Long Island Chapter ACBS Dinner Meeting July 14, 2018
Report and pictures by Jan Lowry, Vice President & Laura Almond, Secretary, Long Island Chapter ACBS
The Long Island Chapter of the ACBS held a successful and most enjoyable outside dinner meeting at 6PM on the grounds of the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville, NY. Initially, there was to be a raft-up on the Connetquot River, then dinner at a local restaurant, unfortunately, the winds of fate shifted and both those events sank!
Boaters always have to be prepared for changes and obstacles, so we found a new venue (our thanks to Terry Blitman, Director if the LI Maritime Museum, for her help and suggestions), brought in an excellent caterer and had a marvelous time at the Museum.
The winds were steady at 18-20 mph that evening, and the white caps on the Great South Bay were unrelenting. Due to the shallow entrance to the marina area at the museum, only smaller boats can navigate in & out. Robert & Chris Almond braved the wind & waves and piloted Chris’ 17 foot, 1968 Eltro runabout from Babylon to West Sayville for the event. They arrived in time for the dinner, salt-soaked! At least they were able to cool off after a hot summer’s day!
(The headline picture above is also of Stormy C, a 1968 17 ft Eltro with a Toahtsu 90 hp outboard engine. Stormy C was featured in a Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats on Feb. 6, 2018.)
A total of 16 members attended the event and it was a great evening of camaraderie, food & marveling about the bravery & skills of the Almond men to navigate the Eltro to the event. There was even a unique purse fashioned in the design of an old boat, brought by Jan Lowry.
A great evening was enjoyed by all thanks to the hard work and planning of the ACBS Officers. We extend our thanks to everyone else who helped to make this event a success!
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