Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta - 2003

September 25-27, 2003

Recap & Photos !!!


Some of the participants.







Some last minute thrashing at The Vintage Race Boat Shop








Friday & Saturday action - at the Wolfeboro docks



















Photos by Bill Russell






Photos by Bill DeGlopper










Click here for details and photos of all participants


Click here for photos of our last Regatta - 2001


New Hampshire Vintage Race Boat Regatta a Success!

APBA Vintage and Historic Race Boat enthusiasts returned to Wolfeboro Bay on September 25 – 27 for the 3rd semi-annual Regatta sponsored by the NH Boat Museum. Fifty race boats from 13 states as far away as Florida and Michigan were on hand to enjoy the traditional smooth water of Wolfeboro Bay. Although the skies threatened each day, the rain held off to permit every driver to run two heats each day on the 1-¼ mile – 1200-foot wide course. Living up to their prior reputation the Museum ran two heats per hour on schedule through out the two days. Helping maintain the schedule were over 100 volunteers who contributed during the Regatta. A very professional crane launch operation received high marks from all of the drivers. Brian Small and the APBA Rescue team covered the course in their usual professional manner and contributed greatly to the successful on-water course management.

              A number of related activities completed the venue for the drivers, crew and guests.  A cocktail cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee kicked off the Regatta followed the next day by a Race Course luncheon cruise . Following the day’s heats on Friday, radio controlled race boats were demonstrated at the Wolfetrap Restaurant followed by a seafood or steak dinner for the Vintage crowd.  Following Saturday’s heats the awards and presentation cookout was held at the Boat Museum. Jeff and Barbara Magnusson and Bill and Judy Fisk were recognized for their contributions in helping grow the Wolfeboro event since it’s inception in 2000.  Jeff Buckley was awarded the Golden Snorkel Award for his performance in handling GP – 11, Executif that resulted in a displaced transom, which led to a near sinking. Quick action by a nearby towboat and the launch service saved his day. Jeff then presented the Museum with a plaque and American flag from his recent military assignment in the middle East.  While flying as a Navigator onboard an Air Force C-130 during missions over Afghanistan and Iraq, Jeff carried the flag with him.  He then had it mounted along with a plaque which he donated to the Museum.  Although many folks corresponded with Jeff during his active duty time, Bill John, and other members from the NH Boat Museum kept in touch with him via Email on a regular basis.  

 A regatta poster signed by all the drivers was the subject of a spirited auction to round out the evening. The price commanded was in keeping with the fine V & H group in attendance. They all performed in a very professional manner and contributed to an incident free Regatta for which the Museum is most appreciative.


This event would not have been possible without the support of our Regatta Sponsor -Watermark Marine Construction as well as our Major Sponsors:  The Wolfeboro Inn- donated the cruise boat, The Wolfetrap Restaurant- donated the Saturday cook out, The Laker newspaper donated the program layout and distribution, Reliable Crane Services donated two days of hydro launch service, and Lakeside Ambulance Service donated two days of ambulance service. Four Winns Boats, and the Magnusson Technical Heritage Foundation rounded out our 2003 Major Sponsors.

Hank Why

Regatta Director


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