FEBRUARY 6, 2018
The Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance Returns August 10-11, 2018
Tickets are now on sale for the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance. North America’s premier wooden boat show will be held at the historic Obexer’s Boat Company in Homewood, California August 10th and 11th, 2018. In celebration of the show’s 46th year, the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation, in conjunction with Tahoe Luxury Properties, is excited to announce the return of one of the most popular Marque Classes, Original Tahoe Boats.
Tickets Now on Sale
Tickets for the show and social events are now on sale. The 46th annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance takes place at Obexer’s Marina in scenic Homewood, California August 10th and 11th, 2018.
The Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance is a showcase of the most well-preserved and restored wooden boats in the world. Presented by the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation, it is the longest running boat show on Lake Tahoe and 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.
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 10th, 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. Reservations for these events are limited and will sell out.
Celebrating Original Tahoe Boats
In 2018, the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance is excited to feature Original Tahoe Boats, marking the return of one of the show’s most popular Marque
Tahoe’s love affair with woodies dates back to the early 1900’s. In their heyday, the boats were the ultimate toys for the wealthy elite to play on the lake’s crystal clear waters. After more than a century, Original Tahoe Boats remain the epitome of luxury and leisure. Their stunning craftsmanship has become a symbol of Lake Tahoe history.
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.
Welcome Edward F. “Ward” Sproat III
We are honored to introduce our newest board member, Edward F. “Ward” Sproat III. Ward and his wife Heidi have been members of the Tahoe Yacht Club since 2013 and are the owners of a 1960 Chris Craft Capri named TahoeHeidi. They have entered her in the Concours d’Elegance the past 2 years and received a third place award in 2016. Ward is also the owner of a 2000 Stampfli single racing shell which is one of the last wooden racing shells made by the Swiss firm. Ward is a member and former officer of the Undine Barge Club of Philadelphia, one of the oldest rowing clubs in the country founded in 1869.
Ward retired this year as a Principal Vice President from the Bechtel Corporation. During his eight years with Bechtel, he was the Project Director for nuclear plant projects in Maryland, Tennessee and Washington State.
Prior to joining Bechtel, Ward held the position of Director of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (RW-1) in the U.S. Department of Energy until January 2009. He was nominated for that position by President George W. Bush in September of 2005 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in May 2006. During his tenure, he successfully led the efforts to develop and submit to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission the license application for the Nation’s high-level radioactive waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.
Ward previously held the position of Vice President of International Projects for Exelon Generation. In this position he was responsible for developing and managing the Exelon interests in various international generation ventures. He was a director on the board of PBMR (Pebble Bed Modular Reactor) Pty. LTD in the Republic of South Africa. While in this position, Exelon was requested by the PBMR board to allow Mr. Sproat to assume the duties of Chief Operating Officer and spent all of 2002 as COO of the company in South Africa.
Ward also held various management positions with Exelon’s predecessor PECO Energy over a 30 year career.
Ward holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Dynamics of Organizations, both from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed the Executive Development Program at Cornell University. He was a licensed Professional Electrical Engineer.