Winter is gone and boating season is upon us. This could prove to be one of the best in years. There is plenty of water in the Delta and John Laird & Mark Cowin have temporarily put aside their plans to dam up some of the Delta waterways.
I just had my boat in to Delta Boatworks to have the bottom serviced and painted along with some caulking and new anodes. She is good to go for a summer of active cruising. Ben Penn and his crew did a great job gently lifting her out of the water on the marine elevator and keeping her in a covered work space out of the sun.
Crab season has come and gone with many dinners at Delta locales. Marina West Yacht Club even imported live Maine lobsters for a party.
The various opening days are history and were all excellent affairs. The Delta Rat Poker Run likewise is over and 90 participants had a great time. Bob Parr was grand prize winner taking home $300.00. Many other prizes were donated and a full course dinner was served at Spindrift for participants.
The next upcoming big event will be the Isleton Cajun & Blues Festival on Father’s Day weekend. There is a change of venue this year to B & W Resort which will make the event even better than in past years. Plenty of crawdads, cold drinks, live music, and a fun crowd will make it a memorial weekend.
Be safe out there, you never know the experience level of the boater coming at you. Here is an example of how not to drive a boat:
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.