Here’s a “sneak peek” at the cover of our Summer issue, which we’ll begin circulating the middle of next week — in print and a digital edition for smartphones, tablets and desktops. This is the iconic Thunderbird speedboat, which is expected to return to the lake next month after a long hiatus, thanks to a wetter winter, a new bottom, and engine repairs — a yachting “scoop.” Casino magnate Bill Harrah, who bought the boat from real-estate tycoon George Whittell in the ’60s, called her “his 70-mile-per-hour cocktail lounge.”
The photographer is our friend Steven Lapkin. A native of Northern California, Steve works on behalf of Sailing World, Yachting and Sailingmagazine.net, among other publications. His portfolio features imagery of the classic wooden speedboats of Lake Tahoe, America’s Cup Regattas, Key West Race Week, Whidbey Island Race Week and other marquee boating events.