The 2016 James River Batteau Festival is about to begin. Friday, June 17th, at the Amherst boat ramp activity around the batteaux parked there was getting busy. The Clifton Lee was being launched into the river, but not before Captain Lisa was seen putting some oakum near the area on an end where she famously hit a rock at 7 islands last year!
Gail Timberlake, The President of the VC&NS was at the rivers edge discussing the batteaux with several young school girls. The Ladies Slipper crew has borrowed the batteau Margaret Stevens from their friends in Powhatan. The boat will carry the name plate of the Ladies Slipper and will be crewed by the famous ladies from many batteaux in the past as the crew keeps going like the energizer bunny while their boats somehow get retired from time to time. We won’t mention the sad scene of the swamped Ladies Slipper at 7 islands last year.
Roger Nelson, VC&NS Vice-President was all smiles along with his brother Byrne.
The crew of the Rocky Creek Wildfire was bailing out their batteau with teaspoons trying to get the water out that they had added yesterday just so the bottom would look wet on the inside. They didn’t want to make everyone else feel bad so they added some water. They asked if I had a sponge and I didn’t. Someone needs to lend them one.
Saturday Morning the batteaux will gradually move down-river to Percival’s Island. Launch time is set for 11:00 am. See you there!