January 21, 2017
Although I cannot speak for the rest of the fleet, the thought of the above meme was definitely on my mind this day as was the following conversation from Big Trouble in Little China:
Wang Chi: A brave man likes the feel of nature on his face, Jack!
Egg Shen: Yeah, and a wise man has enough sense to get in out of the rain!
Actually, I believe at least one person ALWAYS references the Carl Spackler quote EVERY time it rains on us in the Shackleton Series (or any other outdoor activity for that matter). And I know I have cited it in a race report or two over the years. But the quotes from Big Trouble in Little China go through my head as well when we face adverse weather conditions of any type. Is it brave to face our elements of nature head on or is it just wiser to stay out of the weather when it turns towards the foul? If the past few years are any indication, the Shackleton fleet IS wising up but not exactly at a rapid pace. And some might argue that our wisdom is regressing. Which brings us to today...
The blinding flash of lightning and earth shaking clap of thunder during the Skipper's Meeting seemed a bit foreboding. But with a bit of a collective scoff at Mother Nature, I think we were still more anxious to gear up in today's rain and than we were for Race 5's sub freezing temps near zero wind chills. Thankfully enough snow moved into the region to create hazardous road conditions, leading to a delay of Race 5. Race 6, however went on as scheduled since there is no doubt Carl would have said, "I'd sail on!" And that we did!
RACE 6 RESULTS