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Wooden boat show blows ‘White Smoke on the Water’
by Tribune Staff
Jul 02, 2011 | 789 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — To borrow from a classic rock n’ roll tune, there will be “smoke on the water” for this year’s South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic (STWBC), scheduled for July 29 and 30 at the Tahoe Keys Marina & Yacht Club.

The STWBC is one of the West’s largest classic boat shows, and this year the headliner will be White Smoke, which was originally delivered to South Lake Tahoe’s Pope Estate and is currently part of the Tahoe Maritime Museum’s collection. White Smoke is a 30-foot Sea Lyon, model 45 triple cockpit runabout. The George A. Pope family enjoyed their home and the boat on Lake Tahoe for years before finally gifting the estate to the U.S. Forest Service.

While White Smoke will command center stage at the STWBC, she will have plenty of company. More than 65 antique and classic boats will be on display at the Tahoe Keys Marina & Yacht Club with at least six hot classic racers on their trailers for close inspection.

A new attraction this year will be a kit boat, newly built by Tahoe City Boy Scout Troop #266, which will be on display in the entertainment expo area. The boat is a project being built by the Scouts and their fathers with guidance and support from ACBS member John Lahti of Tahoe City.

During the event, the Tahoe Maritime Museum will also have its boat in the marina and will be giving rides to families who join the museum at the boat show.

“We are enormously pleased with last year’s Classic,” STWBC chairperson Steve Caplan said in a press release. “Not only did over 2,200 people attend the two-day event, we raised $10,000 for local charities.”

Save $5 off each $20 adult ticket with purchases at any Raley’s, Nob Hill or Bel Air Family Market in California or Nevada. Admission for children age 12 and younger is free.

For more information on the 2011 STWBC, visit

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