May 11th, 2009“This one’s a real drag race…”
Stardate May 9th 2009
This weekend my friend Tom wanted to see the Volvo Ocean Race – Boston In-port Race Series. At first I thought that it would be just ‘okay’ fun. I have to say I was blown away. First, there were over 200 boat that headed out to Graves Light just outside of Boston Harbor to watch the race. On the way out, we saw one of the most interesting boats made. It is called the Forge and was at the Boston Boat Show for the past two years but this
was the first time I had seen one in the water. Very interesting boat. The race was supposed to start around 12:00. I think due to the lack of wind the race officials were trying to see if they waited for a bit, if the wind would pick up. I mean what good is a sailboat race without wind. It was amazing to watch these boats set up for the start of the race. It was also interesting to watch as the race started, it looked like one set of boats went one way and the other boats went the other way. It was all in their strategy to get the best tack to get ahead of the other boats. Very cool to see.
While we in floating around and watching and trying to figure out what was going on, I was flipping through the VHF Radio channels and came across a British guy giving a play by play of the race. He was the funnest part of the day. He had a ton of funny analogies for what was going on in the water including the title of this piece. You have to laugh, a 5 knot wind, boats going anywhere from 5 to 7 knots is not really a drag race, but that is exactly what he called it.
I am not going to try to show off all the cool photos. Instead I am going to point you to a web site, where all the photos taken are courtesy of Tom who took some outstanding photos (http://bostonvolvooceanrace.shutterfly.com/). I will show off only one photo. It is the American boat Puma – pronounced Peu-ma by our now famous British announcer. Nice pics Tom!
The race ended and we headed back into the harbor. The boats take off to Galway Ireland on the 16th of May so I encourage you to check them out at Fan Pier before they leave. I also understand that Ireland will be hosting the festivities on Thursday and Friday nights (the 14th, and 15th) so you know there will be lots of Guinness. When they do leave on Saturday, it promises to be real exciting. They will leave Fan Pier and head down the channel toward the Constitution. They will go around a marker and head back up the channel and out past Deer Island and off to Ireland. GO PUMA!
Lastly, my other hobby, watching the Bruins, they play the Hurricanes this week and need to win in order to advance to the next round of the Stanley Cup. Go B’s!
Another great day on the water. See you around the harbor.
Posted by Captain SteveK