America's Boating Club - Wilmington hosts many social outings during the year. Weekly lunches are held on Wednesdays for those able to make it. Regular social meetings are held once a month on Friday evenings from September through May (Check our calendar on the home page for the next one.). Social meetings consist of presentations of interest to all boaters and "potluck" dinners.
The well attended and anticipated ABC - Wilmington annual cruise is held during June. Summer brings many on-water activities such as raft-ups, rendezvous and on-land fun such as picnics. Many activities are planned on both the Northern and Southern Chesapeake Bay. Recent raft-ups have been held in Rock Hall, Still Pond, Tilghman Creek, and Fairlee Creek. Sail races are a popular Sunday afternoon attraction.
Members are kept informed of activities planned by regular mailings of the award winning newsletter "The Lubber's Line".
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Please join us at the Weekly Luncheons on Wednesdays at 11:30 - Seasons Pizza, 3901 Concord Pike (Route 202), Talleyville, DE. The waitresses can easily point you to our group. Ordering usually starts between 11:30 and 11:45am. Those who now meet are a mixture of "old timers", many of whom are still active boaters (sail and power) and some younger members who work in the area. They keep up with each other and the goings on of the club and generally have a good time. (See the History of the weekly lunch below)
As early as 1940, the officers of America's Boating Club - Wilmington met one Thursday each month at the Hotel Kent. In 1943 the luncheon was opened to all members and became a weekly tradition. They also began keeping an attendance record, along with the weather and temperature. Later they moved to the Executive Inn on W. 9th St.. With its closing on 1 November 1979, they moved to the Presto Restaurant, later to be named Tarabicos and still later, the Green Valley. On 4 February 1988 they shifted to Gamiel's on W. 7th St., and on 8 September 1988 to the Delta Restaurant on W. 9th St.. On 31 March 1993 the group moved to the Ranch House Restaurant (now called Lucky's Coffee Shop) on the Concord Pike. At that time the meeting day was changed to Wednesday. And, as of April 2012, the luncheons have now been moved to Seasons Pizza at 3901 Concord Pike.
The waitresses can easily point you to the America's Boating Club - Wilmington. Ordering usually starts between 11:30 and 11:45 AM.
Attendance records exist from 2 November 1972. So far, George Prouse holds the attendance record. His last lunch was #1,722 on 1 September 1986.
Those who now meet are a mixture of "old timers", many of whom are still active boaters (sail and power) and some younger members who work in the area. They keep up with each other and the goings on of the squadron and have a good time.
Many stories of the past and present are shared and newcomers are always welcome to join in and share their experiences. It's a great way to learn about the history of ABC - Wilmington and to share time with a group of those interested in boating and USPS®, plus innumerable other subjects.
Please join in.