Posted by: wlsc1979 | 2012-07-17

July 4th 2012 Recap

Greetings Sailors!

I hope you all are enjoying summer and doing all the things you love, like STAYING COOL and finding lots of opportunities to visit the lake!

For those of you who were unable to join us at Watauga the week of July 4th, you missed a GREAT TIME!  On Wednesday, the 4th, lots of sailors gathered on the dock to help decorate Wild Blue Yonder and Bad Habit with an assortment of balloons, flags, streamers, and other patriotic paraphernalia for the annual Watauga Lake Boat Parade.

Paula McKamey and Kristen Veldman blowing up balloons.

Dave Bryson and James Little decorating Wild Blue Yonder

The boat parade committee wisely asked us to be at the back of the parade, since, even under full power, our sailboats are much slower than the houseboats and pontoon boats (AKA “Stinkpots”) that participate in the event.  However, the sailboats looked majestic and made a great showing in the parade.  We all agreed that next time we should have our own parade that starts one hour in front of the power boaters!

Fleet Captain Wayne Catoe and crew on Bad Habit

Wild Blue Yonder dazzled the crowds with a full spinnaker

The houseboats were well decorated in patriotic colors

Brianna Veldman, Sophie Swift, Jacob Veldman and Grayson Moody served as escorts to the sailboats during the parade…until the balloons were lost!

Later in the afternoon, approximately 60 members, family and friends enjoyed a July 4th cookout on the dock of hamburgers, hotdogs, side dishes and delicious desserts (including watermelon!).  We had many out of town members/guests, including folks from New York (George Brown’s parents), Florida (Alex and Jean Lindsay and Jean’s dad, Bob), Chicago (Russ’s daughter, Kristen Veldman), Atlanta (James Little’s sister, Betty, and her husband, John Douglas), South Africa (Steve Lloyd’s friends) and returning from New Mexico, members Charles Shuffler and Randy Ellis.  (Please forgive me if I left anyone out, too many frozen strawberry daiquiris that day!)  Thanks to Marc Nachman and Billy Becker for manning the grill in spite of the intense heat, Patti Jo Nachman for keeping the frozen drinks flowing and to everyone who brought a dish to share!

The evening ended with an impressive fireworks display put on by Lakeshore Marina (your slip dollars at work!).  Many members watched from their sailboats on the lake outside the marina.  What a fabulous way to end Independence Day, free to celebrate on a fine boat on beautiful waters under a starry sky with friends and family!

Coming up next…Pig Roast Recap!

Commodore Gayle

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