 7.  The club holds this parade from Windmill Cove to McLeod Lake in downtown Stockton every year.  This year there were about 35 boats decorated to the gills with lights, Santas, reindeer, you name it.  Lynn Hahn does a great job each year getting people signed up and herding them down the parade route and keeping order.  Big parties are held along the route, there is a fellow near Windmill Cove that releases huge propane fireballs much to everyones  amusement.

 

even the mermaid dresses up

even the mermaid dresses up

Parties are going on at the marinas and the boats tied up at them.  The turnaround spot is at the head of McLeod Lake and the whole Weber Point / University Plaza Hotel area is jammed with viewers.  The Stockton Downtown Marina had a huge party and 5 Star Marina held it’s annual Christmas party serving Chili, drinks, and plenty of Christmas Cookies and candy.  This was a perfect evening not too cold, no wind, and clear.

 

Opportunity Cruises

Opportunity Cruises

 

 

Sunset on the river

 

 

 

The fireboat leading the parade was a big hit. The water cannons were lighted so the giant streams of water appeared to be red and green.  The lead yacht after the fireboat was Ken and Judy Dretzka’s beautiful Judede.  She was loaded with a crew of local river rats disguised as Santa’s helpers.

 

12 stuffed animals

 

After the parade many of the folks re-grouped and headed to a local Mexican restaurant for a hearty meal and a cocktail or two.  Terry McDonald the co-owner of 5 Star Marina held his usual after party at his home after the festivities at the marina were over.  The next day awards were passed out at Marina West Yacht Club.

 

12 parties everywhere12 party

 

 

12 terrys house

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a complete list of the winners:

 

36 Ft     & Under

Sponsor

Winner

36 Ft & Under Sponsor Winner
Judges Award Cliff & Lynn Hahn #11 Naut Home, Jerry & Tina Tremain. MWYC
1sr Place, Best Over Alll Warren & Wendy Wynant #24, Delta Spirit, Donald    & Jorja,Ivie, SYC
2nd Place, Best    Over All Bay Area Yachting Solutions #5, Jeff DeBock
1st Place, Best Animated Ron Harper #18, Lil Debbie, Justin & Emily Loun
2ns Place, Best Animated Tower Park Yacht Club # 17, Kantafor, Linc & Chandra Franse
1st Place, Best Decorated Ken & Judy Dretzka #6, Double D, Donna Dahl
2nd Place, Best Decorated Reliable Home Solutions #19, Lady Kate,    Brad & Rebecca Pinell, SYC
1st Place, Best Lighted J Electric # 10. Lynn E, Cliff & Lynn Hahn, MWYC
2nd Place, Best Lighted Lucille’s Bloody Mary Mix #8 Lollygaggin, Julio &  Debbie Holmes
1st Place, Most Original Mike & Jane McIntrye #25, Cherry Hunter, Dan Sappenfield, SYC
2nd Place, Most Original Jack & Mary Lee Michael #22 Trickle Down, Steve Cockston
1st Place, Special Effects Stockton Ports #21, Carpe Diem, Brian Sherman
2nd Place, Special Effects Jud & Alicia Hughes #1, Jim & Doris Barker
1st Place, Crowd Pleaser Anthony Azevedo Architecture #3, Coventina, Roger & Shelia Kelly, NCSRC
37 Ft & Above
Judges Award Cliff & Lynn Hahn #57, Lady Jane, Mike & Jane McIntrye, MWYC
1st Place, Best Over All Sea Ray Club of Northern California # 60, Plan B, Ken & Kathy Humphrey, NCSRC
2nd Place, Best Over All Bay Yachts #71, Ben Penn, MWYC
1st Place, Best Animated California Delta Chamber #56, New Rose, Jeff Rose, MWYC
2nd Place, Best Animated Stockton Ports #72, California Sunset. John Jordan
1st Place, Best Decorated Jerry & Tina Tremain # 67, Black Pearl, Bob Kocker, Curtis Beagle, MWYC
2nd Place, Best Decorated Westrec Marinas # 71, Ben Penn, MWYC
1st Place, Best Lighted Murray Trucks # 53, Judede, Ken & Judy Dretzka, MWYC
2nd Place, Best Lighted Don Mann Yacht Sales #75, Defiance, Don Reinhart, SYC
1st Place. Most Original Murray Trailers #57, Lady Jane, Mike & Jane McIntrye, MWYC
2nd Place, Most Original New Image Signs #67, Black Pearl, Bob Kocker & Curtis Beagle MWYC
1st Place Special Effects Five Star Marina #72, California Sunset, John Jordan
2nd Place Special Effects Weibel Vineyards # 57, Lady Jane, Mike & Jane McIntrye, MWYC
1st Place, Crowd Pleaser Tower Park Yacht Club # 81, Martini Shot, Richard & Jill Stevenson, VWYC
Hal Schell Memorial Award Bay & Delta Yachtsman # 81, Martini Shot, Richard & Jill Stevenson, VWYC
Judges Award

