Christmas season in the Delta
Christmas in the Delta
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is a complete list of the winners:
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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