|Official notice to all Shackleton participants: From
this day forward (and feel free to jot this down in your personal Shackleton
journal, you know the one that contains all the bylaws, rules, regulations,
etc.) eligibility for the extra point for cold or moisture shall be defined
as being out on the course for the duration of the race during the inclement
weather responsible for the extra point(s). FURTHERMORE, duration of the
race shall be defined as being out on the course at least as long as until
the first boat finishes the course, or if no boat finishes the course, a
minimum of three hours after the starting horn sounds, or until the Race
Committee calls the race. Sound fair enough?
Now that we have that cleared up, what about the
moisture point for Race 5? Well, there would be none because despite to
horrid forecasts all week long about the heavy rains that would drench
Race 5, it turned out to be a great day of sailing. The gulley washers moved
through the early morning hours and despite waking up to a strong rain, the
system had passed through before the skipper's meeting. And in anticipation
of a good westerly wind, we set a good 10-1/2 mile course down past Possum
Creek and back - with only one buoy rounding!
But the westerlies, the very ones that seem to
be welcome by every boat in the fleet except for Maniac, never did
appear until well after the race was completed. This made for some very
tiring tacking, especially towards the end of the downstream leg, where the
southerly winds built into the low 20s. The return trip was a simple
downwind haul in which we began seeing varying degrees of wind strength.
Boat speeds could hit 7.5 knots or so while catching a wave just right, or
dip down to less than 3 knots during a lull. But overall, a MUCH better day
than we were anticipating - so no complaints there. Although Maniac
would once again taste victory, Smoke on the Water and PDQ³
were not too far behind.
Looking forward to Race 6, which MAY involve some ice
breaking in order to exit our slips and harbor, we see that there is an
intense fight for 2nd place and another within striking distance. Although
Maniac has a pretty strong grip on the first place spot, is it enough
to where they could avoid the ice chopping and skip a race without losing
much ground? But perhaps the biggest question looming for Race 6 is -
will anyone be able to hear the starting horns over the music that
will most likely be blasting out Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, and (seriously?)
Michael Sembello? You gotta love a boat that has their own theme song - see
you at Race 6!