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Old 11-21-2011, 08:22 PM
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Mind you I would probably go to Key West anyway just to kick it around with the EDock crew and all the other mentals hanging there thanks to the Poker Run.






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Old 11-21-2011, 10:07 PM
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I had this conversation with someone the other day... The cars now a days are built to be safer than the cars of the 1940's because of advances in technology ... Cars have been tested and crashed to find what works and what doesn't. Unfortunately, Im not sure there is a way to "test" boats to see whats safer and what isn't. I know after one of the crashes, the boat went back to the builder with the instructions "make the canopy bullet proof". They redesigned the canopy and it does appear to be a better but how can they really know? Its not like they can duplicate the conditions, wreck the boat, and see where they are. Hopefully, they will never be in a position to find out

I dont know that it is the racing series responsibility to make sure the boats are built to withstand crashes any more than it is the responsibility of a poker run organizer.... but I also dont think that is what Matt is saying. I think the point is, boaters need to look at their boats, or the boats they get in, and understand that in case of a high speed crash, having a lid does not guarantee a good outcome. People tend to become complacent... and complacent is not really a good thing ....
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Hi Matt,
I agree with a lot of what you said. Last week was a horrific week. Key west race week is always my favorite week of the year as it is the only time I take 3 days off work and get to do what I love and be around my friends. I honestly feel Key West race week will never have the same feeling.

I will be the first to admit that running the speeds we run is not the smartest thing. I understand and can relate to the feeling you had of "Thank God I'm alive". I think anyone that does any Extreme sport knows that feeling.
To tell you the truth, that may be the feeling that keeps many of us going back to it. Unfortunately sometimes it takes tragedies like this to make you think.

Last year Bill and I agreed to end our Friendly rivalry and stop pushing each other before there was a tragedy. I had a lot of fun and I am grateful none of us had any issues.
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Old 11-22-2011, 10:49 AM
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Hi Matt,
I agree with a lot of what you said. Last week was a horrific week. Key west race week is always my favorite week of the year as it is the only time I take 3 days off work and get to do what I love and be around my friends. I honestly feel Key West race week will never have the same feeling.

I will be the first to admit that running the speeds we run is not the smartest thing. I understand and can relate to the feeling you had of "Thank God I'm alive". I think anyone that does any Extreme sport knows that feeling.
To tell you the truth, that may be the feeling that keeps many of us going back to it. Unfortunately sometimes it takes tragedies like this to make you think.

Last year Bill and I agreed to end our Friendly rivalry and stop pushing each other before there was a tragedy. I had a lot of fun and I am grateful none of us had any issues.
Hey Gino,

I hope you didn't feel "called out" on your rivalry with Bill in my commentary. As I said, you guys made it interesting and I, like a lot of people, enjoyed it. I But as I also said, you guys make it interesting on the docks as well. I am glad that you and Bill decided to let it go.

In ending your rivalry last year (I wasn't aware, so thank you) before "there was any tragedy," you reinforce my point. If you and Bill, who have been there and done it, decided it was time to stop pushing the limits, the rest of us probably want to sit up and take notice. What do we know that you don't?

Nothing.

Hope to see both of you in Islamorada in February.
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Hey Gino,

I hope you didn't feel "called out" on your rivalry with Bill in my commentary. As I said, you guys made it interesting and I, like a lot of people, enjoyed it. I But as I also said, you guys make it interesting on the docks as well. I am glad that you and Bill decided to let it go.

In ending your rivalry last year (I wasn't aware, so thank you) before "there was any tragedy," you reinforce my point. If you and Bill, who have been there and done it, decided it was time to stop pushing the limits, the rest of us probably want to sit up and take notice. What do we know that you don't?

Nothing.

Hope to see both of you in Islamorada in February.
Matt,
Not at all!! You are right, when I first saw the Big Thunder video, I had chills. You never think it can happen and when it does, there is nothing you can do about it.
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