Magothy River Sailing Association conducted an on-the-water ceremony, honoring our friend and competitor Ralph Reitan, prior to last night’s Wed night race, May 28th. The crew of ‘WABBIT’ brought her out to serve as committee boat.
At 5:54:30, an American Flag was raised to full mast, a long horn was sounded.
At 5:55pm, the American Flag was lowered to half-mast and a gun sounded. The flag remained at half-mast until the race was concluded.
At 5:56pm, a long horn was sounded and the prep-flag was raised.
At 5:59pm, a long horn sounded and the prep-flag was lowered
At 6:00pm a "starting" gun was sounded.
The entire fleet formed a starboard-tack parade and crossed the starting line in succession, under full sail. Crews stood shoulder-to-shoulder along the starboard lifelines ... hats in hands.
Crews were asked to wear either solid white or solid navy blue shirts representing the hull-colors of 'WABBIT', Ralph’s boat.
'BEAGLE' was first to cross, leading the parade in recognition to her skipper and crew for their valiant efforts last Wednesday night.
The crew of ‘WABBIT’
After the last boat crosses, an additional 1 min of silence was observed with a concluding "finish" gun with no-one crossing, symbolizing our missing friend and competitor.