Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Model boats will tool around Lake Seminole

Bob Allison clears weeds from the propellers of a radio-controlled boat belonging to George Spencer, right, of St. Petersburg, at Mirror Lake in 2007. Allison expects 80 to 100 boats at this weekend’s event.

EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times (2007)

Bob Allison clears weeds from the propellers of a radio-controlled boat belonging to George Spencer, right, of St. Petersburg, at Mirror Lake in 2007. Allison expects 80 to 100 boats at this weekend’s event.

SEMINOLE — Area residents looking for a low-key alternative to the Honda Grand Prix can trade the roar of race car engines for the low hum of electric boat motors at Lake Seminole this weekend.

Model boat enthusiasts will gather at Lake Seminole Park for the 15th Annual Boat Show and Regatta put on by the Bay Area Electric Boaters. Participants will showcase boats in and out of the water, with prizes awarded in a variety of categories.

The event is Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at shelter No. 1 and is free to the public.

Club commodore Bob Allison said he expects 80 to 100 boats to enter the show. "This is the biggest and best boat show in Florida, and maybe the whole southeast," he said.

Allison said people are often surprised by the detail of the boats.

Models include radio-controlled boats with electric motors, as well as wind-powered craft and static displays. They range in size and type from small sailboats to large military replicas. Allison said some modelers spent years and thousands of dollars building their boats.

Anyone wanting to enter a boat can register beginning at 9 a.m. both days. It costs $6 to enter a boat in a category, and $2 to enter the same boat in an additional category. Entrants must have built the boats themselves, and gas-powered engines are forbidden.

Competition will include modelers running their boats through a course to test their piloting skills as well as judging based on criteria such as construction and detail.

The club will make boats available for spectators to pilot during breaks in the competition, and there will be raffles for model boat kits and other prizes.

In addition to the models, the Florida Maritime Museum will display an actual Abaco dinghy, a traditional fishing boat used along the west coast of Florida from the early 18th century through the 1920s, and full-size replicas of other traditional boats used around the state.

Allison said kids love to come out and watch the boats, and the show will also provide an alternative to those wanting to avoid the traffic associated with the Honda Grand Prix in downtown St. Petersburg.

"A lot of older people might like this to get away from the noise and crowds with the race," he said.

Michael Maharrey can be reached at (727) 893-8779 or mmaharrey@sptimes.com.

Model boats will tool around Lake Seminole 04/01/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 1, 2008 3:05pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays morning after:Matt Andriese trying to put good finish on injury-marred season

    Blogs

    RHP Matt Andriese can't make up for the 2 1/2 months he missed due to a hip injury this season after getting off to a solid 5-1, 3.54 start.

    But he can use his last few outings to remind the Rays, and himself, of how good he can be.
    He did it the hard way Thursday, allowing three runs as four of the …

  2. Trigaux: Tampa Bay household income tops $50,000 but still makes us look poor

    Personal Finance

    The good news is Tampa Bay's median household income finally crawled above $50,000 last year. The bad news is that figure — officially $51,115 by new U.S. Census Bureau data — still puts the Tampa Bay region as the poorest of the nation's 25 largest metro areas.

    Tampa Bay still has the lowest median household income among the 25 most populous metro areas, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.
[Times]
  3. Florida education news: Makeup days, accountability, charter schools and more

    Blogs

    MAKEUP DAYS: The Pasco County school district alters the daily schedule of 11 schools to make up teaching time missed because of Hurricane Irma, avoiding the …

    With students back in school after Hurricane Irma, schools across Florida begin scheduling makeup days for missed classroom time.
  4. How visiting a scenic Cuban resort can help save green sea turtles

    Wildlife

    The Florida Aquarium has been collaborating with Cuba's National Aquarium since 2015 to help save coral dying throughout Caribbean waters.

    The beaches of Cuba's Cayo Largo are home to a large population of green sea turtle nests. The Florida Aquarium will lead eco-tours of Cayo Largo next year that will help protect the turtles and fund research.  [Avalon Outdoor]
  5. Photo of the Day for September 22, 2017 - Willets taking flight

    Human Interest

    Today's Photo of the Day comes from Dan Cleary of Madeira Beach, FL.