November 3rd Friday Speaker: The Sammamish Slough Race
Spectators cling to a bridge over the Sammamish Slough to watch the fast and loud racing action on the narrow twisting race course.
Each month CWB finds a speaker of wit and experience to talk about his or her special knowledge. It is also an opportunity for CWB members to meet one another and the staff. Program runs from 7:00 to 9:00, with opportunities to ask questions. This month’s 3rd Friday lecture will be held on November 20th.
In the time before the Seahawks, the Mariners and other Northwest professional sports teams drew us to playing fields, power boat racing was the region’s premier sport. The Sammamish Slough Race was one of the sport’s main attractions, drawing thousands of spectators each year.
CWB’s Boat Donations and Sales Manager, Steve Greaves, will give us a glimpse into the Sammamish Slough Race from 1929 to 1976. It was one of the most challenging power boat races in the world, running on a hair-raising course between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish.
The narrow twisting river drew the sport’s top competitors. Steve’s presentation will include photos, news articles, newsreels, videos, and recollections that paint a picture of that bygone era of power boat racing.
Steve certainly knows what he is talking about. He has raced power boats for more than 50 years. He has set 30 world speed records and won 9 national championships. Steve has been inducted into the American Power Boat Association (APBA) Hall of Champions seven times for racing accomplishments. He is a member of the APBA Honor Squadron for lifetime contributions to the sport. Steve raced the “Slough” in the ‘60s and ‘70s.