The theme for this year's Holiday Boat Parade is
Build Officer in charge: Jeff Specht
Construction Manager: Bob McCormick
Boat Captain: Robin Clark
The 2011 build effort resulted in the coveted Sweepstakes Award.
The following photos begin with the celebration brunch of the build team followed by photos of the workers doing their job.
At the bottom of this page you will find a link to a special series of photos taken by Les Kelly from the deck of our SGYC Seeepstakes winning entry on Sunday night. It is a perspective that most folks don't get the opportunity to enjoy.
Three views of our winning entry.
Officer in Charge of the build effort, Rear Commodore Jeff Specht and Commodore Les Kelly pose with the winning trophy.
Construction Manager Bob McCormick displays the Plunger Award given to the member who plunged right in to get the job done.
Rear Commodore Jeff Specht receives the Plunger Award for taking his job as Officer in Charge very seriously, resulting in our winning entry.
Founding Commodore Dewey Rudolph is proud to hold the winning medallion.
Our proud design team of Bob McCormick and Sandy Atherton.
Group photo of members of the build team who attended the Celebration Brunch. There were many more who could not attend.
What follows are the many photos taken during the build phase. A testament to the phrase "Many hands make light work."
FIN-TASTIC pulls away from the Bonair docks after its transformation.
Captain Robin Clark hoists the SGYC Burgee as he sails for home.
A lot of SGYC folks came out to work on the float the Saturday before boat parade weekend (and several Saturdays over the last couple of months), to offer direct and indirect support, and to socialize as “Mother Nature” cooperated with great weather, bright sunshine and no wind! Work began at 8:23 a.m. with the loading of the float’s many pieces from Bob’s garage!
The Fin-Tastic sailed away from Bonaire Docks at 12:47 p.m. with the “Isle of Manhattan” proudly glistening in the sun!
Commodore Les Kelly extends his special thanks to the following members who assisted with the 2011 float project:
* Sandy Atherton and Bob McCormick for their excellent concept and design;
* Bob McCormick for his expert creativity and flexibility in creating a city scape from foam and plastic tubing, the use of his garage and his guidance and direction in making the project work, all the while proving, once again, that “Real Men & Women Don’t Need Instructions!”;
* Rear Commodore Jeff Specht for his daily project oversight, hard work and superb assembly skills;
* Robin and Jean Clark for their continued, gracious support in letting the SeaGate Yacht Club use their Fin-Tastic as the base vessel for yet another award winning float for the Huntington Harbour Boat Parade and Robin and Grandson Paul for their hard work in getting the pieces in the right place on the Fin-Tastic;
* And the following members who worked to cut, paint, glue, staple, push, pull, lift, move and transport and tie and trim, glue, hammer and shove the pieces and frames together to complete the project:
Sandy Rudolph, Ben Rudolph, Vice Commodore Dale Giali and Susan Westover, Jr. Staff Commodore John Humphreys, Rob and Cindy Allen, Roger Wilhelm, Sam Juergens, Mike McEntee, Mike & Sharon Courtway, Sandy and Jim Atherton, Tom Worden, Pat Jenkes, Ray & Jan Nagele, Mark Arizmendi, Aida O’Brien, Ted Cohen, Ed Davis, Cathy Kelly, Joel Landers, Clem Aime, Floyd D’Angelo, John Boryszewski, Ron Ferandelli, Ron Jagner, Gil Morris, Merle McCormick and Celia Pugh.
OK, you guys, it's time to put this thing together!
It's Saturday and we are moving the set pieces down to the boat.
I hope he notices that it is upside down before putting it on the boat.
This is "FIN-TASTIC" before.
Hey, Rob, I think Rockerfeller Center is a little crooked.
I think it needs one more window here on the first floor.
Where's King Kong when you need him.
Head Construction Manager Bob McCormick provides direction to Captain Robin Clark regarding position of the Chrysler Building.
Looks great from over here!
The proud owners.
Jeff, stop posing for the photo and help me hold up this building.
Oh, good! They got it right side up.
Toss me the Flat Iron Building!
I didn't know we had to hook up the plumbing.
Isn't she beautiful? Wait 'til you see her at night.