All the best,
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee...thank you..thank you very much
All the best,
I have been a fan of Offshore racing since I was ten, watching the Kaama Lady win a race on the Great South Bay. Bitten by the bug, 30 some years later I still enjoy the intense action of the sport though mostly as a spectator or a passenger in a few poker runs. The around Long Island Classic will hopfully provide a spark to the sport and has the potential to light the fires of many who are interested in getting involved. I think that in order for this and any other offshore racing event to become more mainstreamed is to get the coverage into the living rooms with some type of media coverage. Easier said then done for sure, but with all the new technology out there there has to be a way. As pointed out earlier there are many logistical challenges providing the fans a proper venue to watch, especially with an endurance event such as the ALI classic. Around the world Sailing events(dare I say) provide their fan base access via the web with real time GPS tracking, that allow fans to follow along on their smart phones etc. Also I know there are onboard cameras but they could be better, and cheaper then having helicopters in the air for the whole race. This is a great conversation and the event speaks for itself. Kudos to all involved in keeping this sport alive for future generations to enjoy.
I have heard many try to compare offshore to nascar.... Its more like desert racing. Several orgs. Score HDRA etc. Look at the Baja 1000 you race for miles, you race for hours in the middle of nowhere, trying to finish much less win. No grandstands full of people, no cheering throngs when you finish/win. Its a sport of personal challange and self satisfaction. very very few have ever made money doing it. Mickey Thompson CORR and others tried stadium racing (beach/river racing) with some success, but I can tell you anyone that races offorad dreams of racing the Baja because ot the challange. Not the money or the fame. Today we have offshore racing where the winner is determined by who corners better and acellerats faster from bouy to bouy, yet who races offshore that doesnt dream of pointing the boat to a spot on the horizon, mashing the throttles in 4's~6's, airing the boat out and trying to keep it together while hopefully doing it faster than the next guy. Really, running an offshore boat in San Diego bay chasing potatoe chip unltd hydros vs being out of sight of land, 6 feet in the air, and hoping youron course is like comparing a McDonalds hamburger to a good steak, sure they are both 100% pure beef, but the satisfaction of eating them is just a bit diferent.
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Charlie the A class why not twin engines also in there?? or are you trying to stop the OL dead on their tracks??
I just had to pull your leg on that one so nobody comes saying this in pure red mist or so..
In all fairness...all the comments I read after my post are so along the same lines of mine and well written that I truly see this sport being in a great future in the States!
Maybe the races ain't so often but they never was, this is what it is. Offshore racers globally even are a tight bunch.
Matt watching poker live or on TV is truly boring... so offshore is on the opposite end of the scale in my book regarding that.
And Bob... I'd truly love to see some Diesels in the mix.
PS I found some ASD 14's...
Last edited by MikeyFIN; 10-02-2011 at 02:47 PM.
Enough.....please!!!!!! This is exactly what the new race model is intended to stop. If this race taught us anything , it is better to have a dozen boats racing with a clearcut definition and comprehensible video/GPS coverage...than 50 boats in 20 classes bouncing around to God knows where and all happily sporting checkered flags at the end of the day...without a knowledgeable fan in sight.
Two more things and then I'm outta here:
Back in the day...it wasn't broke and didn't need fixing....but we did anyway.. Don't "fix" it again...especially before it even gets off the ground.
Mike A's Factory One and Two were made for this event and provide an opportunity for many builders to race their products heads up...Of course, Factory One fits beautifully into Class C...and Factory 2..into class B.
Last edited by T2x; 10-03-2011 at 10:04 AM.
Obsolete and proud of it
I have to agree with Rich. The race should be the race. If you can't handle it or aren't comfortable, then it isn't for you. How about this for a change of pace: the whiners adapt to the rules instead of the rules adapting to the whiners. If you can't make it on fuel, put in an extra fuel cell or a bunch of gas cans. This racing is not to see who has the prettiest boat or nicest crew uniforms. It's not tee-ball. There won't be a trophy for competing.
The goal should be to have as few classes as possible. I think most of these people have gotten so used to gps racing that they are worried about another boat being faster and having an "unfair" advantage. The equalizer is the ocean. Some days it will be flat as a pancake and other days it will be your worst nightmare. We ran our boat in a class dominated by outboards that were much faster than we were as long as it stayed flat. Our huge advantage came in rough water. When the seas picked up there was not a "P" boat that could keep up. That was a choice we made. We sacrificed top end for rough water handling. It paid off with a world championship.
If you think top speed will dominate, then go for it. You should have plenty of time for fuel stops along the way and still beat all of the boats set up for rough water. However, if it's rough you'll be waving to the other boats as they blow by you. But that's offshore racing. Not every day will be the right conditions for your boat.
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