|2004 FUN RACE|
This is the 23rd consecutive year of the AOSA Fun Race and was sponsored again by Alley Cat Brewing. It's largely due to Jaye & Jim's efforts that this event works so well. In fact the race started late as Jim had to make one last trip to Drayton Valley to pick up some donations from a sponsor. What a dedicated guy.
Saturday July 26th Noonish at EYC.
NOTE: Please read "Thoughts for Next Year." at the end.
|THE EVER WATCHFUL 2004 WORK COMMITTEE (sitting on a gold mine!).|
|ACTION SHOTS ON THE WATER.|
The race was shortened this year due to the lack of wind and the fleet was turned around at the Coal Point buoy. The thought being, "Better to kibitz on shore with an Alley-Cat beer in hand than sweat it out on a long, slow, course on the water." Several boats actually rounded the marker and "cleaned" the bottom of their keel on the sand. Way to go guys. All tolled there were 21 boats participating with many new crews this year.
Love that loon on Keith Matwichuk's spinnaker. Very fitting for Wabamun Lake.
Ray Kowerchuk is new to Wabamun this year. Last year he sailed on Lake Diefenbaker.
Phil and I trimming the sails for maximum shade. Hey we had fun.
Another new boat for the Fun Race this year. Deadly combination these two Bobs. One with a beard and the other without one!
Another new boat for the Fun Race. Pesky bunch that just wouldn't get out of our way. It didn't matter how many times we called for room at the mark!
the rule that states NOT to use a cardinal buoy for a race marker? Well
a couple of crews decided to challenge that rule. One of them comes from
unforgiving waters with a very hard bottom and so he should know better.
The other one is somewhat
instrumental in replacing this buoy.
|THE BARBEQUE and AWARDS.|
|AWARDS & SPONSORS, (without whom this race could not run).|
should be noted that when Jay handed out the multiple
prizes to each boat, one prize was for each crew member. This was done
to reduce the presentation time. As you can see from the load of prizes
in her arms, some of the crews were big this year!
|RACE RESULTS & TRIVIA CONTEST.|
- Not run this year.
Trivia Contest - (open to all).
Class A Cruiser - over 24'
Class B Cruiser - under 24'
|THOUGHTS for NEXT YEAR.|
|The AOSA Fun Race is the
best attended cruiser race on the lake. It is extremely successful due to a
very energetic organizing committee that has fine tuned this event to
what it is today. However, the committee feels that
more can be done with all the energy in the sailing community and we are therefore contemplating a
new direction. One that will give something back to
society. For example, a fund raiser that will see
each boat raising money for a charity of their cause or for all boats to
work towards a common charity. I'm sure there are many other worthwhile
projects. We should be able to take advantage of
existing corporate funding of which I'm told there is no shortage. Discussions
are still in the preliminary stage and we welcome any input. Jim Spalding
& Bob Schimmel.
See you next year.