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 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!



Tim ChambersJ 29Maniac108 (S)1:11:481:02:487
Eric AlmlieJ 24Luna Teak171 (S)1:21:551:07:406
James DrozdekS2 27Carol Lynn189 (S)1:25:511:10:065
Mike BurrusJ 24Beatnik171 (S)1:27:071:12:524
Shawn DouthatRanger 33True Blue153 (S)1:34:351:21:503
Bob RupeS2 24Nightwind2411:42:301:22:252
Michelle CashEricson 29Lady Kiki2111:47:051:29:301


Tim ChambersJ 29Maniac42
Eric AlmlieJ 24Luna Teak37
Mike BurrusJ 24Beatnik25
James DrozdekS2 27Carol Lynn24
Shawn DouthatRanger 33True Blue18
Chris CyrulOlson 30Opus Dei15
Michelle CashEricson 29Lady Kiki10
Bob RupeS2 24Nightwind8
Mike MillerTanzer 22Asylum3