I thought the course was perfect, start out with a balls out run thru the sound, put in some seriously hard work driving from the Plum Gut to the East River (140-150 mi.) Then run thru city back to bouy 27. The river traffic was minimal and not any problem at all.
I pulled the other rebuilt drive because it had signs of water infiltration, oil came out very grey not green. I did not want to risk blowing an SS from water damage....they are like chicken teeth can't find them!
I would only consider this as a personal achievement and could't care less if any of the phenomenally influential ninety seven sanctioning boat racing bodies in the US bless it.
Also with sat tracking (BTW that thing they have is awesome with the playback and so forth) and video technology available whatever time you do can be validated with minimal efforts.
Nothwitstanding if I would do something like this I would choose the best weather window possible and do it strictly to prove something to myself.
Mind you I would never claim to have a race record either.
You'll always run into the "Yahh but Joe Schmoe has a boat and has done better then you" sitting comfortably at the end of the bar, miring in their own lack of achievements, but I usually remind myself what T. Roosevelt said April 1910...
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
Again great job, Joe, Jon and Charlie.
Joe thanks for making another old Sonic owner proud! Wonderful story.
Once again....the only goal of HORBA is to do two things
1.) Save the old race boats before they are cut up and destroyed.
2.) Give the racers a venue to show or race the boats and let people see, hear and experience the real history of the sport.
We have a lot of positive feed back from the Around Long Island marathon and this event will be done again in 2011. We have serious interest in the Great Lakes region for a 2011 event also. We need groups who are willing to put on this kind of event in California and Florida....one race a year is all we are looking for help with.
We are trying to keep this as wide open and simple as the old days, so that eveyone has a chance to compete and win. Here are some suggested classes by T2X.
I suggest broad class limits.....
3 or more gas or diesels up to 50 feet
Twin inboard gas or diesels up to 40'
outboards up to 32 feet
Single inboards up to 32 feet
Nostalgia boats over 35 years in age..........
The part about the Historic boats being over 35 years of age would rule out anything newer than 1976, so in the interest in getting more of these boats out there running again, I would like to see that less of a restriction. But beyond that, it would be simple and easy to regulate and supervise.
What do the racers think?
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