SHACKLETON SERIES RACE #2

STILL IN PROGRESS?


Three skippers passed the first endurance test of this series. The first thing I did the morning following the race was to double check all the boats at the dock to insure no one was still out on the water attempting to get those much sought after points. Rodger Ling said earlier this year that we ought to have a night race some time. As they say, always be careful of what you wish for. The forecast winds of 5-10 (low 20s earlier in the week) out of the NW never developed. This being the same forecast of the last two races we have had (Shackleton Race 1 and the Great River Drop Regatta), Andre set a course to sail around Hiwassee Island and back - 12.1 nautical miles.


Well, the wind (?) came out of about any other direction possible depending on where you were at on the course and at best topped out about 5 knots. During the daylight hours anyway. Like most of us, if you did not come prepared to spend the day and evening, you were not going to finish. Rodger was prepared to keep occupied during the doldrums by watching videos on his boat's entertainment system. But alas, the only thing he was able to locate on board were Barney The Dinosaur videos and therefore decided to decline watching and concentrate solely on the race. Who knows? The race committee might have been generous and awarded an extra point for enduring an entire volume of Barney. We will never know now!


Glynis Hoover took a break from studying to crew with David on True Blue. After about an hour into the drift she went below deck to return to her studying. About 3 hours into the drift she inquired to David, "are you actually having any fun up there?" As David replied "yes", she returned to her reading. Or as David suspected, to perhaps pen a book called "Why Men Do Stupid Things."


One by one boats began dropping out. Andre furled up his genoa on Dutchess and said that with the present wind conditions his estimated time to complete the race was about 22 hours. I simply asked myself "WWSD" (what would Shackleton do)? I firmly believe that if Shackleton had a 9.9 Johnson on his boat and was within 30 minutes of firing up that thing and being back at port sipping some brandy, that is what he would do.


At about 6:15 in the evening, ready to close up the marina for the day, I heard an outboard motor pushing a sailboat into the harbor from the Sale Creek channel. I figured someone else couldn't take it any longer but it turned out to be Tim Chambers and his dog Hobie on Maniac. There was no doubt he completed the course. After I departed the marina grounds, David Freye and son Christopher arrived in Banana Split, and soon after dark, Rodger returned in Possible Mallard. To these three, it was a commendable performance to hang in there. Congratulations to all of them and for Maniac scoring the victory.


RACE 2 FINISH ORDER


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
David Hoover Ranger 33 True Blue 1
Eric Almlie O'Day 23 Katzenjammer 1
Andre Rijsdijk Trintella 33 Dutchess 1
Robert Wheeler Hunter 25 Enchantress 1
Anthony West Lancer 28 Endurance 1
Jeff Fletcher Morgan 22 Manana 1

SEASON STANDINGS

SKIPPER BOAT NAME POINTS
Tim Chambers J 29 Maniac 15
David Freye San Juan 24 Banana Split 12
Rodger Ling Hunter 25.5 Possible Mallard 7
Eric Almlie O'Day 23 Katzenjammer 6
Andre Rijsdijk Trintella 33 Dutchess 4
Robert Wheeler Hunter 25 Enchantress 2
Steve George C & C 27   1
David Hoover Ranger 33 True Blue 1
Anthony West Lancer 28 Endurance 1
Jeff Fletcher Morgan 22 Manana 1

Race report written by Eric Almlie ┬ęCopyright 2002 All rights reserved.