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Old 05-03-2007, 10:02 AM
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Default Great Steamboat Race

Hello to all - a few observations and questions about yesterday's event:

I rode the "Belle of Cincinnati", which was a new treat for me. The BofC was bereft of the horsepower normally delivered via her wheel (she was running on screws only) and so was a bit short on speed; nevertheless, the vantage point she afforded for seeing the race was absolutely spectacular!

I clocked the event at 1 hour 7 minutes, which seems quite quick, but I suppose is due in large part to the boats not reaching the head of Six Mile Island.

I was quite taken at the sailing lines followed by the boats on the downstream leg, as it was rather different from years past and it gave the appearance of a real contest. But tell me - just how close did the "Belle" and the "Queen" approach one another as they passed under the Big Four? From my perch well astern, I thought we were about to see a repeat of the 1969 bumping event!

My cousin rode the BofC as well...he is a freelance photographer and journalist and obtained some terrific pictures. I will post his website address here once he gets the pictures in place.

For the annual update to my GSR "events and people" matrix, can anyone tell me who the "Queen's" officers are this trip?

A fine steamboating day after all the uncertainties and concerns of the past few months.....I was sure glad to see it happen!
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