The 11th Annual DCB Regatta was held at the Lake Havasu Nautical Inn, September 26-28th, 2014. And once again DCB and company did it right. If I'm not mistaken there were around 61 boats and/or owners in attendance. Many of the boats started getting together on Friday afternoon. Registration was held at the Nautical Friday evening over drinks. Good to see a few old friends and meet some new ones. As we drove up to the Nautical, I was surprised to see the first DCB I owned, a 1997 24' Extreme. Absolutely loved that boat and wish I could have kept her. She is apparently up for sale now. Good luck to the seller and new owner. Many very good family memories were spent in that boat.
We were fashionably late to the registration party Friday night, but not too late as to miss spending time with friends and discussing the weekends activities. Which honestly I was looking forward to a fairly low key weekend. Since our base camp for the weekend was the Heat, I knew I was going to have a bit of a challenge in front of me in regard to docking and parking the boat and trailer. So I made a executive decision to rent a slip at the Lake Havasu Marina for Friday night. Since I would be pulling the boat out of the water Saturday, seemed like a reasonable thing to do.
That was until I actually had the boat in the water and the wind decided it would do with me what it wanted. Nonetheless I am persistent and can be very patient. So after wearing several layers of material off my gearset while doing 7-8, 9 point turns, I finally got my potato chip in to her bed for the night. And I am so glad I spent the extra $10-12 for a 12' wide slip vs. a 10'. To be honest, I didn't sleep much Friday night as the weather wasn't exactly cooperating. I had visions of my baby on her side on top of the dock vs. next to the dock. A couple extra vodka's helped put my mind at ease and I finally fell asleep. lol.
Saturday morning weather was sketchy at best. But after all the work I did the night before, there was no question we would be boating today. Come hell or tornadic winds, we would be boating. After a few cups of coffee and half a bottle of Advil, it was off to the 10am drivers meeting.
Shortly after the drivers meeting we were instructed to head over to Thompson Bay, circle the wagons and follow Bob Teague's F32 in to the channel for our annual DCB parade through the channel. Seemed like we did 7-8 circles, but finally managed to parade through the channel. This is probably the only time my boat actually sees the channel. It's a fun sight to see and a little more fun parading through it, but I'm not one to park and hang out. I bought my boat to drive it, so lets get this thing going already
One of my favorite parts of this regatta are the running shots. And kudos to DCB and the rest of the DCB family for somehow managing to keep this thing moving super fast this year. Last year I think I burned a quarter tank of fuel waiting for our turn. Not the case this year. It was almost hurry up and get your jackets on we're next. Another rare occasion for me as I am not used to firewalling my baby and praying my drive holds up to max boost. But she did and after several seconds of losing the horizon (4 people aboard, full fuel, and a tall prop) we rolled over and were shortly on our way to 80+.
The DCB chopper and Tommy (Tommygun photography) seemed to be inches away from us as I did my best to stay in front of the chopper, keep the right side of the boat up, and my passengers from committing mutiny. But all ended well and hopefully Tommy got at least one good shot of my good side.
After the running shots we sprinted toward the card stops. Havasu Landing first for us, then onward toward the Springs. We kept the speeds reasonable. 70-80 most of the time, about all my little boat could handle considering the chop was pretty decent. I can usually tell if I've beaten my passengers up by how sore my body is the next day. I felt pretty good, so hopefully everyone had a good ride. I even felt pretty good about my speed as I only got passed 4-5 times. But when I did get passed, I got passed big. So I didn't feel too bad. Its when someone passes you and they're doing 3-5mph faster and you can't catch them. That's when it sucks to have the slower boat. Now if they're passing you 30-50mph faster? well nothing you can do about that except smile
We hung out and tied up to a group of DCB'ers in one of the coves. The weather was great, the people were friendly, and we had a great time. Only problem is our camp leader, whose name escapes me because we forgot to designate a camp leader, forgot to pack food. So around 3pm or so we were all starving. So off to the Nautical we went.
After a late lunch I decided to put my little boat away and do absolutely nothing for the rest of the day. What a great decision that was.
Later that evening we headed to the DCB Black and White party. And we were only 1 1/2hrs late LOL. Dinner was in full swing by the time we arrived and a few of the guests were well on their way to an epic night. We had a bite to eat and before you could say M29 with a single 1350 and #8 (my dream boat), the door prizes were flying.
For some reason this night, don't ask me why as I've never won a door prize in my life, there was absolutely no question in my mind I was going to win two door prizes tonight. We had two wrist bands and I was 100% confident we would win two prizes. When we won the first prize (a GoPro Hero 3), and we were elated to win that, I had a feeling it wasn't over. The last prize of the night was a ipad mini. And it too would be mine. The last winning wristband of the night. Thank you so much Teague Custom Marine and DCB. You guys are the best!
At this point Dave Hemmingston, the founder of Daves Custom Boats, thanked his employees, vendors, and family members for their service. And rightfully so. Though Dave was, and is the visionary of DCB, without the first class team he put together, DCB would probably be just another custom boat builder. It was very good to see Dave give his team thanks and praise. He is a first class gentlemen and a stand up guy. And its easy to see why his employees and vendors praise him.
The night wrapped up with a few more cocktails, dancing, and I'm sure a little story telling. In the end it was another great DCB Regatta. And another great way to spend some time on the lake, doing what we love to do. Boat and enjoy our friends and family.
Thank you Peggi Vincent for all your hard work. And the countless others who make this great annual event possible.
Until next year...