October 19, 2002
THE SHACKLETON SERIES IS UNDERWAY!!!!
What was once a simple idea is now a reality! Today was another great day for sailing. The winds were actually a little better than they were in The Great River Drop Regatta held a few weeks ago. Although it was a little light at the beginning, the mostly SW wind picked up quickly and built as the race progressed. Temperatures were in the upper 60s so no extra points were awarded for showing up in this one. In fact, conditions were so ideal that we are considering deducting points from those who did not race. But fortunately the race committee is quite generous and understands the conflict of prior commitments.
Andre set out a simple course - down to Possum Creek and back. One not so simple part was the starting line which was set between the first green can channel buoy above Sale Creek and the middle red secondary channel marker going into Sale Creek. Needless to say, with the water approaching winter level this start was not advantageous for vessels deep in draft. Maybe Andre was trying to subconsciously take out Maniac early with her 5'8" fin. Maniac did run aground just after the 5 minute horn (which can now be heard by the entire fleet and probably a few folks in Rhea County) but managed to pull off the mud bar and regain composure. Eric on Katzenjammer crossed the start first. This is of significance for three reasons:
- A good start is important and can have a big effect on the outcome of the race.
- The last good start Katzenjammer had was probably three years ago.
- As webmaster, author of this write up, and skipper of the aforementioned vessel (yes, I speak of myself in the third person) I am entitling myself to do a little boasting, thank you very much.
Reality soon set in as it didn't take Maniac long to rocket into the lead. It turned out to be another excellent race. David Freye and Steve George did a great job of sailing their boats single handed in the prevalent conditions. Andre skippered a crew of three that have never sailed before. Robert Wheeler is sailing better in each race and finished strong. And Tim and Lynn Chambers - fast boat, great team. Same starting line for them next race when there will be even less water depth! Excellent job by everyone! Next race is November 2nd. See you there!
RACE 1 FINISH ORDER AFTER PHRF APPLIED
|Tim Chambers||J 29||Maniac||6|
|Eric Almlie||O'Day 23||Katzenjammer||5|
|David Freye||San Juan 24||Banana Split||4|
|Andre Rijsdijk||Trintella 33||Dutchess||3|
|Steve George||C & C 27||2|
|Robert Wheeler||Hunter 25||Enchangress||1|
Race report written by Eric Almlie © Copyright 2002. All rights reserved.