3rd Annual Lake Minnetonka Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous (1977)

3rd Annual Lake Minnetonka Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous
Lake Minnetonka, Minn., Aug. 5 & 6

From the Newsletter of The Land-O-Lakes Chapter of The Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc. (Circa 1977)

by Bob Speltz

Fantastic! That’s the only word to describe the 3rd Annual Land-O-Lakes Chapter of The Antique and Classic Boat Society Rendezvous held on Lake Minnetonka and Lord Fletcher’s of the Lake on August 5th and 6th.
Starting with the cooperation of all concerned in the pre-planning stage, early registration and publicity, to the fly-by, judging, and awards the rendezvous was a complete success. We had forty-three pre-registrations by the time the program was printed, and many more after that and the day of the show to make this show by far the largest we ever had. The skippers meeting was held at 9:00 a.m. where we were all told what was on the day’s program, our route in the parade, the rules of good seamanship, what to do in case of a breakdown, the picnic, and Sunday’s events. About 1:00 p.m. we left Lord Fletchers for the parade, the fly-by at Wayzata, and the putt-by at Excelsior. Despite some rough waters in Wayzata Bay and Lower Lake, dubbed “the North Sea” by all involved, all went quite well and we ended up at Big Island for our picnic.

Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. we all, and I mean all, gathered at Fletchers for brunch. After brunch we had the awards presentation ceremony. Hosted by Todd Warner, the awards for Peoples Choice, Oldest Power Boat, Oldest Non-Power Boat, Longest Distance Traveled, Best of Show, Longest Marriage, Oldest Skipper and the one and only Dry-Wrought Award were presented to the winners informally with the formal presentation held at the Dinner Dance on August 19th at the Lafayette Club.