► Solomons Grand Prix Races: September 15, 2013

Sunday 15 September 2013
Solomons Offshore Grand Prix

Journey: Triple L Estate – Kingfishers, Solomons Island – Triple L Estate

Today was Solomons Offshore Grand Prix boat races. We left home rather early in order to avoid race traffic. As I approached the bridge I saw Coast Guard patrolling the area closer to Calvert County side so I headed towards the St. Mary’s side of the river. I hoped this would indicate to Coast Guard that I planned on staying out of the race zone.

Coast Guard

Coast Guard

Coast Guard

Coast Guard

As I crossed under the bridge it appeared as though the Coast Guard was coming towards us, so I slowed down. As I slowed down it looked as though they also slowed down. I thought because they slowed then I could carry on so I sped up. When I sped up they too sped up. Knowing that I didn’t want Coast Guard thinking I planned on trying to out run, or avoid, them, I came to a stop. As they neared Lori asked me, “Do you have the boat registration?” I answered a very unsure, “Yes,” as I wondered, do we have the registration. Then I remembered that yes we do have the registration, and I knew where it was, so I provided a far more definite, “Yes, we have it.”

The Coast Guard came close and simply asked where we planned on going. We told them, “Solomons Island, but we’ll stay close to the St. Mary’s side of the river.” That’s all they wanted to know and we went our merry way.

Coast Guard

Coast Guard

Coast Guard

Coast Guard

Palm Beach Willies

Palm Beach Willies

Off Shore Pix

Off Shore Pix

We passed by the Palm Beach Willie boat, which again did not seem to be appropriately representing the Taylor Island destination as a party destination.

As we rounded towards the tip of Solomons Island a second, much larger, Coast Guard boat came barreling straight at us. We stopped and informed them we planned on going to Solomons where we had a slip waiting for us. The started to say something about the races and we said, “We won’t be coming back until after the races.” They began, “but if you do…” “Don’t worry,” I interrupt, “if we do I know we have to go all the way around there,” pointing towards the base and following the St. Mary’s County coast line. “Exactly.”

As we approached Kingfishers we noticed a small rubber duckie which appeared to be docking in our roped off slip. When we had gotten close we informed them that they were in our reserved area. They pulled the rubber duckie over towards the Oyster House. Lori jumped off to remove the rope for our slip and we then tied up.

We walked down to the Solomons Pier. Since we had gotten our VIP badges on Thursday we waltzed right in, flashing our badges to the bouncer at the door – AKA Jeannie.

We had a lovely time. I hung out mostly along the front railing in order to photograph the action. I had not expected the sun to be so bright and hot. Thank goodness I had a visor otherwise I would have been suffering.