Cliff     & Lynn Hahn

#11 Naut Home, Jerry & Tina     Tremain. MWYC
1sr Place, Best Over Alll

Warren     & Wendy Wynant

#24, Delta Spirit, Donald  & Jorja,Ivie, SYC
2nd Place, Best  Over All

Bay Area     Yachting Solutions

#5, Jeff DeBock
1st Place, Best Animated

Ron     Harper

#18, Lil Debbie, Justin &     Emily Loun
2ns Place, Best Animated

Tower     Park Yacht Club

# 17, Kantafor, Linc &     Chandra Franse
1st Place, Best Decorated

Ken     & Judy Dretzka

#6, Double D, Donna Dahl
2nd Place, Best Decorated

Reliable     Home Solutions

#19, Lady Kate,  Brad & Rebecca Pinell, SYC
1st Place, Best Lighted

J     Electric

# 10. Lynn E, Cliff & Lynn     Hahn, MWYC
2nd Place, Best Lighted

Lucille’s     Bloody Mary Mix

#8 Lollygaggin, Julio &  Debbie Holmes
1st Place, Most Original

Mike     & Jane McIntrye

#25, Cherry Hunter, Dan     Sappenfield, SYC
2nd Place, Most Original

Jack     & Mary Lee Michael

#22 Trickle Down, Steve Cockston
1st Place, Special Effects

Stockton     Ports

#21, Carpe Diem, Brian Sherman
2nd Place, Special Effects

Jud     & Alicia Hughes

#1, Jim & Doris Barker
1st Place, Crowd Pleaser

Anthony     Azevedo Architecture

#3, Coventina, Roger &     Shelia Kelly, NCSRC

37 Ft     & Above

Judges Award

Cliff     & Lynn Hahn

#57, Lady Jane, Mike & Jane     McIntrye, MWYC
1st Place, Best Over All

Sea Ray     Club of Northern California

# 60, Plan B, Ken & Kathy     Humphrey, NCSRC
2nd Place, Best Over All

Bay     Yachts

#71, Ben Penn, MWYC
1st Place, Best Animated

California     Delta Chamber

#56, New Rose, Jeff Rose, MWYC
2nd Place, Best Animated

Stockton     Ports

#72, California Sunset. John     Jordan
1st Place, Best Decorated

Jerry     & Tina Tremain

# 67, Black Pearl, Bob Kocker,     Curtis Beagle, MWYC
2nd Place, Best Decorated

Westrec     Marinas

# 71, Ben Penn, MWYC
1st Place, Best Lighted

Murray     Trucks

# 53, Judede, Ken & Judy     Dretzka, MWYC
2nd Place, Best Lighted

Don Mann     Yacht Sales

#75, Defiance, Don Reinhart, SYC
1st Place. Most Original

Murray     Trailers

#57, Lady Jane, Mike & Jane     McIntrye, MWYC
2nd Place, Most Original

New     Image Signs

#67, Black Pearl, Bob Kocker     & Curtis Beagle MWYC
1st Place Special Effects

Five     Star Marina

#72, California Sunset, John     Jordan
2nd Place Special Effects

Weibel     Vineyards

# 57, Lady Jane, Mike & Jane     McIntrye, MWYC
1st Place, Crowd Pleaser

Tower     Park Yacht Club

# 81, Martini Shot, Richard     & Jill Stevenson, VWYC
Hal Schell Memorial Award

Bay     & Delta Yachtsman

# 81, Martini Shot, Richard     & Jill Stevenson, VWYC

 

 

 

 


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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