I'll second that Thank You, but I have to add a few names, Alon Stieger and his Dad. Susan Simpson and the City of Sunny Isles Beach FL. It was Alon and Larry that got the city to give OSS a call about 6 months ago and start the ball rolling.
I also have to say a HUGE thanks to the Staff members of OSS that helped to develop and produce this event. Putting on and promoting an event like this takes a dedicated effort from a dozen or so people and because of them, today was a huge success.
This whole thing started when I asked Charlie to join Larry, Alon, and Brad to help me sell the city on paying for an offshore race. We explained to the city elders about the significance of this race site and during the presentation to the city, someone said....and maybe we could do a run to Bimini and Back with the historic boats.....and it went from there. As Charlie likes to say, "I never expected to be a race producer."
Twenty two boats ran today. As long as the town invites us back next, OSS looks forward to having a long and mutually rewarding relationship with HORBA and the Don Aronow Memorial Race. We hope that more people have the chance to experience this crossing for themselves next year.
The day was awesome, the band was great tonight and Stu Jones brought a tiny bikini contest to the stage, MCed by Mark and Scott from Team Geico. And it's still only Friday night, now onto our regularly scheduled program, OSS testing on Saturday and OSS Racing on Sunday, right in front of the beach. Plus we have a bunch of SLT boats that will put in a demonstration race between test sessions on Saturday and between races on Sunday.
We hope you enjoy the show...as a spectator or participant.