January 25, 2014
Somehow I believe that this particular ice breaking lacked a bit of the romantic luster of the very first one we had (another Race 6) during the 2002-2003 season. Back then we approached the partially frozen harbor of ice as nothing more than an obstacle that required conquering, bound and determined to complete the task we had been chosen to do, and that is sail Shackleton Race 6. We were actually excited about the challenge that stood before us. Back to the present, although there was no vote from the fleet today (contrary to what some might believe, the Shackleton Series is NOT a democracy and the RC is very selective about the subject matter it is willing to turn loose to a referendum), I would hazard a guess that the majority would have agreed with Chuck's sentiments, "Eric, you know there is a make up race for a reason!"
But there is also the philosophy of that despite the immense effort it takes to propel oneself out of a warm bed on a cold winter's morning just to go sailing and battle the brutal elements for a few measly points, when it is all said and done, you are glad you participated and went sailing on such a day. I certainly won't say it is ALWAYS like this, but the majority of the time, it is. Oh, and it also helps if you finish ahead of one of your arch rivals. Bragging rights will always keep one feeling warm and fuzzy on the worst of winter days.
And today was one of those days where there was a sense of accomplishment after returning to port. Although the forecast was for a westerly breeze, once again we received the southerlies, making for a nice beat downriver. A couple of doglegs thrown in the middle of the course on both the upwind and downwind legs would have made for some interesting strategy in the downwind portion, spinnaker wise. However there were no chutes to color the gray skies today. The main reason was that after rounding the weathermark, everyone quickly found that their foredecks were coated with a sparkling sheet of ice after pounding through the waves during the beat. Needless to say, the entire fleet practiced prudent seamanship, did not sacrifice any crewmember to foredeck duties (somewhere the Foredeck Union is cheering victory), and had overwhelming evidence to deserve a cold point. This was true Shackleton racing today!
A great job sailing by everyone today! Results posted below - see you at Race 7!
RACE 6 RESULTS
|SKIPPER||BOAT||NAME||PHRF||ELAPSED TIME||CORRECTED TIME||POINTS|
|Tim Chambers||J 29||Maniac||120||1:36:55||1:20:55||7|
|Olivia Barrow||Columbia 29||The Blue Pearl||234||1:54:24||1:23:11||6|
|Mike Edge||Ranger 23||Smoke on the Water||246||1:57:09||1:24:20||5|
|Eric Davidson||SR 21||PDQ³||173||1:48:09||1:25:05||4|
|Andre Rijsdijk||Trintella 33||Dutchess||191||1:56:47||1:31:19||3|
|Eric Almlie||Catalina 27||Comfortably Numb||216||2:04:25||1:35:36||2|
|Tim Chambers||J 29||Maniac||40|
|Mike Edge||Ranger 23||Smoke on the Water||28|
|Andre Rijsdijk||Trintella 33||Dutchess||26|
|Eric Davidson||SR 21||PDQ³||24|
|Olivia Barrow||Columbia 29||The Blue Pearl||22|
|Peter Lindeman||Cal 24||Respite||17|
|Eric Almlie||Catalina 27||Comfortably Numb||17|
|Betch Cox||Pearson 26||Much Abides||3|
|Michelle Cash||Ericson 29||Lady Kiki||3|
|James Drozdek||Tayana 37||Tatiana||1|
|Shawn Douthat||Ranger 33||True Blue||1|