Saturday, 26 June 2010
Music City Power Squadron Wins at Watts Bar

On Saturday afternoon, 26 June, the Music City team of Ray Alley and Tom Hudson once again took the paddle trophy for the Atlanta Challenge Cardboard Boat Race. In the first heat against Drunken Skunk of the Oak Ridge Squadron and Yellow Submarine of Atlanta, Music City's Go Green survived a crowded start and the determined challenge of the glow-in-the-dark team to advance to the final round.

In the second preliminary heat, the bright yellow Cheeze Whiz of Knoxville Sail & Power Squadron won over Atlanta's second entry No Joke V.

In the Championship race, Alley and Hudson quickly showed that their teamwork, honed over eight prior races, was the key to victory over the fast hull from the Knoxville skunkworks of Chuck Smith. Drunken Skunk took the consolation race for third place over No Joke V.

Yellow Submarine took the Titanic Award, indeed was the only boat to sink this year; her skipper wisely donning mask and snorkel in anticipation of that eventuality. No Joke V won honors for best design, not leaking a drop despite being constructed of unpainted cardboard.

Alley and Hudson were welcomed at the finish line by their pit crew, Lola and Terry Fitzpatrick, while Liz Alley and Lili Hudson watched closely from dockside for any fouls and cheered the victors along. Following the race the Pirates of the Cumberland retired to the porch in front of the Alleys' apartment for Ray's delightful frozen strawberry margaritas.

Prior events included the Blindfolded Rubber Dinghy Races, in which Liz and Ray placed fourth, and the Line Handling Competition, where our team of Ray and Terry did score points but showed they need a little practice before next year.

More than ninety members from seven Squadrons attended this year's event, held again at the Terrace View Marina Resort near Spring City. Non-competitive activities began with a Friday evening cruise aboard Mike Scher's Sea-Duction and the Fitzpatricks' Next Chapter across the lake to the home of hosts Vickie and Chuck Smith for a low country boil supper. Saturday morning the District 17 Bridge cooked and served a dockside breakfast, and lunch after the dinghy races was buddy-style, with members who came by boat hosting those who came by land.
Saturday evening awards were presented under the cover of the dock at a cocktail party, coincidentally located at the transom of Next Chapter, followed by dinner at the Terrace View's restaurant.

P/C Tom Hudson

Posted on 06/26/2010 4:13 PM by Tom Hudson
Saturday, 5 June 2010
Music City Journeys Overland to Arrington
Tired of talking about the recent flood, on Saturday 05 June, Music City Power Squadron visited Arrington Vineyards and Winery for a tasting of their fine locally produced wines, and enjoyed a KFC picnic to the accompaniment of a live jazz band. We also discovered that although oak is seldom used for ribs in boat construction anymore, it is still makes fine barrel staves for aging wine. Thank you to P/C Candyce Corcoran for setting up this event.
P/C Tom Hudson
Posted on 06/05/2010 4:17 PM by Tom Hudson
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