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September, 2010

Ride 'n Show a Big Hit at Pier 121!

Above, members from the Metroplex as well as Austin and Houston gather at the Kroemer farm for the Friday night barbecue. The Ride 'n Show was full of the three "Fs", Food, Fun, Fellowship. Below, Les Burton in his '57 Century Resorter and Brian Fielder in his '56 Shepherd Utility churn up Lake Lewisville on the tradional Sunday Run.


Above, the ladies of the WBA strike a pose at the Saturday night party at the newly remodeled home and garage of Rhonda and Jim Wolfe. Below, the dockside display put the boats and skippers in close proximity at Pier 121's Dinghy Bar and Grill. See Elizabeth Webster's slides of the show. Watch a video clip of the Sunday Run!

White Rock Event Right Around the Corner--Saturday, Sept. 11!

Arrangements are being finalized for this year's White Rock Lake event on September 11. The Corinthian Sailing Club is hosting the event in conjunction with its Laser-class sailing regatta. Given the significance of the date, we're adding a noon-time Parade of Boats with a color guard, in order to honor the memory of the victims


of the 9/11 attacks. The military color guard has been confirmed. If you would like to include your boat in the display and the parade, please contact David Kanally right away. Space is limited. Don't miss this historic event!

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August Higgins Presentation by Rial Has Personal Note

Whether he was talking about his dad's Higgins runabout, similar to the one pictured above, or the famed Higgins LCVP landing craft from WWII, it was clear that Higgins Boats mean a lot to WBA member Hamilton Rial. Hamilton spent most of his life in New Orleans, and witnessed first-hand the movement of Higgins and other military craft up and down the Mississippi.



Hamilton's presentation covered story of the company's dynamic founder, Andrew Jackson Higgins, who came from humble beginnings in the late 19th Century in Nebraska to become a major force in the war effort. Of the Navy's 14,702 vessels in 1943, 12, 964 were designed by Higgins, and 8,865 were built by the Higgins plants in New Orleans. Thanks, Hamilton, for an informative presentation!

Next Meeting Sept. 16th--Don't Miss It!

Join us at the Midway Point on Thursday, September 16th for the next monthly meeting of the WBA. We'll be discussing the Austin/Hill Country Show at Lake LBJ and watching video from the Ride 'n Show, too! Come out and see some people who look surprisingly good for their ages. We've been seeing some faces from the past as well as new members! The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 16th at the Midway Point at LBJ and Midway Road.

Join us for a light meal and moderate libation at 5:30 p.m. at the Midway Point prior to the meeting.

Shop Talk and Musings:

We've received some good feedback about the Pier 121 venue for the Ride 'n Show. If you haven't already given us your opinion, please email David Kanally with your thoughts. The two common themes of the feedback so far are the quality of the Dinghy's outdoor seating area being in proximity to the boat display, and the food service. Speaking of great venues, let's make an extra effort this year to have a strong WBA presence at the SWACBS Austin/Hill Country show on Lake, October 15-17. Registration forms have been mailed out to those of us who are on the mailing list, but you can also write to Scott Reichardt, PO Box 8645, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657-8645 and ask for an entry form and schedule.

Our usual shop update will resume with our October issue.

And, finally:

Please take a look in the shed or garage for the leftover parts or other saleable items you can donate to the club. Bring them to any WBA meeting, or contact Phil Wolff at for pickup.