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Old Jun 07, 2009, 08:28 PM
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Sprekles Lake Springer Tug-Off

Today was great fun out at Sprekles lake in S.F. I showed up with my CG lifeboat in hand expecting to be a wall flower for the entire event. Instead, I was immediately snagged by Lee (screen name unknown ) and a boat and radio shoved into my hands. After about 5 minutes of studying the course layout, my name was called and I was off to the races! There were two courses, a navigation and barge pushing course. I think I did pretty well as I never touched a single bouy or obstacle on either course.

I don't have a list of who won what, but I do know that Ralph (Toesup) and Ms "Hazard to Navigation" Toes took first and second in the Super Springer class.

I would guess about 30 folks were there with about 20 or so boats of various types (mostly Springer tugs).

Afterward, Bernard (Aerominded) put our sailboats in the water for a little sheet-flapping. Bernard with his Soling and me with my Nirvana. Both boats have very similar sailing charactoristics. Richard (Habanero) was unable to sail his Nirvana because of radio frequency interference problems.

Anyway, here a a few pictures from today's event. We didn't get any pics of the other boats as our camera battery died I'm hoping someone else here got more pictures they can post!

oh, and I got 5th place for my first time at the stick of a springer
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Old Jun 07, 2009, 10:27 PM
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Hey I got third place! That was a lot of fun especially getting 3rd place.

Nice meeting all those guys hope they dont feel bad not getting third place (3rd place).

Did I mention I came in third?
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Old Jun 07, 2009, 10:49 PM
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Contraption is interesting what does it do? You have to admire the wood work with worm drive scews, etc..
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Old Jun 07, 2009, 10:51 PM
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Congrat's Haba!
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Old Jun 07, 2009, 11:00 PM
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Contraption is interesting what does it do? You have to admire the wood work with worm drive scews, etc..
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He turns the one crank and everything moves around had some funny hidden features as well that he could not show when kids were around
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Old Jun 07, 2009, 11:07 PM
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Congrat's Haba!
Thanks it was cool because I had never even hooked that tug to a barge before. Course it would have been just as fun if I had come in last place- I'm hooked now.
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Old Jun 07, 2009, 11:37 PM
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Yea, what they said.
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Old Jun 08, 2009, 12:12 AM
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One bummer today- a lady on a bike zeroed in on my brand new Gianhien mahogany and over it went!

Damage could have been worse I guess it's just kinda like that new car first dent.
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Old Jun 08, 2009, 12:13 AM
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Didja break her legs??
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Old Jun 08, 2009, 12:32 AM
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She was very apologetic. I ran it and it threw a set screw she asked if it was her fault etc. Accidents happen I told her.
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Old Jun 08, 2009, 12:42 AM
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She was very apologetic. I ran it and it threw a set screw she asked if it was her fault etc. Accidents happen I told her.
That's very gracious of you...

I brought my boats into my sisters house, and they weren't sitting
for five minutes before my 5yo nephew had yanked one of my
fire monitors off the boat... I asked if he had permission to touch the
boat, And he sheepishly answered "no....". He knew he had done a bad
thing... and was really embarrassed.

In Portland, the local club would probably have lynched them both...
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Old Jun 08, 2009, 12:44 AM
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You came 3rd at your first attempt!????

Well done that man!!.. excellent!...

A great day was had by all, plenty of .. 'friendly'.. banter between the Captains and some entertaining... 'steerage'.. from some of the competitors...

I'm lead to believe that Mr Aero came 2nd AND 1st in the non Springer class (those pointy bow thingies)...

Mrs (Menace to Navigation) Toes came in 2nd in Super Springer, Mr Toes 1st in Super Springer (only two competitors... )

In the 'classic' Springer class, Mr Toes took first place... and i think Mr Habanero came in a creditable 3rd...

Mr Aero won the tugboat race (Impromptu)....

Once again, a wonderful 'fun' event organized by the SFMYC..

Just a few pics from todays event...
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Old Jun 08, 2009, 01:09 AM
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1st and 2nd, I just lucky!

Great to see everybody today! it was a fun event and perfect weather in SF!

Absentaerominded strikes again... I forgot to bring my camera today so I can't contribute...

Bikes... I didn't hear about that, Hab... we really need to start setting up the ropes again, lake side.
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Old Jun 08, 2009, 01:18 AM
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Congrats to all!
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Old Jun 08, 2009, 04:18 AM
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video?
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