On Monday morning, July 31 the 3rd annualPersona Non Grata Regattawas held in Cave Creek. Still moving swiftly after last week’s rains, the creek presented a perfect time to stage a boat race. About 18 boats were entered, and a large crowd turned out to watch, cheer, and place bets on the boats.

The race was a bit short in distance this year, because we could not find many places to retrieve the boats. The water was not clear and, in many places, not safe to walk in. A large tree, complete with all its branches had fallen across the creek, forcing us to shorten the course.

But with a collection of beautiful boats, it was a colorful parade down Cave Creek.

The event launched at the Poorwill creek crossing and ended at the Creek Road Creek crossing. And the winner was……?


Congratulations to Reed Peters, who bested last year’s champion, Craig McEwan. Thanks to all who entered. Many boats required a lot of work! This year, we awarded Certificates for Four Categories (see the slide show).


Howard Topoff 2011