Another successful race for the books thanks to the good people at SCSC racing, ARP, all the staff, all the volunteers, the racers, and of course the fans.
This years race, in my opinion, went off without a hitch. Glad to see Ross and his crew on top of things and doing everything possible to make sure this was a safe event for both the racers and race fans. This year a protective barrier was placed on the beach to keep spectators away from the beach and out of the water. Not only a great idea for safety but it also kept spectators out of the water and kept things moving.
I don't have any attendance numbers for this year, but this Saturday seemed to be busier than Saturday of last years race. Sunday was definitely a little slower, no doubt the uncertainty of the weather played a part. We were just happy to see racing on Sunday when the weather was definitely not cooperating the night and morning prior to the race.
Other than one fairly significant (as far as the boat is concerned) crash, no one was injured during this event. Great news and a testament to the skill of the drivers. While the competition was definitely fierce at times, it was fantastic to see everyone watching out for eachother. My hat is off to the drivers for keeping eachother safe during this race. And as always, for the incidents that did occur, the SCSC safety people and crews were Johnny on the spot. Thanks guys and gals for doing an amazing job.
This year for me personally has been a challenge. For those who know what I am going through, I appreciate your patience and understanding. Many of you have offered your support and friendship and I truly appreciate that. I was extremely late for the drivers party Saturday. Honestly I was not going to attend. But Ross and a few others convinced me to at least show up. So just as the party was ending there I was lol. It was great to see so many friends and good people who I have not seen in quite awhile. Bittersweet about sums up Friday night for me.
Moving along, the aroma of bacon and eggs permeated the air Saturday morning. Nothing smells better than bacon the morning prior to a boat race. About the only other smell that rivals it would be the smell of bacon mixed with Nitro. Heaven on earth if you ask me. Saturday was non stop racing action. Many of us begged for a break so we could grab a bite to eat or something cold to drink. I think everyone had their ducks in a row and the spectators got exactly what they paid for, non stop boat racing action. Saturday turned out to be a great day of racing.
Saturday afternoon brought sprinkles and the weather definitely seemed sketchy. A successful day of racing Sunday seemed doubtful, especially when it rained most of the night Saturday and early Sunday morning. However, rumor has it Pat Eason put in a call to the boat racing gods and had them turn off the faucet Sunday morning just before the races were to start. Thank you Pat!
Sunday started out with a few sprinkles and some clouds but definitely turned out to be another great day of racing. I have to give a shout out to the Australians and their 6 liter boats. Absolutely beautiful boats and amazing running boats. As a spectator, I hope these boats return as a class or a part of the future of circle boat racing in the West. They were a ton of fun to watch.
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This year the HB camp was set up in vendor alley, a change from last year when we were parked with all the other RV's. The big blue eyesore seemed to draw a lot of attention, mission accomplished as far as that goes. Thank you Ross. It also worked out well for the photographer. Me. I was able to walk a few feet, take some pics and then hang out at our booth and chat with fans and friends. The common thread over the entire weekend was "great race", "glad we came out". Really good to hear that as the sport and boating in general really needs all the help and support it can get.
If you are a fan of boat racing and were unable to attend, don't worry. A steady stream of boating racing is on the horizon, starting with Bayfair in San Diego next month.
Hope to see you at the races,