Celebrating the elegance of Tahoe’s wooden boats

Courtesy Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance

The 46th annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance returns to the historic Obexer’s Boat Company in Homewood with the two-day show open to the public on Aug. 11 and 12. Concours judges from throughout the U.S. will reward those boat owners who have restored their boats to the highest level of authenticity — as they appeared when they were shipped from the factory.

The show is from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday with the Roar-Off at 5 p.m. The Wine Village both days from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $25 for one day, $35 for two days and free for children 12 and younger; tickets increase $5 at the gate.

Concours d’Elegance will host social events also open to the public to celebrate Wooden Boat Week. The opening night dinner is on Aug. 9 at the West Shore Café with cocktails at 5 and dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are $155 per person.

On Aug. 12, the Ladies’ Luncheon and Fashion Show starts at 11:30 a.m. at the lakefront home of Michael and Tootie Beeman. The dress is casual and low-heeled shoes are recommended. Tickets are $65. At noon the Men’s Grill is at Turners “Playtime” in Homewood. The vibe is laid back and the dress is casual at this hosted bar and barbecue, lakefront lunch. Tickets are $50.

On Aug. 13 in association with the Tahoe Yacht Club, there’s the Woody Over-the-Bottom rally at 8:30 a.m. off Tahoe City Marina where boats will return for the finish. There will be a separate start for all wooden boats beginning at 9 a.m. Brunch at the Tahoe Yacht Club clubhouse will include a mimosa/Bloody Mary bar following the race.

On Aug. 16, the Tahoe Yacht Club invites all boat aficionados to “Mahogany Magic 2018.” The movie will feature a video recap of the 2018 wooden boat week. For $85, the all-inclusive experience will include Gar Woods buffet dinner, Wet Woodys, beer, wine and soft drinks. | laketahoeconcours.com