Here it is:
**BOTE June 27, 2009**
**Lake Anna, Virginia**
Well, here we go again. It's the middle of winter and it's time to make reservations at the hotel and plans for our 8th year. It's the year to get back to our roots! We started out chatting on the internet, a couple of phone calls, a video tape mailed across the east coast, a BBQ, maps and suggestions, and Lake Anna was the place of choice. We've gone from 40+ boats in the first year, to a full feature BOTE write-up in Hot Boat Magazine and stopped counting at 250 boats. After our 5th year, the humble beginnings quickly became a circus and started taking a direction that certainly was not what BOTE was about. While it was fun watching this group of boaters grow and grow, we were losing sight of the boating aspect, and the close knit family of boaters we've become. We're going back to the basics this year, back to the roots.
We fully expect to lose attendance this year. While it was never about the attendance, it was nice seeing a lot of boaters together for the simple reason of hanging out, talking boats, family and growing friendships. We tried the coordination with Weller and the Labara thing. I have no problem admitting that I gave that avenue a lot more patience than others were willing to, but, it became apparent there was no consideration for input from our side of the lake. And so with that...
So, it's just like the first year:
Plan that potluck for the small group of folks at the lodge.
Plan on standing in the mud.
Plan on cruising up to the sandbar for lunch, or the islands for volleyball.
Plan on wearing another Bad Ass T-shirt like BOTE has put out for years!
Things like whether we have the raffle or not, and other details will begin to come out as we get closer. Right now, it's simple. If you have suggestions, this is the place to make them. While it's obviously not possible to please everyone and meet everyone's request, everyone has a place in this.
I can't wait to see everyone again.
Lake Anna Lodge (Cell Block) : 540.895.5844
Highpoint Marina And Inn: 540.895.5249
The Boating This is probably the most important part of this whole Anna thing. Your safety and the safety of everone around you is paramount!!! If you bring your boat, you are responsible for whatever happens to it or your passengers. What you do with your boat is your business. If you choose to hit something with it, on purpose or by accident, or let someone else do it, you are responsible for getting it resolved. If your boat is in the water or on land, you will not be able to hold BOTE or anyone associated for any damage, injuries or loss. Can I make that any more clear? THERE ARE NO BOATING RELATED EVENTS SET UP THIS YEAR. Everything is related to land events only. Mufflers or baffles are a MUST at Lake Anna. If you don't have them, you have 3 options: make them, buy them, or don't fire up the boat.
This is NOT the Weller or Labara event. This thread in not the place to argue about pro's or con's involving them. You are more than welcome to start that thread for complaints or comments in either East Coast-North or East Coast-South areas of this forum.