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Day 3 - Y'all are never gonna believe this shit

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We somehow made it out on the water. I say "somehow" because the series of incidents that we just experienced was simply unbelievable. As we waited dockside in our nice Little Harbor 40', an 80' pseudo trawler Miami powerboat decided to come dock on Pier A. Clearly a brilliant seaman, the shitlog's captain tried to spin his $3 Million dollar turdball in the fairway, paying no attention at all to the 3-knot current ripping through the marina. He flew the short space to the south fingers of the dock, covering 100 feet in just a few seconds, and hitting the ends of the dock, the bow of the boat three slips to our right, the stern of our pretty boat, and the end of the pontoon in the middle. Fiberglass splintering, fat slobs from South Florida fending off and shouting, and we were blocked in completely.

 

With tons of water pinning him to the dock, there was no way to get his boat off easily. We had 15 media people, sponsors, and guests waiting to go see today's race - the finale for all classes - and we couldn't move! The boat's captain, if you can believe this, was named Eddie Bauer.

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We somehow made it out on the water. I say "somehow" because the series of incidents that we just experienced was simply unbelievable. As we waited dockside in our nice Little Harbor 40', an 80' pseudo trawler Miami powerboat decided to come dock on Pier A. Clearly a brilliant seaman, the shitlog's captain tried to spin his $3 Million dollar turdball in the fairway, paying no attention at all to the 3-knot current ripping through the marina. He flew the short space to the south fingers of the dock, covering 100 feet in just a few seconds, and hitting the ends of the dock, the bow of the boat three slips to our right, the stern of our pretty boat, and the end of the pontoon in the middle. Fiberglass splintering, fat slobs from South Florida fending off and shouting, and we were blocked in completely.

 

With tons of water pinning him to the dock, there was no way to get his boat off easily. We had 15 media people, sponsors, and guests waiting to go see today's race - the finale for all classes - and we couldn't move! The boat's captain, if you can believe this, was named Eddie Bauer.

 

 

But did you scratch his anchor? Hope everyone is ok and you make it out to the Melg-i course. Interested to see how that one plays out.

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So there we sat - Mer, a bunch of VIPs, our great captain Paul, the owner of Southern Belle Charters (the management company who runs our boat) looking at his gelcoat damage, Meaghan Van Liew, Comms. Director for the event and the Maritime Foundation...and we couldn't get to the course.

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So there we sat - Mer, a bunch of VIPs, our great captain Paul, the owner of Southern Belle Charters (the management company who runs our boat) looking at his gelcoat damage, Meaghan Van Liew, Comms. Director for the event and the Maritime Foundation...and we couldn't get to the course.

Video or it never happened :lol:

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yeah we need photos.

 

A more likely scenario:

Clean finally hauled his ass out of bed at 10 and was driving the porcelain bus until 11.

 

but thanks for being out there, clean.

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Oh, there are lots of photos- ya know, insurance purposes...

 

We are on station, postponement almost ready to come down, calm just gave way to a perfect 8 knot sea breeze, expect a Melges start within 20 mins.

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So to finish the story, I ran up and down the docks looking for something...anything to take us to the course, and finally found a sleepy Captain Alan and his Irwin 65 Jemaya, and he said "sure."

 

 

So we don't have any maneuvrability, and we can't get to the top mark in time for anything, so we'll just park it at the bottom and watch the action.

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So to finish the story, I ran up and down the docks looking for something...anything to take us to the course, and finally found a sleepy Captain Alan and his Irwin 65 Jemaya, and he said "sure."

So we don't have any maneuvrability, and we can't get to the top mark in time for anything, so we'll just park it at the bottom and watch the action.

What the hell, it's your birthday. You can take it nice and easy, "kinda like a golf commentary". Would have been hard to top the Viper video from yesterday anyway.

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We're seeing the offshore boats already on their way in here. Melges are rolling into sequence, 6 legs, 0.5 mile legs.

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Breeze already up to 13, what we live for here. Melges have an I flag up, no messing around here! We promise to get pics up later this afternoon, but the written commentary will have to do for now.

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Simon strauss at the boat wins the start, Blur just behind, the right is king on this outgoing tide, and our pals are looking good!

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Strauss is in the lead, blur just behind is blur, but they're showing rightie up the course and might get burned....

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Damn!!!

Carloan.com

Vamoose

Tiburon

No decorum (BMP)

Brinksmanship

Cre843

Spray

Riot Act (but looked like they hit the mark)

Wireless

Mustang.

 

A huge rightie came through 3/4 of the way up the beat, and the top boats all were instantly overstood by a ton, thoug Nixon on carloan didn't get caught out at all.

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At the second bottom mark:

 

Carloan

Vamoose

Tiburon

No decorum

Wireless

Spray

Babs

Mustang

9re843

And finally, simon and blur.

 

Kristen lane is 6 back. What a clusterfuck!

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Thank you guys for reading our coverage this weekend - I wish I could have done more today, but there was no way in hell. THe stories will continue over the next couple of days in this thread, along with some of the 80 videos I shot this weekend, but not tonight. I've got some writing and then some birthday celebrating to do.

 

CHEERS!

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SUN, WIND AND SPECTACULAR RACING... PDF Print E-mail

SUN, WIND, AND SPECTACULAR RACING CLOSE OUT MEMORABLE 2008 CHARLESTON RACE WEEK

I went and got four hundred bucks out of the idiot that rammed us with his monster pig so that I could pay for the charter we took.

 

Captain Eddie Bauer - you shouldn't be driving a remote control boat, let alone a 100 ton crapper.

 

The day was gorgeous, the party perfect, and it was one hell of a smiling crowd. So much fun!

 

 

CHARLESTON, SC (April 20, 2008) – For the third straight day, weather gods smiled on a fleet of nearly 150 racing sailboats on 70-degree water in and around Charleston. Sailors basked in the sun for a short postponement this morning as they waited for the sea breeze to fill – and fill it did, just like clockwork. Both the offshore and harbor courses raced their final race in 10-14 knots of cool ocean air, and unpredictable shifts forced the overall winners of this marquis event to earn every hard-fought point.

 

Travis Wiesleder and his all-pro crew on Carloan.com won the coveted Charleston Race Week Cup Perpetual Trophy for winning the most competitive One-Design class – this year, an easy choice for the 27-boat Melges 24 division. Carloan.com started off this morning in a tie with Kristen Lane's Out House, from Marin, California. “We needed one good start today, and we got it,” said Carloan tactician and top OD sailor Scott Nixon. This talent-laden class is always competitive, and at a big event like Charleston, it's doubly so. Even with a crew that included Nixon, Justin Chambers, and the legendary Skip Dieball, Wiesleder was “just one piece of sea breeze away from 2nd place,” but they took that sea breeze and turned it into the top prize at the event, which included a Raymarine electronics package worth over three thousand dollars.

 

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