The 2017 James River Batteau Festival is almost here! Most of the batteaux are in the water and on Friday afternoon several more arrived and were launched from Rucker Landing at Rivers Edge Park in Amherst County, VA.
Many long time batteau friends were gathering by the river with handshakes and hugs! Gail Timberlake and the batteau Ladies Slipper were getting the boat ready. Lisa B. greeted to come aboard the batteau Clifton Lee and she was drinking plain ice water!
The batteau Seven Islands launched off their trailer and the front sweep man was all smiles and thumbs up rearing to go!
Brian Coffield, a long time VC&NS member/Past President, is now going to be the Captain of his gently used batteau that was the old Slate River batteau.
The James River Association had a tent at the top of the boat ramp with pizza and cold water for the crews.
Crews were unloading all sorts of gear and supplies as tomorrow is the big day!
The official launch is from Percival’s Island at 11am.