There are some things that are destined to become traditions. Vintage Weekend, at the private Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, is one of them. This convergence of classic and antique yachts, aircraft and automobiles takes place Dec 2-5 this year, and it promises to be very exciting, not least of all because our own Rybovich & Sons is bringing some superb examples from their historic fleet.
Ocean Reef, a special place any time of year, comes alive during the annual Vintage Weekend. Like-minded people come from near and far to get a glimpse at these beautifully restored vessels and craft. This year, yacht enthusiasts will be especially excited to see the historic Rybovich hull #13 Bimini Babe, originally commissioned by Bob Maytag (of the washing-machine Maytags) in 1954 and now exquisitely restored. It hasn’t been in the East Coast for more than 50 years, so this is a special occasion indeed.
Up from Puerto Rico will be Bandida (hull #75), the last boat ever completed by Tommy Rybovich, in 1971.
The weekend will include several special events and lectures, cocktails and luncheons, and a book presentation by Pat Rybovich. Of course, there is much to do beyond the show, as the club is full of barefoot-chic activities for the entire family. Normally, the club is open to members only, but during Vintage Weekend it opens up to nonmembers booking the four-day weekend package. Rates start at $1,065 for individuals or $1,440 for couples. The Vintage Weekend experience includes:
-Three nights accommodation
–Attendance at Friday’s Road Rally and Luncheon
–Saturday’s Concours d’Elegance Drive-By & Commentary, followed by seaside luncheon
–Tour and commentary on aircraft at club’s private airport
–Cocktail reception and “Sweet Sixteen” Dinner Dance
–Farewell breakfast with award presentation
Antique cars at Ocean Reef’s Vintage Weekend
Buccaneer Island at Ocean Reef is perfect for families
A room at Amberjack Inn, overlooking the marina