Florida Vintage Raceboat Club https://fvrc.club Thu, 23 Jul 2020 17:37:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5 https://fvrc.club/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-fvrc-logo-square-892-32x32.jpg Florida Vintage Raceboat Club https://fvrc.club 32 32 165033168 2020 FVRC Profit & Loss (through mid-July) https://fvrc.club/2020-fvrc-profit-loss-through-mid-july/ https://fvrc.club/2020-fvrc-profit-loss-through-mid-july/#respond Thu, 23 Jul 2020 17:35:43 +0000 https://fvrc.club/?p=1527 2020-P&L-to-July-16-2020

https://fvrc.club/2020-fvrc-profit-loss-through-mid-july/feed/ 0 1527
Tavares Marina Update https://fvrc.club/tavares-marina-update/ https://fvrc.club/tavares-marina-update/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:05:37 +0000 https://fvrc.club/?p=1508 by Jed R. Wolcott CPA | Treasurer – FVRC

The latest news about the Tavares marina is that the city has settled with their insurance company, and the settlement proceeds are in the County’s bank account. Work on the marina will begin in July, with a target of completion by March 2021. There will be 82 individual boat slips. They are moving the location of the aircraft and boat fuel pumps to the existing short dock.

Tavares has postponed their annual July 4th event, including fireworks, and will try and hold the event on Labor Day Weekend (or later). That is a major annual event for the city, they budget $50,000 for that event. I attended last year, and it was spectacular. There are no current plans for postponing other events, including our November or March events. I asked that specific question of City Administrator John Drury, That could change, because COVID-19 cases are reportedly spiking in Lake County. There are now 1,200 reported positive cases. Lake County has enjoyed one of the lowest number of COVID-19 cases in the state. The virus has had a negative effect on downtown businesses. Koko Bar & Grill (the restaurant in the Key West Hotel building) has closed, and turned in their lease. O’Keefe’s Irish Pub & Restaurant has not reopened. I am in Fort Lauderdale this week. The restrictions here are strong, and are being enforced. The beaches are closed, many restaurants have reopened, but rules are very tight. The police are patrolling, and handing out citations to establishments that are not enforcing the social distancing rules. Violations are costly, starting at around $15,000 per incident. Regards to all, and stay safe!

https://fvrc.club/tavares-marina-update/feed/ 0 1508
Statement from the FVRC BOD concerning the November 2020 Event Status https://fvrc.club/statement-from-the-fvrc-bod-concerning-the-november-2020-event-status/ https://fvrc.club/statement-from-the-fvrc-bod-concerning-the-november-2020-event-status/#comments Wed, 13 May 2020 16:16:21 +0000 https://fvrc.club/?p=1490 Announcement:
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the Florida Vintage RaceBoat Club has decided, for the safety and health of our members, volunteers, and public, to cancel our November event in Tavares, Florida. Our next event will be held March 19, 20 and 21, 2021. Please mark your calendars!

We wish to thank all of our members and participants for your understanding. We also extend our appreciation to the City of Tavares and Lake County for their cooperation and support as we all work together through these unusual times.

Yours truly,
Dave Richardson
Chairman FVRC

https://fvrc.club/statement-from-the-fvrc-bod-concerning-the-november-2020-event-status/feed/ 3 1490
Summary Spring Regatta 2020 https://fvrc.club/summary-spring-regatta-2020/ https://fvrc.club/summary-spring-regatta-2020/#respond Tue, 05 May 2020 20:23:26 +0000 https://fvrc.club/?p=1437

Florida Vintage Raceboat
Club Spring Regatta
Commands Lake Dora


While most motorsports events worldwide were canceled due to coronavirus precautions, the Vintage and Historic Raceboat Regatta in Tavares, Florida, soldiered on. Under sunny skies and on calm waters, some of the most impressive and iconic race hulls from years gone by strutted their stuff impressively on Lake Dora on March 14-15.

The Florida Vintage Race Boat Club reported the largest turnout in its history of both participants and spectators. The town fathers in Tavares voted on Friday to let the event go on since so many folks had already arrived and checked in, some from significant distances in both the United States and Canada. Know as the “Seaplane Capital of the U.S.,”Tavares has been very cooperative and proactive in supporting many vintage raceboat events over the years. The town also puts on Aqua Cross events with Powerboat P1, as well as numerous fishing tournaments and other lake-related activities and festivals.

With almost 60 boats to launch and retrieve multiple times, the officials and pit workers were kept hopping for two days and more. The one-mile course— set to APBA standards— was in place by Friday evening and it proved ideal in allowing the inboard and outboard hydros, V-bottoms, flat-bottoms, speed skiffs, wings and tunnel hulls to showcase their performance without exceeding a safe-but-impressive speed envelope.

Vintage and historic boats put on demonstration heats that emulate race scenarios but are not engaged in actual racing competition. Many drivers have long and distinguished racing backgrounds, while others are fans and collectors of the older racing hardware. The referee assures that all boats are under control in a safe, yet entertaining manner.