Cleveland Construction 129

Cleveland Construction 129

Cleveland Construction 129

Cleveland Construction 129

Cleaveland Constrution 129

Cleaveland Constrution 129

Miss Mary Mac

Miss Mary Mac

Miss Mary Mac

Miss Mary Mac

Miss Mary Mac

Miss Mary Mac

Miss Mary Mac

Miss Mary Mac

388

388

388

388

Erie Monster 422

Erie Monster 422

Erie Monster 422

Erie Monster 422

Erie Monster 422 and Coastal Spirits

Erie Monster 422 and Coastal Spirits

Twin Screws 401, Perdition 411, and Saris 441

Twin Screws 401, Perdition 411, and Saris 441

Saris 441 and Twin Screws 401

Saris 441 and Twin Screws 401

Twin Screws 401

Twin Screws 401

Perdition 411

Perdition 411

Perdition 411 and 388

Perdition 411 and 388

Perdition 411

Perdition 411

Saris 441

Saris 441

Saris 441

Saris 441

Saris 441

Saris 441

657, Akula 607, and Grinch Racing 699

657, Akula 607, and Grinch Racing 699

Akula 607

Akula 607

Akula 607

Akula 607

Maxed Out

Maxed Out

Maxed Out 626

Maxed Out 626

Tug It 66

Tug It 66

Tug It 66

Tug It 66

Tug It 66

Tug It 66

Tug It 66

Tug It 66

Strictlyu Business V6 and Wazzup V1

Strictlyu Business V6 and Wazzup V1

Wazzup V1

Wazzup V1

Wazzup V1

Wazzup V1

Wazzup V1 and Coastal Spirits

Wazzup V1 and Coastal Spirits

Wazzup 601

Wazzup 601

Wazzup 601

Wazzup 601

Wazzup 601

Wazzup 601

Bud Light 3

Bud Light 3

Bud Light 3

Bud Light 3

Bud Light 3

Bud Light 3

Pirate Racing 21

Pirate Racing 21

Pirate Racing 21

Pirate Racing 21

Pirate Racing 21

Pirate Racing 21

623

623

623

623

623

623

Steady Pumpin 44

Steady Pumpin 44

Steady Pumpin 44

Steady Pumpin 44

Steady Pumpin 44

Steady Pumpin 44

Hurricane Force 667

Hurricane Force 667

Hurricane Force 667

Hurricane Force 667

Akula 607 and PTM 684

Akula 607 and PTM 684

PTM 684

PTM 684

PTM 684

PTM 684

Knot Guilty 644

Knot Guilty 644

Knot Guilty 644

Knot Guilty 644

Knot Guilty 644

Knot Guilty 644

Typhoon 29

Typhoon 29

Typhoon 29

Typhoon 29

Typhoon 29

Typhoon 29

657

657

657

657

Repeat Offender 639

Repeat Offender 639

Repeat Offender 639

Repeat Offender 639

Grinch Racing 699

Grinch Racing 699

Grinch Racing 699

Grinch Racing 699

Grinch Racing 699

Grinch Racing 699

Joker 611

Joker 611

Pushin Tin 555

Pushin Tin 555

Pusin Tin 555

Pusin Tin 555

708

708

708

708

708

708

Cisco 505

Cisco 505

Cisco 505

Cisco 505

Cisco 505

Cisco 505

Cisco 505

Cisco 505

538

538

Strictly Business V6

Strictly Business V6

Strictly Business V6

Strictly Business V6

Strictly Business V6

Strictly Business V6

Strictly Business V6 and Coastal Spirits

Strictly Business V6 and Coastal Spirits

788

788

788

788

Molson Muscle 727

Molson Muscle 727

Molson Muscle 727 and Woah Mama 732

Molson Muscle 727 and Woah Mama 732

Molson Muscle 727

Molson Muscle 727

Lighthouse Racing S23

Lighthouse Racing S23

Lighthouse Racing S23

Lighthouse Racing S23

Lighthouse Racing S23

Lighthouse Racing S23

Lighthouse Racing S23

Lighthouse Racing S23

Pump It 540

Pump It 540

Pump It 540

Pump It 540

Pump It 540

Pump It 540

At Hoc 599

At Hoc 599

At Hoc 599

At Hoc 599

At Hoc 599

At Hoc 599

Woah Mama 732

Woah Mama 732

Woah Mama 732

Woah Mama 732

Elevation 721

Elevation 721

Elevation 721

Elevation 721

717

717

717

717

Reinforcer P5-46

Reinforcer P5-46

Reinforcer P5-46

Reinforcer P5-46

Reinforcer P5-46

Reinforcer P5-46

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In the afternoon the Redskins game started against Green Bay. I loudly cheered for the Packers in a sea of home team Redskins fans. Between races I would go in and check the score and cheer each time I saw the score in favor of Green Bay. After Green Bay won I made sure to really harass my Redskin fan friends. They were less amused than I.

By the end of the afternoon, and end of the races, Lori and I were spent and ready to go home. We returned to our boat at Kingfishers to discover a bucket of ice holding beers waiting for us. What GREAT friends and service!

At first Lori recommended we swing by the Beach in order to be polite and say hi. As we rounded Solomons point, however, Lori scratched that idea and told me to just go home.

Engine Hrs: 68.4 – 69.3
Time: 10:30 am – 5:10 pm
Conditions: hot in the sun, cooler in the shade, no breeze, mostly flat water – perfect day for a race day
Vessel: 23’ Seaway fishing boat
Me and Lori

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