January 30, 2011
As I BEGIN typing this it is already mid summer and Shackleton Race 6 seems a distant memory, as do the wintery conditions since today's heat index is once again well over 100 degerees. But scrolling through a few of the pictures that were taken on this day, we can easily draw some conclusions if we study them closely and carefully and use our imaginations. And maybe.. just maybe, if we imagine hard enough, we might feel a smidgen of cold air to provide a little relief from the oppressive summer heat and humidity.
First, the title picture above, which although not containing any photo credits, was taken by Andre aboard Luna Teak (formerly known as Boat X in earlier reports this season.) A nice picture that accurately depicts the conditions of Race 6, sunny, warm for a January day (no cold points awarded), And it accurately depicts the typical Shackleton race, as we witness Maniac in the lead, having already rounded the windward mark while the rest of us are still trying to fetch it.
Meanwhile, the picture below, taken before the start of the race shows that I appear to be in deep thought and concern about something. The lack of wind at the time? Our starting strategy? The competition? Will I be able to get this report published online before Race 7...of 2012? Or 2013?
Regardless of what it was, my crewmate Andre seemed to have a little less concern over things than I did:
Perhaps I am a little TOO easy on my crew. In his defense, however, this is about as exciting as it gets in the midst of a classic drifter. You can hardly blame one for stretching out for a siesta, especially on those "comfy" J24 cockpit seats. Needless to say, it was necessary to delay the start a little bit and wait for the real wind to arrive as seen below!
Okay, so perhaps we don't see a rooster tail spouting from Beatnik's transom, but there ARE some ripples in the water and in these conditions, that IS cause for excitement. So exciting Andre woke up and snapped this shot ofLady Kiki and Beatnik easing over the staring line. At this point a 5 mile course with 9 buoy roundings (the RC's sense of humor has returned!) seemed a rather improbable task. But never fear! Our Tennessee winds will always come through for us...it might take a day or two, but they will come through!
And came through, they did! But alas, as I FINISH typing this, the first day of fall of 2011 has come and gone (yeah, I have been busy) and once again, we will have to rely on our imagination for what happened for the rest of this race (and pretty much the rest of the series at this point.) But we have work to do, people! Even with our most imaginative thoughts, the results posted below show that Maniac STILL emerges victorious! I could start all that tough talk with the "just wait 'til next year!" stuff but it is already too close to "next year" as I conclude this report! See you on the water soon! VERY soon!
RACE 6 RESULTS
|SKIPPER||BOAT||NAME||PHRF||ELAPSED TIME||CORRECTED TIME||POINTS|
|Tim Chambers||J 29||Maniac||108 (S)||1:11:48||1:02:48||7|
|Eric Almlie||J 24||Luna Teak||171 (S)||1:21:55||1:07:40||6|
|James Drozdek||S2 27||Carol Lynn||189 (S)||1:25:51||1:10:06||5|
|Mike Burrus||J 24||Beatnik||171 (S)||1:27:07||1:12:52||4|
|Shawn Douthat||Ranger 33||True Blue||153 (S)||1:34:35||1:21:50||3|
|Bob Rupe||S2 24||Nightwind||241||1:42:30||1:22:25||2|
|Michelle Cash||Ericson 29||Lady Kiki||211||1:47:05||1:29:30||1|
|Tim Chambers||J 29||Maniac||42|
|Eric Almlie||J 24||Luna Teak||37|
|Mike Burrus||J 24||Beatnik||25|
|James Drozdek||S2 27||Carol Lynn||24|
|Shawn Douthat||Ranger 33||True Blue||18|
|Chris Cyrul||Olson 30||Opus Dei||15|
|Michelle Cash||Ericson 29||Lady Kiki||10|
|Bob Rupe||S2 24||Nightwind||8|
|Mike Miller||Tanzer 22||Asylum||3|