National Vintage Boating Day was launched in 2020 as a way for boating groups to engage their members in a contactless rendezvous. Building on the success of last year’s event, routes are being developed across North America for 2021, and we invite you to join us for International Vintage Boating Day on Saturday, August 21.
The goal is to have as many vintage boats as possible on the water at the same time in a variety of locations. No registration is required, and any stops along the way should be governed by local COVID protocols.
Here’s what you need to do to be part of this amazing event:
- Reach out to your club members to see who is willing to plan a route.
- Begin at a common starting point or arrange to meet in one location at the end of the trip.
- Choose locations that are easily accessible to a number of people with a minimum of trailering.
- Share that information through your club’s social media.
- Share route information with us if you’d like us to promote it as well.
- Get out on the water and have fun while still maintaining social distancing.
Please feel free to customize this event for your group and area. Some suggestions include raising money to support a local food bank/pantry, women’s shelter, or Mental Health initiative; providing box lunches; meeting for a picnic while maintaining social distancing; gathering at a local waterside restaurant, or any other activities permitted within COVID restrictions.
We hope your group will join in on August 21. We’d appreciate it if you’d share your stories and photos after the event to share in Classicboat, Classicboat Connection, the Rudder, and other boating publications as well as on social media.
Please contact Kathy Rhodes for further information or to share your plans.
Stone figures called “Inukshuks” were originally built as landmarks to aid in navigation and hunting. The Inukshuk has been adopted today as a symbol to remind us of our dependence on each other and the value of strong relationships. We chose this figure with great respect, because we all need each other these days, and we all share strong relationships within the vintage boating community.