Wherever you go in the world, you will be recognized by the patch and it will lead to some great conversations and new friendships.
I can testify to this, because whenever I wear my Cannonball Race patch, people will always comment and want to talk about that outlaw race that was made into the movie.
As years go by there are less of us around that actually raced in the real Cannonball. It will be the same for this Don Aronow Memorial race.
Last edited by Top Banana; 03-17-2008 at 07:14 AM.
Hey it's not about me!
It is about the new guys (and girls, Sorry Betty) who will go out into the ocean and have the greatest adventure of their lives, following the great lead of guys like Brownie, Richie Powers, Doc Magoon, Sam Griffith and especially Don.
Just as we do now, they will sit back and remember those times of open ocean racing, as the highpoint of their racing careers.
There is a whole new generation of racers just waiting to be discovered. Make it an even playing field with everyone going over the same waves, and you will be amazed at how the favorites will do compared to the "newbies".
The very best thing that could happen here, is that some backyard mechanic and his brother, build an old Magnum hull with a set of engines that run all the way without breaking and be the first boat back overall. It has happened before.
All that is true .... and definitely makes this whole deal very cool ... but I still think you're amazing
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I don't think that patches are given out at the modern day races.
We used to get them for every race we attended, they were part of the little goody bag that was handed out to the teams.
Here are a few examples.
A lot of guys collected them on their jackets.
Some more patches, some from old races ...1966 and some from more recent 1980 Worlds in Australia.
So, do you think a 27' Activator with twin 200s will cut the mustard? I'd sure like to give it a shot.
Forget about speed and horsepower, the boats that will be coming home first are the best prepared ones. Crews that operate inside a safe margin and really know the boat and what feels safe in operating it. Your boat should do fine.
Besides, 20 years from now when you are walking down Florida Avenue in Buenos Aires and someone sees your participant patch, they won't ask how fast you went or where you finished, they will want to hear all about a real offshore adventure in the spirit of Don Aronow.
Welcome aboard, you are the kind of guy we are looking for.
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