What We Learned at The Maine Boat Show
After hearing that the boat show was in town, iboatrace.com dispatched our crack reporter promptly at noon on Sunday.
It was a gorgeous weekend in Portland the wind was brisk off the bay but the sky was full sun. I made my way down to the big city for noon on Sunday, I parked in my old neighborhood and walked down over the hill to Fore Street to the Maine Boatbuilders Show
Before I even bought a ticket I was able to check this one out.
Among the rich and famous doing their yacht shopping I found these guys manning the South Shore / A-Team booth and obtained exclusive iboatrace.com interviews with each of them.
So this guy says his team is headed for Tallinn, Estonia; the capital of Estonia this July for the UIM, OSY400 World Championships.
He claims he raced all the way from Augusta to Seguin and back and won the race. Augusta to Seguin Island on the Kennebec River is more than 55 miles, and Seguin Island is 2 or 3 miles out into the open Ocean! He said when he came back the second year he was beat by a guy with an A motor on a flat bottom row-boat. I was pretty impressed that a rowboat could go that far.
This guy brought his own glossy photos with sharpies to do personalized signatures and introduced himself to young children as the Mad Russian.
He said he’s headed to Jesup again this April and taking these fellas with him
The Mad Russian says this one did OK in Georgia last time so he’ll probably take it again.
He was also looking forward to Standish and brainstorming hype and promotion ideas for racing. I didn’t hear much about the presidential bid but he appeared to still be running.
He said he once drove this one and it just hooked up and trucked. He said it made his A feel pretty slow when he got back in it.
He went on to tell me this story:
Starting in 1987, Estonians engaged in a series of mass demonstrations, including spontaneous singing of national songs which had been forbidden since the Soviet occupation.In September 1988, a massive song festival in Tallinn brought in a record 300,000 people, nearly a quarter of all Estonians. Political leaders were present and the public witnessed the first open calls for restoring the country’s independence.
He said this guy in the picture is going to be here
which has to have these guys pretty interested:
But get this! It sounds like he’s going to run one of these
I think that’s about it! Looking forward to race season!