Winter Games 2019, sponsored by the Illinois River Basin Boaters Association (IRBBA), takes place Feb. 22-24. Members from boat clubs up and down the river are invited to this weekend-long gathering, where clubs compete to decorate hospitality suites and costume themselves guided by this year’s theme, “Beaches.”
On Saturday afternoon, each club enters a team to compete in the Winter Games, a variety of competitive events held in the hotel’s atrium.
The best part of Winter Games is meeting old friends and making new ones, comparing notes about boating life on the river and planning for spring.
This year’s venue is PARK INN by Radisson, 201 E. Ashland St., Morton, IL 309-263-5116. The full schedule is here.
A traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage dinner will be served from 6pm to 8pm on Saturday, March 9th. The price is $12.50 per person or one punch.
RSVP by March 3 on the sign-up sheet at the Club or by filling out the online RSVP form.
The March dinner is hosted by the Burgwalds and Billings.
A cleaning party has been scheduled for March 23rd, 9am to noon, to clean and prepare the clubhouse for the season. Sign up with Rhonda Noto or on the signup sheet in the clubhouse.
Whether you call it launch day, crane day or boats in day, it’s the start of the season.
- Breakfast provided for the workers at 6:30am. Be ready to start operations between 7 and 7:30am.
- If there is any change in the schedule, you’ll be notified. If you don’t hear anything, there is no change.
- If your boat is being launched, you or a representative must be there. If your boat is not being launched, you may earn work hours for helping.
- Please follow directions from members in charge. Safety is our number one priority.
- NO alcoholic drinks anywhere near where boats are launched.
- Members need to wait until all boats are launched before working on their own boat.
- If you are not helping launch the boats, please stay out of the way, and keep cars clear of the crane area.
- Remove your stands, debris and litter A.S.A.P. after boats are in, and keep the grass area clear for mowing.
Celebrate our history, past Commodores and the 85th anniversary of the founding of SRYC. Elegant catered dinner provided by Montes, with filet mignon and crab legs. Open bar. $50 per person. Reservations and payment needed by May 1.