Visitors Swarm Race and Classic Boat Show in Gravenhurst, Ontario


It would be hard to imagine anything else that could have turned out better for the organizers of this year's ‘Greatest Race Boat Show In Canadian History.' Featuring over 130 finely crafted classic race boats on display and overwhelming weekend crowds, this year's show was held at picturesque Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst, Ontario from July 4 to 7.

Organized by the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) Toronto, this year marked the event's 100th anniversary under ‘The Greatest Race Boat Show In Canadian History' title.

In addition to a huge variety of gleaming wooden masterpieces on display at Muskoka Wharf's A and B docks, the event featured several classic boat races as well as several famous race boats including Miss Canada IV, Miss Canada III and Miss Supertest. Dozens of vintage inboard hydros and outboard race boats competed on the event's mini racecourse, which drew crowds of spectators throughout the Saturday afternoon of the show.

On Thursday of the event, the show featured the displaying of a LEGO model Miss Canada IV at the Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre. That was followed by a movie documentary on racing legends at the Gravenhurst Opera House.

Friday included a boaters poker run from Gravenhurst to Morris Island, followed by an evening reception for classic boat racing champions, including Boatguide magazine's boat tester and long-time boat racer, Mark Rotharmel.

Following Saturday's full boating schedule, the Sunday featured extreme BMX and FMX demonstrations as well as on-water activities for children. The ACBS hopes the addition of a high-energy bike show will help expose and attract a younger crowd of enthusiasts boat racing. "We're trying to get youth involved with the ACBS,' says Cathy Tait, one of the show organizers.

For more information on ACBS events visit www.acbs.ca.