|If the above photograph doesn't get one excited about sailing then how
about the one below...?
...Or perhaps the one below?
How about this?
It was a sunny November day, mid-teens...for wind speeds that is, not temperatures.-
although it IS still The Shackleton Series, temps were seasonably mild - and
some small white caps present in the wave action provided for
a fun ride both upwind and downwind. Still not excited about sailing? Well,
And if you are excited about sailing? Continue on...
Over the years in
these race reports, we have from time to time alluded to cool and exorbitant
(and perhaps a bit eccentric) gadgetry type things to enhance our racing
experiences - giant NASA type countdown clocks, stadium lighting along the
shorelines for primetime races, plush committee boats, and even a reliable
working VHF radio for the latter. Why, we have even talked about corporate
jets, blimps, and choppers to survey the course. Well, FINALLY we have
procured one of these items...well, two if you include the handheld VHF we
have had for awhile. Yes, Race 2 had official aerial coverage! How cool is
that? Although our current web page software does not embed videos very
well, you may click on the link below to see some very nice overhead footage
of a portion of this race's arena!
A special thanks for Peter
Tuttle, Stacy Roberts, and Mike McNair for setting up and chasing us
around the lake with a drone. Most
of the footage focuses on The Blue Pearl as they glided through the
water beautifully near North Shore Acres across from Eldridge Slough. There
is also some footage of Hasta La Vista trailing The Blue Pearl
in addition to seeing a bit of the chute flying on Maniac. Alas, we
see very little of Luna Teak in this video as they are hidden well in
the sun glitter towards the latter part of the video. But perhaps their
consolation prize for virtually being omitted from this video is a victory
score today. Congrats to them and as Captain Chris Edwards of Luna Teak
often does, he has posted video footage from his GoPro mounted on the
Surely with all of this,
you are now thoroughly excited about sailing and will come out and join us
in The Shackleton Series! Race 3 is almost upon us!