Sunday, September 23, 2007

Making it fun

Here's a report from Toby Reiley who shares a side story from the Sonar Worlds in Marblehead, MA that finished up this weekend: "On the topic of how to make regattas fun, here are some shots of our latest attempt: the Sam Adams Beer Boat at the Sperry Top-Sider Sonar ’07 Worlds. At the end of each day, the 209 competitors on 51 boats traded-in their KATTACK race tracker GPS for ice cold Sam Adams. It turns out that some of the best boat handling was jockeying for position to get the frosty Sam Adams! The beer boat was so popular that Regatta Chairs Roger and Janet Drumm had more beer brought in for the last day.

"Adorned in the regatta sponsor logos of Sperry Top-Sider, Sam Adams, Atlantis, and Kattack, the 1957 antique lobster boat owned by myself and my boat partner Peter Craig (of Premiere Racing fame) drew lots of attention from the boating public at the mouth of Marblehead Harbor."

The smile on Past EYC Commodore Martha Altreuter’s face says it all.

Here is a picture of the screen showing 51 boats rounding the leeward mark with the leaders well up the final leg. Fascinating to watch and very well received by all competitors, Race Committee, spectators, and sponsors.

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