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Sorry, time to vent...
Ok, I know that most of the time, the old 'Stinkpot' vs 'Ragtop' debate is usually just for fun and no one takes it seriously. However, the epitome of obnoxious rich guys in cigarette boats was in full display on Saturday during the EYC One Design race in Annapolis.
On Saturday, there was a blanket of fog covering the bay because the warm, moist air was blowing over the cool, dry water....(ok, the water wasn't really dry ). The start of the race was delayed about 2 1/2 hours and during that time all the classes were sailing or puttering around the committee boat. Visibility at times was reduced to 50 yards or less.
Some club for cigarette boats was having a 'poker run' on the bay. On multiple occassions, we heard the roar of the boats but could not see them because of the fog as the headed up the Severn. About a half hour later, we heard the roar again only this time is was getting loader and loader. Then, out of the fog, about 6 of them came blasting through the fleet at full speed at a time when visibility was down to about 40 - 50 yards. UN * FREAKIN' * BELIEVABLE! One of the had to take evasive manuveres to avoid smacking into us. Later on, after the fog had lifted somewhat, we saw another cigarette boat blast right through the Optimist course where all the kids were racing - right through the middle of the orange markers while the kids were sailing.
These guys were total morons and were lucky that they didn't kill anyone. Of course, the marine police were probably over at Harness Creek conducting 'safety' inspections on the anchored boats. .
There. I feel better. Now back to you're regular programming....