RACE 6 - ON THE THRESHOLD OF A NEW ICE AGE!


For those skippers not present, and for crew members who were non supportive in this race (you know who you are) all we can say is that it WAS a good day. You are the ones who missed out! Sure it was around 35┬░ at the starting horn, and yes, one might be able to make an exiguous argument about the 1/2" to 1" thick ice that safely secured the boats in their slips. However, in true Shackleton spirit, 8 boats ventured forth with sheer determination to insure that Race #6 did indeed take place and become a permanent record in the series' annals. After all, if we let a little bit of ice and some scratched gelcoat discourage us, how could we then call ourselves true Shackletoners? At least the sub zero wind chills and single digit temperatures that invaded us just 24 hours prior to the race gave way to a sunny day with a light southerly breeze.


Unfortunately, time did not allow us to market test a new marina service - to rinse off everyone's boat before the race. We were hoping several eager sailor would arrive elated to discover how shiny their topsides were when covered with a clear coat finish of ice. Some marketing ploys are just doomed from their conception.


Kudos to Anthony who sacrificed his Lancer 28 to clear a path for everyone to exit their slips with a minimal amount of effort as he crushed the ice around both sides of A and B docks. We knew he was up to something and had a plan when he showed up to the skipper's meeting with a portable propane heater and a cordless circle saw.


Our normal start time was pushed back to noon to allow for the wind to build and for each skipper to employ their unique and innovative way of breaking through the ice to clearer water. Axes, boat hooks, and paddles were pretty much the norm while a few relied on the brute horsepower of their engines. David Freye had given thought to tying a cinder block to a rope and heaving it out every few feet but realized that an unsatisfactory amount of wetness on deck and self might result.


If you are reading this report in anticipation of an exciting play-by-play analysis of the actual race, you need only review the past races and follow the trend. Like many Super Bowls, sometimes it is more hype than game. We did, however, have another controversial start as the complete absence of wind at the time allowed for the majority of the fleet to become susceptible to the current and drift over the starting line early. Two of the boats did not realize this and unfortunately we have to maintain SOME sort of integrity, scoring each a DNF as they did officially start the race when crossing the finish line. Next race is February 15. Let's hope for another good turnout!


RACE 6 RESULTS


SKIPPER BOAT NAME POINTS
Tim Chambers J 29 Maniac 9
David Freye San Juan 24 Banana Split 8
Rodger Ling Hunter 25.5 Possible Mallard 7
Andre Rijsdijk Trintella 33 Dutchess 6
Eric Almlie O'Day 23 Katzenjammer 5
Robert Wheeler Hunter 25 Enchantress 4
David Hoover Ranger 33 True Blue 2
Anthony West Lancer 28 Endurance 2


SERIES STANDINGS


SKIPPER BOAT NAME POINTS
Tim Chambers J 29 Maniac 47
David Freye San Juan 24 Banana Split 38
Rodger Ling Hunter 25.5 Possible Mallard 32
Eric Almlie O'Day 23 Katzenjammer 24
Andre Rijsdijk Trintella 33 Dutchess 21
David Hoover Ranger 33 True Blue 14
Robert Wheeler Hunter 25 Enchantress 8
Steve George C&C 27   7
Anthony West Lancer 28 Endurance 5
Jeff Fletcher Morgan 22 Manana 1


Race report written by Eric Almlie. ┬ęCopyright 2003. All rights reserved.