Sailing pictures don't get much better than this - lots of wind, waves, and laughter. Mike McCormick writes: "I wouldn't have normally gone out on a big windy day like that but I was signed up for our race and so we went out. Also the wind was increasing over the few hours we were out there. That really increased my confidence with this boat."
Here's a nice shot from the Mariner Fall Windup at Riverton Yacht Club. This is boat #3599 with skipper Frank Pelosi and crew trying to keep the boat down in winds gusting to 25 knots. Thanks to Read Howarth for the great picture.
This picture is of Greg Tkal's Mariner #4134, MON AMIE, moored at Galway Lake, New York. Greg writes that MON AMIE is "now living at Saratoga Lake in New York (about 20 miles east of Galway Lake). This photo was taken this fall." Too bad we won't be seeing any more days like this for a while.
How often do you get to see two rainbows, and with one of them leading right to your Mariner? Bob Breckenridge writes, "I am the fourth owner of the 1969-71 produced 2+2 and had just launched it for the first time and brought it home to our house on Lake Superior just before it started raining."
Igor Rabkin of Worcester, Massachusetts has labored to restore his Mariner, #3582, DOUBLE TROUBLE. This fine shot shows "a great day of sailing on Webster Lake in MA." Those with sharp eyes might notice the new IdaSailor rudder DOUBLE TROUBLE is sporting.
Dave and Leslie Stapleford's Mariner #3237, GREYHOUND, competed in the 2006 Choptank Cup - a 34-mile race on the Choptank River in Maryland. According to Dave, "The race went well for us and we held 9.6 knots from the Sharp Island Light back to the Choptank Light. Quite a fun ride." I should say so - they came in first place on corrected time.
This was one of the first images I ever found online when searching for all things Mariner-related. The caption of this picture reads: "Doug Kilgore's 1968 Mariner, THE WINDWARD RAIL, is shown during an exhilarating sail last summer, on a beam reach and kicking up a wake." Thanks to Mike McIntire over at "I Heart O'Days" for the picture.
Dec. 29-Jan. 4
I just have to include this picture of GREYHOUND racing in the 2006 Choptank Cup - you can see another picture of GREYHOUND in action under the Dec. 15-21 "Pic of the Week". The lighthouse is the Sharps Island Light and marks the farthest point of the racecourse.