Produced by Performance Boat Center of Osage Beach, Mo., the fifth annual Cigarette Owners Rendezvous kicked off today with some remarkable numbers. First and foremost, 101 owners of Cigarette V-bottom sportboats and center consoles registered for the event, according Brett Manire, who co-owns the full-service multi-brand powerboat dealership with Mark Waddington. Second, the high temperature today at the Lake of the Ozarks was an unseasonably cool 78 degrees—three years ago in June, the event saw daytime highs in the mid to high 90s.
With 101 boats registered, the 2019 Cigarette Owners Rendezvous this weekend has already reached a major milestone (click image to enlarge). Photos courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Traveling on business in Europe this week, Cigarette Racing Team owner and chief executive officer Skip Braver was delighted to hear that registration for the event had topped the 100-boat mark. That makes this weekend’s happening the largest gathering of Cigarette models in one place in the history of the company, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
“That number—101 boats—is unreal,” he said. “It shows the power of the Cigarette family. I have to thank all of our customers for making Cigarette into what it has become. We are even stronger today thanks to them. Like our boats, our customers are a vital part of the Cigarette difference.”
Check out the slideshow above for more images from the first day of the 2019 Cigarette Owners Rendezvous.
Today’s happenings began with a 9:30 a.m. drivers followed by a short fun/lunch run from the Performance Boat Center marina to Coconuts Caribbean Bar & Grill in Gravois Mills. Then much of the fleet moved on to Frankie and Louie’s in Sunrise Beach. Tonight’s casual pool party at the Redhead Lakeside Grill is well underway.
Tomorrow’s activities will begin with another drivers meeting in the Performance Boat Center showroom, followed by a lunch (with lunch provided) run to Big Dick’s (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and a raft-off in Linn Creek Cove (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) All raft-off participants will receive a complimentary photo of the group Forum Toolsassembled in the cove. A semi-formal dinner and awards center in the Performance Boat Center showroom begins at 6 p.m.
The party is just getting started at the fifth annual Cigarette Owners Rendezvous (click image to enlarge).