Monday, April 29th, 2013
Ten plastic bottles, three rolls of tape, fishing line, scavenged cardboard, plastic bags, locally sourced rocks and sticks, most importantly, 5 very motivated racers, this is what it takes to create the First Invitational Isla Mujeres Summer Kick-Off Regatta 2013.
The weekend started off easy enough. On Saturday, the crew of Invincible enjoyed some quality boat time with a neighboring boat where the would-be racers developed a “need for speed.” Come Sunday, our marina had the makings of a boat building fleet, so the crew of On Delay, complete with a racing guru, enticed all to join us for a race!
Initially, we discussed which rules best applied to our regatta, IRC or PHRF, we opted for a hybrid of IRC and PHRF with consideration for unmanned vessels, since there wasn’t a rudder in the fleet. Key rule modifications including automatic DNF for physical violence or crying were strictly enforced.
Builders had until Monday at 3 pm. A collection of individuals from our very own marina (including some semi-pros), served as our race officials:
- Committee Head and Course Layout – Pete
- Timing Experts – Jane and Lisa (from the Marina),
- Whistle and Horn Alerts – Gayle
- Professional Photography – Tony and Ruth (Racers’ Mom)
- Exhilarating Commentary – Tim (from the Marina) and Zachary (Invincible)
Entrants, on floats, were allowed to trail their boats and readjust heading without advancing boats along the coarse. Officials paid careful attention. Each racer created a sailboat, using their very own design, which was required to be water-ready at race time.
Timed heats of two boats each got us through the first round with fastest time competing against the second time and the second place finisher competing against the third place time to determine the overall winner, second and third place.
The final race consisted of all boats in the water, no human assistance and our race official at the finish line calling the winner. You can imagine our surprise at the end when we discovered that the “grown up” contingent failed to place any wagers on the outcome, but instead, at the awards ceremony, enjoyed adult beverages (for those over 18) with candy and toys for the under 18 set.
Bella (Rainbow Dash) 2:53
Connor (Black Pearl) 3:04
Hannah (Caroline) 2:32
Kathryn (Friendship) 1:30
Sara (Bessie) 2:37
Our very first community racing experience, in addition to our first community marina experience, and what a success! No bloody noses, no overwhelming sadness, just a whole bunch of happy people enjoying a beautiful day in the inlet with some good old fashioned racing. We are pleased to announce that all boats finished.