Power boats - especially the lovely vintage wooden boats - hold a special place in the history of Lake Tahoe.
TYC continues to celebrate its power boating heritage with many summer events, including the Commodore's Cruise, Over-the-Bottom rallies and of course, the world-famous Wooden Boat Week and Concours d'Elegance.
TYC's infamous "Over-the-Bottom" rallies date back to the early 20s on Lake Tahoe. While early power boat regattas were purely a test of speed, today participants don’t have to break any speed records; rather they navigate a preset course at a specified speed, and a "poker rally" is thrown in for added suspense.
Over-the-Bottom events are held on Saturday mornings throughout the Summer season. This year’s events will start promptly at 9 a.m. when the first registered boat crosses the starting line. Additional boats will follow at one minute intervals. Please arrive by 8:30 a.m. in order to register and obtain your starting card and instructions for the event.
Summer 2017 OTB Schedule:
- Launch Party: Friday, June 16th, 5:30pm, TYC clubhouse
- OTB #1: Saturday, June 17th, TYC
- OTB #2: Sunday, July 2nd, TYC
- OTB #3: Saturday, July 15th, Garwoods
- OTB #4: Saturday, August 5th, West Shore Cafe
- *WOTB: Monday, Aug. 14th, Obexer’s, TYC Finish
- OTB #5: Saturday August 26th - TYC, awards to follow at the club.
*All Power boats (wood, fiberglass, metal for example) are welcome to join this special Wooden Boat Week event, but priority will go to boats signed up for the Concours. Call the TYC Staff for more information (530-581-4700). This event is not part of the OTB Season.
Participants are given a prescribed course and specific instructions to follow, including direction, speed, and timing. At designated points, each boat picks up a poker card to create a poker hand, which he or she turns in at the finish. The team that has followed the directions carefully and has a winning hand will take the trophy.
Captains, crew and other interested parties are encouraged to attend the OTB Series “Launch” Party on Friday, June 17, at 6:00 p.m. in the TYC Clubhouse. This year's series includes the not-to-be-missed Woody OTB along with opportunities to socialize over lunch after the rallies at different restaurants around the lake. Only members who compete in three or more races will be eligible for the overall awards.
This year, the five-race Series fee will be $130. This includes participation in the Series Award Luncheon for two members of the crew. It also provides series participants the opportunity to join the Woody Over-the-Bottom (WOTB) race on the Monday following the Concours d’Elegance in either of the two vessel categories; this is a 6th, non-series event. TYC members must register for the complete five-race series. Participation in the WOTB is included in the series fee. Using a variety of marketing efforts, we will also invite non-members to participate in just one OTB during the series to encourage future membership in TYC. They will pay a fee of $35 to join us.
To participate in the summer 2017 OTB Series or an individual event, please contact Clubhouse staff to reserve your spot!