January 11, 2014
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 gully 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 forManiac, 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!
RACE 5 RESULTS
|SKIPPER||BOAT||NAME||PHRF||ELAPSED TIME||CORRECTED TIME||POINTS|
|Tim Chambers||J 29||Maniac||105 (S)||1:58:00||1:39:37||5|
|Mike Edge||Ranger 23||Smoke on the Water||246||2:26:00||1:42:56||4|
|Eric Davidson||SR 21||PDQ³||158 (S)||2:12:30||1:44:51||3|
|Eric Almlie||Catalina 27||Comfortably Numb||216||2:33:45||1:55:56||2|
|David Barrow||Columbia 29||The Blue Pearl||234||2:37:12||1:56:14||1|
|Tim Chambers||J 29||Maniac||33|
|Mike Edge||Ranger 23||Smoke on the Water||23|
|Andre Rijsdijk||Trintella 33||Dutchess||23|
|Eric Davidson||SR 21||PDQ³||20|
|Peter Lindeman||Cal 24||Respite||17|
|David Barrow||Columbia 29||The Blue Pearl||16|
|Eric Almlie||Catalina 27||Comfortably Numb||15|
|Beth Cox||Pearson 26||Much Abids||3|
|Michelle Cash||Ericson 29||Lady Kiki||3|
|James Drozdek||Tayana 37||Tatiana||1|
|Shawn Douthat||Ranger 33||True Blue||1|