Choppy waters: Boat enthusiasts come out in waves despite high winds

Skaneateles played host to hundreds of visitors over the weekend during the 31st Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show.

Boats were brought in from homeports as close as Skaneateles and as far away as areas like Bergen, located in Western New York, Salem, N.C., and Put-In-Bay, Ohio.

No matter where they hailed from, the boats lining the slips along the pier made their way along the sea wall during the boat parade as Tom Beardsley acted as announcer. Beardsley, a long-time resident of Skaneateles, now makes his home in California, said Sue Dove, executive director of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce.

As people lined the sea wall and watched the boats go by in choppy waters, Dove said the organizers of the event were very pleased.

"The crowds are the biggest we've had," she said.

Despite the high winds on Saturday night, it was a great weekend for the boat show.

Here are the winners from this year's event:

The winners of this year's boat show raffles are ...

Bijou Boat -- The Lindgrens, of Skaneateles

Laura's List Boat -- Nicholas Packiorek, of Skaneateles

Eat, Drink and Be Merry Boat -- Tony Pana, of Ithaca

Kids Have Fun Boat -- Amy Duprey, of Rochester

2008 Framed Boat Show Poster -- Jim Graham, of Texas

2009 Framed Boat Show Poster -- Lou Buttega

Relax SPA Boat -- Kyle Amberg, of Horseheads

2009 Antique and Classic Boat Show awards

Best in Show -- Preserved: Todd Parmington, 1885 Rushton named Bucky

Best in Show -- Restored: John Allen, 1923 Fay and Bowen named Rusticator

ACBS Preservation Award: Bruce and Katie Thompson, 1955 Thompson named Theo

Best Craftsmanship - Owner Restored

Best Small Craft -- Preserved: Richard and Wendy Fettridge, 1930 boat named Painted Lady

Best Small Craft -- Restored: Tim McNally, 1885 Boydish named Joyce Anne

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