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Old 07-26-2010, 02:42 PM
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The freighter traffic had a big impact on schedule. It was not anyones intent to have the race go off that late.
agreed, but i was told racel control had a list of freighter traffic for the day so they should not be a big surprise .
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agreed, but i was told racel control had a list of freighter traffic for the day so they should not be a big surprise .
I was over by race control when this went down. What happened was the boats all kicked off the dock around 5:15 for the final race. The next freighter that would have had an impact on the race wasn't supposed to leave the dock until 6. That freighter kicked off early, and was the freighter heading north bound. So they held the boats up to let him pass. This took almost 30 minutes. Then the problem was the two south bound freighters were now less then a half hour away. So if they went green after the first freighter left, the south bound freighters would have shown up mid race. So they made the call to wait until the two south bound freighters cleared. If that first northbound freighter wasn't over an hour ahead of schedule all would have been good, the race would have ran and been completed much earlier. Also the racers wouldn't have had to sit in the mooring area for over 45 minutes. I really believe the race control did thier best to corridinate, but the big ships ultimately can do what they want and have the right away in the shipping channel.
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Anyone know who won class 3?
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Old 07-26-2010, 04:00 PM
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I was over by race control when this went down. What happened was the boats all kicked off the dock around 5:15 for the final race. The next freighter that would have had an impact on the race wasn't supposed to leave the dock until 6. That freighter kicked off early, and was the freighter heading north bound. So they held the boats up to let him pass. This took almost 30 minutes. Then the problem was the two south bound freighters were now less then a half hour away. So if they went green after the first freighter left, the south bound freighters would have shown up mid race. So they made the call to wait until the two south bound freighters cleared. If that first northbound freighter wasn't over an hour ahead of schedule all would have been good, the race would have ran and been completed much earlier. Also the racers wouldn't have had to sit in the mooring area for over 45 minutes. I really believe the race control did thier best to corridinate, but the big ships ultimately can do what they want and have the right away in the shipping channel.
To bad we didn't know that about the north bound freighter we all could have giving them the royal salute when they passed. O well still a great race...
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i believe 28 cat crime pays, tko broke, 32 skater bull on beach broke . only 3 in class
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We did have fun but i always liked the big water races. I mean it was hard in Fort Meyers which was flat. I did lead and win that race. lol I just am not a fan.
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If all of this talk of shorter courses were true, than why are there fewer fans and spectators than ever before?

Once again, I am not saying that this was not good racing, I am just saying that it in no way resembles offshore racing. Would you ever confuse NASCAR and Formula 1? No chance. How would NASCAR fans (me being one of them) feel if they showed up at the next race and instead of seeing their favorite driver racing on a 1 mile oval, they got to see them in a Formula 1 car on a road course? I think Formula 1 is great racing, I just don't happen to be big fan.
Funny you mention that, as NASCAR runs road races and short tracks, not every race is Daytona.
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If all of this talk of shorter courses were true, than why are there fewer fans and spectators than ever before?

Once again, I am not saying that this was not good racing, I am just saying that it in no way resembles offshore racing. Would you ever confuse NASCAR and Formula 1? No chance. How would NASCAR fans (me being one of them) feel if they showed up at the next race and instead of seeing their favorite driver racing on a 1 mile oval, they got to see them in a Formula 1 car on a road course? I think Formula 1 is great racing, I just don't happen to be big fan.
Not trying to change the subject, but did you happen to notice all the Empty Seats at the Nascar Brickyard 400 this weekend? All forms of racing are suffering in attendance as a result of the economy.
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I was over by race control when this went down. What happened was the boats all kicked off the dock around 5:15 for the final race. The next freighter that would have had an impact on the race wasn't supposed to leave the dock until 6. That freighter kicked off early, and was the freighter heading north bound. So they held the boats up to let him pass. This took almost 30 minutes. Then the problem was the two south bound freighters were now less then a half hour away. So if they went green after the first freighter left, the south bound freighters would have shown up mid race. So they made the call to wait until the two south bound freighters cleared. If that first northbound freighter wasn't over an hour ahead of schedule all would have been good, the race would have ran and been completed much earlier. Also the racers wouldn't have had to sit in the mooring area for over 45 minutes. I really believe the race control did thier best to corridinate, but the big ships ultimately can do what they want and have the right away in the shipping channel.
Tom?? I remember when we used to race around the freighters that used to make it interesting.
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Anyone know who won class 3?
Bull on the Beach won. The did break a steering line after the start finish line.
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