The private landing area near lynchburg showed much improvement in the water levels on Saturday morning. The crew of the batteau Jubilee were onboard and were happy and excited to be there! Their new cook box was being broken in with two skillets cooking at once. The boat was well organized and looked great!
The morning was peaceful by the river watching some limbs and various things float by.
Later, in the afternoon going back up to Rucker Landing it was great to see several batteaux on trailers waiting to put in. Ned Nelson and the crew of the batteau Fine Creek Mill were preparing to launch and they had re-finished some of their walk boards. The wood was absolutely beautiful! The boat was ready to go and the crew was in great spirits!
The batteau Thomas Jefferson was represented by Norm and Linda Hansen and family! As many remember, Norm was an original batteau Captain, and then became Chairman of the JRBF in year 7 after the founder Joe Ayers departed the festival. Norm and Linda led the festival for many years and we all thank them for their service! Norm backed the trailer down the ramp launching the Thomas Jefferson with ease!
The crew of the Ladies Slipper were all smiles and were gathering to decide their plan of action.
The batteaux tied up down below the boat ramp were in great shape and ready to go!
Holt Messerly along the James River near Lynchburg, Virginia