Oysterville is simply dusting herself off for her big day today.
Thankfully, that's exactly what happened.
|Photo Courtesy of Tucker|
The boom of the town cannon sent majestic plungers and their crew of sailors swooping across the water in hopes of winning a silver cup. The ships were captained by such familiar names as Loomis, Crellin, and Stream. My husband's ancestor likely captained his plunger, The Vivian, in the races. Afterward, the village turned out for the “...Regatta Ball, remembered as the crowning social event of the season.” Images of America, Oysterville, by Sydney Stevens.
The Oysterville Regattas of today are organized by the Tucker, Carol and family. Although contemporary regattas are of a more modest scale, they have lost none of the villager's enthusiasm. Today, an air horn blast sends Laser class sailboats, gliding towards the first buoy in the race. The triangular course is just shy of two miles and requires not only sailing expertise but stamina, as each captain, without the benefit of a crew, must complete three full races. The committee boat volunteers tally points for each finisher based on their finishing order for each race, e.g. the first place finisher receives one point. The sailor with the fewest points at the end of the race wins The Oyster Cup. In the event of a tie, sailors are ranked by best finishing position.
|The Oyster Cup circa 1996|
We all agreed that the first place finisher of the first race was Clark, Clark again for the second race, and Collin for the third race, with Betsy always nipping at their keels. The rest of the details were sketchy at best.
|And they're off!|
|To the rescue.|
When the new year is young and days are still short, Tucker will look at the tide tables for 2015 and find an afternoon tide in August that is somewhere close to eight feet. After choosing, he'll design another beautiful invitation and send them out to over fifty families. I'm already looking forward to pinning it on our refrigerator. It is certainly a date to save.
Source for historical information: Images of America, Oysterville, by Sydney Stevens.
Source for contemporary information: Tucker.