March 1, 2003
RACE 8 - "I think the wind is going to fill in any minute now."
A common phrase uttered by every determined skipper at one point (at least) in their sailing career. Most reactions to this phrase from crew members include the obligatory rolling of the eyes, shaking of the head, and maybe a few obscene remarks and gestures. We won't elaborate on the latter since we try to keep this a family friendly web page. Yes, if sailing has taught us anything at all it is how to be optimistic and how to always look at the upside. Gotta have something to justify our actions.
March did not exactly roar in and once again, our forecasted winds of 5-10, 10-15, south at 7, and light and variable (I think that covers all of them) never flourished...or did they? Similar to Race 7 it appeared that a snarling current would lead to our demise. We had no problems drifting down to the first mark and having learned our lesson from Race 7, everyone accounted for the current and passed the mark prooperly on first attempt. Getting to that second mark directly across the river, however, proved to be this race's challenger.
The current came into play and Dutchess, Katzenjammer, and True Blue became entangled. I obviously didn't take into consideration the size difference of our vessels when plotting my course as I became sandwiched between the two larger vessels - so close at one point Captain David stepped over his lifelines and boarded Katzenjammer, claiming seizing rights. Never thought piracy would be part of this sereis.
As we separated and drifted well downstream of the second mark while inching across the river, the fleet finally became privy to what Tim said was a good combatant to current in zero wind conditions. "Guys, it's called an anchor!" Now there is a novel idea! All of us dropped the hook except for Endurance (who was unequipped with one) and Dutchess (who obviously thought the value of a Bruce plough, or the risk of losing it, was worth more than finishing Race 8). We waited patiently. And then waited patiently some more. Dutchess was in danger of drifting beyond the horizon (or river bend in this case) while the sails aboard True Blue were lowered in defeat of the conditions (and the attention span of a 10 and 11 year old on board). Matthew, the 11 year old did have some descriptive words but we won't repeat them here because as mentioned earlier, this is a family web page. We will just say it rhymes whith "sis thucks." He said he only uses such language when applicable.
A few boats that were anchored fell victim to a sucker breeze and after hoisting anchor, drifted even further back. By the time I gave in, rolled up the sails and stored them away, I had drifted a mile below the 2nd buoy. Four boats were still hanging tough - Maniac, Banana Split, Possible Mallard, and Endurance - still determined to push on.
Upon returning to my slip I saw Endurance pulling into the harbor. Now it was only the Big 3 remaining. Our top three boats and captains in the series battling it out. To be honest, after leaving the marina for the day and nor returning until the Monday after Race 8, I thoroughly expected to hear that for the second straight race, no one finished. But in this case, "the wind DID fill in" and Maniac and Possible Mallard were able to finish the course late in the afternoon. Banana Split ran aground about 250 yards from the finish and required outside assistance to be freed. Great job of hanging in there! And congratulations to Tim and Lynn Chambers on Maniac who did an excellent job throughout the series and came out victorious. Not only do they have a fast boat, they KNOW how to sail it. See everyone next year!
RACE 8 RESULTS
|Tim Chambers||J 29||Maniac||8|
|Rodger Ling||Hunter 25.5||Possible Mallard||7|
|David Freye||San Juan 24||Banana Split||1|
|Anthony West||Lancer 28||Endurance||1|
|Eric Almlie||O'Day 23||Katzenjammer||1|
|Andre Rijsdijk||Trintella 33||Dutchess||1|
|David Hoover||Ranger 33||True Blue||1|
|Robert Wheeler||Hunter 25||Enchantress||1|
FINAL SERIES STANDINGS
|Tim Chambers||J 29||Maniac||57|
|David Freye||San Juan 24||Banana Split||41|
|Rodger Ling||Hunter 25.5||Possible Mallard||39|
|Eric Almlie||O'Day 23||Katzenjammer||27|
|Andre Rijsdijk||Trintella 33||Dutchess||24|
|David Hoover||Ranger 33||True Blue||15|
|Robert Wheeler||Hunter 25||Enchantress||11|
|Anthony West||Lancer 28||Endurance||8|
|Steve George||C & C 27||7|
|Jeff Fletcher||Morgan 22||Manana||1|
Race report written by Eric Almlie. ©Copyright 2003. All rights reserved.