This highly anticipated Fall Cruise was planned in collaboration with the Adirondack Chapter of ACBS, and scheduled on a weekend in which the Bolton Landing Boats and Boating Festival was being held. Fritz Horton from the Lake Champlain Chapter and Ed Schieber were the instigators and it turned out to be a lovely event. On Saturday the 22nd the wind and waves were high, yet still some intrepid boaters managed to launch at Mossy Point boat launch at the northern end of the lake, and make it to the show in Bolton Landing. The show featured beautiful Adirondack rowing skiffs and guide boats, and dozens of small boats that were common in the late 1800s and early 1900s. There were battery powered launches from the early 20th century as well as a regatta recreation from the late 19th century. Visitors were encouraged to hop in one of the many skiffs and go for a row, and some were taken for a ride in the battery powered launches.
On Sunday the 23rd the winds calmed a bit and a group of 8 more wooden boats and 18 Lake Champlain members launched at Mossy Point and gathered for a tour of the north basin and down through picturesque Lake George Narrows arranged by Ken Engler, keeping in touch with short wave radios. Sunday’s tour ended at the Algonquin Restaurant, where they were joined by 3 Adirondack Chapter members, Ed and Jennifer Schieber, and John Kovack. The group headed north after lunch, under the Sagamore Bridge into Northwest Bay and back into the Narrows. Some spent another night at Lake George, others headed back to Mossy Point to load up and head back to Vermont.