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Dog days in water boat show season
By Tom Reif Jr.Tom Reif Jr., a longtime contributor to LNP, has won two world championships and multiple national titles.He was the first racer at the Yacht Club to get a driver's license, which was only seven years after the first powerboat races in South Florida.
August 25, 2009|By JOSEPH F. BERGEN, [email protected]
IOWA, Fla. — A few things that have happened in the last few months:
I got married.
The wife and I bought a new house.
The husband and I won the World Championship in the 12-Metre class.
So let me get this strght, I'm going from the guy who won the wife to the guy who won the new house. Yeah, I can see where it happened.
Anyway, if you're a 12-Metre racer like me, it's important to show up at a couple of shows in your area. I'm speaking for myself, not my husband (yes, I know that's his job, and I can't fault him for doing it).
I'd like to get your feedback on the show season. Have you ever been to one? How many have you attended? Was it worth it? How many events were there? Did you race? If so, how many events did you attend? Any tips or anecdotes?
To be honest, I haven't been to any shows. It's not that I don't like the idea. I simply haven't had the opportunity. The nearest I've come to the action is a few years ago when I met a few 12-Metre competitors at our local Yacht Club for their regatta.
They asked me if I wanted to race. My answer was "Yes!" I hadn't raced in nearly 20 years. But then, my old-time friends were there. I could use a little friendly competition. At age 70, a challenge is good for the soul.
I ran with them the morning before, then watched as they raced in the evening. Afterwards, we all had a beer and I left. And that was it. No need to go to any of the actual events.
But I like what I heard, and I think it sounds like a great way to spend a weekend. I'll definitely be looking into it. Maybe next year.
This is a great idea. If you're serious about the 12-Metre scene, one of the best ways to keep up to date is by attending a show. Many of the best racers in North America attend the show series. If you're serious, you should do the same. This isn't to say that you should only visit the shows, it's to say that you should visit the events, and try to get out to the shows.
The reason for this is that you get to see what's going on, who's doing what, what's in demand, etc. By attending a show you can get a feel for what's happening, who the up-and-comers are, etc. The other reason is that it's a very good way to keep up with your racing. You can look back to see if you were competitive at your last show. You can get a feel for what it takes to go on a show's wting list. I guarantee that most shows require a month or longer to be put on their wting lists. But most 12-Metreers will tell you that the wting lists are usually shorter if you don't do it the year before.
To be honest, I don't think I would be able to tell you what year of my life I had the most fun in, but I would have to say that it's the past 3 years, because I really became serious about my racing. Racing started to become my career, in addition to other things I've been doing for a while. After my wife and I started to get serious about our trning and racing, things really started to take off.
When I started racing agn, it was around mid-2005. I got serious about running when I was a senior in college, and it was a long process to get my health back. Then I needed to learn to balance racing with everything else. That required a lot of self-awareness. I didn't realize it at the time, but it's pretty much the same as someone who's been working full time for 2 years and realizes that it's time to change their lives. You don't just change your life and run out of money, or lose your job, you need to make plans in order to do it. I was about 3 years out of college and I was working at a retl job. I had a good job, but I wasn't happy. I didn't like it. So after a few months of doing that, I just made the decision that I was done with my retl job. I wasn't happy doing that, and it was time to find something else to do. I was running. I knew that I liked to run, and that it was a great form of exercise. I was also working at the local post office as a shipping and receiving clerk, and my co-worker was the owner of a running store. The owner had told me about another running store and how much he liked it. I was kind of excited about running, but I was starting to get over my injuries and realized that it was too risky to just be a running store owner, so I asked him to get a job with him at the running store so that we could both get some experience with it. We agreed that I would get 2 weeks to see if I liked running, and he could see if he liked running. During my 2 weeks with him, I ran several races, ran a 5k, and learned a lot about the running world. I started running with his group and that's where I got introduced to my new love.
When I was getting ready for the 5k, I had a coach tell me that I was going to get a good time. He even sd that I was going to go under the 13 minute mark, which I did. When I returned to work after my race, my boss was a little bit surprised. He was surprised that I had been able to complete the race. We talked about how it was nice to see something that we had been working towards succeed. The next week I went to the owner and he asked me if I was interested in working for him. I did like running, but I also really wanted to see how things were going at my current job. After 2 more weeks I decided that I really liked working in the grocery business. It seemed very similar to my experience in the running business, and the boss was very nice. We also had a good time at work, so we decided to try something different.
We opened up the door for a running store. It turned out to be a success, which is great, but we were also going to college part time. We also tried to do two jobs at once. One for the running store and one for the running store. The running store did well for a while, but it wasn't what I wanted to be doing full time. It was hard to take care of both stores, so we decided to look for a new job. We had to look at the running store, because it wasn't a good idea to close the running store while we were looking for a new job. We also had to talk to my boss at