The Big Sky Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society held Whitefish Woody Weekend VI on the weekend of June 23-25, 2017. In only its sixth year, Whitefish Woody Weekend has become one of the premier classic boat events, attracting award winning classic wood boats from all across the Pacific Northwest, and one of the signature summer events in Whitefish, Montana.
The event is hosted by the Lodge at Whitefish Lake, the only Four Diamond Resort in Montana. The Lodge offers a first class venue and accommodations for both the participants and public.
This year’s event featured 38 classic wood boats representing 6 ACBS Chapters from Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii, including 16 boats new to Whitefish Woody Weekend.
Marking the unofficial beginning of summer, Whitefish Woody Weekend VI began on Friday evening June 23rd with a cruise/parade around beautiful Whitefish Lake. Forty classic boats were on public display at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake on Saturday, June 24th. Sunday morning featured a poker run followed by a BBQ on the beach at the Lodge for event participants.
The show is fun for all ages. The public is encouraged to join the fun on the lake or on the beaches, decks and docks around the lake for the Friday evening cruise; or to enjoy the boats up close and met the owners of these fine representatives of the art and craftsmanship of the past on Saturday at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake Marina. New this year, were classic boat water skiing exhibitions on Saturday and hourly drawings for a free ride in a classic boat. Both were a big hit with the public.
Over 1,400 dock-walkers came out and supported the event on Saturday and over 500 people cast a vote for the “People’s Choice Award”. It was a very tight race with all boats receiving votes. People’s Choice was awarded to “Nemo”, a one-of-a-kind 1928 Schillo Runabout, owned by Jim and Holly Winslow of McCall, Idaho. The Captain’s Choice Award, voted on by the boat owners, went to “Seabiscuit “, a 1937 Chris Craft Triple Cockpit Runabout, owned by Jim McGrath of Walpole Massachusetts. The Commodore’s Award was given to Jim Valeo of Missoula Montana with his 1990 Hacker Craft Runabout “Obsession”.
THE ACCOMPANYING PHOTOS WERE TAKEN BY OUR GOOD FRIEND WES YANDT OF THE INLAND EMPIRE CHAPTER OF THE ACBS.