March 29, 2017
THE HISTORY OF AN ENDURING TRADITION
The Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance celebrates its 45th year of perpetual excellence August 11th and 12th at the historic Obexer’s Boat Company in scenic Homewood, California. The showcase of the most well-known and infamous wooden boats in the world is the longest running boat show on Lake Tahoe. Presented by the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation, the Concours d’Elegance is unsurpassed in its exhibition and preservation of boating and maritime tradition. Over the past four and a half decades, it has become the most acclaimed and prestigious wooden boat show in all of North America.
The Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance comes from modest beginnings. In 1972, a group of Tahoe Yacht Club members and friends gathered at Chamber’s Landing on Lake Tahoe’s west shore to share their love for wooden boats. It quickly grew in recognition for the quality of boats exhibited, the highest judging standards and practices, and, most importantly, a shared passion of wooden boats between exhibitors and the public. The show is now the most recognized and longest existing antique and classic boat show on Lake Tahoe and its reputation for excellence is known worldwide.
In 1994, the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation was formed to host the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance. The Foundation focuses on the continued growth of the show while making charitable donations exclusively focused on providing educational opportunities originating in the Lake Tahoe area that enhance expertise or understanding of maritime skills.
The show moved from its Carnelian Bay location in 2015 and continues to take place in August each year at Obexer’s Boat Company. Located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe and in the heart of Homewood, California, Obexer’s Boat Company’s beginnings trace back to 1911. The fixture of Tahoe offers a true historic marina experience with a wide-open, landscape view of the lake.
In celebration of the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance’s 45th anniversary, the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation, in conjunction with Tahoe Luxury Properties, is excited to feature vintage Utilities at this year’s show. This outstanding Marque Class will showcase the world’s best antique and classic utility boats from various manufacturers. First introduced after the Great Depression in the early 1930s, utility boats overtook runabouts in popularity after World War II. Utilities are ideal for fishing and fast enough for water skiing, and their open concept is perfect for piling in family and friends.
Each year, a Marque Class is selected by a panel of nationally recognized classic boat experts and judges to exhibit at the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance. Each individual Marque Class is designed to bring a unique element and theme to the show and ensures boating enthusiasts a new educational and viewing experience year after year.
Many social events help to add to the passion and excitement of Wooden Boat Week and the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance. The Exhibitors’ Barbecue and Awards Presentation on Friday evening, August 11th, is one of those events. An intimate Opening Night Gala dinner and dance kicks off Wooden Boat Week, followed by a Men’s Grill, Ladies’ Luncheon on the Lake, and Woodie Over-The-Bottom race. All events are open to the public.
Tickets for the show and social events are now on sale. The Opening Night Gala, Men’s Grill, and Ladies’ Luncheon on the Lake reservations are limited and will sell out.
As a special thank you to Concours Personal and Corporate Sponsors, there are special offerings including a VIP Lounge and parking at the show, and the by-invitation-only Sponsor Dinner.
Volunteers are critical to the success of the Concours d’Elegance, playing an integral role in the production of the finest wooden boat show in the country. Without volunteers, this magical weekend would not exist! We invite you to join this dedicated group for the 2017 show. If you desire to be added to the volunteer contact list, please go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invitations will be extended to everyone on the contact list in April, both past and first-time volunteers. Heidi Bensley will once again be the Volunteer Coordinator. Heidi can be contacted via email at email@example.com or cell 209.629.1277.