A number of past American Power Boat Association champions present included Beale Tilton, Bill Edwards, Rayner Blair, Bob “Pappy” Moore, Mark Wheeler and Larry Lauterbach, a man who is always mentioned in the conversation regarding the greatest hydro drivers of all time.

Lauterbach also brought two brand new reproduction Grand Prix hydros from his family’s legendary shop in Virginia. Both boats featuring big power. The pits were also stocked with many other Lauterbach hulls dating back more than 60 years, including the amazing Miss U.S. Unlimited Hydro featuring a 12-cylinder Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. But the single most impressive run of the weekend was turned in by the huge Staudacher-inspired Grand Prix hydro, Concordia, from Quebec.

Also in attendance were some folks from offshore racing, including perennial Class One world champion Steve Curtis, as well as Azam Rangoonwala and Michelle Petro from P1, who enjoyed the event. Steve is restoring his dad’s first outboard marathon race boat dubbed Hummingbird, a 15-foot Cougar V-hull with a 1968 Evinrude X115 outboard engine. He hopes to bring it to a future event. The only mishap of the weekend occured with the newly restored Miller American Caldwell/Adams Mod-U outboard tunnel hull. A trim malfunction caused it to lift off the water and flip while decelerating, ejecting owner/driver, Jeff Kent, who was uninjured.

Based on the weekend’s turnout and the number of other Vintage race boats currently in various stages of restoration, the FVRC is working with the city of Tavares to expand the pit area for future events. Those of you who currently race in various APBA categories can take comfort in the fact that after your “10/10ths” racing career is over, you can come and play with us in V&H and stay on the race course.

FVRC 2020 Spring Regatta #77


FVRC 2020 Spring Thunder Trio of Racerboats

https://fvrc.club/summary-spring-regatta-2020/feed/ 0 1437
Spring Event date change for 2021 https://fvrc.club/spring-event-date-change-for-2021/ https://fvrc.club/spring-event-date-change-for-2021/#respond Wed, 18 Mar 2020 14:10:20 +0000 https://fvrc.club/?p=1226 IMPORTANT AND URGENT

The Antique and Classic Boat Society moved their event to the end of March 2021. We have in turn confirmed with the City of Tavares that our spring 2021 event will move by a week. The new dates are March 19 -21 2021. Please change your hotel reservations and travel plans accordingly. It was important to do this because many people want to to attend both events and cannot be idle for a week. Thanks for your understanding. Looking forward to seeing you in November 2020 and again in March 2021.

https://fvrc.club/spring-event-date-change-for-2021/feed/ 0 1226
FVRC Elects 2020 Officers https://fvrc.club/fvrc-elects-2020-officers/ https://fvrc.club/fvrc-elects-2020-officers/#comments Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:27:05 +0000 https://fvrc.club/?p=1150 The Florida Vintage Raceboat Club board of directors has elected the following officers for the year 2020 in accordance with the bylaws Article IV
  • Chairman – Dave Richardson
  • Vice Chairman – Jeff Buckley
  • Secretary – Ted Jones
  • Treasurer – Jed Wolcott

There have been no further nominations to then board from the membership. Therefore Ted Jones and Tom Keyes are elected by acclamation. Please join me in welcoming them to the board. At the annual meeting on Saturday November 16, 2019 Roger and Jamie will officially step down while Ted and Tom will begin their term of 2 years.

Your FVRC officers will be;

  • Ted Jones
  • Tom Keyes
  • Beale Tilton
  • Tom Smyth
  • Dave Richardson
  • Rich Luhrs
  • Jean Batronie
  • Jed Wolcott
  • Jeff Buckley

Again per the bylaws your board will select the officers at the next meeting of the board which is scheduled for Tuesday November 7. Your new Secretary will announce the officers as appropriate.

https://fvrc.club/fvrc-elects-2020-officers/feed/ 1 1150
An Important Event Safety Message https://fvrc.club/an-important-event-safety-message/ https://fvrc.club/an-important-event-safety-message/#respond Wed, 19 Feb 2020 15:45:33 +0000 https://fvrc.club/?p=1142 Please read this important safety message:

ElementAt our spring event the FVRC will again be encouraging participants to utilize the Raceiver one way radio receiver. We have enough radios to equip 2 full heats of drivers exchanging these after each heat. This facility allows the Referee to communicate directly with the heat advising in any changed conditions on the course. We will continue the use of visual communications with flags per the V&H rules. The radios are meant to add an additional communication capability for participants.

While you are welcome to use the FVRC radios many of our participants have purchased their own. Should you wish to purchase one or more they are available through the FVRC as shown. If we get your order in soon we can ship to your address or if it is close to the event we will deliver it to you at Wooten Park.

From personal experience the Element Custom package is the clearest due to the custom earpiece which is fitted to your ear canal shape. Delivery of these takes longer as the kit comes with an earform which you create and return to Raceiver who then create the custom earpiece and fit it with the tiny speakers. This is very comfortable and the Element is water resistant.

Dave Richardson

https://fvrc.club/an-important-event-safety-message/feed/ 0 1142